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What movie do you think had a great money message? Good or bad.....

My vote would be for "the treasure of the Sierra madre"
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^ Especially when he starts going nuts in the mountains.....
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Good lessons

It’s a Wonderful Life (one of the oldies from 1946), with James Stewart, et al.
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Lost in America.

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Mary Poppins
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The Money Pit (A young couple buys a house and everything goes wrong with it!)
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Scrooge aka "A Christmas Carol"

"Trading Places" isn't bad either.
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Indecent Proposal
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indexmonkey wrote:What movie do you think had a great money message? Good or bad.....

My vote would be for "the treasure of the Sierra madre"
This was the first movie that came to mind as well. Excellent movie. One of the very few that I own.
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The Sting. Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw (1973). Great performances and a great lesson on how a con game works. Remember it if someone tells you that they have inside information, and that you are a lucky person who is being invited into an inner circle to assist in using that inside information to cheat someone else.
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A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
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My favorite is a video game rather than a movie: Fable 3. You earn money to buy equipment, like in many games, but in Fable you can buy houses and rent them out instead of spending. If you work a little early on and keep reinvesting your rent, later you can afford everything effortlessly. That game was the most like real retirement saving felt to me.
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Brewster's Millions 8-)

Trading Places, Rounders already mentioned.

Wall Street.
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Wolf of Wall Street?
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midmoder wrote:Lost in America.

"Say it, say it! Say 'I lost the nest egg.' Go on, say it!"

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I'll add: All My Sons.
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indexmonkey wrote: My vote would be for "the treasure of the Sierra madre"
Along somewhat similar lines, ending-wise, "Ocean's 11" (the original from 1960).
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Among the greatest, "The Maltese Falcon."
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hp7130Bjec4
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This is not a movie and it is available on youtube: The Retirement Gamble-Frontline-PBS (documentary)
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An episode of Saved by the Bell before it was called that had the kids learning about the stock market.
http://www.tv.com/m/shows/good-morning- ... eet-34124/
It was 1988. The lesson plan had the children buy real stocks for $2 and see how it performs. Zack needed some quick money and decides to hack the computer and buy stock on margin. He was using the teacher's account and winds up losing her money.

I remember watching that show and not understanding much of it besides don't ever buy on margin whatever that meant. Why write a show about the stock market to elementary school kids? Then my 6th grade teacher ran the exact same experiment except obviously, the computers were not connected to the stock market, everything we bought was pretend. I made some good money on pretend IBM.
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Wall Street and Gordon Gekko "Greed is Good"!
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Fargo
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The Money Pit
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The Boiler Room (don't know if the greatest but since no one mentioned it yet...)
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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) wih Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas. This is a must see for anyone considering building a new home.
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LeisureLee wrote:My favorite is a video game rather than a movie: Fable 3. You earn money to buy equipment, like in many games, but in Fable you can buy houses and rent them out instead of spending. If you work a little early on and keep reinvesting your rent, later you can afford everything effortlessly. That game was the most like real retirement saving felt to me.
Dude!

Do you have any idea how rich I got in that game by practicing Bogle theories and ALMOST sharing the experience on here? But I thought people would think I was nuts. :happy
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dumbmoney wrote:Fargo
If it's not the greatest movie about money, this surely is one of the greatest scenes.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8cOlwnJ24AE
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Glengarry Glenross. Learn how aggressive salespeople ply their trade.
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Man with a million starring Gregory peck from the mid 50s . Like trading Places but based on a story by Mark Twain Two guys make a bet about what will happen to Gregory Peck if he is given a million pound (currency not weight)note. It sometimes shows up on TCM but I doubt its available elsewhere
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It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.
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In the documentary category, "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room".
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The Wolf of Wall Street!
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In terms of direct relevance to the average person's life, I would say The Company Man.
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I.O. USA with David Walker, CPA, Comptroller General of the United States under President Clinton and President Bush.
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bs010101 wrote:In terms of direct relevance to the average person's life, I would say The Company Man.
I agree.
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parsi1 wrote:This is not a movie and it is available on youtube: The Retirement Gamble-Frontline-PBS (documentary)
Another PBS documentary worth watching is "Trillion Dollar Bet" that covers the story of Long-Term Capital Management. To those not familiar with the story, some Nobel Prize winning economists believed they had discovered a sophisticated formula for investing that eliminates risk. They created a hedge fund limited to people with at least $10 million to invest. At first it worked brilliantly and then things went terribly bad. They darn near wrecked the world economy and lost enormous amounts of money. They would have done well to heed an old saying from show business: The day you buy your own act, you're dead. They ignored the obvious fact that nobody knows the future and paid dearly for it. It's a great lesson about what the late Peter Bernstein told us:
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945).
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Not surprisingly, one of my favorite movies of all time, Layer Cake (2004), has some great money lessons. Of course, a large part of the plot revolved around the protagonist preparing for retirement.

"What was true then is true now. Have a plan. Stick to it."

I guess that's the big one, but there's this line that stuck with me too:

"Everyone wants to walk through a door marked 'private.' Therefore, have a good reason to be affluent."

I guess the second one isn't really a financial lesson.
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GoldenFinch wrote:A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945).
Really? It's been a long time since I read the book--I'm not sure I've ever seen the movie--I remember loving it, but not much about it--"there is a tree that grows in Brooklyn which some people call the Tree of Heaven..." What's the money lesson?
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abuss368 wrote:Wall Street and Gordon Gekko "Greed is Good"!
Always remembering, of course, that the point of that scene is to show us the emptiness and amorality of Gordon Gekko.
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A lesser known recent movie that I really enjoyed was Nebraska.
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Moneyball - At the end of the day even if you are successful with your investments and you look like Brad Pitts - family still ranks number 1
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"Scrooge" and "It's a wonderful Life".

Both movies demonstrate the most important lesson about money is that it is a tool that can be used to do good or evil. True generosity comes back to the giver many times over while greedy selfish behavior produces nothing in the end but misery and sadness.
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Already been mentioned a couple of times, and I don't know that overall it's an especially great money lesson movie, but this exchange from Trading Places tells me everything I need to know about speculating in commodities (which is why I don't):
Randolph: Now, some of our clients are speculating that the price of gold will rise in the future. And we have other clients who are speculating that the price of gold will fall. They place their orders with us, and we buy or sell their gold for them.

Mortimer: Tell him the good part.

Randolph: The good part, William, is that, no matter whether our clients make money or lose money, Duke & Duke get the commissions.

Mortimer: Well? What do you think, Valentine?

Billy Ray: Sounds to me like you guys a couple of bookies.

Randolph: I told you he'd understand.
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nisiprius wrote:The Sting...
This scene from The Grifters my favorite. It's a more modern take on the long con, and the big store is a stockbroker's office, instead of a bookie parlor.

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orlandoguy wrote:Glengarry Glenross. Learn how aggressive salespeople ply their trade.
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