Before ‘The Wolf’: 4 Films of Wall Street Excess and Greed

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Trading Places

Last weekend, The Wolf of Wall Street hit the $300 million mark and officially became Martin Scorsese’s top grossing film. It’s not hard to see why — the film is directed by one of the most iconic filmmakers of our time, tells a salacious true story about brokers gone bad, and stars several Hollywood heavyweights, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.

But Wolf is hardly the first film to tell the tale of the financial district’s dominance and decadence. In fact, Hollywood’s been doing Wall Street for years. If you can’t make it out to your local theater to see The Wolf of Wall Street, here are four other flicks that you can check out in the meantime.

1. Trading Places (1983) — dir. John Landis

The high stakes that go into trading on the stock market don’t always lend themselves to comedy. But like The Wolf of Wall Street, Trading Places manages to make Wall Street laugh-out-loud funny. The film, which is loosely based on Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, stars Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy as a commodities broker and a streetwise hustler who unknowingly trade places and experience what life is like on the other side of the socioeconomic fence. Trading Places was a critical and commercial success, commended for its rich social satire and the chemistry between the two leads. If you love a good laugh, then you’ll want to check out Trading Places.

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