Films any economy student should watch
by: Vesna Ivkovic in: Thoughts
1. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Mind is, simply put, a fantastic film. That is the reason why it is the
first on this list, and I personally have watched it three times. The film
was inspired by a true story. It is a biographical drama about the Nobel Prize
winner John Nash. The plot takes place at the ordinary course, but
in one moment, there is a twist point where the imagined and the real world
of John Nash start to intervene. The life becomes more difficult when
Nash finds out that he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and struggles to
overcome it. His wife helps him in that, and with her help he managed to stop
taking the medicine and to keep his condition under control. Step-by-step
he goes back to his teaching at the Princeton University and wins the Nobel
Prize in economics for so-called "Nash Equilibrium" in 1994.
Russell Crowe brilliantly portrayed this role. In my personal opinion,
this film is one of the biggest films since it sends a powerful and sensitive
message to people. In this film you will find everything, starting from biography,
mystery, thriller, drama, romance, comedy and everything else that makes one
film distinctly beautiful. I strongly recommend watching this film which you
will remember forever, and you will probably watch it several times, just
like I did.
is the film which, in my personal opinion, has never got as much popularity
as it should have. I have an impression that it has been pushed aside. The
film is unexpectedly real. The story is about the economic crisis in America
and the properties that people lost. What does it look like when a bailiff
comes at people`s doors and confiscates their houses? In a small town, bailiffs
come to 99 houses and evict people. The last house is owned by a family that
does not want to give up the fight, and uses all legal and other actions to
keep their house… The other side of American economy is shown in this film.
3. The Godfather Trilogy (1972)
I think that there is not a person who does not like this film. To be more
precise, I have never met a man who does not like this film. Or to be even
more precise, it is impossible not to like one of the best films ever made.
This is the film for all times. The Godfather Trilogy is the collection
of classics The Godfather and The Godfather 2 directed by Francis
Ford Coppola and represents one of the most influential films of all times.
The film describes the society and relationships between people at the height
of the popular Sicilian mafia. The value of this film is not only in a gangster
story, but also in the messages hidden in the sentences, which extends throughout
the entire gangster story. The character of Don Vito Corleone was masterfully
created through the story of the chronology of the most powerful Italian Sicilian
mafia family. The focal point of the film, reflected in the honour of the
family mixed with a strange essence of romanticism, makes this film particularly
The film was inspired by a true story. It is a french film. A businessman,
now quadriplegic, gives a chance at the job interview to a black man who is
involved into petty thefts. This is a great film which represents one beautiful
moving story which touches the human soul. Throughout the film, the dialogues
are pervaded by an unusual type of humour, different from Hollywood stiff
humour, so that some of the scenes will make you laugh out loud. The film
is some kind of a quest and reconsideration on essential issues about honesty
and respect between people, as well as preservation of optimism in the most
difficult life circumstances. The scenes are shown naturally and spontaneously,
so that the plot itself seems very plausible. The music particularly stands
out and was composed by Ludovico Einaudi, who is, by the way, one of
my favourite composers of the recent times. You will not regret watching this
The Circle is a technological thriller good because it is a cautionary
story on the influence of technical appliances and devices on human lives.
As far as the quality of the film is concerned, I personally think that this
film could have been much better, because the very beginning as well as the
scenario implied a good plot; however, as the film goes on, it begins to decline
in quality. The film is about the company, The Circle, and the abuse
of modern technology in the worst possible ways. It is quite a cautionary
tale, describing the life of a busy girl Mae Holland who works in a
company where she starts to lose her privacy. Dramatization of the film occurs
when the company establishes the platform TrueYou via which all payments
are carried out through one single account and with one password, and complete
information about a person are held in one place. This film is worth watching
because of the message it sends about technological society, but do not expect
to be vowed by the film artistry.
6. Flash of Genius (2008)
Flash of Genius is a beautiful and cautionary film based on a true
story. I think that anyone dealing with economy, law or science should watch
it. It is a warm, family film. Since I love watching family films, I decided
to watch this one, and I was amazed. The film Flash of Genius is about
an american inventor and professor Robert Kearns who invented the intermittent
windshield wiper system for cars. Kearns handed his invention to the
Ford Company, to Research and Development Sector, which further sends
the device to Washington, to the institutions responsible for device control.
Soon after that, the Ford Company allegedly withdraws from the conceptual
design. Eight months later, while going to the library, Kearns sees
the cars in the streets with his invention, the intermittent windshield wiper
system. He impulsively goes to Ford Company and threatens the law suit for
violation of patent rights. He suffers from post-depression due to the patent
theft and undergoes the treatment for a while. He collects evidence in order
to press charges against one of the biggest corporations, but at the same
time, that would mean the law suit against any car manufacturing company that
violated the right to use his intermittent windshield wiper system. A year
later, a manager from the Ford Company comes and offers to Kearns amicable
settlement and the cheque at $250.000. Kearns refuses the offer, demanding
to be recognized as the inventor. They went to court, but the court expenses
against a big corporation such as Ford Motor Company were really high.
Kearns defends himself in the court, he goes to University library and studies
The Patent Law. Four years later, not dropping the suit, he receives
another offer to one million dollars which Kearns decidedly refuses, demanding
to be recognized as the inventor. What is interesting about this film is the
trial process with very interesting dialogues between the participants. The
last unsuccessful offer coming from the Ford Company included significantly
higher cheque amount of thirty million dollars, but still no acknowledgement
of him as the inventor. The whole family rejected the offer. Skilful lawyers
of the big corporation start to reveal professor`s weak points, saying that
he was son medications and was in hospital, which resulted in his misconception
of the reality. However, the jury recognized Kearns as the inventor
and decided that this huge corporation cannot catch hold of Kearns`s patent
and declare it invalid. The court ruled in favour of the family, they won
and obtained ten million dollars. After the verdict against Ford Company,
Kearns got $18.7 million, interest included, from the Chrysler company
for violation of patent rights. Basically, this is one very good true story
worth watching. Highly recommended!
This is the film that will make you laugh. Trading Places is one of
the best comedies on finances and the stock market. What happens when a millionaire
and a beggar switch their life roles? In case you missed this film, do not
waste a second, it is really worth watching!
8. Margin Call (2011)
Margin Call is the film about the economic crisis during 2008. What is
actually margin call? Buying on margin is a very risky process. It
is the situation where an intermediary who offered the possibility of buying
on margin (a broker or a clearing house) starts to demand from the client`s
company or a clearing client financial assets, i.e. "margin deposit"
up to the certain minimum level for covering the position on the account.
It means that you are liquidated or foreclosed for trade. The change usually
occurs due to currency trends, and a client has very little time at his disposal.
The film Margin Call at the same time represents a kind of a criticism
of the financial system. The story begins with laying off employees in a corporative
company where stiff and rigid corporative relations try to make Eric Dale,
a risk management sector manager, the victim of entire business situation.
Leaving the corporation, at the elevator door, Eric Dale throws a USB
to his friend Peter Sullivan urging him to continue the research. This
is when the dynamics of the film begins. The special significance of this
film is that it indicates the responsibility which exists within the chain
of banking positions. It also shows how a man has to make a difficult decision
in order to come out of the entire situation avoiding serious moral and financial
9. The Prestige (2006)
The Prestige is the film directed by Christopher Nolan. The
film is about the impact of fame as well as about the psychology of human
behaviour, shown through the competition which exists between two magicians.
Their friendly competition turns into a serious rivalry. Up to what limits
can a man go in order to see passionate excitement on the people`s faces,
who cannot stop applauding to a magic trick performed on a stage? Countless
questions are imposed here, the most important of which is: Is everything
the way it looks? Does the greed for fame lead a man to the spiritual deterioration
of his own soul?
The introduction of the film is really good, particularly as far as the messages
hidden in the stories about magicians, such as: Every great magic trick
consists of three parts or acts. The film represents the magic as the
skilfully executed trick, the use (abuse) of heavy lies, illusions, wrong
reference and guidance, stealing of art ideas, so that to others it all seems
plausible. The Prestige is the story about two men who at some point
switch. The film resembles "The Illusionist", which is also
a nice artistic film. I recommend it.
10. Jobs (2013)
And the last, but not least, I cannot miss the chance to recommend a film
about the entrepreneur Steve Jobs. Jobs is a biographical film about
the entrepreneur Steve Jobs, it is an american drama, starting from the Jobs`
early days, when he used to realize how much the computers are primitive.
As a genius visionary, he managed to design devices unthinkable for that time.
Particular beauty of this film lies in the funny quotes and life wisdom. Those
of you who have read the book "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson
will not resist watching any film about him. Every economy student should
read the book about Jobs, and watch at least one of the films about his life.
That would be all for this film recommendation. I hope that you will use your
time during winter creatively and watch some of the films from my recommendation
list:) Enjoy! :)