8 Money Movies That Impacted My Life
I love Tony Montana!! This is a violent movie, but it’s extremely entertaining. I love to see the underdog story about the come up from nothing to something. Tony Montana was a Cuban immigrant living in poverty who always believed he would one day rule the world. His relentless effort to gain money, power and respect are what captivated me to love this film. “The world is yours”.
7.) The Big Short
This was a great film that explained the events that led to the mega housing crisis in the year 2008. This, in my opinion, had a wonderful cast, that play the hell of their roles. It also displayed some of the immoral tactics that banks used to approve mortgage loans to everybody and they momma. Furthermore, broke down the shady activities that happened on Wall Street in a very entertaining way.
6.) The Social Network
As a software engineer, the Social Network was a must see. This movie was about Mark Zuckerberg’s journey of creating Facebook. This billion dollar company had some rough starts and several lawsuits. It showed me all of the business side of things you have to be concerned about and the early struggles of entrepreneurship. Major lessons learned… If you have an idea, protect it !!! Read your contract !!! No matter what, two or three times and with lawyers if you have to.
5.) The Wolf Of Wall Street
Very vulgar movie lol but this was awesome. Leo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort a penny stockbroker from New York and his journey to starting his own brokerage company. Jordan scammed investors out of their money for his own gain. One of my favorite quotes from this film was when Jordan’s father told him “one of these days the chickens are gonna come home to roost”. What you dish out will always come back to you whether it’s positive or negative.
4.) Office Space
This dry comedy is absolutely hilarious. Employees in this movie are facing layoffs and are terrified of being unemployed. It additionally talks about the daily issues one might face dealing with a boss, coworkers, or work environment they don’t like. It makes you put some more thought into work/life balance and start to figure out what truly makes one happy in life.
3.) Paid In Full
“Everybody eats B” As a New Yorker, I love this film just based on the slang because It reminds me of my childhood. Anyways this movie taught me a lot about how money and greed can change friends and even family members. Ace’s character was not flashy at all, he just wanted to lay back and make his money on the low. While his friends Money Mitch and Rico were addicted to the flashy lifestyle which in turn led to their downfall.
2.) Inequality For All
This documentary is phenomenal. It vividly explained to me how economics worked in America and how history repeats itself. It showed me how important the middle class was to America’s success. When we invested in them, we became stronger and when we didn’t we crashed. I don’t know how we can solve income inequality, but spreading the wealth would be a major start.
1.) The Pursuit of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happiness is one of the most humbling movies I’ve ever seen. A true rags to riches story, this film is based on the life of Chris Gardner which was played extremely well by Will Smith. Chris was down to nothing, no degree, no income, wife left him, a young son to take care of, and unreliable medical equipment to sell. He starts off as an intern stockbroker trainee and works hard to land a dream job at the time. Despite being kicked out of his apartment and literally spending nights homeless in the subway he never gave up. You never know what life is going to bring you, but one thing you can control is how you react and your mindset.