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18 white-collar crime movies, ranked

From Wall Street to The Big Short, these are the highest-rated white-collar crime movies ever.
By Lance Cartelli, Contributor on
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1 of 18 Columbia Pictures

18. Fun With Dick and Jane

These films encompass anything from comedies to big-action blockbusters to true-crime stories. We've compiled the highest-rated white-collar crime movies, per Metacritic's unique scoring system.

If we missed any, let us know in the comments!

In this remake of the 1977 film, unemployed couple Dick (Jim Carrey) and Jane Harper (Tea Leoni) hatch a plan to secretly transfer $400 million from a former boss (Alec Baldwin) to a fund for former employees.

USA Today said, "There's really not much fun to be had with Dick and Jane."

Metascore: 47.

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2 of 18 20th Century Fox

17. Wall Street

In this 1987 drama, stockbroker Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) takes Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) under his wing until the two clash over insider trading.

The Washington Post said, "Douglas plays Gekko with a terrible intensity. He raves and rants, but he has a rascal's humor."

Metascore: 56.

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3 of 18 20th Century Fox

16. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

The story picks up after Gekko's done eight years for insider trading and securities fraud. Gekko then hatches a plan to convince his daughter's new paramour (Shia LaBeouf) to sign over a $100 million trust fund to him.

Salon called this 2010 sequel "an ambitious, uneven, surprisingly talky melodrama."

Metascore: 59.

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4 of 18 GAGA

15. Boiler Room

Starring a young Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel and Ben Affleck, this 2000 thriller follows brokers who sell stocks for non-existent companies.

Variety said Boiler Room "begins extremely well as a saga of greed and conspicuous consumption, but gradually loses its bite."

Metascore: 63.

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5 of 18 Columbia Pictures

14. The Other Guys

After investigating a multi-billionaire for a scaffolding permit violation, two mismatched police officers (Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg) uncover a $32 billion conspiracy involving the NYPD.

"The Other Guys is seriously silly stuff, in the best sense," per the Washington Post.

Metascore: 64.

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6 of 18 Roadside Attractions

13. I Love You Phillip Morris

This 2009 black comedy is based on the real story of con man Steven Jay Russell (Carrey). While living in Florida, Russell finances his luxurious lifestyle with bounced checks and fake credit cards.

The Wall Street Journal called I Love You Phillip Morris a "tragedy, or something close to it, decked out in comedy's clothes."

Metascore: 65.

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7 of 18 Paramount Pictures

12. Trading Places

In this comedy, a commodities broker (Dan Aykroyd) and a street hustler (Eddie Murphy) switch places after making a bet over who can earn the most money.

"Murphy makes Trading Places something more than a good-hearted comedy. He turns it into an event," according to Time.

Metascore: 66.

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8 of 18 Warner Bros.

11. The Informant!

Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) blows the whistle on his employer's price fixing of lysine, an animal feed additive.

Rolling Stone called this Steven Soderbergh-directed thriller a "devilish fun look into 1990s white-collar crime."

Metascore: 66.

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9 of 18 20th Century Fox

10. Office Space

Written and directed by "Silicon Valley" creator Mike Judge, this 1999 comedy follows software company workers who steal $300,000 with the help of a computer virus.

The Washington Post called this satirical film "a knowing, somewhat slight, often hilarious sendup of cubicle culture."

Metascore: 68.

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10 of 18 Universal Pictures

9. Duplicity

Corporate spies Ray Koval (Clive Owen) and Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts) cook up an elaborate plan to deceive two rival multinationals.

The Hollywood Reporter called this 2009 romantic comedy "an odd duck: a labor-intensive piece of light entertainment."

Metascore: 69.

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11 of 18 Lionsgate

8. Arbitrage

In this 2012 thriller, hedge fund manager Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is on the verge of selling his business to a bank -- but he's also cooked his books to disguise massive losses.

The Los Angeles Times said that "writer-director Nicholas Jarecki squarely lands that punch, creating a tense and chilling horror story for financially fraught times."

Metascore: 73.

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12 of 18 Warner Bros.

7. Inception

In this 2010 science fiction flick, Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a corporate espionage specialist who steals valuable information by infiltrating people's subconscious.

The Christopher Nolan-helmed film was praised for being "one of the best sci-fi movies of the new century" by Premiere. Inception also won four Academy Awards.

Metascore: 74.

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13 of 18 Paramount Pictures

6. The Wolf of Wall Street

This 2013 black comedy, based on Jordan Belfort's memoir of the same name, stars DiCaprio as Belfort, a stockbroker who made millions through illegal stock trades.

The Los Angeles Times called this movie "a fascinating, revolting, outlandish, uproarious, exhilarating and exhausting master work on immorality"

Metascore: 75.

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14 of 18 Dreamworks

5. Catch Me If You Can

Frank Abagnale (DiCaprio) is a teenage con who made millions forging checks while posing as a pilot, doctor and lawyer, until he was captured by FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks).

The New York Times called this 2002 biopic "supremely entertaining."

Metascore: 76.

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15 of 18 Paramount Pictures

4. The Big Short

Based on Michael Lewis' book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, this 2015 film follows four outsiders who invest millions in a housing-market failure.

The biographical comedy-drama earned five Oscar nominations, winning the Best Adapted Screenplay award.

Metascore: 81.

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16 of 18 Warner Bros.

3. Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house fixer at one of New York's most prestigious corporate law firms. After coworker Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) suffers an apparent mental breakdown, Clayton tries to help him, while realizing how corrupt his job really is.

Denzel Washington reportedly turned down the role of Clayton, and regretted it.

Metascore: 82.

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17 of 18 Touchstone Home Video

2. The Insider

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, this 1999 drama is a fictionalized account of a 60 Minutes segment on Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a tobacco executive-turned-whistleblower, and CBS producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino).

The Miami Herald praised this film for being "a big, bold movie that gets at undeniable truths about the way no one, no matter how powerful, is immune from manipulation."

Metascore: 84.

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18 of 18 Columbia Pictures

1. American Hustle

Loosely based on the FBI Abscam operation in the late 1970s and early 1980s, this 2013 black comedy follows a pair of con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) forced to work for an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to set up corrupt politicians.

The David O. Russell-directed movie scored 10 Oscar nominations. The San Francisco Chronicle said this flick is "Russell's best film."

Metascore: 90.

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