After a hard day’s work pouring over your client’s accounts, when hometime comes you deserve to curl up on the couch and watch a good movie. But with so many choices available it’s hard to know what to watch! To help you out, we’ve rounded up 11 great movies that we feel are a must-watch for any accountant or bookkeeper.
The following films are from a diverse range of genres, so we’re sure that there will be at least one to fit your tastes! To help you make an informed choice on how to spend your evening, we’ve included IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” scores.
1. The Other Guys (2010)
In this often laugh-out-loud film, Will Ferrell stars as a police detective and forensic accountant. Initially pictured as a law-abiding misfit working behind a desk at NYPD, it doesn’t take long before this accountant becomes involved with solving one of the biggest crimes in NYC history.
2.The Untouchables (1987)
Unless you’ve already read our 7 fun facts on bookkeeping, you may not know that it was, in fact, a team of accountants that brought down the infamous gangster Al Capone. FBI agent Oscar Wallace is the leading accountant who eventually puts Capone behind bars, after arresting him for tax evasion.
3. The Accountant (2016)
Although not the highest scorer on Rotten Tomatoes, it would be impossible to not include this film on the list! This movie stars Ben Affleck as a brilliant chartered accountant working for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organisations. It’s worth a watch for his excellent performance.
4. All the President’s Men (1976)
This movie follows the coverage of the U.S. Watergate Scandal during the early 1970s. Based on a true story, it follows Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein who uncover many examples of illegal and unethical practices within the political accounting system.
5. Office Space (1999)
Office Space is another laugh-out-loud film that takes a long hard look at the typical life of an office worker. Many accountants will have a chuckle over some of the dialogue from this film, a funny and highly relatable movie.
6. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
A classic movie for sure, this film goes to show just how valuable accounting skills may prove to be in the future. Lead character Andy Dufresne uses his accounting knowledge to get out of manual labour in prison. His skills also help the prison to get tax refunds, which are put towards building a library.
7. Wall Street (1987) or The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Whether you choose to watch the classic Wall Street or the more modern The Wolf of Wall Street, both films represent all that was greedy and excessive about Wall Street in the 1980s. Both films provide a warning against greed and act as a reminder to stay ethical in financial dealings.
8. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Directed and written by Wes Anderson, this eccentric film is a perfect example of an accountant living beyond the stereotype and ultimately winning the woman he deserves. This quirky film contains a weird list of characters but makes for a delightful watch.
9. Schindler’s List (1993)
Based on a true story, this harrowing film depicts the story of German industrialist Oskar Schindler and his Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern. Together they saved over a thousand Jews from being sent to Nazi concentration camps during WWII.
10. The Big Short (2015)
Based on the nonfiction book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” by Michael Lewis, this film is an absorbing account of the lead up to the financial crisis of 2007-2008. The film cleverly explains some complex financial instruments in entertaining ways, which will be beneficial for accountants looking to expand their knowledge.
11. The Insider (1999)
A reminder to accountants to always do the right thing, even when it’s not the most natural thing to do. This film takes a fascinating look at the internal politics of a company, and some of the tough choices that accountants must make.