20 Must Watch Movies For Entrepreneurs

Movies heavily affect our life. While most use movies as a stress buster, there is so much take away from a good movie. As an entrepreneur, it is extremely easy to get burned out. It can be depressing at times when you work your fingers to the bone but don’t get the expected outcomes. 

The business movie listed in this article can be an escape hole from your hectic life and an excellent way to look at an entrepreneurial journey from a different vantage point and breath a new life into your business.

1. The Founder

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“The Founder” is a movie about Ray Kroc, the guy who turned a small local restaurant into the biggest global fast-food franchise, McDonald’s, and how he built this empire. The movie gives you a glimpse of the cutthroat world of business and how Kroc survived in the fast-paced market. 

As an entrepreneur, you have a lot to take away from this movie. Throughout the movie, it is depicted that persistence and problem-solving are the two traits that helped Kroc this empire.

2. The Social Network

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“The Social Network” is the story about the founder of the biggest social media platform, Facebook. The movie shows the founding and rise of Facebook and all the ups and downs in the process that will keep you hooked throughout the movie.

The movie explores the life of young Mark Zuckerberg and his struggles to make Facebook a successful company despite all the unpredictable circumstances.

3. Steve Jobs

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Want to watch a movie that gives you an adrenaline rush? Steve Jobs, a film on the co-founder of Apple Co. himself might be a perfect watch for you. The movie takes you behind the scenes of the 3 major product launches of Apple and shows his larger-than-life character in an intriguing way.

Steve Jobs was not a programmer or an engineer or a marketer, he was a creator, creator of new ideas that helped people achieve what they want. There are many takeaways from this film and an aspiring entrepreneur can learn a lot from his life. 

4. Joy

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Joy a film released in 2015 is based on the true story of Joy Mangano who invented Mop and is trying hard to sell it. Mangano invented stuff from when she was a kid. Jennifer Lawrence who portrayed Manago won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her act.

An optimistic and inspiring film with a message that if you keep your nose to the grindstone you will achieve what you desire. A daughter and mother who is stuck in her life and determined to make her business successful will motivate you to work harder and keep at it till you achieve what you want.

5. Becoming Warren Buffet

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“Becoming Warren Buffet” is a documentary film about the life story of the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Warren Buffet is well-known for his stock picks and is considered the best investor of the 20th century. From his childhood to his present days, the documentary shows how Buffet became one of the wealthiest individuals. 

The documentary includes interviews with him, his close family, and business associates to let you know how his wise and learned actions led him to where he is now.

6. Pirates of Silicon Valley

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The biggest revolution in the field of tech was due to a couple of nerds and geeks. The movie shows the story of two such creative and innovative computer geeks, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates who had the guts to follow their passion and love for computers. The story of two nerds who changed the tech field forever and gave rise to many other tech startups in silicon valley.

The movie takes us back in time and shows the history of revolution in silicon valley by the two brightest minds and pioneers of tech. After watching the movie, you will know the attitude one needs to succeed in any field.

7. Wall Street

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“Wall Street” demystifies the world of stockbrokers and the share market through the story of Charlie Sheen, a junior stockbroker who wants to make money fast and live a lavish life. The movie shows the competitive and ruthless Wall Street in the 1980s.

The dialogues in the movie teach you a lot about money and shares. The story revolves around money, shares, greed, and risk-taking so the movie has the potential to influence your attitude towards investment and business.

8. The God Father

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“The God Father” is an oscar-winning movie that explores the world of the mobs and mafias. The story revolves around Vito who is the founder and a senior Mafia don and his family. The movie helps you to look at entrepreneurship and business from a different vantage point.

The movie is based on relationships, betrayal, anger, and revenge in business. It depicts the importance of trust and friendship in business and the power of family and community. 

9. Boiler Room

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“Boiler Room” is a story about Seth Davis, a younger kid who runs an illegal casino at his apartment and later gets into stock brokerage. The movie portrays the life of a stockbroker and what goes inside the share market and trading world.

As Seth Davis steps into the world of stocks, you too get to learn more about the sharemarket with him. 

10. The Big Short

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Based on a true story “The Big Short” is a 2015 Oscar-winning movie about the devastating housing market crash of 2007. The movie successfully shows the most horrific financial crisis in an interesting way and informative way.

There are cameo appearances by some celebrities and authorities, who explain complex financial terms in an easy-to-understand language, so while enjoying the thrilling moments in the movie you will also learn some terminologies and banking processes.

11. Money Ball

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This is another real-life story of a 2002 Oakland Athletics. The story revolves around the general manager of Billy Beane who attempts to put together a competitive team for 2002 after their loss in the 2001 American League Division Series. It is exciting to see how Beane attempts to assemble a baseball team with very little budget.

The character of Billy Beane has an entrepreneurial mindset and has traits of a successful entrepreneur. Beane’s attitude to always learn and improve, adapt to new changes, tolerate rejections, and take an innovative approach will also help entrepreneurs succeed.

12. The Pursuit of Happyness

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The Pursuit of Happyness is a biographical movie that follows the life of Christopher Gardner who is a homeless salesman with a five-year-old son. He sells bone scanners to doctors and medical centers but later gets a chance into an internship program in a reputed firm. But will he get hired in the firm?

The problems and struggles in Chris’ life perfectly depict the hardship of entrepreneurs, the difficulties in running a business, and selling products. This movie will inspire you to hold on and persevere till you make it.

13. The Aviator

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The story of an eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes, a man who has achieved a lot in life. From producing the greatest movies and dating the biggest movie stars to building an airline company, he has done it all. He is a role model for most but little do they know about the personal life where he lives in depression and crucifying phobias.

The Aviator is a heart-touching and motivational movie that every entrepreneur must watch. The movie shows the well-known theory in business “Big Risk, Big Reward” in a beautiful way

14. The Wolf of Wall Street

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This movie is based on the life of a wealthy stockbroker Jordan Belfort. The movie takes you through the life of Belfort and his involvement in crime, corruption, and the federal government.

Although Belfort was a convicted felon his way of running his company and inspiring people is admirable. The environment he creates in his business and the training he provides to his employees to sound smart shows that a true leader inspires and helps his employees rather than order them. This movie teaches about leadership and salesmanship like no other. 

15. Jerry Maguire

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The movie follows the life of a sports agent who has a breakdown. He is writing a Mission Statement “The Things We Think And Do Not Say” which ends up getting him fired. The story is about how Jerry starts a new life and bounces back and builds his new sports agency.

The resilience shown by Jerry in the movie is inspiring and energizing for an entrepreneur. The movie gives some invaluable business lessons. It shows the importance of perseverance, personal relationships, trust, and customer loyalty which makes it a must-watch for entrepreneurs.

16. Margin Call

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Another thrilling movie that follows the initial financial crisis of 2007-2008. The story revolves around the 4 players of an investment bank who are trying their best to control the loss due to the crisis. The movie focuses on the steep steps the protagonists take during the devastating financial collapse. 

17. Erin Brockovich

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Although women are coming into the mainstream business sectors, there are still some that are held back by the traditional belief system of society. The movie inspires such people to come forward, fight against the odds and pursue their dreams through the true story of Erin Brockovich.

Brockovich’s indomitable attitude in the movie inspires you to get what you want despite all the odds. The movie will teach you the social and communicational skills required in business and to believe and stand for yourself.

18. Glengarry Glen Ross

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“Glengarry Glen Ross” is a movie adapted from the play of the same name that shows the life of 4 real estate salesmen. The story heats up when they come to know that all but the top two salesmen will be fired. 

As their jobs are on the line, they are stressed and the movie shows you how the characters work under high-pressure situations. The movie will teach you how to keep the momentum going and thrive in this competitive world.

19. The Greatest Showman

“The Greatest Showman” is a biographical musical drama that takes you through the life of P. T. Barnum, a showman who has lost his job and decides to start his new venture called “Barnum’s Circus”.

The sweet taste of success and the bitter failure, the hardship and suffering that every entrepreneur goes through is beautifully depicted in the movie. The courage of Burnum to dream big and take a build a business from the ground up will provide you with the fuel to do the same.

20. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

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This movie talks about biotech entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes and her billion-dollar company Theranos. Elizabeth was expected to revolutionize the blood-testing industry and was seen as the next Steve Jobs. But 2 years later came her downfall and Elizabeth hit the rock bottom.

While showing the rise and fall of Elizabeth, the movie teaches valuable business lessons. This movie is an eye-opener for entrepreneurs. While giving insights into the marketing and business strategies that worked for Elizabeth, the movie tells what not to do as an entrepreneur. 

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