Right now, the pandemic and lockdown has proven to be a difficult time financially for all of us. We are all in the same boat and chances are that, finance, money, investment and the stock market may have caught your fancy right now.
You can use this unprecedented period of home detention as an opportunity to watch movies and TV shows that entertains you and also helps you learn a thing or two in finance.
So, here it is – a list of the most popular finance shows and movies about business, money, and investment that can binge watch while you are in a homebound situation, and perhaps learn a thing or two from them!
- Wall Street
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Margin Call
- The Big Short
- Shark Tank
- The Profit
This 1987 American drama film had become a cult classic. Wall Street by Oliver Stone, starring Michael Douglas, Daryl Hannah, and Charlie Sheen is a story of a stockbroker, who is young and inexperienced, a role played by Charles Sheen. He works with Gordon Gekko, a wealthy and shrewd character played by Michael Douglas.
Key Lesson: Greed, in the form of relentless passion is good. It increases your hunger for knowing more, and learning more. This helps you to constantly get better and achieve greater goals in life.
The Wolf of Wall Street is a biographical film by Martin Scorsese based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort. It takes us through Belfort’s journey as a passionate stockbroker in NYC who makes corrupt, unethical, and immoral life decisions that eventually lead to his downfall. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Belfort, Donnie Azoff plays his partner, and Margot Robbie plays his wife.
Key Lesson: To be successful, you must earn your employee’s trust, respect and loyalty. It also tells us that you need to be mindful of what you are sacrificing to achieve success.
Margin Call is based on real incidents during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. The plot is set over a period of 24 hours, and it follows a few key people at an unnamed investment bank. This engaging movie highlights the steps taken by the bankers during the financial crisis. It boasts power performances by Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, and Zachary Quinto.
Key Lesson: You can learn how to handle crises and get your business through the toughest of times.
The Big Short, directed by Adam McKay is an Oscar-winning 2015 American biographical drama film that features film stars including Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, among others. It is based on a 2010 book, ‘The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine’ by Michael Lewis. It showcases how the US housing bubble led to the financial crisis of 2008.
Key Lesson: Before you invest, do your homework and analyze all the pros and cons.
This American business reality TV show stars Barbara Corcoran, Kevil O’Leary, Mark Cuban, and Daymond John as the panel of investors called ‘sharks.’ These real and successful venture capitalists decide whether to invest their own money in potential business ideas.
Key Lesson: If you are a young entrepreneur, do your homework before facing an investor. You’ll also get ideas on how to pitch, secure fund and use it to expand the business.
The Profit, an American reality television show that features Marcus Lemonis. In each episode, Lemonis invests in struggling businesses and offers guidance to turnaround the business in exchange for equity.
Key Lesson: You get to learn about how to run a business, how to manage teams, and how to mitigate losses.
With recession around the corner, watch these best finance movies and shows to get a glimpse inside the wild, racy, and sometimes absurd universe of big money.