20+ Mind-Boggling Movies Like Big Short That Will Make You A Financial Wizard! 

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I’ve watched plenty of movies that deal with finance. So, I wanted to bring to you some top mind-boggling movies like The Big Short (2015). 

If you want to know why I wanted to share these movies with you, then it’s because they are rich in educational and entertainment value. I believe that the benefits should be mutual, i.e., I alone should not be gaining financial wisdom from movies like The Big Short. We have always looked at financial professionals through a rose-tinted lens. It’s understandable why. Their unbelievable stories of success, and excess risk-taking behaviors, that almost always result in them making millions can be put to blame. 

I hope that watching even a few of these finance films deliver their promised tragedy followed by comedy, catastrophe leading to redemption to the mass audience.

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It is advisable to stay knowledgeable about the financial world. It helps you make smarter decisions, make sensible investments, and lead to an overall understanding of the economic terrain. However, almost all of us are too busy to pick up a fat book on finance in today’s world. So, movies like The Big Short come to our rescue. 

Here are some facts about The Big Short:

  • Running Time: 130m
  • Release Date: December 11, 2015
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
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Now, here are some financial movies like The Big Short that deal with finance, financial professionals, savvy traders, and even con men! Keep reading this article to pile up such movies on your overflowing watching list! 

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1# The Wizard Of Lies (2017)

20+ Mind-Boggling Movies Like Big Short That Will Make You A  Financial Wizard! 

The Wizard Of Lies (2017) is an American crime drama  biopic movie inspired by the non-fiction book The Wizard Of Lies by Diana B. Henriques, who happened to be the first one to interview Bernie Madoff

The film chronicles the rise and fall, mostly the latter, of Bernie Madoff, a successful and influential financier, broker, and consultant—all until 2008. The company that he founded on Wall Street in the early 1960s had run the largest fraud in U.S. history— the Ponzi scheme. The scheme robbed billions of dollars from unsuspecting clients.

  • Running Time: 132m
  • Release Date: May 20, 2017
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alessandro Nivola, Hank Azaria, Nathan Darrow, Kristen Connolly, Kathrine Narducci, Diana B. Henriques
  • Director: Barry Levinson
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
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2# Money Monster (2016)

20+ Mind-Boggling Movies Like Big Short That Will Make You A  Financial Wizard! 

Money Monster (2016) is a crime thriller movie that follows television financial expert Lee Gates, his show’s producer Patty, and his crew as they are put in a desperate situation after being taken as hostages by their investor.

The investor had lost everything he had and forcefully took over their studio. Now Lee and Patty must work hand-in-hand to figure a way out of this situation. And while doing that, they will uncover a mystery behind a conspiracy at the root of today’s fast-moving, developed global market.

In this race against time, will they succeed?

  • Running Time: 1h 38m
  • Release Date: May 13, 2016
  • Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitríona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito
  • Director: Jodie Foster
  • IMDb Rating: 6.5/10
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3# Joy (2015)

20+ Mind-Boggling Movies Like Big Short That Will Make You A  Financial Wizard! 

Joy (2015) is an American biographical comedy-drama film that follows the titular character Joy as she rises to become a successful and independent businesswoman.

Her journey wasn’t easy. She has made sacrifices for other people throughout her life at the cost of her dreams. For example, she chose not to attend college to help her parents through their divorce. However, she has always had a passion for creating things. This passion fueled her to manufacture a new product— a self-wringing mop.

But even at that stage, there will be things to fight off and several disappointments to face. Like, such fighting through the narrow-mindedness of business executives, and troublesome legal issues. In this movie, see how Joy rose to the top despite her life being at an all-time low.

  • Running Time: 2h 4m
  • Release Date: December 25, 2015
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Édgar Ramírez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Bradley Cooper
  • Director: David O. Russell
  • IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

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4# All The Money In The World (2017)

20+ Mind-Boggling Movies Like Big Short That Will Make You A  Financial Wizard! 

All The Money In The World (2017) is a crime drama movie inspired by a 1995 novel by John Pearson, Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty.

Set in 1973, the film chronicles the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III, grandson of a billionaire oil tycoon who is a  hopeless miser. Even his favorite grandson’s abduction can’t make him part with his money. But Paul’s mother, who has always chosen her son’s well-being over anything else, is determined to get him back. 

In this race against time, with the kidnappers getting more brutal with every passing minute,will the mother manage to get her son back? Will love prove to be greater than the value of money?

  • Running Time: 135m
  • Release Date: December 25, 2017
  • Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

5# Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

20+ Mind-Boggling Movies Like Big Short That Will Make You A  Financial Wizard! 

Set in the mid-1980s, Dallas Buyers Club (2013) is an American biographical film that revolves around Rol Woodroof, an electrician. Here are a few things about Ron, he’s racist and homophobic. He engages in heavy smoking, heavy drug usage, and lots of casual sex. 

Once, Ron landed up in the hospital for some work-related injury. The doctors there found that Ron had HIV and was likely to die in 30 days. Initially, Ron was in denial. How could he have a disease that mostly “faggots” have?

But after he came to terms with his illness, he started to work hand-in-hand with doctor Vass. A doctor, whose license had been revoked by the U.S. due to AIDS-related work going against guidelines. He provided medicines to other HIV+ people with the doctor’s help and a transgender woman who suffers from the same disease. But, will they manage to help people? Or will they get caught?

  • Running Time: 117m
  • Release Date: November 1, 2013
  • Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O’Hare, Steve Zahn, Michael O’Neill, Dallas Roberts, Griffin Dunne
  • Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

6# Thank You For Smoking (2006)

20+ Mind-Boggling Movies Like Big Short That Will Make You A  Financial Wizard! 

Thank You For Smoking (2006), is an American satirical comedy film adapted from the novel Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley. 

The film follows Nick Naylor, a Big Tobacco spokesperson, trying to establish no link between tobacco and lung diseases. He’s talented in spinning arguments in favor of the cigarette industry, even in the greatest of troubles. Nick wants to stay as a role model for his son, who now lives with his estranged wife. However, he is seduced by an ambitious reporter, Heather, who makes him disclose the confidential details of his business. 

But again. Nick is good at speaking. Even after losing the job due to the bad PR, he defended himself in front of the Senate committee. 

  • Running Time: 92m
  • Release Date: March 17, 2006
  • Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, David Koechner
  • Director: Jason Reitman
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

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7# Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

20+ Mind-Boggling Movies Like Big Short That Will Make You A  Financial Wizard! 

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) is an American comedy-drama movie adapted from the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me? by Lee Israel. 

After Lee’s career as a writer failed miserably, she succumbed to alcoholism and started forging letters from deceased authors to sell. Her deception does manage to fetch her some money. And then, Lee starts swapping authentic letters from libraries and archives with duplicated ones. Her drinking partner Jack Hock assists her in this crime. 

Her forgery and theft do manage to get her some money. But, she and Jack get caught. Will this be the end of Lee and her writing career? Or will she manage to get out of this?

  • Running Time: 1h 46m
  • Release Date: October 19, 2018
  • Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Jane Curtin, Ben Falcone, Tim Cummings, Stephen Spinella, Christian Navarro
  • Director: Marielle Heller
  • IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Here Are Some More Movies Like  Big Short | You Can’t Miss These!

Movie’s NameDirectorIMDb RatingRunning TimeWhere To Watch!
The FounderSteven Soderbergh7.7/101h 56mNetflix, Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes
Too Big To FailCurtis Hanson7.3/101h 39mDisney+ Hotstar, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO
The Wolf Of Wall StreetMartin Scorsese8.2/103hHulu, Disney+, ESPN+, Netflix, Prime Video
The Social NetworkDavid Fincher7.8/102hNetflix, Prime Video, iTunes
The AviatorMartin Scorsese7.5/102h 50mNetflix, Prime Video, Hulu
Manchester By The SeaKenneth Lonergan7.8/102h 17mNetflix, Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play
DemolitionJean-Marc Vallée7.0/101h 41miTunes, Google Play, Vudu
The Ideas Of MarchGeorge Clooney7.1/101h 41mNetflix, Prime Video, Google Play, Hulu
Bridge Of SpiesSteven Spielberg7.6/102h 22miTunes, Instant Video, Vudu, Google Play
The Trial Of The Chicago 7Aaron Sorkin7.7/102h 9mNetflix, YouTube
ArbitrageNicholas Jarecki6.6/101h 47mInstant Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Pluto,
The Informant!Steven Soderbergh6.5/101h 48mPrime Video, Redbox., Apple TV, Vudu
All The Money In The WorldRidley Scott6.8/102h 12mNetflix, Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes
Ocean’s ElevenSteven Soderbergh7.7/101h 56mHulu Plus, Instant Video, iTunes, Vudu

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Final Words

If I missed out on any of your favorite financial movies like The Big Short –let me know about it in the comment section down below! Also, tell me what lessons you gained from it or why you liked it. 

Antra Koul
Antra Koul
For me, writing is something that helps me escape from reality for a while. Even though I am an Engineer, I find my comfort from chaos while I write. I love telling people about my stories, stories that play in my mind only. When I am writing, there is no limit to how far I can go swimming in this deep ocean of words. Reading and writing are the two things that help in organizing my messed up thoughts in a formative way. Come along on this journey with me as I write and you read the stories that I have to tell!

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