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Illicit Edge Insights: Top 10 Financial Crime Movies

June 2023
If you’re fascinated by the dark underbelly of the financial world and the allure of high-stakes deception, then this list of the top 10 financial crime movies is tailor-made for you. From real-life tales of stockbroker fraud to gripping narratives about corporate corruption, these films provide a thrilling glimpse into the world of financial misconduct.

Top 10 Financial Crime Movies
  1. “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013) – A black comedy based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who engages in securities fraud and money laundering.
  2. “Catch Me If You Can” (2002) – Inspired by the life of Frank Abagnale, a con artist who successfully impersonated an airline pilot, doctor, and lawyer while committing check fraud.
  3. “The Big Short” (2015) – Based on the true events leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, the film explores the complex world of mortgage-backed securities and the individuals who predicted the collapse of the housing market.
  4. “Inside Job” (2010) – A documentary that analyzes the global financial crisis of 2008, focusing on the systemic corruption and unethical practices within the banking and financial sectors.
  5. “American Hustle” (2013) – Set in the 1970s, this crime comedy-drama follows a con artist and an FBI agent as they team up to uncover political corruption and bribery involving the mafia.
  6. “Margin Call” (2011) – A fictionalized account of the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis, revealing the unethical decision-making and lack of oversight within an investment bank.
  7. “The Informant!” (2009) – Based on a true story, the film portrays the life of Mark Whitacre, an executive-turned-whistleblower who exposes price-fixing and corporate fraud at his company.
  8. “Arbitrage” (2012) – A thriller that delves into financial fraud and deception, following a hedge fund manager trying to cover up his illegal activities after a fatal accident.
  9. “Syriana” (2005) – Set in the global oil industry, the film intertwines multiple storylines involving political corruption, corporate influence, and the covert world of international energy deals.
  10. “The Accountant” (2016) – A psychological action-thriller featuring a forensic accountant with high-functioning autism who uncovers financial misconduct while working for criminal organizations.