The Top 5 Accounting Movies of All Time

We all know that if there’s one thing better than movie night, it’s accounting themed movie night!

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So to fill your Netflix queue, we’ve scientifically (completely subjectively) ranked the Top 5 Accounting related movies of all time based on the following point scale:

  • 0-5 points – Educational Value
  • 0-5 points – Accounting Coolness Factor
  • 0-10 points – Entertainment Value
  • 0-5 points – Accounting Pop Culture Importance
  • Bonus Point – Morgan Freeman Monologue


#5.  Dead Man – 13 points

Ok – so this one is a bit obscure, and a bit on the stranger side…but it’s honestly one of my favorite all time movies.

It stars Johnny Depp (before he became a walking, talking pirate zombie) as an accountant that goes out west to pursue a new job opportunity during the Gold Rush.



#4.  Hitch – 13.5 points

You know that we had to include a Rom Com on this list!

Watch Will Smith turn Paul Blart Mall Cop Kevin James into a debiting, crediting, lady-swooning machine.



#3.  The Untouchables – 17 points

This movie is a classic.  It hits so many topics – the mob, prohibition, FBI, accounting, Sean Connery and…baseball (if you’ve seen the movie, you know what I mean).

If you don’t know the story of Al Capone, I’m not going to give you any spoilers.  Just watch the movie – you’ll be proud to call yourself a CPA!



#2.  Enron:  The Smartest Guys in the Room – 20 points

The only documentary to crack our Top 5, ‘Enron:  The Smartest Guys in the Room’ is arguably the most important accounting movie you’ll ever watch.  It’s interesting, educational, suspenseful and brilliantly crafted.

Plus, this movie is almost like a 2 hour crash course as to why and how the public accounting landscape has changed since the infamous fraud.  This is a great movie to give you something to say around the accounting water cooler!



#1.  The Shawshank Redemption – 21 points

If you haven’t seen Shawshank, three things:

  1. It’s incredible.
  2. It’s amazing.
  3. It’s on TV at least 12 times a day, everyday.

The #1 movie was never really in question.  Shawshank is the perfect accounting movie to watch over and over again on a rainy day after a Tax 1 test.



Other notable mentions:

  • Midnight Run
  • The Informant!
  • The Producers
  • Too Big to Fail


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Josh Tarica

Josh Tarica

Josh is a co-founder of, the premier network for Accounting and Information Systems students to land jobs and internships with leading firms.