->''The point is, ladies and gentlemen - that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.''
-->-- '''Gordon Gekko'''

''Wall Street'' is a 1987 movie directed by Creator/OliverStone and starring Creator/MichaelDouglas (in an [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]]-winning performance) and Creator/CharlieSheen.

A stockbroker named Bud Fox (Sheen) wants to become top of the world. He becomes involved with his idol, Gordon Gekko (Douglas), a ruthless Wall Street player who has a conflict with Bud's father, Carl (Creator/MartinSheen).

It received a sequel in 2010, ''Film/WallStreetMoneyNeverSleeps''.

Not to be confused with ''the actual'' Wall Street. ...there is no such article on that here yet.

!! "Tropes, for lack of a better word, are good. Tropes work."

* UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: Michael Douglas won the 1987 Oscar for Best Actor for his work on the film.
* AlliterativeName: Gordon Gekko.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: When Gekko asks Fox to follow Lawrence Wildman around, Fox complains that he could lose his license and/or go to jail. In reality, there's nothing illegal about following someone around and noting that he ate lunch in a public restaurant with other people, as this is all publicly observable information. It would only be illegal if Fox was menacing Wildman in some way, and Fox tries ''not'' to be noticed by Wildman or anyone with him. The first illegal act Fox commits is searching Roger's law firm's records (under the ruse of co-owning the cleaning company) and making copies of them for Gekko.
* BetterThanSex: Gordon Gekko relates that when he made an $800,000 profit on his first business real-estate purchase, he thought making all that money was "better than sex," but years later, he only sees it as a day's pay.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Bud saves the airline, but is facing a jail term. Likewise, the airline workers have staved off unenployment, but are facing wage cutbacks.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted. The sequel reveals that Bud ''did'' serve prison time but after he served, he was released and then took over the airline. Through his leadership, the company became one of the wealthiest airlines in America. He then sold it and now he spends his days as a retired millionaire]].
* BrokenPedestal: Bud's attitude to Gekko after he [[spoiler: intentionally drives his father's cherished company into bankruptcy]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Gordon
* CynicalMentor: Gekko to Bud
* DealWithTheDevil: Bud
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: While the movie goes to great length to depict the despicability of corporate raiding, it nevertheless motivated many aspiring young men with flexible morals to get into the exchange business.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: If you were to go by the earlier scenes in the movie, you would think that none of Bud's coworkers have any semblance of morality. [[spoiler:However, towards the end of the movie, when they all find out about Bud's involvement in fraud, almost everyone in the office is giving him a cold stare.]]
* EvilMentor: Gordon Gekko to Bud Fox. In this case it's the student who pushes for the mentor's advice. As soon as Bud Fox makes himself useful to Gekko's financial schemes, Gekko takes him under his wing and gives him the life he always wanted while teaching him to be driven solely by greed and use illegal means if necessary to ensure his profits.
* {{Greed}}
* HamToHamCombat: The confrontation between both Sheens. Martin even said "the size of your [[BigWordShout WALLET!]]" was inspired by another ham, George C. Scott, in ''Film/TheHustler''.
* [[spoiler: HiddenWire]]
* IronicEcho: Early in the movie, Gordon advises against getting emotional about stock. Later in the movie, Bud repeats this back to Gordon.
* LonelyAtTheTop
* TheManIsStickingItToTheMan: This is an anti-corporate, anti-capitalist movie produced by a major movie studio using corporate finance with the ultimate aim of making a profit.
** Actually, WordOfGod states that the film is actually more of a criticism of the cynical, quick-buck culture of the '80s business world, and is neither pro- nor anti- Wall Street. It was made to paint a picture of that world (the director's father was a stock broker himself), and leave viewers to form their own opinions. Given the many, many different views of the film, he's succeeded. There is probably a very high correlation between one's opinion of the film and one's economic views.
* NaiveNewcomer: At first, Gordon Gekko dismisses Bud Fox as naive about the stock exchange.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: No one with the last name [[AnimalStereotypes Gekko]] is likely to be an upstanding guy.
* NewEraSpeech: Three words: "Greed is good." Also the movie's CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* TheOner: A great piece of acting by Sheen, as [[spoiler:Bud is arrested for the insider trading he did during his time with Gekko, and slowly breaks down as he's handcuffed and led out of the office.]]
* PerpWalk: The scene mentioned above.
* PopStarComposer: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjhEcOIZWzs&fmt=18 Stewart Copeland.]]
* PresentDayPast: The film, released in late 1987, has an opening title saying the movie takes place in 1985. Yet within a minutes a character makes a reference to the ''Challenger'' disaster, which happened in early 1986.
** This was the result of adding the "1985" title after most of the film had been completed, as a way of setting it before a number of insider-trading scandals that had unfolded over the time the film was made.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Darien Taylor. The role earned Creator/DarylHannah that year's UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward for Worst Supporting Actress, thus making this the only film to ever win both an [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] and a Razzie.
** Oliver Stone even said he considered trading her with Sean Young, who plays Gekko's wife. Considering that Hannah later admitted her performance suffered because she disliked playing such a shallow character, and Young ended up stealing the costumes she wore after production wrapped because her part wasn't as big as she thought it would be, Stone probably should have.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules:
---> '''Bud Fox''': What I see is a jealous old machinist who can't stand the fact that his son has become more successful than he has!
---> '''Carl Fox''': What you see is a guy who never measured a man's success by the size of his [[SuddenlyShouting WALLET]]!
* SmugSnake: Subverted. Gordon Gekko is clearly in love with himself, but also remembers to PetTheDog on occasion.
* StatusCellPhone: Gordon has an extravagant, top-of-the-the-line, and brick-sized cell phone. This is used as a TechnologyMarchesOn gag in the sequel 'Money Never Sleeps' when he [[spoiler: is released from prison]] and gets said phone, now obsolete, returned to him.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Gordon is inspired by several corporate raiders during the 1980s, and in fact the famous speech was based on one given by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Boesky Ivan Boesky]] who like Gordon, got arrested for his financial activities.
* VictoryIsBoring: After winning the takeover battle, Gordon complains about how difficult it has been to turn around Teldar even after he's fired most of the management. For that reason he initially rebuffs Bud's suggestion that he buy and turn around [=BlueStar=].