List of Economics Films&Documentaries

This is a list of economics films. It covers films that are principally about issues that fall under the banner of economics, e.g., the stock market, business, corporations, etc. It covers both fictional and documentary films.
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1.
Margin Call (2011)
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Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. (107 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
 
2.
The Bank (2001)
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The Bank is a thriller about banking, corruption and alchemy. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Connolly
 
3.
Wall Street (1987)
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A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing. (126 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
4.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
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Now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law, an idealistic stock broker, when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire. (133 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
5.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
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Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (180 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
6.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
7.
Modern Times (1936)
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The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
8.
Syriana (2005)
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A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it. (128 mins.)
Director: Stephen Gaghan
 
9.
The Insider (1999)
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A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
10.
Too Big to Fail (2011 TV Movie)
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Chronicles the financial meltdown of 2008 and centers on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. (99 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
11.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
12.
Barbarians at the Gate (1993 TV Movie)
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The president of a major tobacco company decides to buy the company himself, but a bidding war ensues as other companies make their own offers. (107 mins.)
Director: Glenn Jordan
 
13.
Dealers (1989)
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The London branch of Whitney Paine, a major American investment bank, is in the midst of a crisis; after the loss of $100 million... (87 mins.)
Director: Colin Bucksey
 
14.
August (2008)
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August centers on two brothers fighting to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street during August 2001, a month before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (88 mins.)
Director: Austin Chick
 
15.
The Company Men (2010)
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The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company - and how that affects them, their families, and their communities. (104 mins.)
Director: John Wells
 
16.
The Big Kahuna (1999)
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Two veteran salesmen dissect a sales pitch to a particular client, through their young protégé. (90 mins.)
Director: John Swanbeck
 
17.
Arbitrage (2012)
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A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. (107 mins.)
 
18.
The Corporation (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. (145 mins.)
 
19.
The Last Days of Lehman Brothers (2009 TV Movie)
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The heads of Wall Street's biggest investment banks were summoned to an evening meeting by the US Treasury Secretary... (60 mins.)
Director: Michael Samuels
 
20.
Freakonomics (2010 Documentary)
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A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics. (93 mins.)
 
21.
Inequality for All (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. (89 mins.)
Director: Jacob Kornbluth
 
22.
Life and Debt (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture. (80 mins.)
Director: Stephanie Black
 
23.
1929: The Great Crash (2009 Documentary)
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24.
Boiler Room (2000)
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A college dropout, attempting to win back his father's high standards he gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it once appeared to be. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Younger
 
25.
Moneyball (2011)
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Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
 
26.
Buy & Cell (1988)
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Herbie Altman is framed for Stock fraud by his boss when the SEC starts investigating his company. Sent to prison... (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Boris
 
27.
Far and Away (1992)
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A young man leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father, and they... (140 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
28.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall. (110 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
29.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 Documentary)
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An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
30.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
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An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office. (100 mins.)
Director: James Foley
 
31.
Cash McCall (1960)
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Cash McCall is a young and slick business man who buys failing businesses and resells them. Grant Austen's Plastics is even more of a prize to Cash... (102 mins.)
Director: Joseph Pevney
 
32.
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
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After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter. (125 mins.)
Director: Brian DePalma
 
33.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
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Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder. (121 mins.)
Director: David Swift
 
34.
The Informant! (2009)
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The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre. (108 mins.)
 
35.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
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A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam. (111 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
36.
American Psycho (2000)
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A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
37.
Office Space (1999)
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Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss. (89 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
 
38.
Other People's Money (1991)
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A corporate raider threatens a hostile take-over of a "mom and pop" company. The patriarch of the company enlists the help of his wife's daughter... (103 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
39.
Owning Mahowny (2003)
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A bank manager with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multimillion dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history. (104 mins.)
 
40.
Rogue Trader (1999)
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The story of Nick Leeson, an ambitious investment broker who singlehandedly bankrupted one of the oldest and most important banks in Britain. (101 mins.)
Director: James Dearden
 
41.
Rollover (1981)
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An Arab oil organization devises a plan to wreck the world economy in order to cause anarchy and chaos. (116 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
42.
The Scam (2009)
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A group of brokers stumble onto a gangster-manipulated stock and descend into distrust and betrayal. (119 mins.)
Director: Ho-jae Lee
 
43.
The Secret of My Succe$s (1987)
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A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life. (111 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
44.
The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)
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A minority stockholder takes on the crooked board of directors at a billion dollar corporation. (99 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
45.
Trading Places (1983)
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A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
46.
The Wheeler Dealers (1963)
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Big time Texas Wheeler Dealer (Ivy league educated, but plays dumb) runs out of money and goes to NYC to raise 1.5 million. (107 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
47.
Woman's World (1954)
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An executive plans to fill a high-ranking position by interviewing the candidates' wives. (94 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
48.
Working Girl (1988)
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When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job. (113 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
49.
Up in the Air (2009)
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Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
50.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career. (117 mins.)
 
51.
Nova (1974 TV Series)
Episode: Trillion Dollar Bet (2000)
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For over a hundred years economists had dreamed of a way of reducing risk in the stock market. Two Nobel...
 
52.
Frontline (1983 TV Series)
Episode: Inside the Meltdown (2009)
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Frontline investigates the 2008 economic meltdown and offers an inside look at what caused the crisis and who, if anyone, could have stopped it. (60 mins.)
 
53.
Nova (1974 TV Series)
Episode: Mind Over Money (2010)
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Nova examines the science behind making financial decisions and investigates why economists did not anticipate the 2008 financial crisis.
 
54.
Outsourced (2006)
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After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman (Hamilton) heads to India to train his replacement. (103 mins.)
Director: John Jeffcoat
 
55.
Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)
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Railroad executive Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden form an alliance to fight the increasingly authoritarian government of the United States. (97 mins.)
Director: Paul Johansson
 
56.
Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012)
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Railroad owner Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden search desperately for the inventor of a revolutionary motor as the U.S. government continues to spread its control over the national economy. (111 mins.)
Director: John Putch
 
57.
Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Approaching collapse, the nation's economy is quickly eroding. As crime and fear take over the countryside... (99 mins.)
Director: J. James Manera