On the Trading Floor: 5 Movies About Wall Street

Wednesday, January 11 by Steve Silverman

“Boiler Room” (2000).

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This movie tells the story of how those on the lower end of Wall Street sell huge dreams to unsuspecting individuals who have no real idea of how the market works and how easily they can lose their money. Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) and Chris Varick (Vin Diesel) work for a firm that pumps and dumps stocks so the company can profit while individual investors lose money. This film demonstrates that when investors don’t know what they are doing, they can easily get fleeced.

“Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (2005).

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This film provided the details of Enron, which was the 7th largest company in the United States and became bankrupt in less than a year because of the company’s ability to manipulate the market due to greed and phony promises. The film tells the inside story of Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andy Fastow and how they fooled their employees and the public at an unprecedented level.