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In theory, ruthless moneyman Gordon Gekko is the villain of Oliver Stone's film about American high finance. But for many people, it is clear that Gekko with catchphrases like "Lunch is for wimps" and "Greed is good" is the amoral hero of the story, one of the great movie characters and an unwitting inspiration to some men and women who have gone to work in finance. Gekko is idolised by up and coming broker Bud Fox, who ingratiates himself into Gekko's shiny and ruthless world. But as their ambitions both become ever greater and their tactics increasingly illegal, both characters are faced with tough moral challenges. The film raises questions around ethical behaviour in the financial world which remain relevant today.
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Later remade with Al Pacino, this 1932 gangster drama charts the rise of a ruthless crime boss modelled on notorious US mobster Al Capone.
14+ years 89 mins
Melanie Griffith stars as an ambitious secretary who starts a new job working for a nightmare boss and falls for an executive.
14+ years 111 mins
Scathing documentary examining the often malicious rise of the modern corporation, analysing its behaviour as a psychological being.
16+ years 145 mins
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