11 Finance Movie Clips to Use In The Classroom

11 Finance Movie Clips to Use In The Classroom

Here’s a list of high-quality video clips that can further explain and explore the aspects of personal finance you want to cover. The best part: video is attention-grabbing!


Short films on economic inequality produced by acclaimed Hollywood directors. This one features comedian Patton Oswalt in an all-out capitalist competition with a much younger entrepreneur.

Turbotax Super Bowl Commercial

An amazing example of how you can make money less boring: by focusing on the payoff that comes from following financial advice. Ask your audience: what do you want to get in life that money can pave the way toward? Find your motivation in life and you’ll be motivated to manage money to get to it.

Alexa Von Tobel at TEDxWall Street

The CEO of Learnvest on America’s Financial Illiteracy Epidemic. Added value: seeing a strong and successful female investor tell her story.

The Story of Stuff:

Millions of views and climbing. This is the first in a series of cleverly-illustrated videos that break down what it often amounts to when you live in a society that constantly pressures you to consume.

The Story of Solutions

Learn about “the Game of More” and what we can do about it.

Gangnam Style

Did you know the one of the most viewed Youtube videos is a critique of consumerism? Beneath the dance craze it inspired, Gangnam Style is actually a send-up of the endless and empty materialism rampant in an area (about the size of Manhattan) in Seoul, South Korea known for its wealthy, “new money,” inhabitants.

Transformers’ One-Minute Car Commercial

Here is a paid commercial hiding in a movie, with the message: if you have a brand new car people will want to date you. Except that less than 25% of millionaires buy this year’s model of car, and less than 20% lease. Most millionaires spend less on cars, not more.

A “Psychic” Reveals His Secret

Nothing like a killer twist. One of the challenges of talking about the dangers of identity theft is that people who haven’t experienced it may end up thinking “this will never happen to me.” This fantastic video can bring the subject home for your intended audience, and how important it is to consider taking precautions.

Lending Tree – I Have the Perfect Life

A commercial that actually gives us a more accurate picture of a lot of people who look like they “have it made.” What if we all told more honest stories about money successes AND struggles?

MasterCard – Cashier

This video from the “Priceless” series accidentally reveals how every commercial is really just trying to find the one thing they can say that you’ll connect with, and then buy their product.

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Funny, heartfelt and interactive speeches that draw large crowds to memorably teach the keys to financial success and promote your resources as their next step. See Colin on stage:


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7 Movies to Start Money Conversations

7 Movies to Start Money Conversations

10 Movies That Start Money Conversations

Here’s a list of recent movies that present creative ways to talk about money. Funny, memorable, and usually get people to engage who otherwise would immediately glaze over at the mention of finances.

Wayne’s World

Features a classic example of self-aware product placement (here)

Identity Thief

Great news for financial educators! Hollywood recently produced a big-budget funny movie that can be used to begin a conversation about the danger of identity theft.


this movie regularly implies that a car that costs $4,000 is a piece of junk which is not true; also, this 30-second clip that shows this movie is a 2-hour car commercial.

Boiler Room

a look at the life of daytraders and the stockbrokers who sell to them, often over the phone and rarely in person

The Other Guys

Closing credits features excellent infographic video of 2008 economic collapse (here)

Winter’s Bone

Superstar Jennifer Lawrence’s first film is a powerful look at life in a generational cycle of poverty.


The challenges and risks (and rewards) of pursuing a career as an athlete; also explores the pressures to succeed on a child of immigrants to America