A List of interesting Finance and Economics Documentaries/Short Films

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1.
The Money Masters (1996 Documentary)
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The Money Masters is a 1996 documentary film that discusses the concepts of money, debt, taxes, and describes their development from biblical times onward. (210 mins.)
 
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Inside Story (1974 TV Series)
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25 Million Pounds details the collapse of Barings Bank in the mid 1990s primarily by a broker called Nick Leeson...
 
3.
Horizon (1964 TV Series)
Episode: The Midas Formula (1999)
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Horizon is BBC Two's flagship 50-minute science documentary series. In September 2004 it celebrated... (50 mins.)
 
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Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002 Mini-Series)
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The people, ideas, and events that created our current world economy. (360 mins.)
 
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Frontline (1983 TV Series)
Episode: Bigger Than Enron (2002)
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Investigative journalist documentaries. (60 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
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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
 
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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005 Documentary)
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A look at the impact of the retail giant on local communities. (98 mins.)
 
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In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Bursts (2006 Documentary)
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Just a few decades ago, owing more money than you had in your bank account was the exception, not the rule. (90 mins.)
Director: Danny Schechter
 
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Money as Debt (2006 Documentary)
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The monetary systems practiced through modern banking. (47 mins.)
Director: Paul Grignon
Stars: Bob Bossin
 
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Affluenza (2006 Short Film)
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It's a relatively new word in the vocabulary of America, the idea that we are raising a generation of kids who are spoiled... (22 mins.)
 
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China Rises (2006 TV Series)
Episode: Getting Rich (2006)
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Stars: Norman Yap
 
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Maxed Out (2006 Documentary)
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When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America's Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality-America is... (90 mins.)
 
14.
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006 Documentary)
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A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources. (84 mins.)
 
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The Story of Stuff (2007 Short Film)
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For most of the world, consumption has been the unquestioned duty of every individual. Then garbage... (21 mins.)
Director: Louis Fox
 
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Confessions of an Economic Hitman (2007 Documentary)
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In front of an angry audience somewhere in Latin America, a North American discloses the secret network that used the World Bank... (90 mins.)
 
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The Ascent of Money (2008 Documentary)
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Niall Ferguson takes us on a historical adventure through the ascent of money, applying fact and opinion throughout.
Director: Adrian Pennick
 
18.
The End of Poverty? (2008 Documentary)
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A phenomenal discourse on why poverty exists when there is so much wealth in the world. A must see for anyone wanting to understand not only the US economic system but the foundations of today's global economy. (106 mins.)
Director: Philippe Diaz
 
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Let's Make Money (2008 Documentary)
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Most of us don't know where their money is. However, one thing is for certain, it's is not in the bank to which we entrusted it. The bank and our money is already a part of the cycle of the global money market. (110 mins.)
 
20.
Super Rich: The Greed Game (2008 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: John O'Kane
 
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Super Rich: The Greed Game (2008 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: John O'Kane
 
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I.O.U.S.A. (2008 Documentary)
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Few are aware that America may be on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. explores the country's shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster. (85 mins.)
Director: Patrick Creadon
 
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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
 
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Collapse (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness. (82 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
 
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The Shock Doctrine (2009 Documentary)
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An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance. (79 mins.)
 
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The Money Fix (2009 Documentary)
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Money is at the intersection of nearly every aspect of modern life. Most of us take the monetary system for granted... (79 mins.)
Director: Alan Rosenblith
 
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Million Dollar Traders (2009 TV Series)
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Eight ordinary people are given a million dollars, a fortnight of intensive training and two months to run their own hedge fund. Can they make a killing? (60 mins.)
 
28.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
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Overdose (2010 Documentary)
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In times of crisis people seek strong leaders and simple solutions. But what happens when their solutions are identical to the mistakes that caused the very crisis? (47 mins.)
Director: Martin Borgs
 
30.
Chasing Madoff (2010 Documentary)
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A look at how one investigator spent ten years trying to expose Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme that scammed an estimated $18 billion from investors. (91 mins.)
Director: Jeff Prosserman
 
31.
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.)
 
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GasHole (2010 Documentary)
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About the history of oil prices and the future of alternative fuels. (101 mins.)
 
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GasLand (2010 Documentary)
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An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved. (107 mins.)
Director: Josh Fox
 
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To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America (2010 Documentary)
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For 30 years, Muhammad Yunus helped 7.5 million Bangladeshi move out of poverty. Can he help women in Queens NY to achieve their American Dream? (74 mins.)
Director: Gayle Ferraro
 
35.
Trading on Thin Air (2010 Documentary)
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Trading on Thin Air examines the carbon market and whether big business is capitalizing on environmentalism in order to make money. (78 mins.)
Director: Susan Kucera
 
36.
Unraveled (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on Marc Dreier, the once-prominent Manhattan attorney who was arrested for orchestrating a massive fraud scheme that netted over 700 million dollars from hedge funds. (84 mins.)
Director: Marc H. Simon
 
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Debtocracy (2011 Documentary)
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Debtocracy seeks the causes of the Greek debt crisis and proposes solutions sidelined by the government and the dominant media. It follows countries like Ecuador that created debt Audit Commissions and tracks this process in Greece.
 
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The Party's Over: How the West Went Bust (2011 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
39.
VPRO Backlight (2002 TV Series)
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A thriller based on actual events that takes you to the heart of our automated financial world. Based... (50 mins.)
 
40.
Four Horsemen (2012 Documentary)
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The modern day Four Horsemen continue to ride roughshod over the people who can least afford it. Crises are converging when governments... (97 mins.)
Director: Ross Ashcroft
 
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Catastroika (2012 Documentary)
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The creators of Debtocracy, analyze the shifting of state assets to private hands. They travel round the world gathering data on privatization and search for clues on the day after Greece's massive privatization program. (87 mins.)
 
42.
97% Owned (2012 Documentary)
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97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This... (130 mins.)
Director: Michael Oswald
 
43.
Money & Life (2013 Documentary)
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MONEY and LIFE is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that makes a provocative proposition:... (86 mins.)
Director: Katie Teague
 
44.
Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013 Documentary)
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Nearly 100 years after its creation, the power of the U.S. Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets... (104 mins.)
Director: Jim Bruce
 
45.
Gasland Part II (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that declares the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth... (125 mins.)
Director: Josh Fox