Best movies about money | Fortune

Welcome to Oscar season, the awards show that kicks off a thousand memes, dresses and best picture debates.

The nominations come out on January 24th, and like most years, the best movies are all over the map. But we almost always see a movie about money, a universal theme that most of us can relate to. this year, Everything Everywhere Simultaneouslysci-fi adventure featuring the most terrifying of villains: an IRS auditor.

Wall Street, Margin Call, Wolf of Wall Street all this attracted the attention of the Academy and the audience. But which movies about money have we got the most? We decided to ask some top executives about the finance-focused movies that helped shape their lives and careers. Here’s what they had to say.

Sally Kraucek
Co-founder and CEO of Ellevest
Favorite Money Movie: Working girl

Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford talk in a scene from Working Girl.
Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford in Working Girl.

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“This was a movie in the late 1980s about investment bankers on Wall Street. I grew up in Charleston, SC, so I didn’t really identify with Sigourney Weaver, Melanie Griffith, or Harrison Ford, but I definitely wanted to be them.

“Melanie Griffiths is a working girl from Staten Island who ends up taking Sigourney Weaver’s job and doing it brilliantly — and also gets Harrison Ford. In that way, it’s a somewhat problematic film that pits women against women.

“But an important lesson in money is that hard work pays off. You can overcome all boundaries, whether you’re from Staten Island or Charleston, as long as you work hard enough.

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Daymond John
Co-founder and CEO of FUBU; ABC Star Shark tank
Favorite Money Movie: Selling markets

“This movie is everything. I must have watched it 50 times. It makes me think, it makes me laugh.

“It’s about the titans of industry, capitalism at its core, the bigotry and the advantage that a few people have. It teaches us that we have more in common than we do, whether you’re a hooker, a valet, or someone from the hood, or someone who went to Harvard.

“I’ve always been afraid of that famous phrase in the movie: ‘Margin call, gentlemen!’ That was the first time I heard those words. Then the pandemic came and there was extra call time all over the world.

Ndamukong Suh
Defensive tackle, Philadelphia Eagles; founder, Suh Family Foundation
Favorite Money Movie: Big Short

“It’s a great movie, especially in times like this. It shows how we got into the real estate debacle—the mistakes people made by not understanding what they were getting into with these particular types of mortgages.

“If you’re not financially literate, it’s very easy to have the wool pulled over your eyes and you end up struggling and over-busy. There the world went. So many people were taken advantage of but if you are educated enough you will not be able to take advantage.

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Reid Hoffman
Co-founder of LinkedIn; partner, Greylock
Favorite Money Movie: The Hudsucker Proxy

Paul Newman and Tim Robbins in an elevator in a scene from The Hudsucker Proxy.
Paul Newman and Tim Robbins in The Hudsucker Proxy.

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“At the beginning Hudsucker proxyNorville Barnes (played by Tim Robbins) stands at the foot of New York’s tallest skyscraper, holding what he believes to be his ticket to the top, a simple sketch of a circle he’s been working on for “two or three years.”

“It turns out that Norville’s circle sketch really is a big idea — the Hula Hoop. Its implementation results in record profits for Hudsucker, success for Norville, and, inevitably, complications and the loss of Norville.

“In the end, business innovation and decency triumph over financial manipulation and greed. Norville retains control of Hudsucker Industries. He takes the girl.

“Sure, it’s a simple story. But as the Hula Hoop and the Frisbee prove, sometimes the simplest ideas are the most powerful. And the most fun.”

Dan Chung
CEO & CIO, Alger
Favorite Money Movie: The color of money

“Great cast, great music, great director. Paul Newman is a retired legendary pool player who imparts his wisdom along the way to Tom Cruise, a super-talented (but has no idea how to channel) young hunk.

“Investment management has that element because it takes both talent and experience to achieve great long-term results and build a great company.

“It’s a story about how important it is to do what you’re best at and what you love to really be alive.”

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Pam Hubner
CEO of US Brand Cards & Loans, Citi
Favorite Money Movie: For a

It follows the story of real-life entrepreneur Joy Mangano as she sets her goals high, bets on herself, juggles the struggles of her family life and works incredibly hard to succeed in business.

“These life skills are what I focus on every day in my career, and like Joy, I teach them to my students and aspiring entrepreneurs as they build their careers. I would recommend any working mom to watch this movie as a realistic reminder that while not perfect, there are paths to career success and personal fulfillment.

“As a mom to twin boys, I quickly had to accept the notion that my career is like a highway. Ideally, I drive in the fast lane, but it’s perfectly fine to move the car to the slower lane to manage your whole life. There have been long periods in my career where my work has been more important. When I had kids and my family started to become more important to me, I was able to move in and out of lanes as needed.

“Being a working mom like Joy is a master class in not sweating the small stuff, in allowing yourself to achieve all of your goals without saying, ‘I have to give up my career to be a good parent.'”


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