Margin Call (2011)
J. C. Chandor has established himself as one of the great new filmmaking talents around with this his debut film, followed up by the brilliant All Is Lost in 2013. In Margin Call, he manages the trick of making Wall Street lingo and conflicts into palpable human drama, in which greed, selfishness and dishonesty is dissected and presented in all its ugliness without further disdain. If the everyman is ever to really grasp this business and understand the reasons for incidents such as the 2007-08 financial crisis, it is through this film. And thanks to a stellar ensemble cast, Margin Call is able to convey that the characters populating the investment banking business are actually normal human beings – more or less.