21 Personal Finance Movies and Documentaries

Feb 24, 2021
Personal Finance, Checking Accounts

The Banker was recently released on Apple+, and in my opinion, is the best personal finance movie of all time. It incorporates the realities of wealth building, banking, investing in property, and lending. Multiple scenes could be cut and used as a hook to illustrate to students in an entertaining way key personal finance concepts. 

The Banker is based on a true story. Although our country still has a ways to go, the movie reveals the discrimination that Black Americans faced at that time and a key moment that led to reversing its course. 

Looking for more movies/documentaries that you can use with your students? 

Click here for a catalog (with links) of 21 personal finance documentaries and movies. Please note that this is not a list of movies or documentaries about economics or financial industry scandals that have very little pragmatic value for high school students. Also, in NGPF's documentary The Most Important Class You Never Had, your students will hear from other students about the importance of financial education. 

If you’re looking to brush up on banking topics yourself, then we have you covered: 

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About the Author

Brian Page

Making a difference in the lives of students through financial capability is Brian’s greatest passion. He comes to NGPF after fifteen years of public school teaching where he was the ‘11 Ohio Department of Education recipient of a Milken National Educator Award, the CEE Forbes Award winner, and a Money Magazine/CNN "Money Hero". He served on the working group for President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He has private school experience as a Trustee for the Cincinnati Country Day School and was a past Ohio Jump$tart President. Brian holds a BBA and M.Ed. When Brian isn’t working alongside his NGPF teammates he is likely spending time with his wife, three children, and dog; hiking, or watching Ohio State football.