Hollywood movies may not be the first place you look to for personal financial advice. But the silver screen has long offered financial wisdom. So Consumer Reports put together a list of movies that we think provide valuable financial lessons over the last 70 years of filmmaking.
  1. Moneyball
    Financial lesson: Before betting the farm—and the security of your family—on a business plan designed to make you rich, make sure you have a fallback financial strategy in case things don't work out.
  2. Slumdog Millionaire
    Financial lesson: Money doesn't necessarily buy happiness; it can also lead to evil. And while essential for survival, money is not as important as other things in life, such as true love.
  3. Maxed Out
    Financial lesson: Don't borrow more than you really need.
  4. Wall Street
    Financial lesson: Ordinary investors should forswear the fantasy of making a killing on Wall Street, which is typically reserved for wealthy and well-connected players.
  5. It's a Wonderful Life
    Financial lesson: There are many financial lessons in this movie, but one stands out. While George Bailey was careful about his spending, he was never able to create an emergency fund. As a result, when he ended up with a financial shortfall, he had almost no spare cash set aside to protect his job and his family.