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The 5 best Wall Street movie villains of all time

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What would Wall Street movie villains say about Yellen and the Fed?

To some, everyone on Wall Street is a villain. It's easy to hate a guy who's making millions of dollars a year. The world of finance has given us some great real-life villains like Bernie Madoff and Jordan Belfort (the real "Wolf of Wall Street"). So naturally, filmmakers have been inspired to imitate.

On screen, we adore our Wall Street super-villains. They appear impenetrable and invincible with delightfully underhanded tactics: When they steal someone's money, they offer to help their victims look for it; they have strong wives and very sexy girlfriends; they speak in sound bites like "Greed is good"; they surround themselves with scapegoats and disposable people; they keep lying, even when everyone knows they're lying — "I didn't do it!"; they act like the devil but dress like an angel. All of which makes the inevitable crash in the third act just as fun to watch as the climb in the first two.

Click ahead for the top five Wall Street movie villains of all time, their best line — and what they might say about Janet Yellen and the Fed if they were at Jackson Hole this week.

Commentary by Turney Duff, author of "The Buy Side."
August 21, 2014

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