From 'Goodfellas' to 'Jurassic Park,' here are the top 10 films about greed

From 'Goodfellas' to 'Jurassic Park,' here are the top 10 films about greed ...

One of the most basic characteristics that make stories and characters enjoyable is a deep and strong desire for something. So, it's no surprise that greed, which is the intense and selfish desire for something, is one of the main themes in some of the most fascinating films in history.

The exploration of greed has certainly aided in the creation of some fantastic films, whether it's the primary focus of the film, like in Casino, or a single key theme among a myriad of complex concepts, like in Jurassic Park.

'The Founder' (2016) said eating a Big Mac will never be the same.

The Founder is the true story of how Ray Kroc (played brilliantly by Michael Keaton), an Illinoisan salesman, morphed himself into the multibillion-dollar empire now known as McDonald's.

Kroc is a despicable yet fascinating character, and his journey to becoming what viewers know it as today is a profoundly compelling experience. Well-paced, sharply written, and with a few excellent performances, this biopic is a criminally underappreciated one.

Well...It's in the Title 'Greed' (1924)

This early American silent film depicts the terrible agony caused by the sudden lottery winning, and how it wreaks havoc on the lives of the three individuals involved.

Sexy title may make it appear like a relatively simple film, yet there are few 1920s works as complex, vast, and bold as Greed. It's an astonishingly well-crafted portrayal of the most terrifying aspects of human nature that is definitely worth a look.

They Had Us At Tom Cruise's 'Jerry Maguire' (1996)

Jerry Maguire, who plays Tom Cruise's most popular comedy role, observes the titular character, a sports agent, have a sudden moral epiphany and lose everything because of it, except his secretary (Renee Zellweger) and an egomaniacal football player (Cuba Gooding Jr.).

Cruise and Zellweger have an incredible amount of chemistry in this film. It's romantic, it's funny, and it's a captivating portrait of the struggle for love and identity in an overwhelmingly materialistic and greedy world.

Every Dream Has a Price 'Wall Street' (1987)

This Oliver Stone crime drama follows a young stockbroker played by Charlie Sheen who is willing to do anything to get to the top, including illegal activities with the aid of a corporate raider played by Michael Douglas.

Douglas received his first (and thus far only) acting Oscar, but the performances aren't the only thing that's great about Wall Street. With Stone's impeccable style, the story explores topics like greed and corruption in the confusing but fascinating world of stocks.

'The Social Network' (2010) is a biopic that deserves your complete attention.

One of David Fincher's most unique and intriguing works is The Social Network, a biopic about how Mark Zuckerberg (played here by Jesse Eisenberg) created the social network that later became known as Facebook.

The film, powered by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's humorous and thoughtful writing, captivates the audience from start to finish effortlessly, telling a story of ambition, jealousy, and betrayal in the most engaging, engaging and thoughtful manner possible.

He's Even Coming For Your Milkshake 'There Will Be Blood' (2007)

There Will Be Blood is a drama set in the early years of the oil prospector that is probably Paul Thomas Anderson's most popular film, featuring Daniel Day-Lewis's one of the finest acting performances of all time.

It's a reasonable assessment that this is one of the finest films of the 21st century so far. With a fantastic conclusion, and with an engaging narrative about the self-destructive nature of power, it's a modern classic.

No One Can Forever Stay at the Top 'Casino' (1995)

Casino is certainly one of Martin Scorsese's finest films, despite not being usually recognized as such. It's about a low-level criminal (Robert De Niro) who's hired to manage a casino in early '70s Las Vegas.

Casino's greatest strength is its effervescent narrative about the devastating consequences of greed and violence. It's true that it's a bit like Goodfellas, another Scorsese classic, but it's far less like an imitation and much more like an excellent companion piece.

'Jurassic Park,' a 65-million-year-old adventure film, was released in 1993.

Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park adaptation, inspired by a fascinating book by Michael Crichton, is about a wealthy restaurateur who uses prehistoric DNA to bring different dinosaur species to life, creating a theme park that quickly turns into a nightmare.

This is definitely one of the most popular films of the 1990s, and for good reason. Its visual effects have aged as fine wine, and its narrative about humans' greed and nature is quite timeless.

'Goodfellas': A Mafia's Coming-of-Age (1990)

Goodfellas is the true story of Henry Hill (played by Ray Liotta), a Brooklyn kid kid kidnapped by neighborhood gangsters at an early age, and how he climbed the ranks of a mafia family through the years.

Goodfellas, Scorsese's most popular and acclaimed film, is a rousing masterpiece of incredible complexity in which viewers experience how progress, betrayal, violence, and greed for money and power slowly poison and destroy the lives of many people. It's sad, but absolutely worth the trip.

"I Believe in America.America has made my fortune" 'The Godfather' (1972)

The Godfather, by Francis Ford Coppola, has little to say about it previously. This crime epic about the aging patriarch of a mob family (Marlon Brando) who has to relinquish control to his reluctant young son (Al Pacino) is hailed by many as the greatest film of all time.

The film is impeccably made, has impeccable visuals, a memorable score, outstanding acting, and many unforgettable moments. It's an intricate and complex story, which involves themes such as family, corruption, loyalty, and greed. By the time the credits roll, it's hard not to be amazed at how fantastic Coppola's film is.