4 Must-Watch Movies about the Stock Market

4 Must-Watch Movies about the Stock Market

Want to learn about Investments while being Entertained at the same time? 

These movies will ensure that you will learn a great deal without putting you into sleep. 

Three of the four movies are related to the stories of greed for money.  They make convincing cases not only by investors but by everyone to watch them

The remaining one is a documentary of the greatest investor in the world. Yup, you guessed it right!

Let’s use our time amid this coronavirus pandemic.

I have watched all these at least once, and My Personal Favorite is No.1.

Movies

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street
  2. Becoming Warren Buffet
  3. Margin Call
  4. Rogue Trader

1. The Wolf of Wall Street

★★★★★

This was the movie that made me aware of the financial world. It was after watching this that I started my journey in finance. 

The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker. It shows his rise to the top one day, and downfall the other day. 

It has everything a movie needs to have – drama, thriller, crime, romance, comedy, you name it. Having watched it 5 times, I can safely say that this is my favorite movie about the stock market. 

Belfort lived a normal life before discovering the potential of the stock market. In the beginning, he works hard to earn his money. Gradually, he learns about the opportunities from the loopholes of the financial system.

Leaving the job, he starts his broking firm. His greediness rises, making him do things that will have serious consequences.

The Wolf of Wall Street portrays a perfect example of how a person can change after joining the stock market. With the desire for money, comes greed. The question is, “Can you control your greed for money, or will you become the next Jordan Belfort?”

What Rich Dad Poor Dad is for me in books, The Wolf of Wall Street is the same for me in movies. 

“The easiest way to make money is -create something of such value that everybody wants and go out and give and create value, the money comes automatically.”

Jordan Belfort


2. Becoming Warren Buffet

★★★★

Do you want to understand Warren Buffet’s life in one movie? 

Becoming Warren Buffet shows all the important parts of his life.

Most of us know Buffet as the Greatest Investor of our generation. But this movie shows his other side (personal life) as well. 

You will learn that despite being the 4th Richest Person in the World, he still lives a simple life. He has been living in the same home he bought for $31,500 in 1958. He has pledged to give away 99% of his wealth to the charity, making it the highest ever philanthropic donations. 

Likewise, until recently, he had been using a $20 Fliphone. When was the last time you saw anyone carrying such a phone?

Buffet wouldn’t have reached where he is now had there not been a few essential people in his life. His father and Benjamin Graham have helped him in his professional career. Similarly, his wife, Suan, assisted him tremendously in his personal life. 

He even has an imaginary friend who has helped him progress a lot – Compound Interest.

I enjoyed a lot understanding the other side of Buffet’s story, and I’m sure you will also feel the same way.

P.S. This documentary is also available on YouTube! Link

“If you’re emotional about investment, you’re not going to do well. You may have all these feelings about a stock, the stock has no feelings about you.”

Warren Buffett


3. Margin Call

★★★★

Margin Call captures the span of 24 hours in the life of a Wall Street bank on the verge of collapse. Running up-to-the 2008 financial crisis, many of the bank’s employees are fired. Those included Eric Dale, who had been analyzing this crisis for a long time.

Before leaving the office, Eric hands his analysis to his subordinate Peter Sullivan.

After going through it, Sullivan finds that the bank has taken too much debts. If this is to continue, the losses will be more than its internal value. 

An overnight executive meeting is called upon to address this issue. It is then decided that the company will sell whatever they can before the public learns about the situation. 

So what will? Will the bank survive, or collapse just like a lot of companies in 2008 did?

Out of all these mentioned movies, Margin Call will test your mind the most. Its rapid pace forces you to grasp its plot quickly. Even a small miss in detail could mean that you won’t be able to understand the remaining of the movie. 

You will mainly learn about the realistic insights running into the 2008 Financial Crisis. You will also get to know how ruthless can the modern, capitalistic economies be.

“There are three ways to make a living in this business. Be first, be smarter, or cheat.”

John Tuld


4. Rogue Trader

★★★★

Rogue Trader gives us a great example of how young traders desire to get rich quickly In the process, they take unwanted risks. One of these mistakes could lead them to regret their whole life. 

Like The Wolf of Wall Street, Rogue Trader is also a true story of Nick Leeson. He’s an employee of the Barings Bank, the world’s second-oldest merchant bank. He managed to collapse the bank after conducting fraudulent trading scandals of over $1.3 billion.

Nick was young and excited to get in the trading field. After being sent to Singapore, Nick starts taking the benefit of the flourishing Asian markets. He begins engaging in risky trades in the belief that with higher risk comes higher rewards. After running out of luck, he tries to manipulate the system by showing the favorable status of the bank. 

It wasn’t late until some people become suspicious about the bank’s position.

In this energetic movie, will his frauds come out? Or will he escape from the punishment?

Nick’s story makes for a great lesson in risk management and financial oversight. It also demonstrates the challenges millennials face in their lives.

“Despite rumors of secret bank accounts and hidden millions, I did not profit personally from my unlawful trading. To be absolutely honest, sometimes I wish I had.”

Nick Leeson

Have you watched any of these movies? Which movie would be the best fit for the No. 5 position in this list?

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Maeve Alejandro

    Must check it out! Thanks 😊

  2. Lynh

    I thought I’d see Wolf of Wall Street on your list. But I didn’t know there’s a movie on Warren Buffet. Thanks

    1. Pro Investivity

      Really? I could say you would love to see a movie on Warren Buffet.
      Thank you for your warm comment, Lynh! 🙂

  3. themunchkinlife

    Nice article! I’m putting these on my list… The only one I have watched so far is The wolf of Wall Street…

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you for going through the article! The Wolf of Wall Street is so wonderful, isn’t it?
      I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did!

    1. Pro Investivity

      You are very true. Movies based on real-life stories are truly inspiring and motivating. 🙂

  4. E Omah

    Thanks a lot, I’ve always wanted to learn about stick exchange and the business world and now I can do that and get entertained too, really killing two birds with one stone, I’m really grateful

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you Omah! You would love to watch these movies. I found it’s really inspiring. Enjoy your time watching these movies. 🙂

  5. Jackie Ciccone

    This is great! I just started looking for apps to help me practice with the stock market but this is a great way to get some knowledge while being entertained!

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you for your nice words, Jackie. It means a lot to me.
      I hope you will be enjoy these movies! 🙂

  6. Anonymous

    Amazing read!
    Kudos!
    Keep up the good work

  7. Annayee Roy

    Thank you, for your great suggestions! I would definitely go through the movies.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you for your comment, Annayee.
      I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did!

  8. chrisbphelps

    Very cool! There are some I’m familiar with, and some I need to check out. Thanks!

    1. Pro Investivity

      It’s our pleasure, Chris!
      I hope you will enjoy these movies. 🙂

  9. mikeyor

    What a great post! Thanks for sharing your opinion Kiran. One of my hobbies is educating myself on stock market investing and I can really see your blog as a way to learn more!
    My opinion on a 5th movie would be a little outside strictly stock market investing but it is well-renowned in the financial world.
    It is of course The Big Short. The quality actors and mesh of many storylines make this movie great. I love how fast-paced it is and you may need to rewatch it to truly understand the magnitude of the 2008 financial crisis.
    It makes me wonder will there be any movies made about the 2020 coronavirus induced stock market crash!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Mikey
    Self-improvement venture

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment. I’m glad that you are also learning about stock market investing.
      Yeah sure, The Big Short sounds like a great choice for this movie!
      I’m sure someday, a movie about 2020 stock market crisis will come.
      Thank you once again, Mikey!

  10. The FINER Life

    Yes! I’ve seen #1 and 2, Margin Call looks good will watch during this pandemic haha 🙂

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you! Yup, I hope you will enjoy watching Margin Call too. 🙂

  11. Abhi

    Nice post. I will surely watch the movies for more inspiration. Thanks.

  12. Milley

    Warren Buffet is my investment guru.

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