MOVIES AREN’T JUST FOR pure entertainment. They offer valuable lessons that you can apply to your personal or professional life, including strategies that can help you manage your money better. Whether you’re looking for a thriller, a drama, a documentary, a comedy or a film that offers a greater context of the housing bubble, the stock market and the consequences of financial corruption and crises, here’s a look at some of the best finance movies of the last 10 years.

‘Inside Job’ (2010)
This financial crisis-focused film won an Academy Award in 2011 for best documentary feature. “Inside Job” tops the charts as one of the best movies about the Great Recession. It depicts the endless greed on Wall Street with a series of high-profile interviews about the events leading up to the fall of our economy in 2008.

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (2013)
You know that adrenaline rush you feel while riding a roller coaster? “The Wolf of Wall Street,” a high-octane drama, will likely have you on the edge of your seat as you follow the journey of Jordan Belfort, an investment banker on Wall Street who scams his way from the middle class to a mansion and yacht while manipulating the stock market. His greed eventually gets the best of him, leading to financial ruin and jail time. Though this film depicts the excess spending and lavish lifestyle of investment bankers, the underlying message shows a wealthy man who lives an empty life and how money doesn’t bring him the happiness he thought it would. There are many financial lessons to take away from this entertaining film.

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