Our top 5 business films

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Star of Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio. Image source: Georges Biard, via Wikimedia Commons

The Edinburgh International Film Festival, which is into its 70th year, starts today. To celebrate we’ve put together a collection of our favourite films (all about business of course!) along with the most memorable lines.

Film: Wall Street

Date: 1987

His role of Gordon Gekko earned Michael Douglas a Best Actor Oscar in this film about a young wall street stock broker (Bud Fox – played by Charlie Sheen) who has a strong desire to get to the top. So much so that he’s willing to follow the questionable practices of his mentor Gordon Gekko.

Our favourite lines:

Lunch is for wimps!

I look at a hundred deals a day, I pick one.

If you’re not on the inside, you’re outside.

A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.

Film: Citizen Kane

Date: 1941

A group of reporters are trying to unravel the meaning of the final words ever spoken by millionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane. The film, which reveals flashbacks of his life, has been hailed as the single best motion picture ever made!

Our favourite lines:

I always gagged on the silver spoon.

There’s only one person in the world who’s going to decide what I’m going to do and that’s me…

Film: Trading places

Date: 1983

A homeless con artist (Eddie Murphy) is caught up in an unorthodox bet by wealthy and bored business owners who have a wager that he can run the company better than their slick star trader (Played by Dan Aykroyd).

Our favourite lines:

It ain’t cool being no jive turkey so close to Thanksgiving.

You know, it occurs to me that the best way you hurt rich people is by turning them into poor people.

Film: Wolf of Wall Street

Date: 2013

This is a cautionary tale about crime, corruption and the federal government based on the true story of Jordan Belfort. He manipulates the market with a scam to make millions.

Our favourite lines:

This right here is the land of opportunity. This is America. This is my home! The show goes on!

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.

Film: Working Girl

Date: 1988

Once you get past the shoulder pads and bouffant hair you get to the crux of this story which stars Melanie Griffiths as a secretary at an investment bank who discovers that her boss plans to steal her idea for a deal so she plots to get it back.

Our favourite lines:

You can bend the rules plenty once you get to the top, but not while you’re trying to get there. And if you’re someone like me, you can’t get there without bending the rules.

I’m not gonna spend the rest of my life working my ass off and getting nowhere just because I followed rules that I had nothing to do with setting up, OK?

Main image source: Georges Biard, via Wikimedia Commons