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The stock market is complicated, but it’s also incredibly fascinating. What makes it so fascinating? Well, there are many things. For one thing, it’s a giant global financial system that affects every aspect of our daily lives. For another thing, it’s filled with high drama and excitement (as anyone who has watched The Wolf of Wall Street can attest). But most importantly: stock market movies provide a lot of great entertainment!
Trading Places (1983)
Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod. The film stars Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliott, Paul Gleason and Brian Dennehy. It tells the story of two wealthy brothers who create a bet based on how the intrinsic value of corporate stocks are changing over time: if one’s stock portfolio performs better than another’s over a certain period of time (one year), then the loser must switch places with his counterpart for one week per year for ten years — an arrangement which allows each brother to ‘experience’ what it would be like to live like the other.
Wall Street (1987)
This movie is set in Wall Street during the 1980s, when corporate raiders were making millions. It tells the story of Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), a young stockbroker who gets involved with Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), a ruthless corporate raider. The movie depicts the excesses of that era and was nominated for four Oscars® including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Douglas). It was based on the 1987 book by former stock broker Edwin Lefevre called Greed and Glory on Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman.
Other People’s Money (1991)
This 1991 film is about corporate takeovers, as well as a hostile takeover of a publicly traded company. It’s based on the play by John L. Balderston and the book by Stephen Frears (the latter of which was adapted into a screenplay by David Rayfiel). The movie is directed by Norman Jewison, who also directed such films as In the Heat of the Night and Fiddler on the Roof.
Boiler Room (2000)
Boiler Room is a movie about a fictitious New York brokerage firm that hires young men to sell stocks to investors. The main character is Vinny (Giovanni Ribisi), who starts out as a legitimate stockbroker and becomes involved with his boss’s illegal money laundering scheme. The movie was based on a true story, written by Ben Younger and directed by Ben Younger.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith. Based on a true story, this movie follows Chris Gardner (Smith), who goes from being homeless to becoming a millionaire. It’s an uplifting story that shows the importance of family, friends and optimism in helping you to succeed in life.
The title of The Pursuit of Happiness is a misspelling of a sentence from the United States Declaration of Independence. According to Chris Gardner, Thomas Jefferson wrote that happiness is not given; it is something that must be pursued.
Margin Call (2011)
A financial crisis movie about the 2008 financial crisis, Margin Call is one of those movies that asks how far people will go before they’re pushed over the edge. It’s also nominated for a Golden Globe award and directed by J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost).
The movie stars Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany and Demi Moore as members of a Wall Street firm in the midst of chaos when they realize they’re going to lose money on their investments. The film was written by J.C. Chandor and Stanley Weiser.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street is a movie about the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, who was convicted for fraud in 2008. The movie is based on his autobiography titled ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ This film focuses on the stock market and how people make money from it. The main character also teaches others how to do this as well throughout the movie.
This film explores greed among other things, but what makes this film so great is that you get to see a part of history unfold before your eyes; it’s like being there without actually being there! It shows how people got rich by doing something illegal, but who cares if they’re happy right? There are some parts where you can’t help but feel sorry for these guys because they’re living life on top with all these riches while others are struggling just to survive everyday life, but then again maybe that’s why they’re so happy because no matter what happens around them (like when one guy loses everything) they’ll always have their money at least.
The Big Short (2015)
It’s based on Michael Lewis’ book of the same name, which tells the story of how a handful of investors made billions predicting and betting against an impending financial crisis. The movie condenses this into a two-hour dramedy starring Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling.
Money Monster (2016)
Lee Gates, a financial guru, runs a show where he delivers investing advice. During a shoot, an enraged Kyle, who has lost money after investing in a Gates-backed company, kidnaps him.
Money Monster is a 2016 American crime thriller film directed by Jodie Foster and written by Jamie Linden, Alan Di Fiore, and Jim Kouf based on Di Fiore and Kauf’s tale. George Clooney (who also co-produced the film) starred alongside Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitrona Balfe, and Giancarlo Esposito.
Stock market movies provide a lot of entertainment, but they don’t really tell you anything about investing.
If you’re watching a movie about the stock market and learning something new, it’s probably a good idea to check your expectations. The stock market has plenty of interesting quirks, but it doesn’t have much in common with how movies portray it.
The good thing about movies is that they can be fun and entertaining. We’ve seen some great film characters over the years, from Gordon Gekko (Wall Street) to John Nash (A Beautiful Mind). But just because these characters are entertaining doesn’t mean we should take their advice as gospel when investing in real life! You may want to talk about how this character would handle your portfolio or what his/her financial situation looks like today, but don’t take any movie advice too seriously.
- The stock market is a fascinating thing, and it’s great that these movies are able to bring some of its magic to the screen.
- But make no mistake: they’re not documentaries. They’re not going to teach you anything about investing or trading, either in general or for yourself personally.
- The best thing about them is that they’re entertaining, which means that if you’re looking for something fun (or even just interesting) to watch on Netflix or Amazon tonight then look no further!
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Q1. What idea is the stock market based on?
Answer – The efficient market hypothesis (EMH) or theory asserts that share prices represent all information. The EMH proposes that stocks trade on exchanges at their fair market value. EMH proponents argue that investing in a low-cost, passive portfolio benefits investors.
Q2. Is ‘Boiler Room’ based on a true story?
Answer – It’s based on an event the screenwriter, Ben Young, had a few years ago when he was hired for a boiler room job. This scene arose from an incident Younger had five years prior, when he accompanied an acquaintance working in a boiler room to a similar gathering.
Q3. Is the movie The Big Bull based on a true story?
Answer – The film’s plot is based on true financial market events that occurred between 1990 and 2000, involving Harshad Mehta and his financial crimes. The film’s plot is based on true financial market events that occurred between 1990 and 2000, involving Harshad Mehta and his financial crimes.