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Top 5 business-related films to watch

Ellie Carrick

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We have put together a list of some of our favourite business-related films that you might want to watch over the Christmas break (although we do recommend academic sources for assessments and not Netflix!).

1. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

This film, set in 1987, is about a man named Jordan Belfort who gets a job at a Wall Street brokerage company. He then founds his own company, whilst still in his 20s, and manages to defraud wealthy investors out of millions of dollars with the help of his fellow brokers.

2. Inside Job (2010)

Based on the 2008 global financial catastrophe, ‘Inside Job’ is based in the United States and documents the causes of the collapse. Matt Damon narrates the film and exposes key players and political reasoning for the catastrophe. Countries including China and Iceland are also investigated in this award nominated film.


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3. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

This documentary is based on the 2001 Enron Scandal that left over 20,000 people without jobs. This scandal is arguably the biggest corporate scandal of all time and the effects are still present today. Enron: The Smartest Guy in the Room investigates all the illegal scandals that lead up to and impacted this event and how the bosses managed to keep their high-paying jobs at the expense of the average American worker.

4. The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network is based on the story of Mark Zuckerberg and the phenomenon that is Facebook. It investigates how the process started and how lies and destruction tore Zuckerberg and his friends apart and the consequences that it had on the social network.

5. Startup.com (2001)

This award-winning film is about how the internet ‘bubble’ caused economic trouble and catastrophe. It investigates the dreams of instant wealth and looks deeply and sensitively into the innocent parties that are involved.

We hope you enjoy the films - if you know any other favourite business-related films that should be on this list, be sure to let us know!


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Top 5 business-related films to watch
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