On the Trading Floor: 5 Movies About Wall Street

Wednesday, January 11 by Steve Silverman

“Trading Places” (1983).

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This classic comedy with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd is about how corrupt the financial system is and how easy it is for the rich and powerful to manipulate the system. Aykroyd plays a privileged and moneyed investor (Louis Winthorpe III) while Murphy (Billy Ray Valentine) is a homeless man who begs for money on the street. The Duke brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) debate whether it’s heredity or environment that makes the man and they manipulate the system so Murphy and Aykroyd reverse their positions. Winthorpe and Valentine manage to overcome the Duke brothers and get rich while sending the two crooked manipulators to the poor house.

“Wall Street” (1987).

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<p>This movie seemed to reflect the high times of investors in the late <span data-scayt_word=1980s in which super rich investors like Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) control and manipulate the stock market by getting inside information and then acting before the rest of the investors. The movie pointed the finger of guilt at big investors who don’t have any more knowledge of the market than anyone else, they just act illegally to profit from information that they should never legally have had in the first place.