The 50 Best New York City Movies

34. Wall Street (1987)

Director: Oliver Stone
Leading Actors: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Tamara Tunie, John C. McGinley, Hal Holbrook
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Financial District, Times Square, Central Park

Rarely do you watch a film from 25 years ago and feel like it wouldn't play out much differently if made today. It's often too easy an out to say that nothing has changed when talking about greed and capitalism, but that doesn't make it any less true. Stories like the one told in Wall Street crop up in New York newspapers every day. Of course, now, with the Internet, we know all the sordid details in a matter of days and then move on to the next one. Watching Wall Street in 2012, you find strange moments where Oliver Stone seems to wink that viewer, as if to clue you to the timelessness of his story by making you notice about something trivial. White-collar crime personified, Gordon Gekko has this awkward miniature television that streams crappy green-hued images. He looks at naive Bud Fox and says, "This TV. Two-inch screen. Wave of the future." Just then, you look down at your iPhone and think, "Well, at least something has changed." —BG

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