On the Trading Floor: 5 Movies About Wall Street

Wednesday, January 11 by Steve Silverman

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<p>While most people may have money invested in mutual funds, stocks or their company’s 401K program, quite a few people look at Wall Street as some enchanted land of <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/mystery-779/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>mystery</a> far beyond their comprehension. Perhaps that’s why Hollywood turns to <a href=Wall Street and investments with surprising frequency as a subject for feature films. Many movies show how the system can be corrupted and that a few corrupt individuals can cause shocking problems.

“Rogue Trader” (1999).

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<p>This is the story of <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/british/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>British</a> stock trader Nick <span data-scayt_word=Leeson, who brought down an established British trading house in the span of just a few days with a number of unauthorized trades. Played by Ewan McGregor, the rogue trader was able to win the confidence of his superiors and then make trades that clients never wanted nor confirmed. The film demonstrated how easy it is to destroy financial lives in a very short period of time.