Weekends are a great time to analyse your trades or improve your trading skills. At the same time, you might also like to unwind a bit and enjoy a movie. Over time, I saw some great trading movies and documentaries and today, I want to share them with you.
that will help you become a better trader.
While a lot of trading movies in the list below are just nice to watch, plenty of them (especially the documentaries) also share a lot of valuable trader’s wisdom. Having a relaxed time watching AND leaning something, talk about a good deal!
The best Trading movies
These are in my opinion the best trading movies around. Not in a specific order, but if I had to pick one, it would beThe Big Short. Here they are:
- Wall Street: The story of a wall street broker in the 1980’s. Money and greed, with a great performance of Michael Douglas. A classic.
- The Big Short: Great movie. I watched this movie shortly after I read Michael Lewis’ book (also called The Big Short). In my opinion, it tells the story of the housing market bubble in the most clear and understandable way and the performance of all characters is sublime. I could watch this every week.
- Margin Call: This movie tells the inside story of a couple of traders in a Wall Street bank, just when the whole market was about to crash down. Solid acting by Kevin Spacey.
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: The return of Gordon Gekko. Still as greedy and ruthless as ever, but there’s a different tone about this film. Quite different but arguably better than the first movie.
- Boiler Room: Does a good job of explaining how a boiler room works. A young man joins a firm of crooked stockbrokers and becomes a super-salesman, but comes to question the values of his co-workers.
- The Wolf of Wall Street: Describes the life of Jordan Belfort, a penny stock stockbroker that made millions selling these pink slip stocks. I actually really like this film, but not because of the excessive wealth and what most people think is Instagram-worthy shots. I enjoyed this because the acting is really good (Di Caprio is great, as well as Jonah Hill) and because it’s just such a good comedy. Well worth a watch.
- Trading Places: A trading comedy. A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. I’ve not actually seen this yet, but I’ve heard it is really good.
The best Trading documentaries
These are some of my personal recommendations; trading documentaries I’ve really enjoyed watching and are absolutely worth a look. Most of them are free to watch on Youtube:
- Trader: An absolute classic. Documentary about legendary hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones. While still rather young, the film shows Paul predicting the 1987 crash.
- : a 2-part BBC documentary on forex traders.
- : documentary about the people and business of the Chicago trading floors, and how they gradually got impacted by the introduction of electronic trading. Some traders adapted to electronic trading, some felt like it was cheating. Interesting movie.
- : BBC documentary telling the story of 10 novice traders working at a hedge fund during the mortgage crisis.
- : really interesting VPRO documentary about quants, the computer programmers and math wizards who create the algorithms that power a lot of trading today.
- Inside Job: Documentary narrated by Matt Damon, about the global financial crisis of 2008 and all of the factors that have led up to it.
- : BBC documentary from 1980 looking at the lives of three forex traders from NYC, London and Hong Kong. The tech isn’t relevant anymore, but the forex business still is.
- : explore the lives of those who live on Wall St.
- : Interesting 2-part documentary of the lives of traders in the financial district of London.
Which trading movie or documentary do you like the most? Let me know in the comments!