24 Movies For Entrepreneurs Who Need To Be Inspired
- Top 24 Movies For Entrepreneurs To Watch To Become More Motivated
- Hollywood Is Known For Over Doing It But These Movies Are An Essential Watch For All Entrepreneurs
Hollywood At Its Best Can Be Inspirational
We all love Hollywood but there is a clear tendency for the film industry to exaggerate true stories to make them more entertaining.
In "The Wolf of Wall Street", Jordan Belfort (superbly played by Leonardo DiCaprio) made the now famous speech where he tells his employees and coworkers that he wouldn't be leaving the company he built from scratch.
In reality he did leave.
In the Social Network, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg was depicted as having lots of friends.
We all know that's not true.
Irrespective of this glossing over the truth, Hollywood continues to get it right when it comes to inspiring movies for entrepreneurs.
Lets take a look at them.
1Chris Gardner's Inspirational Rise To The Top In The Pursuit Of Happyness
Will Smith plays the role of Chris Gardner, a struggling salesman of medical equipment based in San Francisco.
Gardner is hungry for success but all the financial 'gambles' that he has taken in life haven't worked out.
Feeling the pressure of paying the rent and feeding his son, after a chance meeting with a stockbroker he becomes inspired to pursue a job in wealth management.
2Leonardo DiCaprio Stars As Jordan Belfort In The Wolf Of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street is another Martin Scorsese classic.
It documents the life of Jordan Belfort, who starts out as a young, hungry stock-broker working on Wall Street looking to make millions in the stock market.
But when the market crashed in 1987 and Belfort was fired from his position, he eventually decided to start his own company, Stratton Oakmont, and he never looked back.
3The Big Short - Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling And Steve Carrell Explain The Housing Crash
When house prices collapsed in the crash of 2008 it caused a financial crisis the likes of which had never been seen in recent times.
Government and prominent financial institutions were blind to the impending doom that awaited them that would result in bankruptcies and job losses that would cripple many western economies for years to come.
However, there were a few individuals who saw it all coming and that is what the movie is about.
How they managed to foresee these disastrous events and what they did to make money from it.
4Gordon Gekko In Wall Street Is One Of The Essential Movies For Entrepreneurs
Gordon Gekko is the fictional character played by Michael Douglas that has gone down in Wall Street folklore.
Set in the 1980s, the iconic character embodied the highly driven, ambitious and hard working Wall Street speculator that was ever present at the time.
The film stars Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox, another young broker hungry for an opportunity to 'play' with the big Wall Street traders.
Gekko, takes him under his wing to teach him the ropes of how he made his fortune.
5The Social Network - Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg's Rise To The Top
Who would ever imagined building a website could be so dramatic?
This epic movie makes it in as one of the top movies for entrepreneurs on the basis that it has everything you will ever encounter in business and in life.
It is an emotional rollercoaster of a movie which involves friendship, heartbreak, betrayal and jealousy - all while Mark Zuckerberg, superbly played by Jesse Eisenberg, is in the midst of building the biggest social network of all time.
6Rogue Trader - Ewan McGregor Plays Nick Leeson Who Bankrupted Barings Bank In The 90s
Nick Leeson is the infamous day trader whose reckless actions caused a 400-year-old UK merchant bank, Barings Bank, to declare bankruptcy during the 1990s.
Leeson was an ambitious young trader who had worked his way up through the ranks in the prestigious financial institution. After years of learning the ropes he was finally given the chance to take charge of Baring's new operations in Singapore.
The futures trader initially impressed the Barings Bank board of directors with his outstanding performance in the first few months and he even started to receive more funding.
7Margin Call - 2011 Movie Featuring Kevin Spacey Accurately Depicts The Chaos In The 2008 Financial Crash
The 2008 Financial Crisis sent shockwaves throughout the banking industry and has been a focus for Hollywood ever since.
Margin Call is another great instalment of this topic as the movie focus' on the board of directors of a fictional merchant bank, which many suspect to have been Merrill Lynch or Goldman Sachs during the crises and how they tried to keep their company alive.
As with many of the movies about the crises it involves a lot of technical jargon that bankers seem to love but the plot mainly explores how morally corrupt you can become when it comes to your own survival.
8Show Me The Money - Tom Cruise Is The Unforgettable Sports Agent Jerry Maguire
In the highly competitive world of sports agents, Jerry Maguire, played by Tom Cruise, took the audacious step of criticising the industry and its increasing focus on making money from their high net worth clients rather than doing what's best for them.
A courageous thing to do that was not well received by his colleagues or his superiors.
After inevitably getting fired from his job, Maguire started his own company putting into practice what he preached by taking on just one client, Rod Tidwell, played by Cuba Gooding Jr.
9Moneyball - Brad Pitt Stars In A Movie About Applying Statistics To A Baseball Team Selection
Moneyball was released in 2011 and is based on a true story about the ever increasing trend of the use of mathematics in sport.
When baseball coach Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, loses his star players to the bigger spending teams he comes up with an innovative idea of getting the Oakland Athletics baseball team back to winning ways.
He meets up with Yale economics graduate and baseball enthusiast Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill) and Beane starts making team selections based on mathematical models created by Brand.
10The Aviator: DiCaprio Plays Eccentric Billionaire Howard Hughes
The Aviator is the fantastic biopic of American businessman Howard Hughes, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
The 2004 multi-award winning film describes the life story of one of the most remarkable businessmen to have ever lived and the personal and professional struggles that he faced through his life.
Hughes was a fearless entrepreneur who pursued his many business interests aggressively. Whether it was managing his casino, his movie company or even his own airline the workaholic billionaire would not shy away from trying to expand his empire.
11The Life Of Steve Jobs - The Apple Founder's Story Is Inspirational
Steve Jobs is one of the most fascinating figures to ever come out of Silicon Valley.
From founding technology giant, Apple, in his parents garage during the 1970s to getting fired from his own company in the 90s, Jobs' story in business is one of the most well known.
This has led to a number of movies being made about the billionaires life (including Ashton Kutcher's portrayal), but the movie "Steve Jobs", starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet has a different approach on the businessman's life.
12Boiler Room: Ben Affleck And Vin Diesel Star In A Cult Classic
Boiler Room is the classic financial schemer movie that was set in New York in late 90s.
J.T Marlin is the new brokerage firm on the street that has a culture of arrogance and boisterousness that appeals to the young salesmen that it is trying to attract.
The firm promises to make their prospective employees millionaires if they pass the signup process...by opening as many accounts as possible and by any means necessary.
Seth Davis, played by Giovanni Ribisi, is the young hotshot salesman that the company have head hunted to come on board.
13Becoming Warren Buffet - The Life Of The Sage Of Omaha
Warren Buffet is arguably the greatest investor of all time.
Dubbed, "The Sage of Omaha" for his wise investment mantras and his remarkable performance as the majority owner of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffet has become an icon for investors around the world.
Thousands of people make the pilgrimage to Omaha for the annual shareholders meeting in an attempt to grill Warren Buffet about his views on the current financial climate and any opportunities that may arise because of it.
14The Founder: Michael Keaton Plays Ray Kroc In A Story About The Birth Of McDonalds Fast Food
Michael Keaton plays famous entrepreneur Ray Kroc in The Founder, which tells the story of how the McDonalds fast food restaurant became one of the biggest brands in the world.
Kroc was a struggling milkshake mixer salesman who would travel all around the country to acquire new business.
It was during his travels in the 1950s he came across Richard and Maurice McDonald, the McDonald brothers, who ran a hugely popular fast food restaurant in California.
Amazed by the efficiency of their service, the minimal packaging and the taste of the product Kroc wanted to invest in the company from day one.
15Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a documentary about the American energy company that was founded by Kenneth Lay in 1985.
Based on the book by Bethany McLean it investigates all the scandals that took place in the company up until its famous bankruptcy in 2001.
When it comes to deception this documentary has it all from company traders gambling with company money in offshore accounts, board members using the 'pump and dump' method to boost their own stock options and executives using shareholder funds to visit strip clubs.
16Eddie Murphy And Dan Aykroyd Star In Trading Places
Trading Places is the financial based comedy (yes there is such a thing) starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd.
The story is based around two wealthy brothers, "The Dukes", who own the commodity brokerage firm, Duke and Duke Commodity Brokers.
The pair make a one-dollar bet between each other to test the theory that anyone could become a top broker so long as they had the right environment.
Conversely they believe they could turn a wealthy, succesful stockbroker into a hardened criminal in just a few steps.
17Glengarry Glen Ross: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin And Kevin Spacey Star In This Business Classic
Glengarry Glen Ross is based on the award winning play about the struggles of four real estate salesman who are all competing against each other to keep their jobs...and commissions!
After being told by corporate that by the end of the week only the top two salesman will be kept in a job, the shocked estate agents start to do everything they can to secure some sales.
Charm, threats, lies and even bribery are all strategies used by the men who are all in competition with each other to secure their future.
18Erin Brockovich: Julie Roberts Stars As The Determined Legal Clerk Who Fights For What She Believes In
Erin Brockovich is based on the inspirational true story of a legal clerk and her refusal to give up.
Brockovich is a single mom who has just lost her traffic accident claim and instead goes to work as a clerk for the small time law firm that represented her.
When dealing with one of her many real estate cases she comes across the medical records of a number of tenants.
Thinking it was just a mistake she decides to investigate the reason why they were included just to be sure.
19Jennifer Lawrence Stars As Joy Mangano In The 2015 Movie Joy
Joy is the 2015 movie based on the true story of entrepreneur Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop and the founder of Ingenious Designs.
The movie is based around Mangano's personal and professional struggles as she has to deal with family dilemmas whilst also trying to grow her business.
Mangano's family is both a source of support and stress throughout including her father, played by Robert De Niro, who constantly criticises his 'overly ambitious' daughter.
20Startup.com - How This Internet Startup Went Bust During The Dotcom Bubble Burst
The dotcom bubble of the early 2000s saw thousands of internet startups emerge looking to take advantage of the ever increasing move from consumers making their purchases online.
However, as with any bubble, the startups that were poorly managed and couldn't keep up with a rapidly changing industry would be the first to fall victim to the stock market crash that occurred in 2001.
211999 Movie Office Space - Yeah If You Could Watch This Movie That Would Be Great
Office Space is the 90s comedy movie starring Ron Livingston as a disgruntled, demotivated employee for the software company Initech.
The movie accurately reflects the mind-numbing, bureaucratic corporate culture that was prevalent throughout the 90s, especially in the software industry.
From the isolated work cubicles with no windows to the layers of management that constantly harass their employees, the movie explores all the frustrations that many have encountered in their place of work and how office politics can take over your life.
22Thank You For Smoking - A Lesson In Marketing And Sales
Whatever your opinion on marketers you can't deny that marketing is one of the most important aspects of your business...if not the most.
In Thank You For Smoking, Aaron Eckhart plays Nick Naylor, a smooth talking, arrogant and confident spokesman for Big Tobacco.
Naylor's job is to lobby state lawmakers and also to reassure the public that the tobacco industry is doing everything it can to make their products more safe.
23Baby Boom - 80s Comedy Movie Is A Great Movie For Entrepreneurs
Baby Boom is the 1987 comedy movie starring Diane Keaton as the ambitious New York consultant, J. C. Wiatt.
Wiatt and her partner are both very career oriented and both are focussed on climbing the corporate ladder. Neither have plans on having any children together.
However, Wiatt's life is turned on its head when one day she receives the news that she has been requested to look after her distant relative's recently orphaned toddler, Elizabeth.
Unable to deal with the new circumstances and humiliated by her work colleagues, Wiatt eventually leaves her corporate job and moves out of the city to start a new life with Elizabeth.
24Catch Me If You Can - DiCaprio Plays A Smooth Talking Con Artist
A movie about a con artist is probably not the right suggestion for an entrepreneur but there are many lessons to be taken from this epic movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
DiCaprio plays Frank Abagnale who has managed to swindle millions from the banks, impersonate a doctor, lawyer and airline pilot - all before he was 30!
How did he manage to convince so many people that he was qualified to do such important things?
Many would say he was just naturally confident and whilst that was a massive factor in his story it wasn't the most important factor.
What Do You Think Of These Movies For Entrepreneurs?
Wow - that was a long list!
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