14. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
Similar to the infamous name of Bernie Madoff, the former energy company Enron has also become a well-known name — but not for good reasons.
At the end of 2001, it was revealed that Enron reported top financial conditions, but it was false and there was an orchestrated plan to commit accounting fraud and inflate stock prices. Quickly, Enron went from the seventh-largest US company to bankruptcy in less than a year!
This documentary directed by Alex Gibney follows the company’s rise and fall, plus the fallout from the executive leaders to the thousands of employees.
These films are a must-see for every aspiring financial professional, but even if you aren’t pursuing a career in the sector, they can provide you a glimpse into the chaotic and occasionally absurd world of finance.
However, as the phrase goes, “truth is stranger than fiction,” and as events like the 2008 recession, Enron’s fall, and the Madoff scam have demonstrated, real-life can be far more unbelievable than any Hollywood tale.