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Wall Street Goes to Hollywood: A Look at Well Known Movies About the Street

A photo slideshow of the most well known movies involving The Street



) -- Money, and the lengths people will go to to get it, has made Wall Street an ideal backdrop for Hollywood for decades.

Today, Oliver Stone brings the Street back to the forefront of the public's mind with the release of

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps


The movie stars Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf and Josh Brolin, is the sequel to the original

Wall Street

which came out in 1987. It's also the first sequel Stone has made.

To coincide with its debut, we have put together a slideshow of the most well known movies involving the Street.

Wall Street (1987)

Starring Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie

Production Budget: $15 million.

Opening Weekend: $4.1 million

Total Grossing: $43.8 million

The original Wall Street, directed by Oliver Stone, stars Michael Douglas as wealthy power broker Gordon Gekko and Charlie Sheen as the ambitious Bud Fox. Gekko takes the rookie stockbroker under his wing and teaches him the merciless tactics that helped the corporate raider get to the top. But when Gekko demands that his protégé undermine his own father and risk the jobs and lives of his friends and family, Fox's conscience forces him to turn the tables.

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Memorable movie moment:

Bud Fox: How much is enough? Gordon Gekko: It's not a question of enough, pal. It's a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses.

Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another.

In 1988 Michael Douglas won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Wall Street, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Motion Picture.

Boiler Room (2000)

Starring Giovanni Ribisi, Ron Rifkin, Vin Diesel, Nia Long

Production Budget: $26 million

Opening Weekend: $6.7 million

Total U.S. Grossing: $16.9 million

Seth Davis, played by Giovanni Ribisi, is a young college dropout who runs an illegal underground casino. His father Marty, played by Ron Rifkin, is a New York City federal judge. Eager to prove his value to his father he joins J.T. Marlin, a shady brokerage firm in Long Island and quickly starts making a killing off crooked deals and phony stocks. Davis gets sucked into the high-stakes game of the market and eventually he must sacrifice himself to bring down the company.

Memorable movie moment:

Seth Davis: What do you mean, you're gonna pass. Alan, the only people making money passing are NFL quarterbacks and I don't see a number on your back.

Trading Places (1983)

Starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy

Production Budget: Unknown

Opening Weekend: $7.3 million

Total U.S. Grossing: $90.4 million

The Duke brothers, played by Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche, arrange for a poor street hustler named Billy Ray Valentine, played by Eddie Murphy, to switch places with the wealthy Louis Winthorpe III, played by Dan Aykroyd. Once Billy Ray realizes that the Duke brothers will send him back to his life of poverty after their experiment he teams up with Winthorpe to plot his revenge.

Memorable movie moment:

Billy Ray: When I was growing up, if we wanted a Jacuzzi, we had to fart in the tub.

American Psycho (2000)

Starring Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas

Production Budget: $8 million

Opening Weekend: $5 million

Total U.S. Grossing: $15.1 million

Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale, leads a dual life as a wealthy New York investment banking executive and a psychopathic killer. He hides his alter ego from colleagues and friends but feels deeper into his wildly illogical fantasies.

Memorable movie moment:

Evelyn Williams: You hate that job anyway. I don't see why you don't just quit.

Patrick Bateman: Because I want to fit in.

Rogue Trader (1999)

Starring Ewan McGregor, Anna Friel, Nigel Lindsay

Production Budget: £8.2 or $12.8 million

Opening Weekend: £269,871 or $422,000

Total U.K. Grossing: £969,565 or $15.2 million

The movie is based on the true story about Nick Leeson, played by Ewan McGregor, the man responsible for bringing down the British Barings Bank. The movie follows Leeson as he works at a Barings office in Indonesia. The cunning trader works his way up the ranks, but ends up gambling away over £800 million worth of Baring's money.

Memorable movie moment:

Nick Leeson: I, Nicholas Leeson, have just lost 50 million quid, in one day!

The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

Starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith

Production Budget: $47 million

Opening Weekend: $4.2 million

Total U.S. Grossing: $15.7 million

Wall Street bondsman Sherman McCoy, played by Tom Hanks, and his mistress Maria Ruskin, played by Melanie Griffith, become the center of a scheming journalist's investigation after they hit a teenage boy with his car.

Memorable movie moment:

Sir Gerald Moore: I was at dinner last evening, and halfway through the pudding, this four-year-old child came alone, dragging a little toy cart. And on the cart was a fresh turd. Her own, I suppose. The parents just shook their heads and smiled. I've made a big investment in you, Peter. Time and money, and it's not working. Now, I could just shake my head and smile. But in my house, when a turd appears, we throw it out. We dispose of it. We flush it away. We don't put it on the table and call it caviar.

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin

Production Budget: $12.5 million

Opening Weekend: $2.1 million

Total U.S. Grossing: $10.7 million

The movie is about four New York real estate salesmen who are given a strong incentive to succeed in a sales contest. Blake, played by Alec Baldwin, is sent by the owners of the agency to motivate the salesmen. He tells them that the one with the most sales will receive a Cadillac Eldorado, the second prize is a set of steak knives, and the one who comes in last place will be fired. The salesmen engage in a ruthless battle to do whatever it takes to be on top.

Memorable movie moment:

Blake: A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing.

Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton

Production Budget: $55 million

Opening Weekend: $26.5 million

Total U.S. Grossing: $162.6 million

The movie is based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner, played by Will Smith. Chris lands a competitive stock broker internship, but it doesn't offer any pay. Without a salary he and his son are forced to live on the streets, but Chris is determined to make it work for the sake of his son.

Memorable movie moment:

Christopher Gardner: Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you... You can't do something. Not even me. All right?

Christopher: All right.

Christopher Gardner: You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period.

Working Girl (1988)

Starring Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Melanie Griffith

Production Budget: $28 million

Opening Weekend: $4.7 million

Total U.S. Grossing: $64 million

Tess McGill, played by Melanie Giffith, is an ambitious secretary who works for a heartless boss, Katharine Parker, played by Sigourney Weaver. When her boss injures herself on vacation, McGill takes advantage of the opportunity by pretending to be Parker. She and investment broker Jack Trainer, played by Harrison Ford, team up to work on a big deal, but she gets into a sticky situation when her boss returns to the office.

Memorable movie moment:

Tess McGill: I know what I'm doing.

Cynthia: Yeah, screwing up your life.

Tess McGill: No, I'm trying to make it better! 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?

The Secret of My Success (1987)

Starring Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Susan Kellermann

Production Budget: $ million

Opening Weekend: $7.8 million

Total U.S. Grossing: $67 million

Brantley Foster, played by Michael J. Fox, lands a mail room job at his uncle's multi-million-dollar company in New York City. Things get out of hand when Brantley poses as an executive under the name Carlton Whitfield when he meets Christy Wills, played by Helen Slater.

Memorable movie moment:


carries a briefcase into the mailroom

Fred Melrose: What's in there?

Brantley Foster: My lunch.

Fred Melrose: Your lunch? In a briefcase?

Brantley Foster: Yeah. I ran out of brown bags.

-- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.

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