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The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big 

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Updated May 12, 2020 1.5k votes 489 voters 45.5k views 30 items

List Rules Vote up the best movies that demonstrate the extravagant, creative ways wealthy people live and spend their dollars.

The super wealthy can buy whatever they want, whenever they want. While that dream might not be attainable in real life, it's certainly fun to watch in the movies. The best movies with rich people spending big feature characters having a great time with their riches – and often paying the price for shady dealings. This is a list of the top movies about rich people including everything from Goodfellas to The Aviator to Cruel Intentions.

What films will you find on this list of the best rich people movies? In Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio portraying a gluttonous stock broker with an affinity for sex, drugs, and questionable business moves. Boiler Room is another good movie about rich people spending lots of money. Citizen Kane was one of the first movies with a rich and powerful protagonist that showed that money can't buy you happiness. Other top films found on this list include American Psycho, Scarface, and Indecent Proposal.

It's up to you to decide which movies about wealthy people balling out are the best of the best. Take a look at this list and give your personal picks a thumbs up to vote them up to the top.

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The Wolf of Wall Street ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

The Great Gatsby is a 2013 romantic drama film directed by Baz Luhrmann, based on the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A writer and wall street trader, Nick (Tobey Maguire), finds himself ...more

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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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Limitless is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Lee

Released: 2011

Directed by: Neil Burger

Limitless is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Neil Burger and starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, and Robert De Niro. It is based on the novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn.

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer

Released: 1983

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, and a remake of the 1932 film. In 1980s Miami, Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) rises up and becomes a powerful ...more

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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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Casino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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 Aviator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani

Released: 2004

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by John Logan and produced by Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, and Charles Evans, Jr.. It ...more

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Billionaire Boys Club is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey

Released: 2018

Directed by: James Cox

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
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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Kumble

Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film is an adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses, written ...more

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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

Released: 1941

Directed by: Orson Welles

Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and starring Orson Welles. The picture was Welles's first feature film. The film was nominated for Academy ...more

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Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson

Released: 1950

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Sunset Boulevard—stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.—is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. It was named after the ...more

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The Talented Mr. Ripley ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

Released: 1999

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. An adaptation of the 1955 Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name, ...more

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Boiler Room is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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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After The Wedding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup

Released: 2019

Directed by: Bart Freundlich

After the Wedding is a 2019 drama film directed by Bart Freundlich, and a remake of the 2006 film by Susanne Bier. Isabel (Michelle Williams), a co-founder of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to ...more
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Margin Call is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons

Released: 2011

Directed by: J. C. Chandor

Margin Call is a 2011 American drama film directed by J. C. Chandor. Over a 24-hour period during the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis, a group of employees at a Wall Street investment ...more

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Driven is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer

Released: 2019

Directed by: Nick Hamm

Driven is a 2019 drama film directed by Nick Hamm. John DeLorean's (Lee Pace) quest to design the ultimate car of the future leads to his downfall thanks to his friendship with an FBI
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The Hunt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts

Released: 2019

Directed by: Craig Zobel

The Hunt is a 2019 American action horror film directed by Craig Zobel. Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing with no idea as to how they got there or why they are there, unbeknownst to them, ...more
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Arbitrage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Arbitrage Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Laetitia Casta

Released: 2012

Directed by: Nicholas Jarecki

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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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more

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Greed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Steve Coogan, David Mitchell, Isla Fisher

Released: 2020

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom

Greed is a 2020 British satirical film directed by Michael Winterbottom. A billionaire high-street fashion mogul celebrates his 60th birthday on the island of Mykonos.

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Indecent Proposal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Demi Moore, Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson

Released: 1993

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Indecent Proposal is a 1993 drama film based on the novel of the same name by Jack Engelhard. It was directed by Adrian Lyne and stars Robert Redford, Demi Moore, and Woody Harrelson.

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All Good Things is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2010

Directed by: Andrew Jarecki

All Good Things is a 2010 drama mystery romance thriller film written by Marcus Hinchey and Marc Smerling and directed by Andrew Jarecki.

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In Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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Released: 2011

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

In Time is a 2011 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and produced by Andrew Niccol. In 2169, people are genetically engineered to stop aging on their 25th ...more

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