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Economic Collapse Movies Every Prepper Needs to Watch

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From the Great Depression to the Great Recession, economic collapse has threatened society at various stages. The modern world, with our reliance on electronics and fiat money, makes us more vulnerable to economic forces outside our control than ever. Prepping is a practice whereby we prepare for disasters, which may take on a myriad of forms and could result in societal collapse.

Movies often portray actual or imagined events that could lead to societal collapse. The genre of economic collapse movies does not really portray action-packed scenes of people fighting off infected. However, the reality of financial collapse is much more likely and nefarious.

Imagine waking up in a world where no institution has any record of you, the property you say you own, or the savings or shares you used to own. Or, in a world where corporations go bankrupt en masse, creating widespread unemployment, disrupting supply chains, bringing ports to a halt, and creating ecological havoc.

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Many people believe that the government and big business have their backs and that smart and responsible people are in control. The list of movies below suggests otherwise.

These films offer compelling stories regarding the abuse of power at the highest levels, gross incompetence, and just the general criminality of many of those whom we esteem as leaders and protectors. This list of movies serves as a wake-up call to all who trust the system or those who want to get a deeper insight into how and where average Joes are facing injustice.

The Big Short (2015)

Economic Collapse Movies Every Prepper Needs to WatchThis film, directed by Adam McKay, is based on the events leading up to the 2008 housing market collapse and the resulting financial crisis.

It shows clearly how greed and hubris caused widespread financial loss, resulting in a lot of human suffering.

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Margin Call (2011)

This thriller takes place over 24 hours and depicts the reaction of a specific large investment bank during the early stages of the 2008 economic crisis.

You will see how certain employees struggle with moral questions regarding withholding critical information from people who trust them, and you will see how the owners of the bank act unanimously to save themselves at the expense of others.

Inside Job (2010)

This documentary examines the factors that led to the 2008 economic crisis. Through interviews with financial experts, the producer explores the systemic corruption and regulatory failures that allowed the crime to take place.

The Company Men (2010)


This movie follows three individuals who lose their jobs due to layoffs. It offers a heart-rending portrayal of the struggles people face during economic downturns, reminding us that when things are bad, corporations care only for themselves.

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The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

This well-known movie based on a Steinbeck novel depicts the plight of a family of farmers during the 1940 Depression.

It powerfully shows how destructive poverty can be and how human resilience and greatness of spirit can triumph over any hardship.

Wall Street (1987)

This classic drama, directed by Oliver Stone, follows a young stockbroker who becomes involved with a wealthy and unscrupulous corporate raider.

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The film takes a sober and unsettling look at greed, corruption, and moral ambivalence in the world of high finance.

Too Big to Fail (2011)


The film chronicles the events of the 2008 financial crisis and the efforts of government officials and Wall Street executives to prevent a total economic collapse.

This behind-the-scenes look offers some insight into how the decisions that shape our lives are made.

Up in the Air (2009)

This film starts George Clooney as a corporate downsizer who travels the country, firing employees on behalf of companies going through economic hardships. It explores the human cost of corporate restructuring and job loss.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

The film is based on the book by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. It examines the collapse of Enron, one of the largest corporate scandals in American History. Welcome to a world of corporate malfeasance and a culture of greed.

The Insider (1999)

Starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino, this drama is based on the true story of Jeffrey Wigand, a whistleblower who exposed the tobacco industry’s manipulation of nicotine levels and knowledge of the harmful effects of smoking.

They knew all along that they were killing millions; they still know it, as do we, and they still sell their products and make millions. But I bet their ESG looks good, so maybe we should buy some shares, hey?

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Economic Collapse Movies Every Prepper Needs to WatchThis biographical black comedy follows the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who engaged in widespread corruption and fraud on Wall Street during the 1990s.

This film is a sad indictment on society that someone like Jordan Belfort can swindle millions from people but still be the object of respect.

The film satirically depicts the moral bankruptcy of the financial world. The people who look after our grandparent’s pensions and your savings.

Corporate and political corruption is prevalent and hardly hidden anymore.

Companies and politicians pander to the crazy ideas of minority and niche groups while poisoning the environment and getting embroiled in international conflicts that may set off World War 3.

In times of instability, being self-sufficient is more important than ever. While movies can provide glimpses into the hardships that may come, practical resources like this guide offer tangible skills every prepper needs to master.

Think of it as a toolkit for independence. When societal structures waver and resources become scarce, having the know-how to live off the land can make all the difference. Here you will learn not just how to survive, but how to thrive in the face adversity, just like our ancestors did.

Consider it your insurance policy against the unknown. While others may struggle to adapt, those armed with the insights from this guide will be better equipped to handle whatever challenges arise.

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