The Top Ten Trading Movies……Yeah, Don’t Think So!

Recently Futures Magazine put out a piece entitled “Top 10 Trading Movies.”  Take a look at their list.

  1. Trading Places (1983)
  2. Too Big To Fail (2011)
  3. Rogue Trader (1999)
  4. Margin Call  (2011)
  5. Boiler Room (2000)
  6. Working Girl (1986)
  7. Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
  8. Pi (1998)
  9. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
  10. Inside Job (2010)

Personally I think the list is weak in both content and order, I mean what the hell is “Pi?”  (I’ll tell you what it is, it’s some editor’s attempt to be hip; like those people who tell you about some great movie you “just have to see,” because it won Best Screenplay the Independent Spirit Awards).

You can take “Rouge Trader,” “Margin Call,” and “Too Big To Fail” off the list because they are heavy-handed docudramas.  Throw out “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” and “Inside Job” because even though the events these documentaries cover are factual, the smarmy and one-sided way they are presented is a turn off.

“Working Girl?”  Do I even need to say it?

Despite the fact that “Barbarians at the Gates” is a docudrama, it is done with a light, and at times comedic touch.  It chronicles the excesses of the 80’s (in the context of the RJR Nabisco LBO) without sounding like a lecture from Barney Frank, so it stays on the list.

“Trading Places” and “Boiler Room” are no brainers.

Where the list really falls down though in my opinion is by not including “Wall Street.”  I don’t care how cliché’ it is, that movie is probably responsible for at least half the people who are reading this right now to have tried trading at some point.  (The exclusion however of awful “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” was a wise and admirable choice).

I would round the list out with “TRADER” the fascinating 1987 PBS profile piece on Paul Tudor Jones (watch it below before YouTube takes it down again).

In my book there just aren’t ten good trading related movies out there, so this is my “Top 5 Trading Movies” list.  What do you think of it and what are your suggestions?

  1. Wall Street (1987)
  2. Boiler Room (2000)
  3. TRADER (1987)
  4. Trading Places (1983)
  5. Barbarians at the Gate (1993)

* Kid Dynamite, who I have mad respect for tells me that “Pi” is in fact one of the “most underrated movies of all-time.”  Being that it is the only movie on the list I haven’t seen, I will defer to him.  Here is the trailer for it if you want to check it out.  Pi (the movie).

**Tom Morton of The Equities Room notes that “Quicksilver” is the best bike messenger/trading move of all-time.  The trailer for that is here.

Top 10 Trading Movies  (via Futures Magazine)

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