Best Business Movies and Documentaries

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1. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 126,074 | Gross: $90.40M

2. Wall Street (1987)

R | 126 min | Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie, Franklin Cover

Votes: 136,707 | Gross: $43.85M

3. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

80 Metascore

An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin

Votes: 90,384 | Gross: $10.73M

4. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 1,073,494 | Gross: $116.90M

5. The Gamechangers (2015 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama

The struggle of Houser's legal feud against American lawyer Jack Thompson, over the morality of the Grand Theft Auto video game series.

Director: Owen Harris | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Bill Paxton, Joe Dempsie, Ryan Gage

Votes: 2,164

6. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

In 2006-2007 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 322,891 | Gross: $70.26M

7. Silicon Valley (2014– )

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

Follows the struggle of Richard Hendricks, a Silicon Valley engineer trying to build his own company called Pied Piper.

Stars: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr

Votes: 109,701

8. Swimming with Sharks (1994)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss.

Director: George Huang | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, Michelle Forbes, Benicio Del Toro

Votes: 21,156 | Gross: $0.38M

9. From Bedrooms to Billions (2014)

150 min | Documentary

'From Bedrooms to Billions' is a 2 and a half hour feature length documentary movie telling the remarkable, true story of the British Video Games Industry from 1979 to the present day. ... See full summary »

Directors: Anthony Caulfield, Nicola Caulfield | Stars: Shahid Ahmad, Nigel Alderton, Nick Alexander, Chris Anderson

Votes: 441

10. Boiler Room (2000)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

A college dropout, attempting to live up to his father's high standards, gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm which puts him on the fast track to success. But the job might not be as legitimate as it first appeared to be.

Director: Ben Younger | Stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Nicky Katt

Votes: 47,087 | Gross: $16.94M

11. Arbitrage (2012)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.

Director: Nicholas Jarecki | Stars: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth

Votes: 47,698 | Gross: $7.92M

12. Too Big to Fail (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 99 min | Biography, Drama, History

Chronicles the financial meltdown of 2008 and centers on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: James Woods, John Heard, William Hurt, Erin Dilly

Votes: 14,371

13. The Office (2001–2003)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager David Brent as they continue their daily lives.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 89,755

14. The Office (2005–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium.

Stars: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson

Votes: 324,408

15. The Social Network (2010)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

95 Metascore

As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

Votes: 581,367 | Gross: $96.96M

16. Office Space (1999)

R | 89 min | Comedy

68 Metascore

Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu

Votes: 231,132 | Gross: $10.82M

17. Jobs (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama

44 Metascore

The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

Director: Joshua Michael Stern | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas

Votes: 90,410 | Gross: $16.12M

18. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama

64 Metascore

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe

Votes: 416,135 | Gross: $163.57M

19. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 66,343 | Gross: $4.31M

20. Margin Call (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.

Director: J.C. Chandor | Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany

Votes: 109,427 | Gross: $5.35M

21. The Insider (1999)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

84 Metascore

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a 60 Minutes (1968) exposé on Big Tobacco.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora

Votes: 152,339 | Gross: $28.97M

22. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

Votes: 315,016 | Gross: $102.61M

23. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 227,348 | Gross: $153.95M

24. Rogue Trader (1999)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, History

The story of Nick Leeson (Ewan McGregor), an ambitious investment broker who singlehandedly bankrupted one of the oldest and most important banks in Britain.

Director: James Dearden | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Anna Friel, Cristian Solimeno, Lorna Pegler

Votes: 8,933

25. The Startup Kids (2012)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

The Startup Kids is a documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe. It contains interviews with founders of Vimeo, Dropbox, Soundcloud and more who talk about how they ... See full summary »

Directors: Vala Halldorsdottir, Sesselja Vilhjalmsdottir | Stars: Trip Adler, Alexa Andrzejewski, Mike Butcher, Carter Cleveland

Votes: 608

26. How Video Games Changed the World (2013 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

Charlie Brooker takes you on a journey through time to show the most influential video games on everyday life.

Directors: Al Campbell, Marcus Daborn, Graham Proud, Dan Tucker | Stars: Charlie Brooker, Al Alcorn, Malorie Blackman, David Braben

Votes: 578

27. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard, Anthony Carboni

Votes: 19,741

28. Floored (2009)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary

For some people, risking everything is nothing.

Director: James Allen Smith | Stars: Bobby Ansani, Jeff Ansani, Ron Beebe, Chris Felix

Votes: 349

29. Becoming Warren Buffett (2017)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

The legendary investor started out as an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska and ended up becoming one of the richest and most respected men in the world.

Director: Peter W. Kunhardt | Stars: Susan Buffett, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Aiden Linkov

Votes: 2,676

30. The Founder (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

66 Metascore

The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into the biggest restaurant business in the world, with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 104,076 | Gross: $12.79M

31. Dragons' Den (II) (2005– )

60 min | Reality-TV

Budding entrepreneurs, inventors and small businessmen (and women) pitch their ideas to the five "dragons" - real-life business leaders and millionaires, with real cash to invest in the ... See full summary »

Stars: Evan Davis, Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Duncan Bannatyne

Votes: 1,575

32. Experimenter (2015)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

81 Metascore

In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey authority.

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: John Palladino, Anthony Edwards, Jim Gaffigan, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 16,470 | Gross: $0.16M

33. Equity (I) (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.

Director: Meera Menon | Stars: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner

Votes: 3,241 | Gross: $1.60M

34. The Wizard of Lies (2017 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 133 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The fall of Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme robbed $65 billion from unsuspecting victims; the largest fraud in U.S. history.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alessandro Nivola, Nathan Darrow

Votes: 19,526

35. War Dogs (2016)

R | 114 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

57 Metascore

Loosely based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a three hundred million dollar contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner

Votes: 161,153 | Gross: $43.02M

36. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Votes: 747,996 | Gross: $164.62M

37. Casino (1995)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods

Votes: 427,875 | Gross: $42.44M

38. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 938,139 | Gross: $46.84M

39. Lord of War (2005)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an INTERPOL Agent.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan

Votes: 282,281 | Gross: $24.15M

40. Middle Men (2009)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

Chronicles Jack Harris, one of the pioneers of internet commerce, as he wrestles with his morals, and struggles not to drown in a sea of con men, mobsters, drug addicts, and porn stars.

Director: George Gallo | Stars: Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht, James Caan

Votes: 35,553 | Gross: $0.72M

41. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

87 Metascore

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 335,720 | Gross: $75.61M

42. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 684,551 | Gross: $45.60M

43. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush

Votes: 15,717

44. Thank You for Smoking (2005)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, Joan Lunden

Votes: 207,871 | Gross: $24.79M

45. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,486,910 | Gross: $134.97M