movie review http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11310/all en-US 25 Great Movies About Money http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-movies-about-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-great-movies-about-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5351882736_9e190e05e9.jpg" alt="Watching movies" title="Watching movies about money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I first started researching this article, I figured I&rsquo;d find a dozen decent movies based on money. I was wrong. There are hundreds of films out there with money at the core, and why not? Money makes the world go around, after all. It plays a part in all of our lives, so it&rsquo;s no surprise that so many filmmakers have chosen to focus on it.</p> <p>I boiled the list down to the best 25 that show a variety of themes across many different genres and ratings. Some are family films, others for the adults only, and some are documentaries. However, money is a major feature in each one...and hopefully you&rsquo;ll learn a little something from them, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a Redbox DVD Rental Again</a>)</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/boiler_room.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Boiler Room</em> (2000) &ndash; Thriller, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi</p> <p>An investment drama that crosses <em>Wall Street</em> with <em>Glengarry Glen Ross</em> (both on this list) <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0780631536/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0780631536&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Boiler Room</em></a> is a good effort from a young cast. The basic premise is simple &mdash; a savvy college dropout turns from running an illegal casino to a seemingly legal investment business that&rsquo;s based on very aggressive cold-calling. But obviously the bubble has to burst at some point, and when that happens, the real drama begins.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/brewsters_millions.jpg" />&nbsp;</p> <h3><em>Brewster&rsquo;s Millions</em> (1985) &ndash; Comedy, Rated PG</h3> <p>Starring: Richard Pryor, John Candy</p> <p>A classic from the 80s, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Brewsters-Millions-Richard-Pryor/dp/B000063UR3/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308256038&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Brewster's Millions</em></a> features Pryor as a minor league baseball player who is given an offer he can&rsquo;t refuse &mdash; spend $30 million in 30 days and have nothing to show for it, and he gets $300 million. He also can&rsquo;t tell anyone about the deal, and that&rsquo;s when the laughs come thick and fast. Everyone thinks he&rsquo;s nuts as he spends money like a drunken sailor on the most frivolous things, but he soon discovers spending serious money is not as easy, or as fun, as he thinks.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/capitalism.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Capitalism: A Love Story</em> (2009) &ndash; Documentary, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Michael Moore</p> <p>Moore is a polarizing figure. The left think he&rsquo;s a crusader for the working man, the right thinks he warps the truth for his own agenda. But love him or hate him, he knows how to make documentary movies. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Capitalism-Love-Story-Michael-Moore/dp/B0030Y11XS/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308256060&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Capitalism: A Love Story</em></a> deals with American democracy and capitalism, taking aim at Reagonomics, George W. Bush, and the free enterprise system that led to the collapse of the U.S. economy. But where did all the money go? And who&rsquo;s to blame?</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/casino.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Casino</em> (1995) &ndash; Crime Drama, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci</p> <p>Although I prefer <em>Goodfellas</em>, which also deals with money, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Casino-Robert-Niro/dp/B000C20VPA/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308256547&amp;sr=1-2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Casino</em></a> is all about the evils of money. Set in the 70s, it centers around Ace Rothstein (DeNiro), a gambling genius with ties to the mob. They ask him to run the Tangiers casino, and he turns the place into a gold mine. But with success comes the usual trouble, with blonde bombshell hustler Ginger (Stone) and brutal mobster Nicky Santoro (Pesci) taking full advantage of Ace.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/color_of_money.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>The Color of Money</em> (1996) &ndash; Drama, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise</p> <p>A sequel to the original Paul Newman film <em>The Hustler</em>, this Martin Socrcese movie concerns money, exploitation, and revenge. Cruise is Vincent Lauria, a hot-shot pool player without a clue. Newman is &ldquo;Fast&rdquo; Eddie Felson, a former hustler who knows how to play the game. One of my favorite quotes of all time is from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Color-Money-Paul-Newman/dp/B000035Z5G/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308774424&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>The Color of Money</em></a> &mdash; &ldquo;If you got an area of excellence...you're the best at something, anything...then rich can be arranged.&rdquo;</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" p="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/enron.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room</em> (2005) &ndash; Documentary, Rated R</h3> <p>Directed by: Alex Gibney</p> <p>Some movies have a profound affect on you, leaving you more angered and frustrated than you ever thought possible. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Enron-Smartest-Guys-Room/dp/B000C3L2IO/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308340188&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room</em></a> is one such movie. It documents the faulty and utterly corrupt business practices of the Enron corporation, who abused California&rsquo;s deregulated electricity market to make billions of dollars. This resulted in suicides, 20,000 people losing their jobs, and one of the largest bankruptcies in modern history.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/firm.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>The Firm</em> (1993) &ndash; Thriller, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman</p> <p>Cruise plays Mitch McDeere, a bright young lawyer who is scooped up by a small but lucrative law firm. He gets suspicious when he finds out how many lawyers have died at the firm, and soon discovers its ties with the mob. A key scene in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Firm-Tom-Cruise/dp/0792164962/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308793991&amp;sr=8-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>The Firm</em></a> for me comes when his wife wishes for the days when they didn't have money and were scrabbling for change to buy pizza.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/glengarry.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Glengarry Glen Ross</em> (1992) &ndash; Drama, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin</p> <p>Worth watching just for the infamous Alec Baldwin monologue, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Glengarry-Glen-Ross-Al-Pacino/dp/B00005JKG9/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308352190&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Glengarry Glen Ross</em></a> was penned by David Mamet and is filled with rich, intelligent dialog. The whole movie centers on a Chicago real-estate office going through tough times. Each salesman is under immense pressure to close sales or lose their jobs, and we see how far people will go in search of the mighty dollar. A stunning movie. And remember, coffee&rsquo;s for closers.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/iousa.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>I.O.U.S.A.</em> (2008) &ndash; Documentary, Rated PG</h3> <p>Directed by: Patrick Creadon</p> <p>The national debt of the United States is growing at a rapid rate. As a nation, we&rsquo;re hooked on credit, we save less than we ever have before, and the nation can no longer survive on what it collects through taxes. That&rsquo;s the picture painted by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/u-s-David-Walker-Peterson-Foundation/dp/B001P9G3HE/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308352226&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>I.O.U.S.A.</em></a>, and it&rsquo;s bleak to say the least. As we follow the U.S. Comptroller General David Walker across the country, we see the damage that has been done, and the economic disaster on the horizon.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/indebtwetrust.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>In Debt We Trust</em> (2007) &ndash; Documentary, Rated R</h3> <p>Directed by: Danny Schechter</p> <p>Similar to <em>I.O.U.S.A.</em> in many ways, but with a more personal slant, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Debt-We-Trust-Danny-Schechter/dp/B000NDFLWG/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308352523&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>In&nbsp;Debt We Trust</em></a> analyses the growing trend of &ldquo;borrow now, pay later&rdquo; that is sweeping the nation. We used to owe less than we had in our savings accounts, but that&rsquo;s no longer the norm. Now, we put more and more on credit and pay the minimum. But what impact will this have on the younger generation, and the world? The warning this film delivers is scarier than any horror flick.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/indecent.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Indecent Proposal</em> (1993) &ndash; Drama, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson</p> <p>Imagine you&rsquo;re in real dire financial straits. You could lose everything unless you get money, and quick. Now imagine a millionaire offers you $1 million to spend just one night with your significant other. Would you take it? And what would happen if you did? A powerful examination of human nature and morality, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Indecent-Proposal-Robert-Redford/dp/B00005Y1UX/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308352889&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Indecent Proposal</em></a> is a film worth watching to see just how money can twist your sense of right and wrong, and the damage it can do.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/wonderful_life.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>It&rsquo;s a Wonderful Life</em> (1946) &ndash; Drama, Not Rated</h3> <p>Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore</p> <p>One of the most beloved movies, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Its-Wonderful-Life-60th-Anniversary/dp/B000HEWEJO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308708920&amp;sr=8-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>It's a Wonderful Life</em></a> teaches us all a thing or two about the true meaning of life and the hold money can have on us. George Bailey (Stewart) has led the picture-perfect life in Bedford Falls. But when he loses $8,000 and puts the whole town in jeopardy, he contemplates suicide. That's when his guardian angel appears, to show him what life would be like if he'd never existed. A truly wonderful film.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/jerry.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Jerry Maguire</em> (1996) &ndash; Drama/Romance, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding, Jr.</p> <p>My friends would tell me that if I turned up to work unusually happy, they knew I'd watched <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Jerry-Maguire-Tom-Cruise/dp/0800141741/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308709439&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Jerry Maguire</em></a>. It tells the story of Jerry Maguire, a sports agent who grows a conscience and writes a mission statement to his company &mdash; fewer clients, less money. He's fired, he loses his clients and his fiancée, and his career is in ruins. But that's when he discovers what matters most, and who matters most, in a tale that can melt the stoniest of hearts.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/maxed_out.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Maxed Out</em> (2006) &ndash; Documentary, Not Rated</h3> <p>Directed by: James D. Scurlock</p> <p>Another movie about the debt crisis consuming America, director James D. Scurlock uses satire from Louis C.K. and music from Coldplay to add some flavor to the tough subject of financial doom. Noting similarities between the credit industry and the drug trade, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Maxed-Out-Beth-Naef/dp/B000OU081M/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308709763&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Maxed Out</em></a> examines the predatory lending practices of some of the biggest financial institutions and ask that age old question &mdash; why? Filled with great knowledge, this is unmissable.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/money_pit.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>The Money Pit</em> (1986) &ndash; Comedy, Rated PG</h3> <p>Starring: Tom Hanks, Shelley Long</p> <p>Anyone thinking of buying a used home should stay well clear of this movie for a while. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Money-Pit-Tom-Hanks/dp/B00007GZQZ/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308794039&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>The Money Pit</em></a> is the story of a happy couple who buy a &quot;too good to be true&quot; home for a bargain price. Everything looks great until they move in, and the entire house begins to fall to pieces. They soon go from happy to frantic as the house consumes every cent they own, and the home becomes metaphor for their troubled relationship. Great laughs throughout.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/oceans_11.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Ocean&rsquo;s Eleven</em> (2001) &ndash; Crime Thriller, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts</p> <p>I apologize to any purists out there who prefer the original to the remake, but I happen to like Soderbergh&rsquo;s version of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015I2TRS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0015I2TRS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Ocean's Eleven</em></a> a little better. In this crime caper, money is the root of all evil. Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) owns a chain of casinos in Vegas, and takes pleasure in destroying the competition in order to build his empire. Danny Ocean gathers a crew to rob him of his fortune. But there&rsquo;s a deeper story involving Danny&rsquo;s ex.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/office_space.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Office Space</em> (1999) &ndash; Comedy, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Ron Livingston</p> <p>A wonderful piece of social satire from director Mike Judge, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Office-Space-Special-Flair-Widescreen/dp/B000AP04L0/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308773101&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Office Space</em></a> concerns the humdrum lives of workers at a software company. Their jobs are deeply dull, they&rsquo;re facing layoffs, and they&rsquo;re terrified of being unemployed. It all changes though when Peter Gibbons gets hypnotized and basically stops caring &mdash; which results in getting a huge promotion. With his friends in the firing line, they all hatch a plan. One of the five funniest movies ever made.</p> <p><img width="120" height="153" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/one_percent.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>The One Percent</em> (2006) &ndash; Documentary, Not Rated</h3> <p>Directed by: Jamie Johnson</p> <p>What is the one percent? Well, it refers to the wealthiest Americans who control 38% of the nation's wealth. And in this documentary by Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson &amp; Johnson fortune, we discover some of the brutal facts about trickle-down economics, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the future of America. Warren Buffett disowned granddaughter Nicole after she appeared in the documentary. Ouch. Available on <a href="http://www.netflix.com">Netflix</a>.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/other_people.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Other People&rsquo;s Money</em> (1991) &ndash; Comedy Drama, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck</p> <p>DeVito is &ldquo;Larry The Liquidator,&rdquo; a merciless investor who buys companies, rips them apart and sells off the assets to make millions. But when he comes up against a mom-and-pop company, he gets more than he bargained for &mdash; a sassy and attractive lawyer, and a relative of the owners, who can play the same dirty games as Larry. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Other-Peoples-Money-Danny-DeVito/dp/B0006J28N2/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308773142&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Other People's Money</em></a> is a funny and touching story about the importance of people&rsquo;s lives over that of the might dollar.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/happyness.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>The Pursuit of Happyness</em> (2006) &ndash; Drama, Rated PG-13</h3> <p>Starring: Will Smith, Thandie Newton</p> <p>Based on the true story of Christopher Gardner, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pursuit-Happyness-Widescreen-Will-Smith/dp/B000N6U0E2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308794824&amp;sr=8-2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>The Pursuit of Happyness</em></a> is a rags-to-riches story that really tugs at your heart strings. Gardner (Will Smith) has a job trying to sell over-priced medical equipment, and it's not going well. His wife leaves him, he has to care for his young son, and he's got no income. Then one day he sees a guy driving a sports car and asks how he did it. He decides to become at trainee stock broker, unpaid and in dire financial straits.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/rogue.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Rogue Trader</em> (1999) &ndash; Drama, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Ewan McGregor, Anna Friel</p> <p>Remember Nick Leeson, the trader who single-handedly brought down Barings Bank? Well, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rogue-Trader-Ewan-McGregor/dp/B00002RAPA/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308773406&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Rogue Trader</em></a> is the story of one of the biggest investment failures in recent history. Nick is a skilled trader who assigned to work in Jakarta, but in an attempt to save money, Barings allows him to operate floor trading and back office facilities. This results in him breaking all kinds of trading rules, generating losses that quickly become impossible to recover.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/slumdog.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Slumdog Millionaire</em> (2008) &ndash; Drama, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Dev Patel, Freido Pinto, Anil Kapoor</p> <p>Winner of eight Oscars, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Slumdog-Millionaire-Dev-Patel/dp/B001P9KR8U/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308773848&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Slumdog Millionaire</em></a> is an often heart-wrenching tale about a Mumbai teen who becomes a contestant on <em>Who Wants To Be A Millionaire</em>. When he starts getting answers correct that should be way beyond his general knowledge, he&rsquo;s accused of cheating and interrogated. But through a series of flashbacks, we see that events from his life gave him this knowledge. One of the best movies of the last decade.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/sting.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>The Sting</em> (1973) &ndash; Crime Comedy, Rated PG</h3> <p>Starring: Robert Redford, Paul Newman</p> <p>Set in 1936 Chicago, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sting-Paul-Newman/dp/0783225873/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308795236&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>The Sting</em></a> follows two con men who are looking to get revenge on a major crime boss in town. And they know his weakness &mdash; gambling on the horses. What follows is an elaborate sting operation to separate the man from his money without him ever knowing he was part of a &quot;long con.&quot; Winner of seven Academy Awards, and with ragtime music by Scott Joplin, <em>The Sting</em> is a masterful movie that I watch every year.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/trading_places.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Trading Places</em> (1983) &ndash; Comedy, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy</p> <p>Are titans of industry born to do it, or are they made? Will people resort to crime if pushed too far? These are the questions that two super-rich older brothers ask each other, and to find out they concoct a nasty plan. They ruin the life of their successful commodities trader and bring a bum from the streets in to replace him. What follows in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Trading-Places-Eddie-Murphy/dp/B00003CXD3/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308795548&amp;sr=1-2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Trading Places</em></a> are some of the funniest moments ever captured on film. A classic comedy, with great acting and a great story.</p> <p><img width="160" height="160" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/wall_street.jpg" /></p> <h3><em>Wall Street </em>(1987) &ndash; Thriller, Rated R</h3> <p>Starring: Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen</p> <p>&quot;Greed is good&quot; spits Gordon Gekko, a ruthless stock broker who worships money and the power it brings him. Bud Fox is a young broker desperate to work with him, and the lure of success puts Fox on a path that leads to insider trading, shady business deals, fast cars, and fast women. Set in New York in the late eighties, the height of &quot;yuppie&quot; culture, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Street-Insider-Trading-Michael-Douglas/dp/B0038Z5T4Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1308795826&amp;sr=1-2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Wall Street</em></a> is a fast-paced film that puts a magnifying glass on greed.</p> <p>Did I miss anything exceptional? Or just one of your favorites? Chime in, let us know any other movies about money that are worth a watch.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-movies-about-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Peterson Foundation</a> that focuses on the national debt of the United States. I finally watched it this weekend and I am glad that I did. Although this review is one year late, I think the topics addressed in I.O.U.S.A. are even more important now for the Americans who despise debt.</p> <p>The two main characters in the film are David Walker of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and Bob Bixby of the <a href="http://www.concordcoalition.org/">Concord Coalition</a>. David Walker served as the Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for ten years. The GAO is a part of the legislative branch of the government responsible for auditing the vast federal budget of the United States for waste and inefficiency so Walker is extremely qualified to speak about government spending. In the film he partnered up with Bob Bixby and a couple other foundations to run Financial Wakeup Tours around the country that educated people about the national debt and deficit spending. These two men are obviously passionate about their cause, but what I found a bit sad was that they were almost like modern Cassandras because it seemed that very few people were listening. For example, Bixby was interviewed by a local news station at a Financial Wakeup Tour, but that story did not make the news at all.</p> <p>The film gave a quick history of how the United States racked up so much debt, and also gave a summary of the four major deficits America is facing now. The four deficits were named as the federal budget deficit, the savings deficit, the trade deficit, and leadership deficit. These were all explained in an easily understandable manner. </p> <p>The <strong>federal budget deficit</strong> is caused by the government spending beyond its means. This year the federal budget deficit is an astronomical $1.6 trillion. </p> <p>The <strong>savings deficit</strong> is caused by American households living beyond their means. This has been very obvious in the past couple years as easy credit drove savings rates to negative territory. However, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/americans-savings-rate-up-to-almost-7-who-benefits">savings rates seem to be heading back up this year</a> so perhaps people are starting to see the problem with debt. </p> <p>The <strong>trade deficit</strong> was explained by Warren Buffet in the movie and he talked about &quot;Squanderville&quot; and &quot;Thriftville.&quot; The basic gist is that America imports much more goods than it exports, and although this could last a while it cannot last forever. </p> <p>Finally, the <strong>leadership deficit</strong> seems to be the worst problem of all. Most politicians get elected on platforms of tax cuts and public spending, and that just pushes the deficits higher and higher.</p> <p>Some of the film's content was a little prophetic. One man said that it would take a crisis for Americans to change their ways, and perhaps that is happening now. At the time of the filming the national debt was up to around $9 trillion. The end of the film stated that the national debt would be $10 trillion in 2009, and I am sure that sounded a bit alarmist then. However the fact is that the national debt is now 11.8 trillion and increasing at the rate of $100 million a month. According to the Treasury, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125270970074004941.html?mod=googlenews_wsj">the current debt ceiling of $12.1 trillion may be reached in mid October</a> and Congress would have to raise the ceiling again soon. I think it is amazing and frightening how much the national debt has grown in just one single year.</p> <p>I liked this film very much because it was very educational and strictly non-partisan. The national debt is something every American resident should care about because it does affect each individual's financial health. The United States will need to start to live within its means by cutting spending and/or increasing revenue and it does not seem like that is happening because everyone wants more public spending and less taxes. The final point of the film is that people need to vote with the national debt in mind, because it is immoral to spend the money of future generations.</p> <p>You can watch a<a href="http://www.iousathemovie.com/"> 30 minute version of I.O.U.S.A. online</a>, or watch it through instant play on Netflix. It is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001P9G3HE?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=stuffies-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001P9G3HE">also available on DVD</a> (affiliate link).</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/iousa-the-movie-a-review-one-year-later">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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