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Postby assumer » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:21 pm

I am hoping to get a collection of movies and TV regarding financial topics, or with a financial theme. I will kick it off, and will edit this post to include movies / shows that others mention. This is clearly subjective, and we can collectively decide if something meets the threshold for having a "financial theme" or not. I hope the moderators allow this topic, because I see this as very actionable in terms of things to watch to entertain ourselves!

Movies:

Documentaries:

TV / Short Series:

Plays / Theatre:
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Postby fmhealth » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:29 pm

Shark Tank. Should be required viewing for anyone serious about business.
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Postby henry » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:44 pm

Frontline on PBS has had some interesting financial related documentaries. "Can You Afford to Retire, " "Ten Trillion and Counting, " "The Warning, " "The Secret History of the Credit Card, " and "The Card Game" are ones that I remember but there are many more. Available to watch for free streaming on their website. Also I believe available on Netflix streaming if you have it.

NOVA had an interesting documentary on behavioral finance called "Mind over Money" a few years ago.

"I.O.U.S.A" was an interesting documentary about the U.S. national debt. Also on Netflix.
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Postby chaz » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:55 pm

1987 Wall Street was terrific.
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Postby bigirish » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:08 pm

Documentaries:

Maxed Out (2006)
Queen of Versailles (2012)
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Re: Financial Movies and Shows

Postby sclaus » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:24 pm

Here are a few more:
Barbarians at the Gate - 1993
The Informant – 2009
Catch Me If You Can -2002
Rogue Trader - 1999

The Flaw – 2011 documentary
Casino Jack and the United States of Money – 2010 documentary
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Postby StormShadow » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:30 pm

Freakonomics
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Postby assumer » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:31 pm

sclaus wrote:Rogue Trader - 1999


Any good?
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Postby Rob5TCP » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:50 pm

Interesting list
Thank you.
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Postby Valuethinker » Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:39 am

Client 9

You have the tapes of the AIG CEO and CFO rigging the earnings. OK it's mostly about politics and Elliot Spitzer's downfall, but there is good financial stuff in there.

Classics include

The Solid Gold Cadillac (about proxy fights)

It's a Wonderful Life (a powerful story about a bank run, and how banking works)

Treasure of Sierra Madre (beautifully captures the nature of speculation and greed)

Heat - those are bearer bonds in that armored car

Plays/ Theatre

Enron by Lucy Prebble
Serious Money
Other Peoples' Money
The Price by Arthur Miller (about the bankruptcy of his father's business)
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (about the work of men in companies)
Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (about diversification, insurance, lending)
Glengarry Glen Ross (as per Victoria, below-- also a fine movie as per OP)

Dealer's Choice by Patrick Marber (again, about speculation, gambling, risk, being the mug)
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Postby Valuethinker » Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:46 am

assumer wrote:
sclaus wrote:Rogue Trader - 1999


Any good?


Not bad. The explanation of what Leeson got up to, when he brought down Barings.

Been repeated at Sumitomo (Mr. Copper), at SocGen (Kerviel), at UBS (Abdoli), with that Allied Irish (Anglo Irish Bank?) guy in Baltimore
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Postby VictoriaF » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:01 am

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Re: Financial Movies and Shows

Postby bengal22 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:45 am

1.Shane

The Big Bad Land Baron was trying to gobble up the land from all of the poor small business people - farmers. Seems like there were a lot of westerns that had this theme of the big corporation forcing out the small land owners. A common theme was the farmer vs. the cattlemen.

2. Heaven's Gate - underrated flick that focused on the cattle baron's Association that had a death list on the small farmers
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Postby cheese_breath » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:00 am

The Sting --- talk about scammers
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Postby gkaplan » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:08 am

You omitted Trading Places, if I'm not mistaken.
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Postby Wooderson » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:50 am

A Canadian show on CBC called The Dragon's Den, similar to Shark Tank.

http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/
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Postby sclaus » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:51 am

Owning Mahowny – 2003; based on a true story of bank embezzlement, but mostly about gambling addiction.

Chasing Madoff – 2011 documentary
The Madoff affair – PBS Frontline documentary

American Greed - TV documentary series on CNBC
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Postby Fallible » Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:03 pm

Delete repeat.
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Postby Fallible » Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:04 pm

assumer wrote:I am hoping to get a collection of movies and TV regarding financial topics, or with a financial theme. I will kick it off, and will edit this post to include movies / shows that others mention. ...


Great list (especially liked "Wall Street" and the Enron documentary). I would add the '56 movie "Giant" with its overriding theme of big oil and how it transformed lives and whole ways of living.
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Postby bengal22 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:38 pm

Fallible wrote:
assumer wrote:I am hoping to get a collection of movies and TV regarding financial topics, or with a financial theme. I will kick it off, and will edit this post to include movies / shows that others mention. ...


Great list (especially liked "Wall Street" and the Enron documentary). I would add the '56 movie "Giant" with its overriding theme of big oil and how it transformed lives and whole ways of living.


Yes, Giant definitely. Maybe we can add Blood Diamond about the diamond trade or There Will Be Blood about the startup of the oil industry in southern California or Woodstock about how a For Profit concert turned into a free concert but yet they made a ton on soundtracks, and a movie, and followup concerts. Seems like most movies have a financial theme.
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Postby ddj » Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:49 pm

Office Space
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Postby VictoriaF » Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:51 pm

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Re: Financial Movies and Shows

Postby assumer » Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:18 pm

So I wanted to stick to more movies that have a more focused, or exclusively, financial theme, such as those pertaining to the financial industry. If we have a low threshold, then most "robbery" action movies (e.g. "Inside Man") could really be considered, and I'm not sure that's what I'd like this list to include. What do you think?
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Postby bengal22 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:53 pm

assumer wrote:So I wanted to stick to more movies that have a more focused, or exclusively, financial theme, such as those pertaining to the financial industry. If we have a low threshold, then most "robbery" action movies (e.g. "Inside Man") could really be considered, and I'm not sure that's what I'd like this list to include. What do you think?


What about Fistful of Dollars with Clint Eastwood. Would that fit? I can't remember his character's name but it seemed to have a distinct financial theme. Even Paint Your Wagon, a later Eastwood masterpiece, involved Lee Marvin and Clint digging a tunnel beneath the town casino and collecting gold dust. But then the whole town collapsed, which I assumed was a metaphor for an economic collapse brought upon by greed and dishonesty.
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