8 trading movies you need to watch during COVID-19 lockdown

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We are now in an exceptional situation. The consequences for the economy and society are yet unknown. The lockdown may be very challenging for many. And it may be a good idea to use this time we have in our homes the best way we can. So why not to watch some valuable movies about trading?

Trading can be dramatic and complicated. It can also be a fast way to earn some money. There is a place for greed, envy, anger and love. Perfect background for a good movie. Below, there is a list of 8 movies you should watch if you haven’t yet.

the big short


The Big Short (2015)

The movie is based on the book from 2010. It tells three separate stories. Each of them is connected to the financial crisis in the USA that took place in the years 2007-2008. The characters conduct researches and detect high-level corruption in the mortgage market. Watch the film to discover how did they deal with their findings.

the wolf of wall street

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort played by Leonardo DiCaprio is a movie’s protagonist. The story is based on true events from New York. Belfort was a stockbroker. His career was developing dynamically and took him to the top. But then, he started to fall and the fall from such a height is often painful. It included corruption, drugs and crimes. Will he lose everything?

margin call

Margin Call (2011)

Another film that described real events from the financial crisis in the USA in the years 2007-2008. The action of the movie takes place within 24 hours. One of the employees of the Wall Street investment bank is fired, but he managed to pass the USB stick with important reports to one of the analysts. The latter starts digging and discovers some discrepancies. What actions will the management take to avoid a massive crisis?

inside job

Inside job (2010)

This is a documentary told in 5 parts that reveals what happened in 2007-2008 in the USA. It shows how the crisis was created and what role the banks had in it. It exposes corruption in the financial world as well as what the consequences are. Many people lost their savings, their jobs and homes. Inside Job tells the whole story in an extremely thrilling manner.


Floored (2009)

In this documentary, you are taken to the trading floors in Chicago. You watch what is happening there, how a trading day looks like. The times are hard as 2009 is a year of crisis in the USA. The electronic trading revolution influences the market and the jobs are at huge risk. Floored gives you a chance to explore the traders’ habits and the pressure they had to work under. How did they cope with it?

boiler room

Boiler Room (2000)

A young boy called Seth Davis is the main character. He was expelled from a college and opened a casino without a license. His father was very much disappointed with the son, and this was the main motive for Seth to seek for something more. He then was recruited to a small brokerage company. He enters the trading world and soon realises, it is not as legitimate as expected at the start. What will he do with the knowledge he has?

rogue trader

Rogue Trader (1999)

This is a British movie based on the life of Nick Leeson. Initially, he was just one of Barings Bank employee, but soon he climbs up the career steps. He becomes a key trader whose actions lead to an unhappy ending. Lesson recruits workers with little trading skills, breaks a few rules and has to cover up some activities. Barings Bank eventually goes bankrupt and Nick Lesson finds himself in a terrible predicament.

trading places

Trading Places (1983)

An American movie about a couple of commodities brokers. Randolph and Mortimer Duke are brothers and the owners of a brokerage firm. They discuss the behaviour’s determinants and end up conducting an experiment in which two people from totally different hierarchy classes swap the places. These two protagonists start a hilarious journey together with their managing director and a poor street hustler. The plot has many twists and turns that you will definitely laugh at. How will it end?

There are plenty of movies related to trading. The 8 mentioned in this article are absolutely worth watching. Now, with some extra time spent at home, it would be simply a pleasure to arrange two hours to relax in front of the television. The above films will surely get you involved.

Take care!