Top movies and TV shows about money

The subject of money has inspired many films and television shows, but which ones are the best?

Check out this top five list and see if you agree.

Wall Street (1987)

A young stockbroker (Charlie Sheen) is willing to do anything to get to the top but his world comes crumbling down when he is taken under the wing of a greedy corporate raider (Michael Douglas) who convinces him to trade on illegal insider information.

  • Director: Oliver Stone
  • Rating: M15+
  • Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie, John C. McGinley.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 78% critics – 81% audience.

Billions (2016 - present)

US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and hedge fund legend Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) are locked in a battle of wits and one-upmanship against a backdrop of corporate greed and espionage. Billions (Season three) made our list of top TV shows of 2018. Read our full review.

  • Directors: Various
  • Rating: MA15+
  • Stars: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Toby Leonard Moore.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 88% critics – 89% audience.

The Big Short (2015)

Based on the true story of the 2005 US mortgage crisis, hedge fund manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale) foresees that thousands of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting and bets against the housing market. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) and hedge fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) who band together to make a fortune of the impending economic collapse.

  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Rating: M15+
  • Stars: Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 88% critics – 87% audience.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) meteoric rise and fall on Wall Street. Belfort started from nothing at an entry level Wall Street firm, grew to live the high life and came undone after he defrauded wealthy investors and the FBI and SEC closed in.

  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Rating: R18+
  • Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 78% critics – 82% audience.

Margin Call (2011)

Set across a 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis, Margin Call follows key members of an investment bank whose lives are thrown into turmoil when a financial planner finds information that could be the undoing of their firm.

  • Director: J.C. Chandor
  • Rating: MA15+
  • Stars: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci.
  • Rotten Tomatoes verdict: 88% critics – 74% audience.