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The Greatest Movies About Making Money 

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Updated March 6, 2020 9.4k votes 1.9k voters 145.3k views 42 items

Whether they are about gambling, business, or planning a good heist, making money movies have made millions for Hollywood. The top making money movies have even won Academy Awards for the actors who played characters that known how to work the system. This is a list of movies about doing business, featuring everything from The Wolf of Wall Street to Citizen Kane to American Hustle.

What films will you find on this list of the best making money movies? You won't be surprised to see Glengarry Glen Ross here. Alec Baldwin's opening monologue in the 1992 film epitomized corporate greed and showed the plight of struggling salesmen as they try to make the deal and get the leads. Wall Street is another great movie about making money. The Big Short followed the story of a few smart money men who spotted – and profited from – the 2008 recession before anyone. Other great films featured on this top money making movies list include 21, The Secret of My Success, and Moneyball.

Which film about making money is your favorite? Give the best movies a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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The Wolf of Wall Street ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

Released: 2013

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort. An ambitious stockbroker (Leonardo DiCaprio) tells ...more

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Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

Released: 1990

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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The Big Short is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling

Released: 2015

Directed by: Adam McKay

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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Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen

Released: 1987

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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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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Casino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods

Released: 1995

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Casino is a 1995 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with ...more

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The Pursuit of Happyness... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

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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Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The 2001 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and features an ensemble cast ...more

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War Dogs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
David Petrić added Alastair Duncan, Vincent Riotta, Emma Croft

Released: 1994

Directed by: Stelvio Massi

War Dogs is a 1994 action film written by Daniel Stone and directed by Stelvio Massi.
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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Landis

Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. It tells the story of an upper-class commodities broker and a homeless street ...more

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Blow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
David Petrić added Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ted Demme

Blow is a 2001 American biopic about the American smuggler George Jung, directed by Ted Demme. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter's 1993 book for the screenplay. It is based ...more

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The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

Released: 2010

Directed by: David Fincher

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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Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

Released: 2011

Directed by: Bennett Miller

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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21 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 2008

Directed by: Robert Luketic

21 is a 2008 American drama film directed by Robert Luketic and stars Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, and Aaron Yoo. The film is inspired ...more

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American Hustle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

Released: 2013

Directed by: David O. Russell

American Hustle is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell. It was written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and ...more

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Lord of War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
David Petrić added Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

This film is a 2005 film written, produced and directed by Andrew Niccol and co-produced by and starring Nicolas Cage. It was released in the United States on September 16, 2005, with the DVD ...more

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Boiler Room is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Ben Affleck, Vin Diesel, Nia Long

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ben Younger

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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Office Space is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley, Mike Judge

Released: 1999

Directed by: Mike Judge

Office Space is a 1999 American comedy film written and directed by Mike Judge. The film satirizes the everyday work life of a typical mid-to-late-1990s software company, it focuses on a handful ...more

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American Made is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
David Petrić added Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson

Directed by: Doug Liman

American Made (previously known as Mena) is a biographical criminal drama-thriller film directed by Doug Liman, written by Gary Spinelli, and starring Tom Cruise. The film is based on the life ...more
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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
pherm10 added Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Released: 1983

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. A remake of the 1932 film of the same name, Scarface tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony ...more

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The Banker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
The Banker Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Mackie

Released: 2019

Directed by: George Nolfi

The Banker is a 2019 American drama film written and directed by George Nolfi. Two African American entrepreneurs, Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) attempt to ...more

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Glengarry Glen Ross is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1992

Directed by: James Foley

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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Buffaloed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Zoey Deutch, Judy Greer, Jai Courtney

Released: 2020

Directed by: Tanya Wexler

Buffaloed is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Tanya Wexler. After getting into some trouble, Peg Dahl (Zoe Deutch) finds herself crippled by debt, and with her chances of a brighter ...more
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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto

Released: 2000

Directed by: Mary Harron

American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by Mary Harron, based on the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Wealthy New York City investment banking ...more

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Frances Conroy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Frank Oz

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz, and a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story. A sophisticated con artist (Michael Caine) and an arrogant hustler ...more

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