Movies are for more than entertainment. From documentaries to big-hit blockbusters, here are our top 10 movies entrepreneurs should watch.
Whether you’re looking to take your side hustle full-time or you just want to peek inside a new industry, these are the best movies to add to your watchlist. You might be surprised what you learn in the process.
1. Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can is based on a real-life story, and it’s a classic example of the entrepreneur’s journey gone wrong. In this film, con-artist Frank Abaganale, Jr. works as a lawyer, doctor, and co-pilot all before he turns 18.
All about deception, confidence, and cunning, Abaganale becomes the target of an FBI agent after robbing a bank. Somehow, the con-man is always one step ahead.
2. Office Space
A cult-classic, Office Space is a hilarious tribute to the realities of office life. Whether you work remotely or in a traditional office, you’ll find something to relate to in this comedy.
In this film, a corporate drone decides he no longer cares about trying at his job. Somehow, this puts him on the management fast-track, and he and his friends devise a plot to bring the company down.
3. Fyre Fraud
The Fyre Festival was one of the “greatest” parties that never came to fruition. In Hulu’s original Fyre Fraud, follow the events that lead to the launch (and failure) of the infamous Fyre Festival.
How did one of the biggest influencer-hyped events turn into such a trainwreck? There are so many pieces to this story, and it’s a cautionary tale in entrepreneur procrastination and incompetence.
4. Wall Street
If you’ve ever wanted to glimpse into life on Wall Street, this film is for you. Told through the eyes of Bud Fox, an ambitious stockbroker, this is a movie that shines light on corporate finance and greed.
Though the life might seem glamorous, it’s easy to get carried away too far with this type of lifestyle. Wall Street is a social commentary on business ethics.
5. The Big Short
This film explores the events that lead to the financial collapse of 2008, sharing the story of several people who banked big on the fall of the housing market.
Using an expert economist, The Big Short dives deep into complex topics around mortgages, lending, and investments. When a handful of gurus bet against the the housing market, they win big.
6. The Devil Wears Prada
This classic comedy follows a young woman as she takes a job as an assistant at at high fashion magazine to get experience. Though she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, she quickly realizes she has to go above and beyond to get ahead in this industry.
A complex look at work culture, leadership, and hard work, A Devil Wears Prada pushes viewers to consider their own dreams. With lessons to be learned about branding, media, and hard work, this film will have you laughing along with the highs and lows.
7. Erin Brockovich
This legal drama follows the true story of Erin Brockovich, a woman who, against all odds, wins the largest settlement ever in a direct-action lawsuit. After discovering a cover-up involving contaminated water, Erin Brockovich fights for justice.
With commentary on gender biases, ethics, and fighting for change, Erin Brockovich is a film to remember. Ultimately, it’s a reminder that change takes strong leaders.
8. Generation Startup
Generation Startup is a 2016 documentary that shares the story of 6 recent college grads turned would-be entrepreeneurs. As they all begin to launch startups in Detroit, we see how failure and self-doubt often gets in the way.
Though this film celebrates the risk-takers who innovate industries, it also shows an honest look behind the scenes. What does it really take to launch a startup?
9. Thank You For Smoking
Have you ever wondered how some marketing gurus know how to sell any product? In Thank You For Smoking, an industry lobbyist Nick Naylor creates countless arguments to defend the cigarette industry even in the most outlandish situatuions.
With lessons to be learned in crisis management, PR, and negotiation skills, this film will have you wondering who’s the “good” guy and who’s the “bad” guy.
10. Twelve Angry Men
Last but not least, Twelve Angry Men is a must-watch for business and beyond. This 1957 drama follows the closing arguments in a murder trial. All 12 member of the jury deliberate about the accused.
If found guilty, the accused will face his death. Throughout the deliberation, one juror leads the others to doubt whether this young man was really at fault. Ultimately, Twelve Angry Men leaves you wondering how you make decisions.
Build Your Entrepreneur Watch List
These movies above are perfect for entrepreneurs of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re looking for a way to boost your own experience, these films offer more than meets the eye.
The world of business is a wide, complex place. There are so many perspectives to discover, each offering something new to learn. What will you watch next?
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