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The Top 10 Movies about Trading

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Jonathan Henault Jun 15, 2021

To learn how to trade, you can read books and articles, or follow any pieces of advice we gave you in our recent article about the top 10 ways to learn trading subtilities. 

10 movies about trading

Or you can take the easy path and watch our top 10 essential movies dealing with finance or markets that every investor should watch at some point. 


The Wolf Of Wall Street

1. The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) – Martin Scorsese

Of course, it’s number one. The true story of the infamous Stratton Oakmont, filmed by Scorcese, is already a cult movie. 

Rogue Trader

2. Rogue Trader (1999) – James Dearden

Another true story. The “rogue trader” is Nick Leeson, the man who bankrupted the Barings, brilliantly played here by Ewan McGregor

Wall Street

3. Wall Street (1987) – Oliver Stone

This classic movie by Oliver Stone, originally crafted to show the excess associated with finance, still wields incredible power as a recruiting tool for traders and brokers. 

Wall Street II

4. Wall Street II (2010) – Oliver Stone

Swap Charlie Sheen for the innocent Shia LaBeouf, and you get yourself a great sequel, still starring the greedy Michael Douglas. 

Glengarry Glen Ross

5. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) – James Foley

Because aspiring traders can’t miss Alec Baldwin’s “motivational speech”, that brings to light the absolute best and worst faces of working under pressure.

The Big Short

6. The Big Short (2015) – Adam McKay

How a few savvy traders as they become aware—before anyone else—of the housing bubble that triggered the financial crisis in 2007-2008.


7. Margin Call (2011) – J.C. Chandor

24 hours in the life of a Wall Street firm, during the early stages of the financial crisis. Perhaps the most accurate, financially speaking. 

Barbarians At the Gate

8. Barbarians At the Gate (1993) – Glenn Jordan

The story of the legendary 1988s’ leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco. A great peek behind-the-scenes. 

Boiler Room

9. Boiler Room (2000) – Ben Younger

A great way to understand what is the pump and dump scheme, and a warning for those starting to invest in the stock market. Stick to transparent, solid companies. 

Trading Places

10. Trading Places (1983) – John Landis

Well, just because of Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. What else would you need to make a good financial comedy?


How many of these movies have you seen, traders and gamers? And how many are in your own top 10? That’s the kind of thing we discuss in the internal forum of AdelTrade, the gaming platform for traders. Join us now, before our next competition starts! Or check our Top 10 documentaries for trader apprentices!

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