A List of interesting Finance and Economics Documentaries/Short Films

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1. The Money Masters (1996)

210 min | Documentary

The Money Masters is a 1996 documentary film that discusses the concepts of money, debt, taxes, and describes their development from biblical times onward.

Director: William T. Still | Star: William T. Still

Votes: 536

2. Inside Story (1974– )
Episode: £830,000,000 - Nick Leeson and the Fall of the House of Barings (1996)

Documentary

25 Million Pounds details the collapse of Barings Bank in the mid 1990s primarily by a broker called Nick Leeson, who lost £827 million ($1.3 billion) by speculating on futures contracts. ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Curtis | Stars: Ron Baker, Bob Butcher, Pamela Chiu, Steven Clarke

Votes: 31

4. Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002– )

360 min | Documentary, History

The people, ideas, and events that created our current world economy.

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Kenneth Baker, Gary Becker, Tony Benn

Votes: 484

5. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Bigger Than Enron (2002)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

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Director: Marc Shaffer

Votes: 16

6. The Corporation (2003)

Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, History

73 Metascore

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott | Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora, Nina Jones

Votes: 19,769 | Gross: $1.88M

7. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush

Votes: 15,668

8. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A look at the impact of the retail giant on local communities.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Lee Scott, Don Hunter, Jon Hunter, Jeremy Hunter

Votes: 4,344

9. In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Bursts (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Just a few decades ago, owing more money than you had in your bank account was the exception, not the rule.

Directors: Danny Schechter, Joel Sucher | Stars: Nina Adams, David Aguilar, Roy Barnes, Steve Barnett

Votes: 343

10. Money as Debt (2006)

47 min | Documentary, Animation

The monetary systems practiced through modern banking.

Director: Paul Grignon | Star: Bob Bossin

Votes: 397

11. Affluenza (2006 TV Short)

22 min | Short, News

It's a relatively new word in the vocabulary of America, the idea that we are raising a generation of kids who are spoiled, materialistic, and bored; kids who define success and themselves ... See full summary »

12. China Rises (2006– )
Episode: Getting Rich (2006)

Documentary

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Votes: 5

13. Maxed Out (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America's Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality-America is not only far from the world's wealthiest nation; it is crumbling beneath a staggering ... See full summary »

Director: James D. Scurlock | Stars: Beth Naef, Mike Hudson, Louis C.K., Catherine Brown

Votes: 2,123 | Gross: $0.06M

14. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, War

A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources.

Directors: Basil Gelpke, Raymond McCormack, Reto Caduff | Stars: Wade Adams, Abdul Samad Al-Awadi, Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi, Roscoe Bartlett

Votes: 1,890

15. The Story of Stuff (2007)

21 min | Animation, Short

For most of the world, consumption has been the unquestioned duty of every individual. Then garbage activist Annie Leonard brought her two-hour lecture to Free Range who helped her turn it ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Fox | Star: Annie Leonard

Votes: 308

16. Confessions of an Economic Hitman (2007)

90 min | Documentary, Thriller

In front of an angry audience somewhere in Latin America, a North American discloses the secret network that used the World Bank, payoffs, extortion and sex, military coups and political ... See full summary »

Director: Stelios Kouloglou | Star: John Perkins

Votes: 299

17. The Ascent of Money (2008 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

Niall Ferguson takes us on a historical adventure through the ascent of money, applying fact and opinion throughout.

Director: Adrian Pennick | Stars: Gareth Armstrong, Niall Ferguson, Richard Lintern

Votes: 619

18. The End of Poverty? (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

A phenomenal discourse on why poverty exists when there is so much wealth in the world. A must see for anyone wanting to understand not only the US economic system but the foundations of today's global economy.

Director: Philippe Diaz | Stars: Martin Sheen, Amartya Sen, John Perkins, Eric Toussaint

Votes: 421 | Gross: $0.06M

19. Let's Make Money (2008)

110 min | Documentary

Most of us don't know where their money is. However, one thing is for certain, it's is not in the bank to which we entrusted it. The bank and our money is already a part of the cycle of the global money market.

Director: Erwin Wagenhofer | Stars: Mark Mobius, Mirko Kovats, K. Sujatha Raaju, Gerhard Schwarz

Votes: 1,651

22. I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

PG | 85 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Few are aware that America may be on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. explores the country's shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster.

Director: Patrick Creadon | Stars: Robert Bixby, Humphrey Bogart, Warren Buffett, George Bush

Votes: 1,811 | Gross: $0.82M

23. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 39,966 | Gross: $14.36M

24. Collapse (II) (2009)

Unrated | 82 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness.

Director: Chris Smith | Star: Michael Ruppert

Votes: 6,737 | Gross: $0.05M

25. The Shock Doctrine (2009)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.

Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Ewen Cameron, Janine Huard, Naomi Klein, Franklin D. Roosevelt

Votes: 2,563

26. The Money Fix (2012)

79 min | Documentary

Money is at the intersection of nearly every aspect of modern life. Most of us take the monetary system for granted, but it has a profound and largely misunderstood influence on our lives. ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rosenblith | Stars: Francis Ayley, Noam Chomsky, Thomas H. Greco, Marjorie Kelly

Votes: 75

27. Million Dollar Traders (2009– )

60 min | Reality-TV

Eight ordinary people are given a million dollars, a fortnight of intensive training and two months to run their own hedge fund. Can they make a killing?

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Lex van Dam

Votes: 98

28. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 66,241 | Gross: $4.31M

29. Overdose (2010)

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary, News

In times of crisis people seek strong leaders and simple solutions. But what happens when their solutions are identical to the mistakes that caused the very crisis?

Director: Martin Borgs | Star: Johan Norberg

Votes: 384

30. Chasing Madoff (2010)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

A look at how one investigator spent ten years trying to expose Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme that scammed an estimated $18 billion from investors.

Director: Jeff Prosserman | Stars: Bernie Madoff, Frank Casey, Gaytri Kachroo, Harry Markopolos

Votes: 979

31. Freakonomics (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock | Stars: James Ransone, Tempestt Bledsoe, Morgan Spurlock, Melvin Van Peebles

Votes: 6,522 | Gross: $0.10M

32. GasHole (2010)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary

About the history of oil prices and the future of alternative fuels.

Directors: Scott Roberts, Jeremy Wagener | Stars: Peter Gallagher, Anna Eshoo, Brian Pauwels, Curtis Wright

Votes: 343

33. GasLand (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary

An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved.

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon

Votes: 10,011 | Gross: $0.03M

34. To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America (2010)

74 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

For 30 years, Muhammad Yunus helped 7.5 million Bangladeshi move out of poverty. Can he help women in Queens NY to achieve their American Dream?

Director: Gayle Ferraro | Star: Muhammad Yunus

Votes: 40

35. Trading on Thin Air (2010)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

Trading on Thin Air examines the carbon market and whether big business is capitalizing on environmentalism in order to make money.

Director: Susan Kucera | Stars: Lee Altenberg, John Barnes, Jeff Bingaman, Alexander Cockburn

Votes: 24

36. Unraveled (III) (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

A documentary on Marc Dreier, the once-prominent Manhattan attorney who was arrested for orchestrating a massive fraud scheme that netted over 700 million dollars from hedge funds.

Director: Marc H. Simon | Star: Marc Dreier

Votes: 371

37. Debtocracy (2011)

75 min | Documentary

Debtocracy seeks the causes of the Greek debt crisis and proposes solutions sidelined by the government and the dominant media. It follows countries like Ecuador that created debt Audit Commissions and tracks this process in Greece.

Directors: Aris Chatzistefanou, Katerina Kitidi | Stars: Samir Amin, Hugo Arias, Alain Badiou, Gerard Dumenil

Votes: 689

39. VPRO Backlight (2002– )
Episode: Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box (2011)

50 min | Documentary

A thriller based on actual events that takes you to the heart of our automated financial world. Based on interviews with those directly involved and data visualizations up to the ... See full summary »

Director: Marije Meerman | Stars: Eric Scott Hunsader, Jeff Hipschman, Gregg Berman, Rishi Narang

Votes: 32

40. Four Horsemen (2012)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, News

The modern day Four Horsemen continue to ride roughshod over the people who can least afford it. Crises are converging when governments, religion and mainstream economists have stalled. 23 ... See full summary »

Director: Ross Ashcroft | Stars: Dominic Frisby, Gillian Tett, Lawrence Wilkerson, David Morgan

Votes: 2,594

41. Catastroika (2012)

87 min | Documentary

The creators of Debtocracy, analyze the shifting of state assets to private hands. They travel round the world gathering data on privatization and search for clues on the day after Greece's massive privatization program.

Directors: Aris Chatzistefanou, Katerina Kitidi | Stars: Dean Baker, Alex Callinicos, Costas Douzinas, Ben Fine

Votes: 492

42. 97% Owned (2012)

130 min | Documentary

97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective and explains the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Oswald | Stars: Maddy Reilly, Ben Dyson, Anne Belsey, Noel Longhurst

Votes: 388

43. Money & Life (2013)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama

MONEY and LIFE is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that makes a provocative proposition: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous ... See full summary »

Director: Katie Teague | Stars: Marga Laube, Lynne Twist, Vandana Shiva, Orland Bishop

Votes: 54

44. Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, History, News

57 Metascore

Nearly 100 years after its creation, the power of the U.S. Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets and governments around the world hold their breath in anticipation of the Fed ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Bruce | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Paul Volcker, Janet Yellen, Peter Atwater

Votes: 821

45. Gasland Part II (2013)

Not Rated | 125 min | Documentary

A documentary that declares the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth, and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Fox | Stars: Al Armendariz, Kindra Arnesen, Lon Burnam, Lois Capps

Votes: 1,538



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