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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!