Wall Street Movies – The Top Ten

Here is the definitive ranking of the top ten Wall Street movies.

(NB. Movie revenues sourced from IMDB.)

 


1 Wall Street [1987]

Director Oliver Stone evidently set out to make the best ever Wall Street recruitment film. He achieved his ambition magnificently.

Budget($) Opening Weekend($) Gross($)
15,000,000 4,104,611 43,848,100

Best line from the  film-

Gordon Gekko: The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.

 


2 The Wolf of Wall Street [1987]

An ingenious re-make of It’s a Wonderful Life, but with a clever twist and more drugs.

Budget($) Opening Weekend($) Gross($)
100,000,000 18,510,000 116,866,727

Best line from the  film-

Jordan Belfort: [in an ad] The world of investing can be a jungle. Bulls. Bears. Danger at every turn. That’s why we at Stratton Oakmont pride ourselves on being the best. Trained professionals to guide you through the financial wilderness. Stratton Oakmont. Stability. Integrity. Pride.

 


3 Trading Places [1987]

A rigorous behavioral analysis of the age-old conundrum: nature (as in nativism or innatism) or nurture (as in empiricism or behaviorism). With a few laughs along the way.

Budget($) Opening Weekend($) Gross($)
7,348,200 88,621,914

Best line from the  film-

Louis Winthorpe III: I had the most absurd nightmare. I was poor and no one liked me. I lost my job, I lost my house, Penelope hated me and it was all because of this terrible, awful Negro.

 


4 The Big Short [1987]

An important film on the role that wigs and bad hair played in the financial crisis of the mid 2000s.

Budget($) Opening Weekend($) Gross($)
28,000,000 705,527

Best line from the  film-

Jared Vennett: Tell me the difference between stupid and illegal and I’ll have my wife’s brother arrested.

 


5 Boiler Room [1987]

If you like telephones – the good old-fashioned kind that you can cradle under your chin and write tickets – this film is for you.

Budget($) Opening Weekend($) Gross($)
8,000,000 6,722,884 16,938,179

Best line from the  film-

Broker: I know you’re not standing on your front porch with a bag of money waiting for me to call you. But I’m not some 18-year-old selling a cure for AIDS. I’m 46 years old, I have 22 years market experience, I know this business. So pick up your skirt, grab your balls, and lets go make some money.

 


6 Margin Call [1987]

Late night angst and much staring out of windows. It’s like 24, but without Jack Bauer, CTU, field-ops, President Palmer, terrorist plots, non-stop action, troubled teenage daughters, torture ethics, or bad guys with strange accents. OK, nix those last two, there are bad guys and strange accents here.

Budget($) Opening Weekend($) Gross($)
3,500,000 561,904 5,354,039

Best line from the  film-

John Tuld: Maybe you could tell me what is going on. And please, speak as you might to a young child. Or a golden retriever. It wasn’t brains that brought me here; I assure you that.

 


7 Rogue Trader [1987]

What the young Nick Leeson did before he became a famous after-dinner speaker.

Budget($) Opening Weekend($) Gross($)
12,800,000 269,871 969,565

Best line from the  film-

Peter Baring: I’ve discovered it’s not actually terribly difficult to make money in the securities business.

 


8 Pi [1987]

A short health and safety film on how to deal with headaches.

Budget($) Opening Weekend($) Gross($)
60,000 31,069 3,216,970

Best line from the  film-

Maximillian Cohen: 9:22, Personal note: When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun, so once when I was six, I did. At first the brightness was overwhelming, but I had seen that before. I kept looking, forcing myself not to blink, and then the brightness began to dissolve. My pupils shrunk to pinholes and everything came into focus and for a moment I understood.

 


9 Too Big to Fail [1987]

Action-packed look at the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome. Here is the story of personal lust for wealth and power, and the shattering effects… [is this the right film?]

Budget($) Opening Weekend($) Gross($)

Best line from the  film-

Richard Fuld: Screw Warren Buffett.

 


10 Arbitrage [1987]

Richard Gere. Nice suits. Dodgy behaviour.

Budget($) Opening Weekend($) Gross($)
12,000,000 2,002,165 7,918,283

Best line from the  film-

Robert Miller: When I was a kid, my favorite teacher was Mr. James. Mr. James said world events all revolve around five things. M – O – N – E – Y.


 

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