After seeing how much you guys loved our 6 most entertaining finance movies, we decided that you might enjoy something more factual, from which you can really learn lots of new information. Therefore, we have compiled a list of the 5 must-see financial documentaries from the last 15 years. So give them a watch and tell us which one you found the most informative!
1. Inside Job (2010)
From Academy Award (R) nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson, comes “Inside Job,” the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs.
Director: Charles Ferguson| Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir.
2. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
The film describes Enron chairman Kenneth Lay’s humble beginnings as the son of a preacher, his ascent in the corporate world as an “apostle of deregulation,” his fortuitous friendship with the Bush family, and the development of his business strategies in natural gas futures.
Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush.
3. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. Michael Moore returns to controversial territory with this documentary exploring the events that led to the global financial crisis.
Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings.
4. The Corporation (2003)
The documentary shows the development of the contemporary business corporation, from a legal entity that originated as a government-chartered institution meant to affect specific public functions to the rise of the modern commercial institution entitled to most of the legal rights of a person.
Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott| Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones.
5. Inequality for All (2013)
A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic gap. At the heart of the film is a simple proposition: what is a good society, and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation’s economic health?
Director: Jacob Kornbluth | Stars: Robert Reich, Lily Tomlin, Candice Bergen, Tyne Daly
We hope you enjoy these must-see financial documentaries and learn something from them. Let us know about any other that film we didn’t include but that you highly recommend! Alternatively, if reading is more your thing take a look at our post about 6 must-read personal finance books.