45 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch for Inspiration

Movies provide us with sections from the lives of people we are not aware of and cannot meet in daily life. There is so much to learn from these stories because what other people have done or failed before they succeeded can guide us to succeed in every aspect of our lives.

In this article, we have brought together the movies that every entrepreneur should watch.

1 – Don’t despair (Pursuit of Happyness)

Adapted from a true story, the film tells the story of a man’s struggle to survive and fulfil his father’s duty, who loses his house, wife and money because he did not sell a product he believed in. How he fought and rose in a new career despite all the adversities and obstacles. Every entrepreneur should watch this movie, which tells us that you need to be patient with the personal difficulties you experience in the business world.

2 – Catch Me If You Can

The real-life story of a young man who, disguised as a pilot, doctor, lawyer, and history professor, forges checks for millions of dollars. The most exciting part of this movie is how Frank Abagnale Jr., a swindler in disguise, handles the toughest environments and the most stressful moments. Legal or not, business is business and Frank is the best at what he does.

3 – The Aviator

Some men dream of the future. He built it.

A biographical film chronicling the career journey of aviator and executive Howard Hughes from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s. What makes him so great is neither the money he earns nor the time he spends. What sets it apart from its competitors is its attention to detail and perfectionism. He faces many challenges along the way, from rival companies to malicious gossip, but nothing stops him from becoming the person he wants to be.

4 – The Social Network

You can’t make 500 million friends without making a few enemies.

A true story of how a young, successful and intelligent man turns into the world’s youngest billionaire. Mark Zuckerberg is the creator and owner of Facebook. This story is quite surprising, and that’s what made the movie famous. Mark Zuckerberg, who started Harvard with great arrogance and potential, establishes a new social network based on Harvard e-mail addresses, the most prestigious e-mail addresses in the country, and thus Facebook is conceived. It is a must-watch movie for every entrepreneur interested in the internet and startups.

The Social Network

5 – The Wolf of Wall Street (Wolf of Wall Street)

Based on the real-life story of a businessman named Jordan Belfort, this movie tells in a very entertaining and striking way how money transforms people.

“Leonardo di Caprio”, who made big money in a short time, is a role model for young entrepreneurs, especially today. However, it is possible to understand that money should not be the only factor on the way to success in watching this movie.

6 – Moneyball (The Art of Winning)

It would not be possible to make a list of entrepreneurship movies and skip this movie. You need to win the championship; your budget as a coach and team is very low… Almost one-100th of your competitors. What would you do?

Based on a true story and starring Brad Pitt as a baseball coach, this movie shows that with hard work and smart strategy, any challenge can be overcome. Moneyball (The Art of Winning) will inspire entrepreneurs in data analysis, which is still very useful today.

This movie is a must-watch for entrepreneurs who want to change the usual realities in the industry and move all the stones.

7 – The Founder

This movie, which tells the life story of Richard and Maurice McDonald, the founders of Mcdonald’s, shows the importance of strategic partnership and observing opportunities in business life. Because the success of the McDonald brothers did not happen by chance. Mcdonald’s succeeded when Ray Kroc persuaded the two brothers to open new branches. Ray Kroc was annoyed by the attitude of his brothers and eventually bought Mcdonald’s, making it one of the biggest brands in the world.

Explaining how a (relatively) simple product that is sold at a reasonable price can suddenly gain popularity, “The Founder” has inspiring scenes on franchising, company takeover and how business partners should contract.

8 – Office Space (Office Space)

Business sucks.

A movie that will make you want to get rid of desk jobs in the corporate world. Peter Gibbons gets promoted when he starts slacking off and doing things his own way, but his new reckless demeanour causes him to steal big bucks from the company.

9 – The Godfather

An offer you can’t refuse…

It is one of the best movies in the world. Baba tells the story of how a small family business turns into New York’s largest organized crime family. Father and son Michael Corleone are the brains of the family, and this film provides insight into the price paid to be one of the most powerful families in the country.

10 – Stock Market (Wall Street)

Every dream has a price.

A young and ambitious broker, Bud Fox does everything he can to be successful, and that includes trading a little bit of knowledge. Watch this movie to see how the desire to be successful takes over your life and how the motto “ambition is good” affects what you do. But what happens when you push your limits and are asked to do something you can’t or don’t want to do?

11 – Rocky

Keep fighting even if the whole world says you have no chance of success.

A story about the success of a man who has nothing. Rocky’s patience is inspiring. But the making of the movie and the life of Sylvester Stalone up to this point are the most favourite chapters behind the story. He wrote the whole script in 24 hours, but because he had so little money, he had to sell his best friend, his dog, to a liquor store for $50 to make a living.

After months of trying to sell the movie, he was offered over $100,000 but was not given the role of Rocky. This was a big problem for Sylvester because he had always dreamed of being an actor. Therefore, he rejected the offer. Offers of up to $400,000 kept coming, but he kept turning them down because he wanted to play Rocky. Finally, an offer of 25,000 euros to play Rocky was made and he accepted.

The first thing he did was go to the liquor store to get his dog back. After all, she followed her dreams and with Rocky’s Oscar win, Sylvester became a big movie star. This is mentally evident in the whole movie and is, therefore, a must-see for all entrepreneurs.

12 – Shawshank Redemption

Fear makes you a prisoner. Hope frees you.

It’s one of the best movies of all time, and we’re sure it’s watched by most people for its undeniable greatness. The story of a man who was wrongfully arrested for the murder of his cheating wife and lover. Becoming friends with another prisoner in the prison, Andy manages to turn a bad situation around and, thanks to his patience, he achieves more than he thought.

13 – Legendary Man (World’s Fastest Indian)

Based on the true story, the film tells the world speed record that Burt Munro set in 1967 on a 1000cc motorcycle. Burt Munro, who lives a modest life, broke this record with limited resources, and it still hasn’t been beaten today!

A must watch movie for every entrepreneur; It contains unmatched lessons in focusing on what matters, passion and discipline.

14 – Pirates of Silicon Valley

Good artists copy. Great artists steal.

There are no two bigger names in the tech world than Microsoft and Apple, and this is their story. This documentary film is about the rivalry between Apple and Microsoft and the rise of these two companies. Although it is an old movie today, it offers important lessons about the rise of these companies that have had a great impact on our lives. For this reason, it is one of the most important entrepreneurship films, albeit old ones.

15 – Forrest Gump

The touching and surprising story of a young man with mental retardation.

The story of a well-meaning man who accidentally becomes extraordinarily successful by living his life the best he can. He wins medals, becomes a pro-ping-pong player, starts jogging, owns a big shrimp company, and inspires everyone around the country. Forrest’s simple nature makes him likeable because he proves you don’t have to be super-intelligent to do something useful. All you have to do is try.

16 – White Devil (Blow)

It is based on a true event.

Another great movie based on a true event. This time it’s a little more illegal. A movie based on George Jung and his cocaine dealing career. His small-scale illegal activities cause him to be arrested and introduced to cocaine, and this is where things start to explode. He becomes a very powerful and successful man when rumours spread that he holds 85% of the cocaine in the market.

17 – Dirty, rotten and nasty (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)

Don’t be too polite, you’ll be on foot. Meet the winners.

This story, too, is about the rivalry between two small-time and big-time swindlers in a small French city that isn’t big enough for both. As a result, they make a bet that the loser will have to leave the city. The only problem is that the claim is targeting a young woman. Of course, you have a lot of fun when you see how the minds of these two fraudsters compete with each other to achieve their goals.

18 – Americans (Glengarry Glen Ross)

Lie. Its blood. Steal. These are all part of daily work.

In the fast-paced world of Chicago real estate, competition and incentives determine who does the best. That’s why there are sales contests. The first prize is the Cadillac El Dorado, the second prize is a set of meat knives, and the third prize is expulsion. The greater the amount of reward offered, the greater the pressure, and the salesperson will do whatever he can to be successful in his job.

19 – Risky Business

It’s a good story about what to do when you take your dad’s Porsche for a ride and realize you need a lot of money. With his parents away and no responsibilities, Joel realizes that getting cash isn’t as easy as he thought. It’s an interesting movie about what people do to get some money when they’re in trouble.

20 – Company – The Corporation

A movie about what happens when you buy a business and format it as a legal entity. What if this person’s sole purpose is to make money against the shareholders? It’s not just a movie about bad companies, it’s also a movie about what we need to do to stop them.

21 – Joy

This movie chronicles the life of a true entrepreneur, Joy Mangano (inventor of Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers). The film, which deals with the difficulties experienced by Joy Mangano, who has more than 100 inventions and earned millions of dollars by selling her products on the QVC platform, also deals with the existence of a supportive family, the place of women in business life and the importance of developing products that can meet the needs in the market. taking.

22 – Margin Call (End Game)

Margin Call looks at what happened at an investment bank over a 24-hour period. The film, which deals with the issue of how to be least affected by external factors through effective planning and hard work during the 2008 economic crisis, is a very good movie, especially for entrepreneurs who want to improve themselves in crisis management.

23 – Boiler Room – Boiler Room

Movement creates emotion!

Broker Seth Davis, who dropped out of Queens College to impress his father, realizes he has huge earning potential ahead of him. But as commissions are bigger than any other company, Seth realizes that all is not as good as it sounds and must fight morality and legality against money and greed. Any young entrepreneur who sets out to start a business is likely to face moral dilemmas.

24 – Two for The Money

Set in the world of Las Vegas American football, this is a movie that shows what can happen when you lose control while gambling and features great actors like Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey.

The film, which reveals that anyone with motivation can create the change they desire in their life, is a film that should not be missed, especially by those interested in entrepreneurship and the world of sports.

25 – The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

In this movie set at a car dealership, a salesperson named Don has to sell 200 cars in one weekend. Acting on the principles of cunning and etiquette, the main character reveals that there are many ways to sell and make money, and shows the importance of making extra effort to be successful.

26 – Erin Brokovich

This marvellous film depicting the legal struggle of the character of Brokovich, played by Julia Roberts, shows how important and sacred it is to stay on the path one believes and to fight for what one believes. If you are one of those who believe that there is a way out to continue the fight even if the whole world is against you, this movie is for you.

27- A New Beginning – Jerry Maguire

The rest of your life begins now.

A New Beginning is the story of a man with a beautiful fiancee, big clients and a reputation. However, this man loses everything one day and life begins again. Everyone turns their backs on him, except for his erratic client, Rod Tidwell. From that point forward, you’ll find that Jerry understands what’s really important in his work and life.

28 – Trade (Trading Places)

Take two completely opposite strangers, make one rich and the other poor… Just watch the fun.

What happens when you take from the rich and give to the poor? The social experiment conducted by Mortimer and Randolph Duke, who are siblings and owners of a stock brokerage firm, proves that very interesting things happen when roles change. This life-changing experience answers the question of what is more important in life.

29 – The Devil Wears Prada

Based on the memories of a woman working under Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour, this film chronicles how a powerful, influential and successful woman named Miranda Priestly fights for what she believes in with her experience and bargaining skills.

We recommend you to watch this movie, where everyone can learn something about hard work, market knowledge, competitive analysis and strong communication.

30 – FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

We’re talking about a documentary about the misadventures at the Fyre music festival. You should definitely watch this documentary about the chaos caused by the organizational crisis and theft at a party special to high society and social media phenomena. It will teach you a lot about planning and emergencies.

31 – Startup.com

A 2001 documentary on Startup.com chronicles the rise and return of a real startup called GovWorks. It’s an instructive documentary about understanding how the dot-com bubble inflates, seeing how partnerships destroy friendships, getting investment and having a growth strategy.

32 – Lord of War

If you like action and dark comedy, this movie is for you. The film, which tells the story of a Ukrainian war criminal (Nicolas Cage) entering the illegal arms trade, and his struggle to be successful by acting on values ​​such as flexibility, passion and determination for this cause, includes extremely important themes for entrepreneurs such as “opening to new markets, crisis management, negotiation techniques”. gives.

33 – Rogue Trader

Based on a true story from 1999, this film chronicles how an employee single-handedly took down one of the UK’s largest banks, Barings Bank. The film, which touches on how money and power can lead to disaster when it falls into the wrong hands, is a film that should not be missed by entrepreneurs who are especially interested in the financial sector.

34 – 12 Angry Men (12 Angry Men)

One of the greatest movies of all time, “12 Angry Men” is about 12 jurors having a room discussion while deciding how a murder happened.

“What is the job of this movie in the list of entrepreneurship movies?” you may ask. However, this film, which is an incredibly effective lesson on topics such as leadership and group psychology, also teaches more in the field of persuasion techniques than thousands of pages of academic articles.

35 – The Usual Suspects

If you want to watch a good psychological thriller and want to be stunned at the end of the movie, The Usual Suspects is for you. The movie is about a group of professional criminals who plan a robbery as a team after they appear before the police; It offers valuable information to its audience on topics that are closely related to entrepreneurs, such as leadership management, power and influence, and long-term business strategy.

36 – The Smartest Guys in the Room

This 2005 documentary chronicles one of the biggest business scandals in American history, chronicling the collapse of the gigantic Enron empire. Whatever you do, watch this documentary that touches on modern corporate corruption, document fraud, business ethics, and off-shore.

37 – How to Get Ahead in Advertising

Even if you’re not in the advertising industry, this movie shows you how to move up the career ladder in the advertising industry and gives you some useful information about creative problem-solving. This movie, which was not liked much when it was first released, but whose value is appreciated as time goes on, explains the background of the advertising industry very well. It is a very successful film about topics such as marketing strategy and the advertising industry. For this reason, it deserves to be on the list of entrepreneurship movies.

38 – Thank You For Smoking

This is a movie in which Nick Taylor, who is a lobbyist in the tobacco industry, does everything he can to defend cigarettes… So you will watch the story of a strict marketer. We guarantee that you can learn valuable information about crisis management, corporate communication, public relations and above all “ sales ” through this movie.

39 – The Merchant of Venice

Originally a play by Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice is widely regarded as one of Al Pacino’s best films. The film, which tells the story of young Bassino, a member of an aristocratic family, borrowing money from a Jewish moneylender, is especially ideal for those who like period films. The Merchant of Venice contains excellent lessons on subjects such as contract preparation, commercial law, and risk management, which you can still benefit from today.

40 – The Big Short

The Big Short tells the parallel story of 3 different people who made big profits by predicting the 2008 economic crisis. The movie, which also features names such as Christian Bale and Steve Carell, deserves to be watched once again with its clear explanation of complex financial terms. If you are curious about the behind the scenes of the 2008 economic crisis and want to see the importance of taking risks in business life, you should definitely watch this movie.

41 – Steve Jobs

This movie, in which Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter of The Social Network movie, brings to the stage 3 critical moments from the life of Steve Jobs.

The best biographical drama about Steve Jobs ever made, Steve Jobs offers something for everyone to learn about the life of this great genius.

42 – The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

The Inventor chronicles how billion-dollar biotech firm Theranos is trying to transform the healthcare industry, and how the company has risen and fallen. The documentary, centred around the company’s CEO Elizabeth Holmes and COO Sunny Balwani, explains how these two manipulate investors and partners and advertise and market products that are not there.

A cautionary tale about the reality of the astronomical values ​​assigned to companies in Silicon Valley, this movie will make you look more critically at startups that are making a big splash today.

43 – The Great Hack

This film, which opens behind the scenes of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica issue, one of the biggest scandals of 2018, explains how the information of millions of Facebook users was collected without their consent and used for the election of Donald Trump.

If you are thinking about personal data, big data, the future of advertising, and the role of social media, you should definitely watch this documentary. You can find the documentary on Netflix.

44 – Becoming Warren Buffett

This documentary about the life of one of the world’s greatest investors, Warren Buffett, explores the contrast between his personal skills and investing expertise.

If you are looking for a role model for yourself, if you want to learn something from the experts about investment and risk-taking, we strongly recommend you to watch this documentary.

45 – Any Given Sunday

Al Pacino is the coach of a sports team in this film, which features prominent actors such as Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and LL Cool J, and brilliantly reveals the ups and downs of team motivation with his realistic acting.

46 – The Game

The game has no rules.

What can you get from a person who has everything? Michael Douglas’ character Nicholas Van Orton is a wealthy San Francisco banker who has devoted his life to his business. However, her life will undergo radical changes when her brother Conrad gives her a birthday present. When bad things start to happen to you, you start to question what really matters in life, work, success, and money.

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