Money The Greatest Movies About Making Money  

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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 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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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 2 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

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Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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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

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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The Big Short is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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Blow is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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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.

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Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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American Hustle is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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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 21 is a 2008 American heist 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 ...more

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The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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Office Space is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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Lord of War is listed (or ranked) 17 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

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Boiler Room is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Ben Affleck, Vin Diesel, Nia Long Boiler Room is a 2000 American crime 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, ...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 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 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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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe American Psycho is a 2000 American psychological thriller comedy film co-written and directed by Mary Harron, based on Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 novel of the same name. It stars Christian Bale, ...more

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The Secret of My Success is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
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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Glengarry Glen Ross is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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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 starring Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenne Headly. The screenplay was written by Dale Launer, Stanley ...more

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Billionaire Boys Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey Billionaire Boys Club is a 2018 American biographical crime drama film directed by James Cox. Led by their fellow preppie friend Joe Hunt (Ansel Elgort), a group of wealthy boys in 1980s Los ...more

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Jobs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Ashton Kutcher, James Woods, J.K. Simmons Jobs is a 2013 American biographical drama film based on the life of Steve Jobs, from 1974 while a student at Reed College to the introduction of the iPod in 2001. It is directed by Joshua ...more

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Molly's Game is listed (or ranked) 27 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

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Gung Ho is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Michael Keaton, John Turturro, Clint Howard Gung Ho is a 1986 Ron Howard comedy film, released by Paramount Pictures, and starring Michael Keaton and Gedde Watanabe. The story portrayed the takeover of an American car plant by a Japanese ...more

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The Company Men is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones The Company Men is an American drama film, written and directed by John Wells. It stars Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones. It premiered at the 26th Sundance Film ...more

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Middle Men is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Kelsey Grammer, James Caan, Terry Crews Middle Men is a 2009 comedy-drama film directed by George Gallo and written by Gallo and Andy Weiss. It stars Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht and James Caan. The movie is based on ...more

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Capitalism: A Love Story is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Robert Powell Capitalism: A Love Story is a 2009 American documentary film directed, written by and starring Michael Moore. The film centers on the late-2000s financial crisis and the recovery stimulus, while ...more

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Arbitrage is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Laetitia Casta Arbitrage is a 2012 American thriller drama film directed by Nicholas Jarecki and starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, and Brit Marling. Filming began in April 2011 in New York City. ...more

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Antitrust is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Tim Robbins, Ryan Phillippe, Claire Forlani Antitrust is a 2001 thriller film written by Howard Franklin and directed by Peter Howitt. Antitrust portrays young idealistic programmers and a large corporation that offers significant money, ...more

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Startup.com is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Startup.com is a 2001 documentary film that chronicles the dot-com start-up phenomenon and its eventual end. The film follows e-commerce website govWorks and its founders Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and ...more

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Indie Game: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Indie Game: The Movie is a 2012 documentary film by Canadian filmmakers James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot. The film documents the struggles of independent game developers Edmund McMillen and Tommy ...more

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The Prime Gig is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Movies About Making Money
Vince Vaughn, Ed Harris, Julia Ormond The Prime Gig is a 2001 film directed by Gregory Mosher, starring Vince Vaughn, Julia Ormond, and Ed Harris. The Prime Gig debuted at the Venice, London, and Los Angeles film festivals, and was ...more