4. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
If you haven’t watched this Scorsese-directed movie about the rise and fall of a famous stock scammer, Jordan Belfort, then you are missing out on some of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill’s best performances.
Naturally, The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio was a given to be one of the best movies about Wall Street. And It’s also one of my personal favourites as well.
Just like Barbarians’ pump and dump, The Wolf of Wall Street is based on real-life events (though again with a large parsing of dramatics), around the infamous Stratton Oakmont, an over-the-counter brokerage firm, and a pump-and-dump scheme that helped IPO several large public companies during the late 80s and 90s.
This film follows the true story of Jordan Belfort, who started as a small-time stockbroker and rose the ranks to becoming one of the wealthiest Wall Street guys in a few years. Well, he did not legally get to that level and his investment firm was taken down by the federal government.
While the movie is embellished for entertainment, many parts of the movie are based on Jordan Belfort’s autobiography that he wrote. Besides the entertainment, it serves as an insight into the craziness of Wall Street in the 90s and as a warning about greed. The movie was nominated for five Oscars and other numerous awards.