The Wolf of Wall Street
With any good storyline, you need good characters and Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio are some of Hollywood's finest. With a story of a small time stock broker gone big, you will see the luxuries that come with that. But then as he is enjoying the highlights of his big stock brocker business, he gets involed with crime and corruption leading to his eventuall downfall.
What I like about this film, is that it is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort. I like films that are based on people as you can learn from there mistakes and learn what they did. Some films based on people could come in handy for pub quizzes as they're packed with information! If you enjoyed this movie, you can buy it on Amazon here.
Anyway without further ado, the similar films will be listed below.
American Hustle (2013)
The first in the list is the newest film on this whole list, which is American Hustle. This is based on the 1970's Abscam case so you may learn a thing or two. This follows Irving Rosenfield who is a loan shark and plays around with forgery who meets a woman Sydney Prosser. Although things change massively. Soon after they are caught by and FBI agent called Richie DiMaso. He makes Irving and Sydney work undercover for him as part of a sting operation on the New Jersey mayor. Whilst all of this is happening, Irving's wife may bring the whole event down.
Director: David O. Russell
Writers: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Stars: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence
Wall Street (1987)
This is an old film, but it is one of the most similar to The Wolf of Wall Street. This movie is about a young small-time stockbroker who wants to get to the top, but he is impatient. So he then does anything to get to the top including taking illegal inside information from a corporate raider who looks after the young. (You can see how this film will end)!
Director: Oliver Stone.
Writers: Stanley Weiser and Oliver Stone.
Starring : Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen and Tamara Tunie
American Psycho (2000)
This film is a little like the wolf of wall street but only because they have the same jobs. Christian Bale plays Patrick Bateman in this film who is a wealthy banking executive in New York, but as night falls his second life comes out to play. By night he is a serial killer, but completely normal in the day (talk about a split personality or what)! One thing stands though, there is a detective following his trail.
This film doesn't sound like your typical film, but it has a good rating. This is mainly a crime drama type of film, but it does have elements of humour in, which may seem very dark but it works!
Director: Mary Harron
Writers: Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner (Screenplay). Bret Easton Ellis (Novel).
Starring: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Reece Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, Jared Leto and Chloë Sevigny.
Boiler Room (2000)
Getting a job after college can be difficult, but for one dropout he gets a job at a suburban investment firm as a broker. It all seems to be going well for the dropout as it looks like he is being successful, but the job has complications. Illegal complications, so could this be too good to be true?
This film is in the thriller genre as well as the crime and drama genre as well. Also with actors like Ben Affleck and Vin Diesel in, who wouldn't want to see it?
Director: Ben Younger
Writer: Ben Younger
Starring: Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Nia Long and Ben Affleck.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
This film in the drama genre, is the closest thing to wall street you will ever get. This follows Gordon Gekko, who is played by Michael Douglas, who went into prison for insider trading coming out of prison and looking at what he used to control. Trying to fix his relationship with his daughter, he meets her fiance Jake, played by Shia LaBeouf. He uses this opportunity to try and manipulate Jake, who is a stockbroker, into taking down an enemy so he can rebuild his wall street kingdom.
Director: Oliver Stone
Writers: Allan Loeb, Stephen Schiff, Stanley Weiser and Oliver Stone.
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas and Carey Mulligan.
This film is a fact based story about six students who needed money so begun counting cards (we have all needed money desperately before, right?). Well these students of Massachusetts Institue of Technology joined together for one thing only, money. Led by a unconvential professor, this group of students use their maths skills to learn the art of counting cards. After mastering counting cards, they go to Las Vegas to win big, but not all is what it seems. There is a casino enforcer watching their every move. Will they ever win big?
Director: Robert Luketic
Writers: Peter Steinfield, Allan Loeb and Ben Mezrich (Book).
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishbourne.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Comedy and crime, what a great combination. When another con artist steps onto your patch, what do you do? Well the only logical thing would be to get rid of them, but that is where it stops. What does Lawrence Jamieson, played by Michael Caine, do? Well he has a bet with rival con artist Freddy Benson (played by Steve Martin) as to who can get their hands on $50000 first, off a young American Heiress. Whoever does it first can stay, whilst the other must leave.
This looks like a very funny film. I highly reccomend watching it.
Director: Frank Oz
Writers: Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning.
Starring: Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenne Headly.
Gambling is bad. We all know that right? Well what do you do once you get hooked on it? Play a russian gangster? Well that is what Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) does against a russian gangster (John Malkovich) in a poker game but looses. His girlfriend pressures Mike to stop gambling as she can see his problems. So he stops. But when an old friend comes out of prison needing money to pay off a debt, the pair go back to gamble once again. Although he is caught cheating by his girlfriend. Once Mike knows who the money is going to, he makes one last wholehearted attempt to beat the russian ganster in a high stakes competion.
Director: John Dahl
Writers: David Levien and Brian Koppelman.
Starring: Matt Damon, Edward Norton and Gretchen Mol.
Paid in Full (2002)
Now this film is a bit different to the others. The only link to The Wolf Of Wall Street is the crime aspect, but that is about it. This film follows a young man in Harlem who is working in a dry cleaning shop, hoping to stay out of the drug business in the local area. But one day he meets a drug dealer whilst doing a delivery and is convinced to join him in the drug business. He then recruits his two friends, and the trio go about Harlem and become major players in the drug business. The only trouble is, when you're at the top, a lot of people want you gone.
Director: Charles Stone III
Writers: Azie Faison Jr, Austin Phillips, Matthew Cirulneck and Thulani Davis.
Starring: Mekhi Phifer, Chi McBride and Wood Harris.
This film is also different as it is about gangsters wanting to work their way up in the gang. Joining the gang young, this guy advances through the ranks leading to a life of luxury. Little does he know, that a drug addiction and some mistakes lie in wait to end his climb to the top.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Nicholas Pileggi (Book and screenplay) and Martin Scorsese (screenplay).
Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci.