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10 films about con artists and Ponzi schemers you must watch now

  • Published at 03:58 pm September 21st, 2021
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Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street"| Collected

As complete mayhem breaks out in the country’s e-commerce sector, leaving behind a long line of disgruntled sellers and customers, here are the top ten films that shine a light on the most outrageous stories of business frauds, con tricks and ponzi schemes from around the world --


The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

The story of Theranos, a multi-billion dollar tech company, its founder Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire, and the massive fraud that collapsed the company.



Too Big to Fail

Directed by Curtis Henson, the film chronicles the financial meltdown of 2008 and centers on the US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson who has to prevent a global economic meltdown.



The Wizard of Lies

Starring Robert de Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, the film chronicles the fall of Bernie Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme robbed $65 billion from unsuspecting victims; the largest fraud in US history.



Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America's Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality-America is not only far from the world's wealthiest nation; it is crumbling beneath a staggering burden of individual and government debt, where credit card companies routinely exploit and manipulate consumers.



Can You Ever Forgive Me?

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. The film is based on the 2008 confessional memoir of the same name by Lee Israel.



Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 

Based on the nonfiction book “The Smartest Guys in the Room - The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron,” the documentary covers faulty and corrupt business practices of Enron corporation, and how they led to its fall.



Chasing Madoff

A look at how one investigator spent ten years trying to expose Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme that scammed billions from investors.

 


L'outsider

The 2016 French film follows the rise and fall of anonymous trader turned superstar turned scapegoat Jérôme Kerviel, just as the 2008 financial crisis was unfolding.



Bad Education

The beloved superintendent of New York's Roslyn school district and his staff, friends and relatives become the prime suspects in the unfolding of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in American history.



Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Director Alex Gibney delivers a probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding DC super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.

 

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