4) Margin Call (2011)
Watching this feature film debut from director J.C. Chandor, the audience becomes the metaphorical fly on the wall to the collapse of an investment bank. When a junior analyst discovers a problem with the firm’s finances, the bank’s senior employees spend a tense 36 hours deciding its future.
Chandor, whose father was a Merrill Lynch executive, deftly explores the ethical and moral dilemmas confronting each character, from the brash traders to the charismatic but sinister CEO. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to be working with a star-studded cast including Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Paul Bettany.