Chinese New Year is coming along the corner. This means it is perfect time to catch up on some movies that you always have been wanting to watch. Here are 11 movies that investors should watch that will keep you occupied during the Chinese New Year.
Trading Places (Rated R)
Trading Places is a hit 1983 comedy, directed by John Landis, featuring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. Aykroyd is an investment broker while Murphy hustles to make money on the streets. They end up switching places on a bet. In the end, they team up to use their brain power to make a bundle in investments. It’s an enjoyable escape for any movie viewer that might plant seeds of inspiration.
Stream it on Prime Video, Redbox, Apple TV, and more.
The Wolf of Wall Street (Rated R)
If you’re looking for a true story that is also a cautionary tale, catch The Wolf of Wall Street. Leonardo DiCaprio plays real-life stockbroker Jordan Belfort in this 2013 film directed by Martin Scorsese. It follows his triumphs on Wall Street before his fall into corruption. Beware of where greed can take you when watching this movie that is.
**This is a wealthdojo’s favorite.
Stream The Wolf of Wall Street on Amazon Prime, DIRECTV STREAM, Showtime, and more.
American Psycho (Rated R)
Christian Bale is best known for his portrayal of the superhero, Batman. However, go back to the year 2000 to catch him in American Psycho, directed by Mary Harron. In this film, Bale is an investment banker by day. At night, he’s secretly a serial killer wreaking havoc on the city. The movie gives viewers a peek at what life is like for people who wheel and deal in investments where the stakes are high.
Stream it on DIRECTV STREAM, HBO Max, and more.
Rogue Trader (Rated R)
Rogue Trader, directed by James Dearden, follows Ewan McGregor on a journey as he portrays Singapore trader, Nick Leeson. He balanced on a tight wire of risk management. In the end, he caused the collapse of Barings Bank, a stellar merchant bank that ranked at the top on a global level.
Watch this 1999 film on Amazon Prime.
Wall Street (Rated R)
When you think about the stock market, you can’t help but relate it to Wall Street in New York City. This has been the heart of the financial district for the United States. The stock exchange dates back to 1792. The 1987 movie Wall Street focuses on the ambitious stockbroker played by Charlie Sheen. Directed by Oliver Stone, it’s educational for anyone who wants an inside look at analysts, brokers, and traders.
Check it out on Hulu + Live TV, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and more.
The Wizard of Lies (Rated TV-MA)
The Wizard of Lies stars Robert DeNiro as the infamous Bernie Madoff, a businessman who turned out to be a fraud. Director Barry Levinson exposes Madoff for his criminal activity on Wall Street as he took money from investors to increase his own wealth. He ended up going to prison.
Catch this 2017 film on HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Vudu, and more.
Margin Call (Rated R)
If you’re wondering what happens behind the scenes in investment banks on Wall Street, watch Margin Call. Directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Zachary Quinto, it will give you a chance to watch 24 hours on the edge of your seat as a bank approaches the disaster of the financial crisis that struck in 2008.
Stream Margin Call on Netflix, Prime Video, and more.
The Big Short (Rated R)
The Big Short, directed by Adam McKay and starring Ryan Gosling follows a group of investors in the middle of the 2000s who wagered on the housing market before it was ready to crash.
**This is another wealthdojo’s favorite.
Watch it on Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, and more.
Quicksilver (Rated PG)
Quicksilver is an 80s film starring Kevin Bacon. Directed by Thomas Michael Donnelly, it follows Bacon who is a stock trader who loses it all. He starts over as a bike courier, gets mixed up in frightening intrigue, and makes his way back to the market. It’s a great tale for anyone who needs to have a new beginning.
Watch it on Tubi, Vudu, Apple TV, and more.
Working Girl (Rated R)
Working Girl, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Melanie Griffith, is a film that follows one woman’s journey from secretary to the top of the business ladder. Griffith has a brilliant idea stolen by boss, Sigourney Weaver. Griffith trades places with her for a while and launches her own career. Learn how anyone can succeed in the business world when you watch this flick.
Catch on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and more.
Glengarry Glen Ross (Rated R)
If you want to see what’s really going on in the real estate world, catch greats like Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, and Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. This film directed by James Foley paints a picture of corruption.
Watch it on Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more.
Let’s brighten the mood this Chinese new year!
These are tough times for financial markets. Everyone has had to tighten their belts and look for ways to spare their wallets. Inflation keeps going up with no end in sight. There’s no better moment to focus on investing to give yourself some peace of mind. If you know how to sock money away or make your current savings grow, it will help you to weather any storm.
Pop some popcorn, pour yourself a drink, and give yourself a day to line up your pick of films that show you what investing is all about. They will either inspire you or tell you what not to do when investing.
Chengkok is a licensed Financial Services Consultant since 2012. He is an Investment and Critical Illness Specialist. Wealthdojo was created in 2019 to educate and debunk “free financial advice” that was given without context.
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