Must Watch Films on Financial and Stock Market / Before Watching Scam 1992 The Harshad Mehta Story


Cinema is the most effective of all the audio-visual mediums that can engage and, at the same time, teach you on the subject your interest or not aware of. Especially movies based on the financial market and stocks we all loved it, its wish of each one of us to get that one big short and become the wolf of wall street of our own .cinema helps us in any way to get the inside look at the financial world we are in but not inside or the world of it which we just experience from outside.

The world of the stock market has always had its fair share of spectacle. Whether its wild sprawl of volatility has grasped the markets in the past, or new and exhilarating firms developing to go public, the real crises and the result it follows there is always about it, making it appealing.

There are various films based on famous actual events caused in market and many fictional stories, for the filmmakers, it is very challenging to the issues of capital markets and transform into adequate account of the stock market, brokers and investment bankers, thus educating as well as entertaining the audience in all kind.

With an upcoming trailer of scam 1992 and big bull there is a lot of buzz around a story based on the market, here are the lists of films based on financial events which are unique and away from the obvious choices.

Trading Places (1983)


The film starring Eddie Murphy, a young homeless con artist who enters the world of finance through circumstances outside of his understanding .who gets deceive into becoming the senior manager of a commodities trading firm, while unwittingly changing his successor a blue-blooded executive played by Dan Aykroyd.

The story conveys the ups and downs nature of Trading along with many stereotypical views of money in a Comedy genre. While, we get the look into basics of socio-economic and class structure in a developed country like America.

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)


This infinitely quotable story is an applaud big-screen transformation of a David Mamet play that focuses on a downtrodden real estate salesmen team whose morality has been entirely abraded after long years of working for their reprobate institution.

One of my favorite scenes that define the story that steals away the whole movie is the Alec Baldwin’s “motivational speech” which brings to light the absolute best and worst faces of working under enormous pressure.

This movie showcases the greed and deceitful strategies that sales place may be an exhibit to and the insistence deploy on salespeople by their seniors. It’s a must-watch film for all, especially for people who have sales as their core.

Barbarians at the Gates (1993)


It’s a true story focusing excess and big players, a bitter battle on the leveraged buyout of R.J.R. Nabisco. The C.E.O. Ross Johnson wants to make execution by taking the undervalued company from stakeholders; although, the Wall Street investment specialists he sign upstart to become his rivalry in the buyout, what happens next is a story all about.

It has won 2 golden gob awards. It is a “Greed is Good” grab for riches at its worst, shows what it is like on the inside of these mega-merger and acquisition deals that Wall Street firms thrive on, its showcase the difference between a corporate takeover and a hostile takeover with laugh and intensity.

Gafla (2006)


Not many people who follow Hindi cinema will know this film it’s a hidden gem of a story came in 2006, Its about Subodh Mehta(Vinod Sherawat), a character account with a dream to be part of stock trades come to Mumbai and becomes a big shot is a short time, he somehow goes into the center of the 2000-2001 scam. What happens next is what story is all about.

Its one movie that has been praised by a limited audience which seen it and loved by critics; the acting of the whole cast is best, especially the lead.  It’s loosely based on Harshad Mehta, who knows as the Big Bull of Dalal Street in the early 1990s. The story gives a different approach to the real event.

The movie gives you inspiration for dream and tells you how the market is always smarter than us, its one film that needs attention from a broader audience to catch this movie for free on YouTube.

The last days of Lehman brothers (2009)


The Drama story is about the financial setback for conducting out the calamitous resourcefulness. The story is about the C.E.O. of biggest investment banks Lehman Brothers Dick Fuld (Corey Johnson) who is summoned to an evening meeting by the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, to discuss the extremity that turmoil in the world economy, Lehman Brothers where on life support, where the government decides to pull the plug. Lehman C.E.O., sidelined in a boardroom deposition, spends the weekend extremely trying to resuscitate his esteemed firm through a coalescence with Bank of America or UK-based Barclays.

As a result, we all know that the Lehman Brothers Empire crushed along with the world economy’s stability – teeters on the verge of extinction.

No one can forget the year of 2008 and the impact of it worldwide many of the film showcase the effect of it but this BBC TV film exhibition the inside story of the Lehman brother crises there steps towards the biggest bankruptcy in history, the story gives a great incite on the situation, which one will love to see.

Money Monster – 2016


It’s a story of a show on CNBC name money monster host by hubristic financial analyst Lee Gates (George Clooney) and his producer Patty (Julia Roberts). They advise viewers on which stocks to buy and sell. When Gates encourages a high-tech share that inexplicable lashes, an investor named Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) reaches to the set and takes tv host lee hostage, tells him that he lost everything on one of his tips. Soon there are twists on a story that tells a tale is not only about crashes on stock; it’s beyond it.

The start cast is filled with talent, the spiel is very engaging, giving a message on how one should not trust analyst and expect blindly and one of the most important financial lessons of not keeping all eggs in one basket, diversifying assets as per your need and future situation.

Too Big to Fail 2011


This feature is based on a book the same name by Andrew Sorkin, directed by Curtis Hanson.  Story set in the year of 2008 in late March and mid-October, 2008: we follow Richard Fuld’s unenlightened try to save Lehman Brothers, about how individual financial institutions are so large and so interlinked that if they crumble, it would be detrimental to the higher economic system like the United States. The impact of it on the country people is the story that follows.

Strangely since the financial crisis, there have been no extensive changes to reduce the figures of too big to fail firms. The narrative allows you to see the inside world, which will is shocking.  

The message of it is the interpretation of diversifying ones saving is a risky and risk-free class of assets because of the uncertain nature of life; you can catch this on Amazon Prime.

Rogue Trader (1999)


Another flick based on a true story focuses on the derivatives market, about a young Singapore based derivatives trader; Nick Lesson (Ewan McGregor) derivatives broker whose single high-risk Trading caused the bankruptcy of U.K.S. almost 233-year-old Barings Bank in 1995. The reaction of the action is what the story summarizes.

 The film is decently entertaining; it provides a great insight into the future and derivatives market and risk management and financial oversight.  A takeaway lesson from talkie is that reckless Trading and false accounting eventually led to regretful results.

Margin Call (2011)


The drama takes place over the initial stages of the financial crisis of 2007-08 for 24 hours at a large Wall Street Investment bank. How a “rocket scientist” turn risk analyst brings to light that his firm’s mortgage-backed securities portfolio is so exceedingly leveraged that it risks bankrupting the entire firm overnight.

It has powerful start cast like Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany and Demi Moore. An incredibly poignant scene in the feature is when two main characters talk among themselves about the imminent disaster that will soon be unbridled upon their bank and the unconscious financial terrain. At the same time, a janitor stands in between them.

This film gives us penetration into how flimsy financial structure, throughout the entire movie, it will force you to keep yourself on the edge of the seat. If you’re interested in what was happening inside financial firms during the crisis, it’s the right pick.

Boiler Room (2000)


It’s an underappreciated picture which came way before the wolf of Wall Street that all love.

The story is about a college dropout who runs a bookie business that stops due to his father’s wish .he finds work as a trainee stockbroker, which does not precisely legitimize them selling penny stocks overcall.

It is a movie for anyone in sales. Whether you sell a pen or stocks, this film illustrates how to close a deal. It’s about the hardcore approach that one needs when their work is to close the deal.

Those who want to experience how intoxicating the assurance of immense wealth impacts it can corrupt anyone. If you are confused about which film to watch first from the list boiler room, it is the perfect pick.

Obvious Pick

Wolf of Wall Street (2013) / Wall Street – 1987/2010 /The big short – 2015

These movies must watch for a broader audience, along with those who are part and interested in the financial world. These films will give you a field of vision about how the industry functions, the everyday life it follows.  Because sometimes “Truth is Stranger than Fiction.”

Do let us know your favorite film or any of the movies that not on the list.


    • if you have not watched any of the film , i think seeing boiler room first would be a good pick followed by Glengarry Glen Ross or Rogue Trader . if you want to see film related to subprime crisis then Margin Call ,Too Big to Fail and The last days of Lehman brothers in order you will enjoy as all 3 are different narrative on crises.

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