The summer is here and what better way to escape the heat and enjoy some low-key time than by watching some movies that are made to teach us about our favorite subject—finance and investing. Whether it’s teaching you about entrepreneurship, leaving a job you hate or the consequences of financial greed, these movies will surely help kick-start the season and possibly inspire you to change/reach your financial goals.
5. Office Space: Featuring Jennifer Aniston, Ron Livingston (1999)
“You see, what we’re actually trying to do here is, we’re trying to get a feel for how people spend their day at work… so, if you would, would you walk us through a typical day, for you?”
“Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door – that way Lumbergh can’t see me, heh heh – and, uh, after that I just sorta space out for about an hour.”
This late-90s comedy is the perfect example to demonstrate that you should never endure 8 hours in a place that you absolutely loathe. At the end of the film, you should learn that while becoming financially stable is an important factor, it’s not the only think that should matter—your happiness is equally as important.
4. Limitless: Featuring Bradley Cooper, Robert Di Nero (2011)
“In a down market, no one was making much. But, no one had NZT. Armed with Vern’s last eight hundred dollars, I made two thousand in a day. Next day, seventy five hundred. It was too slow. I’d need more capital. Banks weren’t lending to guys like me.”
This thriller is about a man who’s possibilities are “limitless” after he discovers a pill (NZT) that allows him to access parts of his brain untouchable by the average man–and what is the first thing he decides to do with his super human brain? Make a fortunate in the stock market. Of course not everyone is happy with his newly discovered knowledge. This movies teaches you while ambition is great, don’t bite off more than you can chew.
3. The Social Network: Featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake (2010)
“Drop the ‘The.’ Just ‘Facebook.’ It’s cleaner”
This film tells the story of now young millionaire and Facebook creator Mark Zuckenberg’s climb to success and fame. It teaches no matter what age you are, what obstacles your must face, are how small or large your idea may be —you can still make it big in this world. It also teaches you a little something-something about finding investors and contract negotiations.
2. A Perfect Murder: Featuring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Viggo Mortensen (1998)
“I mean screwing around is second oldest reason to kill someone.”
“Oh really, and what would be the first?”
This thriller is the perfect example to teach you what some people will resort to when facing vast amounts of debt. In this late 90s flick, Michael Douglas does some pretty crazy stuff when he ends up on the brink of bankruptcy after an investment goes wrong. Bottom line: debt is bad, really bad.
1. Wall Street: Featuring Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah (1987)
“The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.”
This movie, which also stars Michael Douglas, demonstrates how some people will sell their first born to make it big on Wall Street. In a nutshell, it explains how heavily power and greed can corrupt the human soul. The 2010 sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, featuring Shia LaBeouf is pretty good too.
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