January 28, 2011
Best Business Movies?
The recent announcement of the Academy Award nominations has me thinking about movies—in particular, movies about business or business law.
Several lists of the best business movies are available online. Business Pundit has one here. Forbes has one here. And MSNBC has one here.
Some of the movies on these lists aren’t really what I would consider business movies. For example, Clerks and It’s a Wonderful Life are both on the Business Pundit list. I think Clerks is hilarious and It’s a Wonderful Life is one of my all-time favorite movies, but their focus isn’t really business, and certainly not the law of business. All three lists also include at least one of the Godfather movies. Again, great movies, but not what we usually think of as business--no business I ever represented, at least.
Business Pundit’s top move is The Godfather and Forbes’ top move is Citizen Kane. MSNBC just lists their top ten chronologically.
My favorite, perhaps because I teach Securities Regulation and Mergers and Acquisitions, is Wall Street—the original 1987 movie, not last year’s lousy Money Never Sleeps sequel. [Great performances by Martin Sheen and Michael Douglas--and Oliver Stone somehow manages to keep his personal views out of the picture until the somewhat contrived bad-guy-gets-it-in-the-end conclusion.
And, of course, who can forget Gordon Gekko’s immortal “Greed is Good” speech: "The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA."
So what are your favorite business law movies and why?
I'm fond of Barbarians at the Gate. I used in my Business Associations class because i can refer back to specific people and proposals throughout the semester. Plus, it makes some of the players a little more real. E.g, The portrayal of Teddie Forstmann (Forstmann Little) alone helps bring some of our cases a little extra life.
Posted by: Josh Fershee | Jan 28, 2011 7:49:54 AM
There is the best information regarding Business Movies. And I totally agree with you The Godfather is one of the best business film. It has really tremendous point of story line. And the great performances are found in this movie.
Posted by: social bookmarking | Jan 29, 2011 5:29:18 AM
I'm a movie junkie and use them where I can when teaching. Some are getting long in the tooth, but a recent one - on price fixing, of all things - is the Informant. Matt Damon is underrated in this film based on the lysine price-fixing case. You gotta love it....
Posted by: Regina Robson | Jan 29, 2011 2:24:04 PM