Top 10 Money Movies of the Decade


We’ve all heard of the classic money movies.  Wall Street, Trading Places, Glengarry Glen Ross, Indecent Proposal, The Money Pit, Casino… the list can go on and on.

But with the current decade coming to a close, I thought it would be neat to highlight those films involving money that were released between 2000 and the end of 2009.  You may disagree about which to call “money movies,” but that’s all part of the fun!

Here’s my own list of the top 10 best money movies of the recent decade:

Note: Taglines and Plot Summaries are those featured on  Photos and links are shared through of  The quotes selected are my own personal favorites!  🙂  Enjoy.

#1 – Boiler Room

BoilerRoomTagline: Where would you turn? How far would you go? How hard will you fall?

Plot Summary: A college dropout gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success.

Favorite Quote: “Anybody who tells you money is the root of all evil doesn’t fucking have any.” -Jim Young

#2 – Slumdog Millionaire

SlumdogMillionaireTagline: Love and money… You have mixed them both.

Plot Summary: A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”

Favorite Quote: “No. I’ll play.” -Jamal Malik

#3 – The Pursuit of Happyness

ThePursuitofHappynessTagline: [none listed]

Plot Summary: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.

Favorite Quote: “What would you say if man walked in here with no shirt, and I hired him? What would you say?” -Martin Frohm…  “He must have had on some really nice pants.” -Christopher Gardner

#4 – American Gangster

AmericanGangsterTagline: There are two sides to the American dream.

Plot Summary: In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.

Favorite Quote: “How you feel about monopolies?” -Dominic… “What, the game?” – Frank Lucas

#5 – Enron:  The Smartest Guys in the Room

EnronTheSmartestGuysintheRoomTagline: Come see where all your money went.

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

Favorite Quote: You know what the difference between the state of California and Titanic?… At least when the Titanic went down, the lights were on.” -Jeffrey Skilling

#6 – The Counterfeiters

TheCounterfeitersTagline: It takes a clever man to make money, it takes a genius to stay alive

Plot Summary: The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936…

Favorite Quote: “It’s ok. We can soon make some more.” -Sali [after losing a bunch of money gambling]

#7 – American Psycho

AmericanPsychoTagline: No Introduction Necessary.

Plot Summary: A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.

“You hate that job anyway. I don’t see why you don’t just quit.” -Evelyn… “Because I want to fit in.” -Patrick Bateman

#8 –

StartupdotcomTagline: The rise and fall of the American dream.

Plot Summary: Traces the birth and failure of new media company

Favorite Quote: “What do you mean… it’s over?”

#9 – 21

21Tagline: Inspired by true story of 5 students who changed the game.

Plot Summary: “21” is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions.

Favorite Quote: “You are only ever as good to me as the money you make!” -Micky

#10 – Ocean’s Eleven

OceansElevenTagline: Hollywood’s A list stars come together to pull off the most daring heist Las Vegas has ever known…

Plot Summary: Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Favorite Quote: “There’s a 95 pound Chinese man with a 160 million dollars behind this door.” -Danny… “Let’s get him out.” -Linus

Bonus: Barely too old…

Honorary mentions need to go out to Office Space and Fight Club, two of my all-time favorite movies about money which were unfortunately released in 1999!  Just missed the mark!  🙂

Which recent money movies are your personal favorite?

Did I forget any no-brainers?  Which would you have left off?  Let me know by leaving your comment below!

81 thoughts on “Top 10 Money Movies of the Decade”

    1. Yeah, Jason… one of the best performances of a character I’ve ever watched. Don’t go throwing around rumors about a sequel and get my hopes up! 🙂

  1. Great list, I almost reamed you for not including Wall Street…until I realized that it wasn’t from this (or even the last decade).

    Excellent choice with Boiler Room, I actually wrote an entire paper and did a presentation on that movie in college. Classic.
    .-= Sean´s last blog ..Location 180 Guide to iPhone Apps =-.

    1. Boiler Room is a must include if only for the quotes! I thought it might actually have been released before 2000, but was happy when I checked the release date. 😉

  2. Awesome list! I like how you added quotes from the movie as well. The documentary Maxed Out (2006) was a pretty good movie about our extreme spending in this country. More of a what not to do type of money movie, but still pretty good.

    1. Good one! That should’ve have made the list, but honestly I forgot about it as I’ve yet to watch it myself. I gotta get my hands on it soon, I hear lots of good things.

  3. Fight Club is one of my favorites. Too bad it didn’t make the cut. Love Boiler Room & Slum Dog (yet so sad). And i don’t care about the movie Ocean’s Eleven, just the men 🙂 Andy Garcia, Brad Pit, Matt Damon… all in my ‘list’ (you know that list everyone has; top 10 hook up list – if the moment ever came up that you could be intimate with that person and they are on your list its okay).
    .-= Money Funk´s last blog ..5 Winter Hearty Soups =-.

    1. There might be a tiny parallel, but not too close. 🙂

      Although, I feel you on American Gangster. I’m a huge Denzel fan. Almost as much as Will Smith. I don’t think I can pick. I should probably have been born black, though.

    1. Great point, Joel. Most of my circle of friends has seen it as it was so popular when we were in that high school to college phase. But there are a lot of people who give me the “huh” look when I bring it up, too.

  4. Can’t believe I’ve only seen two movies on that list. I feel so out of touch. And although I haven’t seen Boiler Room I’m sure I’d have to put Slumdog at the top – that was such a fantastic movie. There was like nothing I could fault it on (which surprised me because I thought it’d be terrible based on the trailer).

    Ocean’s Eleven is still one of my favorite movies ever too. Can’t beat a good heist flick. Still confused about the plot of Oceans Thirteen though. All I got out of it was it was something to do with a casino and diamonds.
    .-= David Turnbull´s last blog ..Effortless Writing: How To Overcome Writer’s Block, Let Your Words Flow and Rekindle Your Love of the Craft =-.

    1. Doh! I just commented about how everyone in my generation as seen Boiler Room and you go prove me wrong. 😉

      I’m with you on Ocean’s Eleven. Though I wouldn’t call it a ‘great’ film, it certainly was entertaining and fun all the way through. For the purpose it tries to serve it *was* great I guess.

    1. It’s awesome the power of movies and music to change our states like that. I used to listen to upbeat music all the time when I was going door-to-door in Real Estate. Helped keep the spirits high.

  5. I would probably add “The Bucket List”, even though it has such a cheesy tagline! 🙂
    And I really have to check out the “Boiler Room” everybody is talking about… never even HEARD of it…

    Tagline: When he closed his eyes, his heart was opened.
    Plot Summary: Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.
    Favorite Quote: Thomas: What are you doing here?
    Carter Chambers: Fighting for my life. You?
    .-= Fabian´s last blog ..Procrastinate on TASKS, not on your LIFE =-.

    1. Nice edition. I didn’t think of it, but I’m not sure it would have cracked the top 10. Close.

      What is this I hear about Boiler Room? You guys are killing me, here. Go watch it right now! 😉

  6. I might argue that Office Space and Fight Club are amazing enough movies to just round them up from 1999 to 2000 and include them in both decades.


  7. How about There Will be Blood, No Country for Old Men, or the Italian Job. Although I have not seen it I would guess that Get Rich or Die Trying is probably a masterpiece by 50 Cent. I think you need to take a break from the computer and start watching more movies. I can get you some really cheap bootlegs from Nairobi.

  8. You need some more girls reading the blog, lol. It’s not a “great” movie overall, but as a financial movie, I thought “Friends With Money” was very interesting. It was about 4 friends, 3 of whom have lots of money while one has taken on a job as a maid and just mooches everything she can. There were a lot of interesting scenes about how money or the lack thereof affected their friendships and relationships.

  9. I love Slumdog Millionaire. I really do not know why some other people didn’t like the movie. The director was awesome. Slumdog Millionaire should be in the Top Best Cinematography Films of this year. The movie immerses the audience in an alien landscape and shows it through the eyes of a young man fighting against history and his own culture’s expectations. I like how the director played with the scenes with the actors and the place! India became interesting to me after watching the movie. The film is beautifully crafted even when surrounded by trash and squalor, the slums burst forth with colors. The only thing I didn’t like in the movie is the Who wants to be a millionaire show. LOL Paperplanes by Mia is in the movie too! Haha!

  10. Oh Adam! You totally forgot to add one of my absolute favorites: Fun with Dick and Jane!
    and my favorite obscure line….
    Jane Harper: “Our lawn was repossessed today because we don’t have any money,” …..”I didn’t know they could even do that…”

      1. Definitely “Fun with Dick & Jane”

        Garth: Hey, how do you like the new wheels?
        Dick Harper: Nice.
        Garth: Hooked up with a new company. Great benefits.
        Dick Harper: Yeah?
        Garth: Yeah. They trade energy. It’s called Enron!
        Dick Harper: Huh.

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  12. Is nobody else shocked that Fight Club is ten years old? How did that happen? When I watched that movie I thought for half a millisecond that people might become a notch less materialistic — which actually proves it must be old because any last vestiges of such hopefulness have long been burnt out of my rusting, aging heart by now! 😉

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    1. Wow, how could we have missed Glengarry Glenross? Baldwin’s speech is amazing — with lines like “F*** you, that’s my name. You know why, Mister? ‘Cause you drove a Hyundai to get here tonight, I drove a eighty thousand dollar BMW. That’s my name!” — and “That watch cost more than your car. I made $970,000 last year. How much you make? You see, pal, that’s who I am. And you’re nothing. Nice guy? I don’t give a sh**. Good father? F*** you — go home and play with your kids!”

      Good call, bloggie stylish!
      .-= Thirtysomething Finance´s last blog ..How I Unfroze My HELOC — OR I Fought the Bank and the…Bank Lost! =-.

  16. Why isn’t Batman the dark night here?
    Quote: Sometimes the truth isn’t good enough, sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.
    It’s first time I read this blog so If that is something against your taste, don’t shout 🙂

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  18. Add me to list of people who haven’t seen Boiler Room (although, now I really want to) along with most of the movies on this list. I did catch 21 (pretty good, although not that realistic; the MIT students (and their professor) were all Asian in real life, but that’s Hollywood for you, I guess) and Ocean’s Eleven (Interesting, fairly funny heist movie, although it ended up rather convulted (and the sequels didn’t help matters)).

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