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The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big

Updated May 12, 2020 2.0k votes 533 voters 51.8k views30 items

List RulesVote 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
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    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2013

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    The Great Gatsby

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire

    Released2013

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    The Great Gatsby is a 2013 romantic drama film directed by Baz Luhrmann, based on the 1925... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed byMary Harron

    American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Scarface

    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1983

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, and a remake of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Limitless is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Limitless

    Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

    Released2011

    Directed byNeil Burger

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    Casino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Casino

    Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro

    Released1995

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Goodfellas

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Billionaire Boys Club is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Billionaire Boys Club

    Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Cox

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    The Color of Money is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    The Color of Money

    Tom Cruise, Paul Newman

    Released1986

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Cruel Intentions

    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Kumble

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett

    Released1999

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Trading Places

    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Sunset Boulevard

    William Holden, Buster Keaton

    Released1950

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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    The Hunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    The Hunt

    Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin

    Released2020

    Directed byCraig Zobel

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    Arbitrage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Arbitrage

    Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere

    Released2012

    Directed byNicholas Jarecki

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    Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Citizen Kane

    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd

    Released1941

    Directed byOrson Welles

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    Margin Call is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Margin Call

    Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany

    Released2011

    Directed byJ. C. Chandor

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    Greed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Greed

    Steve Coogan, David Mitchell

    Released2020

    Directed byMichael Winterbottom

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    Boiler Room is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Boiler Room

    Ben Affleck, Vin Diesel

    Released2000

    Directed byBen Younger

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    In Time is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    In Time

    Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2011

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

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    After The Wedding is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    After The Wedding

    Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore

    Released2019

    Directed byBart Freundlich

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    The Toy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    The Toy

    Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Driven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies with Rich People Spending Big
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    Driven

    Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace

    Released2019

    Directed byNick Hamm

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