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7 best movies with an accountant


In honor of #fav7films trending on twitter today, I figured it’d be a good time to reflect on movies that have an accountant SOMEWHERE in the mix.

Accountants are generally not cool enough to make a movie around. Consultants started getting some air time with the show “House of Lies” on Showtime, but it’s unlikely you’ll see an audit associate tying out financial statements on the big screen anytime soon.

When accountants do make it into a movie, it’s typically because they’re cooking the books, laundering money, and being generally naughty. Things generally discouraged by a Big 4 firm / society.

With that being said, let’s take a look at what movies are in my #fav7films that kinda sorta have to do with accounting:

Shawshank Redemption


Andy Dufresne was *technically* a banker, not an accountant. But he did a bunch of tax returns for the guards in jail so I think that means he counts. Lots of people vote this #1 of all time even without that accounting angle.

The Untouchables


One of the most ruthless and violent gangsters in history was locked up for tax evasion. Goes to show even Al Capone could have benefited from a better CPA (even though I think the whole murdering people and money laundering thing goes against the ethical code).

On a side note, I have no idea what happened to Kevin Costner or if he even still acts.

Midnight Run

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Underrated movie staring Robert De Niro as a bounty hunter chasing after Charles Grodin (the guy from Beethoven), a sneaky former mob accountant.



(obviously this is the original one)

Makes it to the list based on theme song alone. And tell me this isn’t the look of a tax associate in the middle of busy season:

louis tulley

Schindler’s List

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Like Shawshank, this is usually in most people’s top 10 of all time without the accounting angle. Ben Kingsley was an A+ as Itzhak Stern.

Margin Call


I’m cheating here a little because this was really about banking and the 2008 financial crisis more than accounting. Still a really really good movie that no one has seen. Kevin Spacey is the “star”, but I thought Paul Bettany and Zachary Quinto were awesome. 

Lethal Weapon 2

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I feel like Joe Pesci was born to play Leo Getz

leo getz

Two biggest take aways from watching this were how outrageous Mel Gibson’s hair was in the late 80’s,  and an overwhelming curiosity to find out everything I can on diplomatic immunity.


And there you have it. Did I miss something? Is one of these outrageous to include? Let me know in the comments or tweet at me and we’ll fight it out on the internet streets. 

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