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15 Movies like The Wolf of Wall Street: Cash is King

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Here are some movies like ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ for you to enjoy, including ‘Casino, Boiler Room’, and Kevin Spacey’s ‘Casino Jack’. Each movie charts the rags to riches tale of men playing the system for their own hedonistic gains.

The Story of Jordan Belfort

Leonardo Di Caprio stars in this slightly comic true story of Wall Street Investment banker, Jordan Belfort. Directed by Martin Scorsese, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is a heady tale of wealth, opulence, and one man who wanted it all.

For fans of tales of excess, here are some other movies like ‘Wolf of Wall Street’.

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Movies Similar to ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’…

‘Casino’ (Martin Scorsese, 1995)

Listen to me very carefully. There are three ways of doing things around here: the right way, the wrong way, and the way that *I* do it. You understand?

Set in the early-1970s in Las Vegas, ‘Casino’ tells the story of Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert De Niro) and his attempts to rise in the ranks of the casino where he works. This is a well-acted film with an unusual style from director Martin Scorsese. It’s not as focused as his other works but it’s just as good.

The inner working of a corrupt casino are laid bare, as are the machinations of its characters, and cumulatively, it paints a compelling picture of mob life amongst the world of gambling, drugs, and prostitution.

If you liked this film, you should check out these other movies like ‘Casino’.

Similarity Match: 90%
Like in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’, the criminal world that underpins a large institution is explored in great detail.

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‘Wall Street’ (Oliver Stone, 1987)

Money’s only something you need in case you don’t die tomorrow…

Any list of films similar to ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ has to include Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street’.

Set in the 1980s, the story is about a young stockbroker seeking the mentorship of Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), a shark at the top of the corporate food chain.

The film may now seem a touch dated but it smacks of its time and place and this adds to its effect. It’s a story much akin to ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ and it shares a similar desire for wealth, riches, and power.

Similarity Match: 90%
Not quite as debauched as ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, ‘Wall Street’ is just as much about consumerism as it is about the men at the centre of it all.

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‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ (Oliver Stone, 2010)

Stop telling lies about me and I’ll stop telling the truth about you…

How could this list include ‘Wall Street’ without talking about the sequel?

Michael Douglas returns as the man himself, Gordon Gecko, now ruined and disgraced in front of his peers. However, all is not lost as he spots an opportunity to get his son-in-law into the Wall Street game, take down a rival, and once again rebuild his lavish empire.

While it may not be as good as the original, it’s still a worthy successor that raises a number of similar issues.

Similarity Match: 85%
This almost plays out like a revenge tale rather than a story about capitalist greed, but like ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, the theme is still there in abundance.

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‘Casino Jack’ (George Hickenlooper, 2010)

Washington is like Hollywood, but with uglier faces…

Kevin Spacey shines in this true account of powerful lobbyist, Jack Abramoff. It’s a tale of excess and ‘Jack’ is portrayed as a man who aspires for money, power, and privilege.

For fans of Spacey’s work (and of this film, in particular), ‘House of Cards’ would be a good next stop.

In ‘Casino Jack’, the narrative twists in a similar way to ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. ‘Jack’ finds himself the subject of a corruption investigation – one that could lead to him losing everything that he has managed to acquire.

Similarity Match: 80%
Once more a film about opulence, but this time, it’s set in Washington. Overall, ‘Casino Jack’ is a far more uneven film than ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.

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‘Boiler Room’ (Ben Younger, 2000)

They say money can’t buy happiness? Look at the fucking smile on my face. Ear to ear, baby…

‘Boiler Room’ is a film set in the early ‘00s in New York City. It charts the lives of twenty something millionaires and their meteoric rise and fall. Telling the story of a number of fly-by-night brokers, there’s plenty of scope for comparison with ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.

Vin Diesel and Ben Affleck star in this film about generation X and its fast cars, mansions, and easy money. It’s a film that seems contextualised by its time and for millennials, it may seem like a foreign world entirely.

Similarity Match: 80%
‘Boiler Room’ is based on the same tale of Jordan Belfort but it’s told in a different manner – the consequences aren’t quite as heavy.

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‘Other People’s Money’ (Norman Jewison, 1991)

I love money. I love money more than the things it can buy. There’s only one thing I love more than money. You know what that is? OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY…

Danny DeVito and Gregory Peck star in this underrated comedy about a corporate raider (DeVito) who liquidates businesses and sells their assets, ruining people’s lives while still acting within the law.

However, when he meets with the president of a company (Peck) to try the usual routine, he’s met with a resistant force. A fight for control ensues, a challenge that gets a lot more difficult when Peck’s daughter gets involved.

This is definitely an underrated comedy with a satirical edge that’s well-written, well-acted and superbly directed. Who knew stocks and shares could be this much fun?

Similarity Match: 65%
You’ve got shady dealings like in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, but this time, the onus is much more on the comedy than the swindle.

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‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ (Gabriele Muccino, 2006)

Probably means there’s a good chance. Possibly means we might or we might not…

Why does it have to all be so cruel and villainous? ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ is one such tale that stays away from the underhandedness of Wall Street society and instead focuses on the true story of a man who’d do anything to provide for his child.

Will Smith stars as the dad trying to make it a stockbroker while being technically homeless.

Bring the tissues, because you’re going to cry little a baby!

Similarity Match: 55%
There is a stockbroker element to the film, but ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ isn’t a crime epic as opposed to a heartwarming tearjerker.

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If You like ‘Wolf of Wall Street’, You Will like…

The films mentioned above are all set in the financial world and the morally grey perspectives of those working in it. Here are some films similar to ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ that show people attempting to better their lives but in more clearly defined illegal walks of life.

‘The Wackness’ (Jonathan Levine, 2008)

Life has a funny way of turning you into the one thing you don’t want to be…

This is a story of a young dealer living in New York City. It’s set in the summer before he heads off to college and it deals with love, waning teen years, and the approach of adulthood.

 
This is more a coming of age tale than a rags to riches one but ‘The Wackness’ tells a similar tale of tenacity mixed with the desire for self improvement.

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‘Kid Cannabis’ (John Stockwell, 2014)

Take a good look at my tits boys. If you don’t co-operate, they’re the last pair you’ll ever going to see…

A tale of smuggling, cannabis, and a group of twenty-something’s who make their money in an illegal profession, ‘Kid Cannabis’ is a smart and comic tale of making it – then losing it.

‘Kid Cannabis’ reminds you that the world is a fickle place but it does so with a stoned grin and it shrugs off its losses in the same way that it celebrates its wins – by smoking pot.

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‘American Gangster’ (Ridley Scott, 2007)

The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room…

The story of a chauffeur who makes it big in the world of organised crime, ‘American Gangster’ is the American dream in action but achieved on the wrong side of the law. It’s an exciting film that stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

 
‘American Gangster’ is a film about success but the success isn’t socially sanctioned – it’s a film about mobsters, guns, and the police.

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‘Scarface’ (Brian De Palma, 1983)

I always tell the truth. Even when I lie…

Al Pacino gives an iconic turn as Cuban drug lord, ‘Tony Montana’, a man who came to America with nothing before taking over the drug cartel and ruling the Southeast coast.

From the moment he steps foot into the country to the iconic and tragic finale, you cannot take your eyes off the charismatically ruthless protagonist.

This is a compelling and everlasting tale of greed – the American dream gone wrong.

Make sure to also have a look at these other great films similar to ‘Scarface’.

Both ‘Belfort’ and ‘Montana’ become victims of their greed and lifestyle, ultimately proving that crime doesn’t pay… or does it?

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‘Catch Me If You Can’ (Steven Spielberg, 2002)

Dear Dad, you always told me that an honest man has nothing to fear, so I’m trying my best not to be afraid…

Leonardo DiCaprio is the star once again in possibly one of the most underrated Spielberg films out there. He plays ‘Frank Abagnale’, a young kid who discovers he’s pretty good at forging cheques – so good, in fact, that he steals millions of dollars while posing as an airline pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer. I guess it’s up to Tom Hanks to track him down… the game is on!

Trust me, this one never gets old!

While it’s hard not to love Leo in both movies, he’s a lot more likeable this time round seeing as though he’s not a drug-addled crook who steals innocent people’s money!

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‘Goodfellas’ (Martin Scorsese, 1990)

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster…

Martin Scorsese once again sits in the director’s chair to preside over a tale of villainy, crooks and deception.

His seminal gangster flick, ‘Goodfellas’, stars Ray Liotta as ‘Henry Hill’ alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, chronicling their rise up the mob ladder and the implications of their less-than-savoury livelihood.

Pesci is particularly brilliant here, justifiably winning an Oscar for his semi-crazed turn as ‘Tommy’.

 
Like in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, this movie features another gang of scumbags you can’t help but love, except they deal in a lot more than just extortion and drug abuse.

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‘Breaking Bad’ (Vince Gilligan, 2008-2013)

I am not in danger, I am the danger…

Okay, so it’s not a movie – sue me! The fact is: I love this show so much I actually got a tattoo of the logo.

You think I’m kidding, don’t you? Well, I’m not!

And that should stand as testament to how brilliant this show is. Bryan Cranston kills it as ‘Walter White’, the chemistry teacher who turns to cooking crystal meth in order to pay his hospital bills and provide for his family.

While it seems justified at first, you’ll eventually start to hate him (or love him even more) as his deeds get more and more wicked.

 
‘Breaking Bad’, like ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, shows the corruptive power of money and greed, only the former is less gratuitous and has a lot more family values.

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‘Point Break’ (Kathryn Bigelow, 1991)

Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true…

Keanu Reeves stars as F.B.I. agent, ‘Johnny Utah’, who’s tasked with tracking down and arresting a gang of bank robbers, coined the “Ex Presidents”. However, things get a little more complicated when he realises that the thieves are actually his new group of friends: radical surfers led by the charismatic ‘Bodhi’.

It’s an awesome adrenaline rush that’s all about committing crimes and robbing banks in order to carry on having a good time and live a carefree lifestyle… f*** the system, I say!

 
Unlike ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, this movie is not about the money, it’s about taking on the corrupt and unjust system and having a gnarly time riding waves.

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My Thoughts

I would suggest watching ‘Wall Street’ if you enjoyed ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. They tell similar tales, twenty years apart, but Oliver Stone’s classic is more didactic in its narrative choices.

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