Gordon Gekko, 'Wall Street' (1987)
Oliver Stone's drama about financial bigwigs run amuck debuted in 1987, the same year that Trump unloosed his magnum opus, The Art of the Deal. A work of historical fiction disguised as a self-help book, the book recast the author as a stock-market Sun Tzu, and its success prompted him to extend a flair for fiction into the real world. Gordon Gekko distilled Trump’s entire ethos into one simple phrase that has resounded with him ever since: "Greed is good." Not even Oliver Stone could make a film long enough to show just how far those three words have taken Trump.