Hollywood’s 5 Best Real Estate Films

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We’ve given you the stats, we’ve brought the tutorials, we’ve covered the news… Today, it’s time to bring you the movie reviews.

We’ve collected some of the finest films that Hollywood has produced that can be appreciated by film fanatics and agents alike. Not all have a centralized focus on real estate, and not all are Oscar material (if we’re being honest, some of them are far from it), but all are entertaining and/or interesting enough to watch at least once. Let’s get into the list!

 

1. Glengarry Glen Ross (Drama, 1992)

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Based on 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play of the same name, Glengarry Glen Ross is infamous for a scene in which Alec Baldwin gives a few of his subordinates a profane, motivational sales speech and an ultimatum on their weekly performance: earn the top two highest sales numbers or be fired. This film explores the competitive, sometimes cutthroat nature of the real estate business. Watch Trailer

2. 99 Homes (Drama, 2014)

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A recently unemployed, single father Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) and his family are evicted from their foreclosed home. Dennis begins working for the broker that evicted him from his home (Michael Shannon) in exchange for reclaiming his lost property. It’s an entertaining, suspenseful film that speaks well to those faced with similar circumstances. Watch Trailer

3. I Love You, Man (Comedy, 2009)

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A real estate agent named Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) proposes to his girlfriend, then realizes that he doesn’t have any close male friends. Thus begins his quest to find a best man for his wedding. After some trial and error, he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) and they begin to grow on one another. We love the fact that this one is set in Venice Beach. Watch Trailer

4. American Beauty (Drama, 1999)

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The most commercially successful and critically acclaimed film on this list, American Beauty is a household title. A Midwestern, suburban family of three becomes dysfunctional as an unfulfilled dad faces a layoff as an advertising exec, a frustrated mom struggles to appeal her listings to potential buyers, and an angsty daughter has to navigate her last year of high school watching her family fall apart. Winner of 5 out of 8 Academy Award Nominations, among countless other accolades. If you haven’t seen this film yet, do yourself a favor and make some time for it. Watch Trailer

5. The Big Short (Biographical Comedy/Drama, 2015)

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This star-studded, high-budget film revisits the events leading up to the stock market crash of 2008. Some Wall Street analysts discover the inevitable collapse in the housing market, and they go after the big banks to hold them accountable. This film does a great job of watering down the technicalities for those not experienced or interested in banking, and is entertaining from start to finish. Watch Trailer

Do you have any go-to film recommendations for real estate agents? Let us know in the comments!

4 comments

  1. The earliest film on the list goes back to 1992, just 25 years. Thats a pretty shallow look at an art form that goes back well over 100 years.

    I think the best film about real estate is the 1948 comedy starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, “Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House”. It tells the tale of an upper middle class family moving out of New York City and building a new house in Connecticut. Even though it was made in 1948, it touches on so many universal problems about building and moving into a new house, it will never go out of style. Grant and Loy are at the peak of their powers here and who can forget Mrs. Blandings selecting paint colors for her new home.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZwOGVWqHAw

    By the way, the house they built for the movie is still standing. It was built, not as a set, but a real house on the 20th Century Ranch in Malibu Canyon. Now Mr. Blandings house is the park headquarters for the Malibu Canyon State Park.

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