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9 Super Engrossing Movies Like The Wolf Of Wall Street

9 Super Engrossing Movies Like The Wolf Of Wall Street

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Based on former stockbroker Jordan Belfort‘s memoirs, Martin Scorsese’s 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street is the kind of film that keeps you on the edge. Played remarkably by Leonardo Di Caprio, the film follows an insatiable, young, wayward stockbroker’s financial shenanigans after life takes a hit post a market crash. Excessive in style and unbridled in its approach, The Wolf of Wall Street makes for an insanely thrilling ride. Martin Scorsese’s signature style of freeze-frames, long tracking shots and voice-over-narration make this film a true classic for all cinema lovers. So, if you enjoy films that make you say ‘This Guy!,’ you might enjoy our list:


9. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

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One of the most underrated films of the 1990s, David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross boasts a stellar cast with the likes of Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey. The film is a vivid portrayal of the cut-throat world of Wall Street and gives a remarkable insight into the life of salesmen and a system that nurtures them. If you liked Matthew McConaughey’s cameo in The Wolf of Wall Street, we bet you’ll love Alec Baldwin’s cameo in this one.

Baldwin’s Blake is a man who means business but his words can come across as downright absurd and at times even funny. Similar to Jordan Belfort, Blake‘s power, presence and mantra can encourage the meekest of individuals. “Coffee’s for closers” has now become an iconic dialogue and this film is definitely worth watching if you like The Wolf of Wall Street.


8. The Founder (2016)

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A biographical film, The Founder chronicles the story of Ray Kroc played by Michael Keaton and how he made McDonald’s into the fast-food giant it is today. A dark and at times an inspiring tale of the American Dream, The Founder puts to light how no corporate elite made it where they are today without stomping on a few people along the way. The film features strong performances from Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman and John Carrol Lynch, who play Richard and Maurice McDonald. Like Belfort, it’s hard to root for Keaton’s Kroc whose triumph comes from the ruin and misery of many. And the film is unabashed, unapologetic in portraying this side of his character.


7. Wall Street (1987)

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Another film around the murky, manipulative dealings of the financial world, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street is one of the most influential films of its times. Michael Douglas’ Gordon Gekko is a man who has the power to manipulate and manoeuvre people through his words. It’s interesting how the theme of the film holds relevance to this day as it throws light on the capitalistic trading mentality that exists in Wall Street.

The viewer really gets an insight into the character of Gordon Gekko as he delivers his now famous monologue about greed and power. His powerful, intimidating voice conveys how far he’s strayed from all things moral. He doesn’t hesitate going all out for what he wants and for a second even manages to convince viewers that there is no shame in having a little bit of greed. Michael Douglas is phenomenal in this role and fittingly won an Academy Award for Best Actor. If you’ve enjoyed The Wolf of Wall Street, add this one to your watchlist.


6. Trainspotting (1996)

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A movie about substance abuse, Trainspotting is sheer chaos from the beginning to the very end. The reckless lifestyle of its characters and the dark humour in this film make for a fun viewing. One of the most well received movies from the 90s, Trainspotting is a story about Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a drug addict who wants to get clean but fails to do so due to the company he’s in.

The film is a fine commentary on what happens to an addict once the ‘fun’ wears off and while some may interpret it to be a film that is pro drugs, the assessment would be glaringly erroneous, while completely missing its essence. Trainspotting is packed with dark humour and lively characters and anyone who is a fan of The Wolf of Wall Street would find the film hugely entertaining.


5. Casino (1995)

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Boasting dazzling performances from Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone, Casino is often overlooked in comparison to Goodfellas and Taxi Driver, but is one of Scorsese’s finest films. A tale of greed, power and loyalty, Casino much like, The Wolf of Wall Street speaks about optimism. Neither Ace (De Niro) nor Jordan Belfort could exist if most people they deal with weren’t hopeful. But Ace isn’t here to make anyone’s dream come true except his own. A highly intense, fast-paced film Casino like The Wolf of Wall Street is full of immorality and dynamic characters which make for a fun viewing. Ace’s troubled wife Ginger played by Sharon Stone is also starkly similar to the character of Margot Robbie who plays the wife of Jordan Belfort.

Richly detailed with well written characters, Casino was classic Scorsese gangster drama, with all the Scorsese elements we love — tracking shots, voice-over narration, freeze frames and kickass jazz/rock soundtracks.


4. Boiler Room (2000)

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Ben Younger’s Boiler Room is a story about a college dropout who lands a job at an investment firm as a broker. Seth (Giovanni Ribisi) bears a striking resemblance to Belfort and the film chronicles his life and how he succumbs to power and greed. This movie set the template for films like The Wolf of Wall Street and gave its audience a look into the murky side of the sharply dressed men working at a high stake job. The film sees solid performances from the likes of Vin Diesel and Scott Caan and an appearance from Ben Affleck. It appears to be an authentic, honest portrayal of life at Wall Street, eventually highlighting how everything in life comes at a cost.

In one scene Jim (Ben Affleck) sneers at the new recruiters, asking them if they’ve seen Glengarry Glen Ross and as it turns out, they all have. They are all following a culture that is precarious, to say the least.


3. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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Leonardo DiCaprio is in absolute top form in this Steven Spielberg classic. A game of cat and mouse ensues between Carl, an FBI agent (Tom Hanks) and Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) as the latter forges identities and swindles millions of dollars. A riveting narrative engages viewers as they eagerly await to find out who comes out on top. Similar to the end of The Wolf of Wall Street, law finally catches up to Frank but it isn’t nearly as bad and is, as a matter of fact, a satisfying one. Frank lands on the right side of the law and builds a successful career as an expert on bank fraud and forgery. DiCaprio is at his breezy best. He along with Tom Hanks make this worth your while.

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Much like Jordan Belfort, Frank is unapologetic about owning up to his mistakes and doesn’t hide away behind lousy excuses. Both lead lives of excess and immorality. Spielberg, much like Scorsese, infuses his character with stylistic flourishes, hooking the viewers throughout to these characters as they go about evading law and all sense of morality.


2. The Big Short (2015)

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Chronicling the events of the 2008 financial crisis, Adam McKay’s The Big Short is a good blend of both comedy and drama. The story follows a group of investors who predict the collapse of the US economy and how they bet against the mortgage market making millions of dollars along the way. It’s not all hunky dory though as the situation spirals quickly out of hand which could spell grave consequences.

Similar to Jordan Belfort, the characters of the film directly address the audience and economist Richard Thaler goes so far as to explain the concept of subprime mortgages and synthetic collateralized debt obligations to the audience by breaking the fourth wall. Christian Bale shines through in this film but the rest of the cast which includes the likes of Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt also do justice to their respective roles.


1. Goodfellas (1990)

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Possibly the greatest crime drama film ever made, Martin Scorsese’s magnum opus is probably the most similar film to his 2013 effort both stylistically and thematically. Full of fast-cut editing and quick-paced narration, Goodfellas sees career best performances from Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci. Another Scorsese film which involves voice-over narration, Goodfellas is a tale of Henry Hill, a member of the mob who quickly rises to prominence on the mean streets of New York. The similarities between Henry Hill and Jordan Belfort are apparent even to the most casual of viewers and it almost seems Scorsese relied on the same two decade old tropes and techniques of his to make The Wolf of Wall Street.

Both Henry and Jordan lived a life of crime, spent considerable amounts of time in prison, cheated on their wives, and relied heavily on drugs to function and make it through the day. The film uses tracking shots to follow the dark lives that these characters lead, giving viewers a sense of intimate connection with them.



There you go! Hope you enjoy these movies just as much as The Wolf of Wall Street. I’d also recommend Safdie Brother’s Uncut Gems (2019) and Good Time (2017). If you are looking for fast paced, tightly knit storylines with stomach-churning, jaw-dropping twists and turns, these are your films. The best part about The Wolf of Wall Street is that it gets better with each viewing. If you get a chance, go watch the film again and you might figure out how to sell that forbidden pen after all.

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