20 Movies To Watch If You Love The Wolf Of Wall Street

20 Movies To Watch If You Love The Wolf Of Wall Street

We have seen so many movies linked to Wall Street but nothing beats the turmoil caused by the Wolf of Wall Street! The movie brought a tsunami of memes, parodies, and one-liners that left the internet in chaos providing people with all sorts of entertainment. The movie is about Jordan Belfort, a real-life scammer who portrays how vindictive people look.  You can see the glamorous life of Belfort, and how corrupt and fraudulent he is. But experiencing something similar can be equally entertaining, so if you loved the movie, the list of movies like Wolf of Wall Street that we have curated here for you will be a lot of fun! 

Come along and learn about 20 movies that you can watch if you loved The Wolf of Wall Street, from 1960 till this year. Let’s learn so you can make your next movie night better. 

20 Movies Like The Wolf of Wall Street

Here are some movies like The Wolf of Wall Street that you shouldn’t be missing out on:

1. War Dogs (2016)

War Dogs (2016)

Running time: 114 minutes 

War Dogs is the closest movie in terms of the plot to such an extent that it has been called a rip-off of the movie. Mostly might disagree with this though! The movie War Dogs stars Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper, and Miles Teller, and the ongoing criminal trial. The story shows two weapon dealers selling to different buyers, but the stakes are higher in comparison to the WOWS. The movie has an interesting change of events and surely takes inspiration from The Hangover and Joker, its predecessors. 

2. Money Ball (2011) 

Money Ball (2011) 

Running time: 2h 13m 

Based on the true events that occurred in the life of the General Manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, Billy Beane. Moneyball shows the budget constraints faced by the manager of the Oakland Athletics and how he still manages to build the team and make it outshine the winning team. Now the movie is surely uplifting, especially when compared to The Wolf of Wall Street. However, the lead character has a charismatic manager with out-of-the-box ideas. The movie earned Jonah Hill an Oscar for playing the Best Supporting Actor, just like in The Wolf of Wall Street. 

3. Wall Street  (1987)

Wall Street  (1987)

Running time: 126 minutes 

The name is the charm! If you had a great time watching the chaotic element of The Wolf of Wall Street, then you will surely love Wall Street. The movie features Charlie Sheen, who is a young stockbroker and begins his work under the guidance of a wealthy business tycoon. Stone’s 1987 movie portrays the corporate world through a distinctive lens. The movie provides people with the knowledge of the economics especially surrounding them and the inspiration needed to become a part of it. 

4. Pain and Gain (2013)

Pain and Gain (2013)

Running time: 2h 9m 

Michael Bay’s creation Pain and Gain is a remarkably minimalistic movie, as the crime comedy followed the Transformer big-budget movies. The movie showcases three body-building thieves who try to steal millions of dollars from a rich businessman in Miami. The movie is known to be one of the best movies, similar to The Wolf of Wall Street showing crime committed by those who are doing it for the first time. The Florida setting adds style and makes the robbery even more fun. However, if you think you can live vicariously through these crooks, then that’s not going to happen. The movie is solely so you and your loved ones can have a good laugh!

5. The Big Short (2015)

The Big Short (2015)

Running time: 130 minutes 

The Big Short is the most unconventional movie portraying a financial collapse leaving the sure of the situation he is in. The movie shows the ups and downs in the relationships during the 2008 recession period. Some of the stories in the movie are separate while some are combined. If you’re someone who’s a fan of economically chaotic movies then this is the one for you. 

6. Uncut Gems (2019)

Uncut Gems (2019)

Running time: 134 minutes 

Uncut Games is a stock market movie fueled by a nightmare that doesn’t allow you to breathe. Howard Ratner becomes successful in just a few days but receives some of the biggest lows in his life. The story talks about the addiction to gambling and the pursuits for business that are taken between rivals. This crime thriller is presented and edited with the same intensity as After Hours and will surely keep you on the edge. 

7. After Hours (1985)

After Hours (1985)

Running time: 97 minutes 

Scorcese does it again with After Hours, making the movie famous for being one of the most inventive. Edited with a man with a heart rate of 300 BPM, it adds touch to it especially because the protagonist of the movie never takes a break. The movie is about the man who is the worst night. But the real drama begins when he goes to visit his girlfriend at her apartment. The constant energy in the movie will keep you on your toes and you must get to experience the frantic energy to know what the hype is about. 

8. The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Running time: 2h 23m 

Bringing you another spectacular movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, where Luhrmann adds a touch of extravagance through his direction and ideas. Now The Great Gatsby might not have an element of depiction of wealth but it surely has some fun parties. The movie is based in the 20s and 30s when Nick Carraway gets in touch with a secretive neighbor. Both movies have a lot in common, starting with the same charismatic leader, exciting glimpses into the life of the wealthy, and living the American dream life. 

9. Goodfellas  (1990)

Running time: 146 minutes 

Goodfellas has surely taken its place in movie history! So many people including filmmakers like Scorcese have been trying to recreate something with so much style and perfection as this movie. A story through the lens of a gangster showcases the rise and fall of the New York Mafia leaders. With a lot of energy, action, and fast-paced, this movie will leave you wanting more!

10. American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho (2000)

Running time: 1h 42m 

American Psycho showcases the life of Patrick Bateman, who is a rich and settled investment banker but also a savage murderer. This ironic movie has a lot of similarities with The Wolf of Wall Street, especially with the dark side of success and ambition. Imagining Belfort discussing business cards is more imaginable than Bateman talking about it. However, it’s important to know that American Psycho is a fictional movie. The movie is about killing, the strange activities, and leaves room for diverse perspectives. 

11. Trainspotting (1996) 

Trainspotting (1996) 

Running time: 93 minutes 

Trainspotting explores the addictiveness that comes with using drugs and the disadvantages of the usage on the economy and poverty. The movie blends reality but chaos and is somewhat similar to Wolf of Wall Street. If you’re a fan of dark comedy with a side of drug usage, then Trainspotting will be a good movie. 

12. Hustlers (2019)

Hustlers (2019)

Running time: 110 minutes 

Hustlers is another movie that covers the events that took place during the 2008 recession period. The film showcases strippers who are working very hard to manipulate the rich Wall Street clients to make ends meet. These girls now have to learn to live in the chaotic world and adapt to the new ways. 

13. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Running time: 154 minutes 

Pulp Fiction is a dark comedy-crime movie with an everlasting charm. Tarantino isn’t applauded for nothing, he has the skill for presenting fast-paced and mind-blowing dialogues. Pulp Fictions shows commitment to crime but is different from Wolf of Wall Street. The movie is thrilling and inspiring, leaving you wanting more!

14. Boiler Room (2000)

Boiler Room (2000)

Running time: 2 hours  

Before the Wolf of Wall Street, Boiler Room was the movie that gave the people an idea of how Wall Street is from a different angle. Boiler Room may not be as witty as Scorsese’s movie but it provides a thrilling rise and fall in the life of Giovanni Seth. He is a college dropout who sets out to make his dreams of becoming wealthy a reality through the brokerage firm he joins. But eventually, he realizes that becoming rich comes with a price that he has to pay. 

15. American Hustlers

American Hustlers

Running time: 138 minutes 

American Hustle is the closest to what you can get. The movie is about characters who provide loans and then end up conducting forgery. It includes the same level of black comedy as The Wolf of Wall Street and has economic yet political factors. The group of hustlers work together to combine their forces, and with the stakes being very high the movie will be nothing short of an adventure. 

16. The Founder (2016)

The Founder (2016)

Running time: 1h 55m 

The Founder is a subtle adaptation of a story focusing on the exploited life of Ray Kroc. Kroc is a struggling salesman who works towards making McDonald’s the biggest fast food chain worldwide. Michael Keaton does an outstanding job of portraying the character, with supporting characters John Carroll and Nick Offerman playing the Richard and Maurice McDonald pair. The Founder may not be as flashy as the WOWS, but the movie explores the American dream’s dark side. 

17. Thank You For Smoking (2005)

Thank You For Smoking (2005)

Running time: 1h 32m 

Thank You For Smoking shares the same DNA as the Wolf of Wall Street, bringing to you a hit performance by Aaron Eckhart. He plays the role of Nick Naylor, a slimy spokesperson for Big Tobacco. Naylor juggles between being an inspiration to his 12-year-old son and spinning truths for multiple cigarette manufacturers. The movie is written and directed by Jason Reitman and is an adaptation of the 1994 Christopher Buckley novel. The movie is all kinds of witty and contains a dark side that serves as comedic and depressing for the viewers. It’s got a lot in common with the Wolf of Wall Street!

18. Showgirls (1995) 

Showgirls (1995) 

Running time: 131 minutes  

Showgirls is one of the most divided movies that have hit the big screens. Showgirls is similar to The Wolf of Wall Street, showing a character who is fighting to climb up in the industry, from being a drifter, to a stripper, and then a showgirl. The movie is hilarious and packed with different kinds of action, and you’ll have a great time, especially with the dialogue surrounding it. 

19. Margin Call (2011)

Margin Call (2011)

Running time: 109 minutes 

Margin Call is a movie that skips the build-up that exists in The Wolf of Wall Street. The movie takes place in 24 hours, capitalizing on the pursuit of success and wealth. You will see the downfall of the Wall Street investment banks and the panic it creates.

20. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 

Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 

Running time: 125 minutes 

The plot of Dog Day Afternoon and The Wolf of Wall Street isn’t similar in terms of the plot but in what they make you feel. Sonny goes on a pursuit of wealth and fights to maintain his composure. He ends up giving his hostages Stockholm Syndrome. This movie will surely provide you with a chaotic experience and entertainment. 

Bottom Line

If you have been a Wolf of Wall Street fan, then the list of movies we have mentioned above will be quite a treat. All of them might not have a similar plot but are similar along the lines of entertainment, comedy, and portraying a dark economic side. So grab your favorite snacks and have a great time binge-watching these thrillers! 

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Abdul Wahab is a Software Engineer by profession and a Tech geek by nature. Having been associated with the tech industry for the last five years, he has covered a wide range of Tech topics and produced well-researched and engaging content. You will mostly find him reviewing tech products and writing blog posts. Binge-watching tech reviews and endlessly reading tech blogs are his favorite hobbies.