Learning Business From the Big Screen

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Wall Street (1987)
Greed is not always good. Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), an eager young stockbroker on Wall Street, is desperate to make it big in the finance world. He finagles a meeting with the notoriously ruthless and extremely wealthy broker Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), whose motto is “greed is good.” Gekko becomes a mentor for Fox, folding the younger businessman under his successful wing as he encourages deceitful business practices—including fraud and insider trading—to get ahead. But when Fox is arrested for shady business dealings, he realizes there are more important things to strive for than money. The takeaway? Wall Street provides business owners with a strong moral message that wealth doesn’t come overnight and that greed almost always comes in the way of true success.