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Investor or aam aadmi, 9 movies that have stock market lessons for everyone

Movements in the stock markets and the economy have inspired many films. Though most of them portray the characters and institutions negatively, they surely can teach a few things about market. Here are nine films on stock markets and finance which are a must watch | Lucky Palace Download

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Wall Street | 1987 | The movie, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone has Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen as the main characters. The story revolves around Gordon Gekko, a rich and ruthless corporate raider and Bud Fox, a junior stockbroker, who idolises Gekko. It narrates the rise and fall of both characters who use insider information to make their fortune. The movie also has a sequel. (Reuters)

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Glengarry Glen Ross | 1992 | Adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, the movie stars Al Pacino and Kevin Spacey in the lead cast. The film revolves around four real estate salesmen who use dubious methods in a race to pip each other.

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Rogue Trader | 1999 | It is a true story about Baring Bank’s star derivatives trader, Nick Leeson. His reckless trades eventually resulted Barings Bank going under in 1995. The movie is based on Leeson's book Rogue Trader. To cover up one bad trade, Leeson dealt in a series of derivative contracts which cost Barings, the world's second oldest merchant bank, $1.3 billion. (Image: Reuters)

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Gafla | 2006 | Labelled by many as a movie ahead of its time, Gafla tells the story of Subodh Mehta, a character loosely based on Harshad Mehta, called the Big Bull of Dalal Street in the early 1990s. Mehta was the kingpin of the Rs 4,025 crore securities scam of 1992, which straddled the stock market and banking industry. Interestingly, the movie also features a character resembling Mehta’s protégé Ketan Parekh who would be at the centre of another stock market scam in 2000-01. (Image: Youtube/Junglee Film Club)

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Inside Job | 2010 | An acclaimed five-part documentary on the 2008 financial crisis, it pieces together the policies and banking practices which led to the crisis . Directed by Charles Ferguson, the documentary won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Trivia: It also features former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan who had predicted the crisis as early as 2005. (Reuters)

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Too Big to Fail | 2011 | The television film chronicles the behind-the-scene actions to salvage the situation arisen before and after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. The plot revolves around the efforts of the US treasury and Federal Reserve to contain the fallout. The movie is based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's non-fiction book by the same name. It was first broadcast on HBO. (In picture, director Curtis Hanson; Reuters)

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Margin Call | 2011 | Set in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis, the story wraps events over 36 hours at a large Wall Street investment bank. It narrates the efforts by the doomed bank’s employees as they try in vain to avert the impending collapse. (Reuters)

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The Wolf of the Wall Street | 2013 |The Hollywood blockbuster with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role is based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort. It showcases the rise and the fall of Belfort from a penny stockbroker to one of the biggest names on the Wall Street. (Reuters)

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Baazaar | 2018 | This business crime drama is directed by Gauravv K Chawla and features Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte and debutant Rohan Mehra in the lead roles. The plot of the film revolves around the concepts of insider trading, systemic corruption and hostile takeovers. The film released on October 26. (Viacom18 Motion Pictures)

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