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The Best Movies About Business  

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List Rules Movies about the business end of business.

When it comes to the hustle and bustle of Wall Street, a good old rags to riches story, the fascination of private companies and their daily function, the economics of different currencies, and the dream of being the next great entrepreneur in the risky world of business, even Hollywood can't stay away. That's great for moviegoers, though, as some of the best films are about life in the business world.

Some of the movies on this list feature more of a fictional setting that provide great entertainment while others dramatize real-life events, such as the founding of Facebook in The Social Network. Whether you’re looking for a comedy or a drama, the business world is where it's at.

What are the best movies about business? These are! Wall Street, Risky Business, The Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball, Ocean’s Eleven, Herb and Dorothy, The Secret of My Success, and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.

Vote up your favorite business film and vote down the movies that should have declared bankruptcy. And, if your favorite isn't on the list, add it!

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The Founder is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by John Lee Hancock. In 1954, an unsuccessful traveling salesman, Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), is selling Prince Castle brand ...more
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Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen
Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen. The film tells the story of Bud ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie
The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more

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buymenow2005 added Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling
The Big Short is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Adam McKay, based on the 2010 book by Michael Lewis about the 2007-2008 financial crisis. A group of investors bet ...more

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buymenow2005 added Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith
The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film features Will ...more

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Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara
The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of ...more

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Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty transfers ...more

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Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright
Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on Michael Lewis's 2003 ...more

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buymenow2005 added Demi Moore, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons
Margin Call is a 2011 American independent drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The story takes place over a 36-hour period at a large Wall Street investment bank and highlights the ...more
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Ben Affleck, Vin Diesel, Nia Long
Boiler Room is a 2000 American drama film written and directed by Ben Younger, and starring Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Ben Affleck, Nicky Katt, Scott Caan, Tom Everett Scott, Ron ...more

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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Business
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There Will Be Blood is a 2007 American epic drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. The film was inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel ...more

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buymenow2005 added Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner
Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by ...more

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buymenow2005 added Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey
Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play of the same name, and directed by James Foley. The film depicts two days ...more

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buymenow2005 added Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci
Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more

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Matt Damon
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Paul Giamatti, James Woods, Topher Grace
Too Big to Fail is a U.S. television drama film first broadcast on HBO on May 23, 2011 based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's non-fiction book Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and ...more
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Cindy Crawford, Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater
The Secret of My Success is a 1987 American comedy film produced and directed by Herbert Ross, and starring Michael J. Fox and Helen Slater. The screenplay was written by A.J. Carothers, Jim ...more

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Joy is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell. A divorced mother (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes the founder and matriarch of a powerful family business
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buymenow2005 added Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
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The Great Gatsby is a 2013 Australian-American 3D drama film based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. The film was co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo ...more

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High Flying Bird is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Business
André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg
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buymenow2005 added Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Charlie Sheen, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon
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Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Business
Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B
Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York magazine's 2015 article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler. A crew of savvy ...more
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Salma Hayek, Rose Byrne, Tiffany Haddish
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