The 10 Best Oliver Stone Films

From 'Scarface' to 'W.,' the writer-director's most essential big-screen works

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'Wall Street' (1987)
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4. 'Wall Street' (1987)

"Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit." With those words, Stone wrote into cinema history one Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas, never oilier), Wall Street omnivore and symbol of Eighties corporate avarice. Joined by, again, Charlie Sheen, a blue collar, pre-Oval Office Martin Sheen (who always looks like he's fiddling with rosary beads in his pocket) and Daryl Hannah as The Love Interest, Wall Street proved that Stone was on a staggering roll as a Zeitgeist maven. In keeping with Gekko's Milton's-Satan vibe, the character allegedly inspired young sociopaths to become stockbrokers because Stone and Douglas, who picked up an Oscar, made it look so damn cool. Uh, oops?

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