Financial Movies

48 Hours
“Class isn’t something you buy. Look at you … you’ve got on a $500 suit and you’re still a low life.” –Jack (Nick Nolte)

“Hey, you know what they say: See a broad to get dat booty yak ‘em, leg ‘er down a smack ‘em yak ‘em.” –Jive dudes

Bachelor Party
“Rick, I want Debbie. You dump her and I’ll give you cash. Ten thousand dollars, plus a G.E. toaster over; a Litton microwave; a Cuisinart; Michelin tires, brand new; a set of Sears’ best metric tools.” –Cole (Robert Prescott)

Back to School
“I don’t care how rich and successful a man is. He’s nothing without an education.” – Thornton Mellon (Rodney Dangerfield)

“The rich. You know why they’re so odd? Because they can afford to be.” –Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl)

Better Off Dead
“I want my TWO DOLLARS!” –Johnny, the paper boy

Better Off Dead
“This is pure snow! Do you have any idea what the street value of this mountain is?” –Charles De Mar (Curtis Armstrong)

Better Off Dead
“Now that’s a real shame when folks be throwin’ away a perfectly good white boy like that.” –Anonymous tree trimmer

“How would you like that?” –Bank teller, looking at Josh’s paycheck of $187.30
“Three dimes, a hundred dollar bill and 87 ones.” –Josh (Tom Hanks)

Blue Velvet
“Heineken?!? F*** that s***! Pabst Blue Ribbon!” –Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper)

Brewster’s Millions
“I’m going to teach you to HATE spending money.” –Rupert Horn (Hume Cronyn)

Bull Durham
“I was in the show for 21 days once—the 21 greatest days of my life. You know, you never handle your luggage in the show, somebody else carries your bags. It was great. You hit white balls for batting practice, the ballparks are like cathedrals, the hotels all have room service, and the women all have long legs and brains.” –Crash Davis (Kevin Costner)

“And I say, ‘Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.’ And he says, ‘Oh, uh, there won’t be any money. But when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.’ So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.” –Carl (Bill Murray)

“It’s easy to grin / When your ship comes in / And you’ve got the stock market beat. / But the man worthwhile, / Is the man who can smile, / When his shorts are too tight in the seat.” –Judge Smalls (Ted Knight)

“The world needs ditch diggers, too.” –Judge Smalls (Ted Knight)

Can’t Buy Me Love
“Didn’t you take economics? You could have had me for $49.95.” –Transfer student to Ronald Miller (Patrick Dempsey)

“You outwork, outthink, outscheme and outmanuever. You make no friends. You trust nobody. And you make damn sure you’re the smartest guy in the room whenever the subject of money comes up.” –Uncle Pat (Ron Dean)

Coming to America
“I’m washing lettuce. Soon, I’ll be on fries. In a few years, I’ll make assistant manager, and that’s when the big bucks start rolling in.” –Maurice (Louie Anderson)

Crimes and Misdemeanors
“God is a luxury I can’t afford.” –Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau)

Do the Right Thing
“You fool! You’re 30 cents away from having a quarter!” –Sweet Dick Willie (Robin Harris)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
“You need money” –Brad Hamilton (Judge Reinhold)
“All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine” –Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn)

Field of Dreams
“Man, I did love this game. I’d have played for food money… I used to love traveling on the trains from town to town. The hotels… brass spittoons in the lobbies, brass beds in the rooms. It was the crowd, rising to their feet when the ball was hit deep. Shoot, I’d play for nothing!” –Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta)

Field of Dreams
“Ray, people will come Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won’t mind if you look around, you’ll say. It’s only $20 per person. They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack.” –Terence Mann (James Early Jones)

First Blood
“Back there I could fly a gunship, I could drive a tank, I was in charge of million dollar equipment, back here I can’t even hold a job PARKING CARS!” –John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone)

Full Metal Jacket
“Fifteen dollar too beaucoup. Five dollars each… Five dollars is all my mom allows me to spend.” –Private Joker (Matthew Modine), negotiating with a prostitute

“Personally, I liked working for the university. They gave us money and facilities. We didn’t have to produce anything. You’ve never been out of college. You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve worked in the private sector … they expect results!” –Ray (Dan Aykroyd)

Johnny Dangerously
“Magna carta. Master charga.” –Priest, speaking to Johnny (Michael Keaton)

Johnny Dangerously
“You tell me another gang that’s got a dental plan.” –Johnny (Michael Keaton)

Night Shift
“As we sit here and idly chat, there are woman, female human beings, rolling around in strange beds with strange men, and we are making money from that.” –Chuck (Henry Winkler)
“Is this a great country, or what?” –Bill (Michael Keaton)

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
“I wouldn’t sell my bike for all the money in the world. Not for a hundred million, trillion, billion dollars!” –Pee-Wee (Paul Reubens)

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
“For twenty dollars I can tell you a lot of things. For thirty dollars I can tell you more. And for fifty dollars I can tell you everything.” –Madame Ruby

“Everybody know the poor are always being f***** over by the rich. Always have, always will.” –Junior (Reggie Johnson)

Princess Bride
“There’s not a lot of money in revenge.” –Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin)

Rain Man
“Look at the studio filled with glamorous merchandise. Fabulous and exciting bonus prizes. Thousands of dollars in cash. Over $150,000 just waiting to be won as we present our big bonanza of cash on Wheel Of Fortune.” –Raymond (Dustin Hoffman)

Rain Man
“I’m not greedy. I just want my half.” –Charlie (Tom Cruise)

Raising Arizona
“H.I., you’re young and you got your health, what you want with a job?” –Evelle (William Forsythe)

Risky Business
“My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment. I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night.” –Joel (Tom Cruise)

Risky Business
“In a sluggish economy, never, ever f*** with another man’s livelihood.” – Guido, the “killer pimp” (Joe Pantoliano)

Ruthless People
“A bad salesman will automatically drop his price. Bad salesmen make me sick.” –Sam Stone (Danny DeVito)

Ruthless People
“If you can’t afford it, F***ING FINANCE IT!” –Ken Kessler (Judge Reinhold)

Ruthless People
“Do I understand this right? I’m being marked down?” –Barbara (Bette Midler)

Say Anything
“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.” –Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack)

“In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.” –Tony Montana (Al Pacino)

“You know what capitalism is? Getting f*****!” –Tony Montana (Al Pacino)

“Lesson number one: Don’t underestimate the other guy’s greed.” –Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia)

Sixteen Candles
“We have $70 and a pair of girl’s underpants. We’re safe as kittens.” –The Geek (Anthony Michael Hall)

“Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made.” –Yogurt (Mel Brooks)

“Listen! We’re not just doing this for the money! We’re doing this for a S*** LOAD of money!” – Lone Starr (Bill Pullman)

“Hey! I don’t have to put up with this! I’m rich!” – Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga)

“I don’t ask for much. I don’t ask to be rich, and I don’t ask to be famous, and I don’t ask to play center field for the New York Yankees. I just want to get married and have a wife, and a house, and I want to have a kid, and I want to go see him be a tooth in the school play!” –Allen (Tom Hanks)

Stand By Me
“Sorry, Vern. I guess a more experienced shopper could have gotten more for your seven cents.” –Gordie (Wil Wheaton)

“Where’s the great pay? Where’s the travel? Where’s the Winnebago, Goddamnit!” –Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis)

The Blues Brothers
“Oh, yeah, $200, and you boys drank $300 worth of beer.” –Bob, of Bob’s Country Bunker, discussing the band’s pay

The Breakfast Club
“Did you work for the money to buy those earrings? Or did your Daddy buy those for you?” – John Bender (Judd Nelson) to Claire (Molly Ringwald)

The Color of Money
“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.” –Eddie Felson (Paul Newman)

This Is Spinal Tap
“Stop wasting my time. / You know what I want. / You know what I need. / Or maybe you don’t. / Do I have to come right flat out and tell you everything? / Gimme some money! Gimme some money!”

This Is Spinal Tap
“Money talks, and bulls*** walks.” –Bobbi Flekman (Fran Drescher)

The Karate Kid
“What kind of belt do you have?” – Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio)
“Canvas. J.C. Penney. $3.98. You like?” –Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita)

The Muppets Take Manhattan
“Mr. Mayor! Mr. Mayor, I’m looking for a frog who can sing and dance!” –Gonzo
“If he can balance the budget, I’ll hire him!” –Mayor Ed Koch

The Secret of My Success
“What you’ve got is college experience, not the practical, hard-nosed business experience we’re looking for. If you’d joined our training program out of high-school, you’d be qualified for this job now.” –Unnamed employer
“Then why did I go to college?” –Brantley Foster (Michael J. Fox)

The Three Amigos
“No dough, no show.” –Lucky Day (Steve Martin)

The Toy
“If you want a friend, you don’t buy a friend, Eric, you earn a friend through love and trust and respect.” – Jack Brown (Richard Pryor)

The Untouchables
“Somebody steals from me, I’m gonna say you stole. Not talk to him for spitting on the sidewalk. Understand?” –Al Capone (Robert De Niro)

“I don’t believe in hell. I believe in unemployment, but not hell.” –Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman)

Trading Places
“We seem to be paying some of our employees an awful lot of money.” –Mortimer Duke (Don Ameche)
“Can’t get around the old minimum wage, Mortimer.” –Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd)

Trading Places
“I had the most absurd nightmare. I was poor and no one liked me.” –Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd)

Trading Places
“By the way, food and rent aren’t the only things around here that cost money. You sleep on the couch.” –Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis)

Trading Places
“My wife ain’t gonna make love to me if I got no money!” – Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy)

Trading Places
“Money isn’t everything, Mortimer.” –Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy)

Trading Places
“The best way you hurt rich people is by turning them into poor people” – Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy)

Trading Places
“One minute you’re up half a million in soybeans and the next, boom, your kids don’t go to college and they’ve repossessed your Bentley.” –Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd)

Trading Places
“Mother always said you were greedy.” –Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy)
“She meant it as a compliment.” –Mortimer Duke (Don Ameche)

“OK, I know this is going to disgust you, Michael, but a lot of people are in this business to make money.” –George Fields (Sydney Pollack)

“How much do I owe you?” –Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase)
“How much you got?” –Mechanic
“No, I’m asking you how much the repairs are.”
“And I’m asking you how much you got!”

Wall Street
“What’s worth doing is worth doing for money.” –Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas)

Wall Street
Carl Fox: Money's only something you need in case you don't die tomorrow...
Wall Street
“The main thing about money, Bud, is that it makes you do things you don’t want to do.” –Lou Mannheim (Hal Holbrook)

Wall Street
“A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.” — Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas)

Wall Street

Gordon Gekko: The richest one percent of this country owns half our country's wealth, five trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It's bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you buddy? It's the free market. And you're a part of it. You've got that killer instinct. Stick around pal, I've still got a lot to teach you. 

Gordon Gekko: [at the Teldar Paper stockholder's meeting] Well, I appreciate the opportunity you're giving me Mr. Cromwell as the single largest shareholder in Teldar Paper, to speak. Well, ladies and gentlemen we're not here to indulge in fantasy but in political and economic reality. America, America has become a second-rate power. Its trade deficit and its fiscal deficit are at nightmare proportions. Now, in the days of the free market when our country was a top industrial power, there was accountability to the stockholder. The Carnegies, the Mellons, the men that built this great industrial empire, made sure of it because it was their money at stake. Today, management has no stake in the company! All together, these men sitting up here own less than three percent of the company. And where does Mr. Cromwell put his million-dollar salary? Not in Teldar stock; he owns less than one percent. You own the company. That's right, you, the stockholder. And you are all being royally screwed over by these, these bureaucrats, with their luncheons, their hunting and fishing trips, their corporate jets and golden parachutes.
Cromwell: This is an outrage! You're out of line Gekko!
Gordon Gekko: Teldar Paper, Mr. Cromwell, Teldar Paper has 33 different vice presidents each earning over 200 thousand dollars a year. Now, I have spent the last two months analyzing what all these guys do, and I still can't figure it out. One thing I do know is that our paper company lost 110 million dollars last year, and I'll bet that half of that was spent in all the paperwork going back and forth between all these vice presidents. The new law of evolution in corporate America seems to be survival of the unfittest. Well, in my book you either do it right or you get eliminated. In the last seven deals that I've been involved with, there were 2.5 million stockholders who have made a pretax profit of 12 billion dollars. Thank you. I am not a destroyer of companies. I am a liberator of them! The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very 

 Gordon Gekko: I don't throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things. Read Sun-tzu, The Art of War. Every battle is won before it is ever fought.
Gordon Gekko: The most valuable commodity I know of is information.

“You know what Gordie Howe got for a signing bonus? A team jacket!” –Coach (Ed Lauter)
“Lousy agent!” –Derek Sutton (Patrick Swayze)

Rogue Trader (1999)
Story of Nick Leeson of Bearings

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Story of a real estate agent

Wall Street (1987)
"Greed is good!"

Other People’s Money
starring Danny DeVito as Larry the Liquidator, should be on this list.

Boiler Room
is fantastic as well. Vin Diesel is actually decent. He had a few good roles at first.

‘Trading places”

“The Bank
Another good one that is virtually unheard of is “The Bank”.

My five: (not in order of importance)

1. Mad Money
2. Wall Street
3. Trading Places
4. Other Peoples Money
5. Rogue Trader
6. Margin Call (2011)


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