Ho-ho-ho! We hope you have enjoyed the 12 days of Christmas and have read all of the articles that Santa, Rudolph, Grinch and Elf prepared for you. To go out with a bang, they have collaborated to recommend 5 movies to watch during your time off this season. All of them are related to the world of finance and can teach a valuable lesson about determination, persistence and resourcefulness. Of course, everyone knows such classics as “The Wolf of Wall Street” or “The Big Short”. However, this list will focus on, perhaps, less obvious, but nevertheless wonderful picks. Without further ado, here are the best finance and trading movies for the holiday season.

#1 “Margin Call”

“Margin Call” follows the key people in a large investment bank 24 hours before the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis. They are forced to take drastic measures in order to control the damage they are facing. The excellent cast lets you completely immerse yourself in the moment and live through the events together with the characters.

#2 “It’s a Wonderful Life”

What happens when your business affairs don’t go as planned? Where do you turn, when you lose everything? This 1946 classic movie shows a frustrated businessman become suicidal and decide to end his life, until he learns what life would be like without him in this world. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is an inspirational and heartwarming story, a must-see for everybody. 

#3 “Wall Street”

“Wall Street” is another classic among the best finance movies. The movie tells the story of a Wall Street stockbroker that really wants to get to the top. He is impatient and willing to do a lot to reach his goal. No means are too shady for him, not even insider trading. The plot is intriguing and extremely entertaining, which puts it on the list of must see, if you haven’t already.

#4 “The Pursuit of Happyness” 

This movie shows a struggling salesman embark on a journey in search of a better life together with his young son. The couple gets evicted from their apartment and faces many challenges on the way. Despite not having much in life, the father and son have each other, and financial success comes second. 

#5 “Trading Places”

This fun comedy won’t teach you much about financial operations, but it will show the value of humility and kindness in contrast to the value of money. This feel-good movie shows a snobbish investor trading lives with a street con artist. Both of their lives change forever after their serendipitous meeting. If you enjoy movies that focus on serious and, perhaps, heavy topics, but show the story in a humorous and entertaining way, this movie is for you.

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