Entertainment

The Greatest Movies About Making Money  

Ranker Film
8.9k votes 1.7k voters 129k views 39 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.

list ordered by
1
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
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
2
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
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
3
Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
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
4
Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
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
5
The Big Short is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
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
6
Casino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods
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
7
Blow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
David Petrić added Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts
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
8
Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney
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
9
The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
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
10
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
pherm10 added Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
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
11
War Dogs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
David Petrić added Alastair Duncan, Vincent Riotta, Emma Croft
War Dogs is a 1994 action film written by Daniel Stone and directed by Stelvio Massi.
12
Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd
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
13
Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
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
14
Lord of War is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
David Petrić added Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke
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
15
21 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne
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
16
American Hustle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro
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
17
The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
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
18
American Made is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
David Petrić added Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson
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
19
Boiler Room is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
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
20
Office Space is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley, 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
21
Billionaire Boys Club is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey
Billionaire Boys Club is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by James Cox. Led by their fellow preppie friend Joe Hunt (Ansel Elgort), a group of wealthy boys in 1980s Los Angeles ...more
22
Glengarry Glen Ross is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
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
23
Molly's Game is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
David Petrić added Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Molly's Game is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Based on the memoir by Molly Bloom, the film tells the true story of an Olympic-class skier (Jessica Chastain) ...more
24
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Frances Conroy
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
25
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto
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