Money, power, murder, deception and greed are all found in the top movies about money. According to Forbes.com, Oliver Stones’ 1987 film Wall Street is the best movie ever made about money. With many awards under its belt, including a Golden Globe for Michael Douglas, it’s obvious that at least in Hollywood “greed is good.”
10. Brewster’s Millions (1985) – Montgomery Brewster (Richard Pryor) is left 30 million dollars by a rich relative. Only this money comes with a caveat—he has to spend it all in 30 days in order to get 300 million more. Of course he can’t tell anyone and hilarity ensues.
9. American Psycho (2000) – Before he was Batman Christian Bale was coldly and methodically murdering friends, lovers and strangers as well-dressed, materialistic, investment banker Patrick Bateman. Shallow, soulless, and psychotic, Bateman has no trouble chopping up people as long as his apartment is perfect and bank balance is huge.
8. Glengarry Glen Ross ( 1992) – Based on the Pulitzer-winning play by David Mamet this is the ultimate real estate film. A desperate group of real estate salesmen suffer in a down market, a sales contest is launched and anyone who fails loses his or her job. Regarded by some as a critique of the impact of Reaganomics.
7. Casino (1995) – Two mobster friends ( Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci) navigate their mob-infested ways in the casinos of Las Vegas in the 70s. Sharon Stone plays the table-side hustler and De Niro love interest. To each of them, making money is all that matters.
6. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) – A thief’s dying words lead a group of motorists across country to find hidden fortune.
5. Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – George Clooney and Brad Pitt lead an all-star cast plan to rob three of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas in one night. Is stealing still wrong if the guy you’re stealing from is an a-hole? Remake of 1960 Rat Pack original.
4. Boiler Room (2000) – A college dropout (Giovanni Ribisi) gets a job at a investment firm which gives him fast success; however, the job might not be as legit as it sounds. No wonder coveting is a sin.
3. The Sting (1973) – The classic con movie set in 1930’s Chicago. Hustle and Leverage would probably have never existed with Newman and Redford pulling a big scam in the hopes of winning a fortune from a criminal banker.
2. Trading Places (1983) – A snobbish investor ( Dan Aykroyd) and a street con artist ( Eddie Murphy) are plucked from their lives and dropped in each others as part of a bet by two aging and uncaring millionaires—will the hustler be able to fit into the well-bred world of high-finance and what will a blueblood do to survive when tossed out on the street? It’s nature versus nurture, only funnier.
1. Wall Street (1987) – Gordan Gekko (Michael Douglas), a heartless yet successful stockbroker, guides a young man willing to do anything (including insider trading) to get to the top. A perfect portrayal of the greed and corruption that colored the 80s.