If you’re looking for financial inspiration outside of books, movies can be a great resource. Not to mention it’s fun watching them. Gather a group of close friends and have a movie night or even a movie weekend. Watch as many movies as you want and debate after each one. Here is a list of movies that offer great money lessons:
1. Wall Street
This is the story of a young stockbroker (Charlie Sheen) caught between greed and morality. On one side, he has his mentor (Michael Douglas) who is a ruthless Wall Street player trying to convince him to cross the bridge of illegality, and on the other side he has his father (Martin Sheen) who is the picture of morality. What will he choose to be in the end? His struggle is worth watching.
2. Catch Me If You Can
A true story about a young conman who managed to falsify checks worth millions of dollars by pretending to be a pilot, doctor, lawyer, and history professor. Although such practices are obviously not to be encouraged, it is really fun to see the character played brilliantly by Leonardo DiCaprio pull out his schemes with a lot of charm. You can’t help but love this movie.
3. Jerry Maguire
The movie is about a successful sports agent who has an epiphany, but gets fired when proposing his ideas to the rest of the company. Although almost everyone turns his back on him, he decides to test his philosophy with the only athlete that has the courage to stick around. From here on it’s a journey of self-discovery and a journey of the world meeting the real Jerry Maguire.
4. The Social Network
This is based on the true story of Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook. It’s pretty awesome to see how he came up with the idea and how he got sued by two brothers who claimed Zuckerberg stole the idea from them.
5. The Godfather trilogy
This is a timeless classic everyone should watch. The Godfather is the perfect story of how power can corrupt a man and what a man is willing to sacrifice and step over in order to protect his family. The movie has become a reference to gangster movies, but it is so much more than just that. I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to give spoilers, but this is a movie you have to watch, if for nothing else, at least for the impeccable acting of great actors like Marlon Brando and Al Pacino.