A quote from the famous Wu-Tang Clan song C.R.E.A.M says “Cash Rules Everything Around Me”. The pursuit of money is a reliable source for drama and comedy. Everyone relies on it, therefore anyone can imagine what it might be like to have more. This makes business and finance a fertile ground on which to base a movie. Here is a list of movies that revolves around the “dollar-dollar bill y’all”.
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This classic Martin Scorsese film shows Robert DeNiro as a sports fixer who runs a casino for the Chicago mafia. The film is known for portraying in detail how the fictional Tangiers Casino makes money and how the am “Ace” Rothstein and Nicky Santoro do business.
14Wolf of Wall Street
Based on a memoir from a former stock broker, the film follows Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordon Belfort, a stock broker who starts a company in 1987, lives rich and engages in scamming that gets the attention of the Security Exchange Commission and FBI.
13A Most Violent Year
This recent drama follows an immigrant, played by Oscar Issac, trying to live the American Dream. While trying to acquire a heating oil terminal facility, Abel Morales(Issac) has to deal with the violence of the 1980s, competition from other owners, and suspicion from authorities.
12The Great Gatsby
Based on the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Leonardo DiCaprio appears again on the list as a wealthy man trying to impress his former lover(Carey Mulligan) in a stylized depiction of the Roaring ‘20s. This film also appeared in 3D.
This 80’s comedy features comedians Richard Pryor and John Candy. A struggling baseball player is tasked with spending part of a large inheritance in order to earn the rest. Among the excesses he spends money on, Brewster decides to become a spoiler candidate in a mayoral election.
10Glengarry Glenn Ross
This movie features a brutal depiction of the real estate business. This movie is best known for Alec Baldwin’s motivational quotes and scathing, cynical language throughout the movie.
9The Hudsucker Proxy
This comedy by auteur filmmakers Joel and Ethan Cohen follows an inventive but nerdy mail clerk Norville Barnes(Tim Robbins) who becomes a proxy to a scheming board member at a failing manufacturing company, but ends up inventing a children’s toy that leads to the company making money.
8The Social Network
This film highlights the younger side of business. The film follows a fictional retelling of Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg(Jesse Eisenberg) as he creates the precursor to Facebook and faces off with his friends and rivals.
This star-studded film loosely portrays the FBI’s real Abscam sting operation that caught politicians accepting money from criminals in disguise. Fun fact: Michael “Ozzie” Myers, a Pennsylvania Congressman shamed in the real-life scandal, popularized the quote “Money talks, and bullshit walks”, that he said while he was recorded accepting a bribe.
6Barbarians at the Gate
Originally an HBO made-for-tv movie, This film covers the competition to acquire food and tobacco giant RJR Nabisco, one of the largest buyouts in financial history, and pioneer of the leveraged buyout tactic.
5There Will Be Blood
Diverse character actor Daniel Day-Lewis plays a prospector who slowly and brutally becomes an oil tycoon in early 20th century California.
4Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
This 2010 follow up to the original Wall Street film features Shia Lebauf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, and Michael Douglas, with a cameo from Charlie Sheen. More topical to today, this film covers events around the 2008 Financial Crisis.
This remake of the 1960 heist film features a more contemporary all-star cast with a daring plan to steal from a Las Vegas casino. The details of the heist are given in detail and the thrill of the heist remains high throughout the film.
Considered an all-time classic movie, this film follows a reporter as he researches the life of newspaper publisher Charles Foster Kane(Orson Welles) and tries to solve a mystery about the newspaper publisher’s last words.
Michael Douglas won an Oscar for Best Actor in 1987 for his iconic role as Gordon Gekko. This movie defined the economic boom of the 1980s and encapsulated the dominant idea from the time that “greed is good”