Money, Money, Money, Money
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to the 1987 movie of the same name, hits theaters nationwide this weekend. The Oliver Stone-directed tome against the excesses of an unregulated financial industry is bound to resonate with audiences still facing near double-digit unemployment, despite the proliferation of economic indicators that assure us our economic troubles are over. In the new Wall Street, Michael Douglas reprises his role as Gordon Gekko, the financier we love to hate, though this time the protégé is played by Shia LaBeouf, rather than Charlie Sheen (though Sheen does have a cameo in the movie). We kind of wish this move were called Wall Street: Rise of the Machines, and Gekko turned out to be Megatron. Alas... In any event, the Wall Street franchise isn’t the only movie of greed and the underbelly of big business in America. We collected some of greatest as well as some lesser-known movies that involve corporate malfeasance and some of the more salient lessons we learn from each.