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The 100 Best Movies for Entrepreneurs of All Time (with trailers!)

Being an entrepreneur is not always easy. It’s a journey filled with challenges, obstacles and self-doubt but it is also amazingly rewarding.

An important part of being a successful entrepreneur is finding ways to motivate yourself even when things get difficult as well as managing to find a balance between work and rest in order to recharge effectively; and that’s where inspirational movies come in, they are a great way to relax and motivate yourself at the same time.

In this article, we’ll go over a list of 100 movies entrepreneurs can learn from while having a good time with the important people in their life. Let’s begin with #1…

 

1- The Pursuit of Hapyness

This is a powerful movie based on the true story of Chris Gardner to become a stock broker against many difficulties while taking care of his young son. A beautiful movie by Italian director Gabriele Muccino where Will Smith’s powerful performance will remind entrepreneurs about the importance of believing in their dreams and being persistent even when things get really difficult.

Here’s the trailer of a classic about the possibilities of human potential:

 

2- The Social Network

A dramatic story about the ups and downs of starting a business and the motivations behind the endeavour. Although it was probably overdramatized, it tells the story of Facebook’s start with a brilliant script by Aaron Sorkin and a masterful soundtrack by Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor. A good story to remind entrepreneurs about the importance of thinking big and having a clear vision from the beginning.

Take a look at the trailer over here:

 

By the way, here’s a list with the Top 17 Books for Entrepreneurs: Top Books for Entrepreneurs

 

3- Steve Jobs

Based on Walter Isaacson’s remarkable biography, Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of Steve Jobs is heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. It’s a reminder about passion and focus every entrepreneur can learn from. An invitation to follow your passion and Think Different.  If you haven’t read the book yet, make sure you take a good look at this movie. By the way, you can ind a list with quotes from Steve Jobs over here: Quotes from Steve

Here’s the theatrical trailer:

 

4- The Godfather

Considered as one of the best movies of all time, this family and business drama showcases the importance of strategic thinking in business and creating an effective team to defeat the competition. With astonishing performances by Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, the Godfather continues to be a classic worth watching over and over again. Although it’s a story that revolves around crime, there are solid business principles as well as motivational insights to be learned; including timeless marketing principles such as “I’ll make him an offer the can’t refuse.”

Here’s a clip with the movie’s trailer:

 

5- Rocky

An inspirational story about seizing opportunities and doing your best to be ready when you get a chance to succeed. This story about an amateur boxer who never had a shot at the title has motivated generations to workout and get ahead in life. Certainly a reminder about the importance of focus, perseverance and endurance worth watching.

 

6- Jerry Maguire

“Show Me the Money!” That’s what this movie is all about! Jerry is a driven sports agent who decides to start a business on his own, only to discover the challenges that come along the journey. Unquestionably an inspirational movie with remarkable performances by Cuba Gooding Jr. and the one and only Tom Cruise.

Here’s the movie’s trailer:

 

7- Invictus

“How do we inspire ourselves to greatness, when nothing else will do?” that’s the key question of the story, a question asked by Nelson Mandela, portrayed wonderfully by the talented Morgan Freeman, to  Francois Pienaar, the captain of South Africa’s National Rugby team played by the charismatic Matt Damon. This is a movie about the true nature of the human spirit that will invite entrepreneurs reconsider what’s possible through teamwork.

Here’s a quick look:

 

8- Shawshank Redemption

A touching story about friendship, teamwork and never losing hope of sharing a cold coconut in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Tim Robbin’s character is an example of planning, execution and hard work every entrepreneur can learn from.

Here’s a glimpse of this beautiful movie:

 

9- Moneyball

Finding creative solutions with the resources that are available is a core principle every entrepreneur must internalize. This thought provoking film based on true events shows us the journey of 2 men who changed baseball using statistics and counterintuitive thinking.

 

10- Wall Street

Business is about getting things done, but also about finding balance and staying true to your principles. This is a dramatic story that reminds us about the importance of being driven, but also keeping things real and not letting ambition take control. It’s a great film with powerful performances by Michael Douglas and a deceivingly young Charlie Sheen.

Here’s a quick look:

 

11- Good Will Hunting

It’s all about believing in yourself, that’s what this insightful story is truly about. One of Robin Williams’ most engaging performances and Matt Damon’s breakthrough role as a gifted and tormented genius who is afraid of his own potential. A powerful film by director Gus Van Sant about following your intuition and trusting yourself. Here’s the film’s trailer:

 

12- Wolf of Wall Street

This is an entertaining story about ambition and greed where Leonardo DiCaprio follows Martin Scorceses’s lead on a wild ride of excess and unpredictability. A lot can be learned about determination and focus, but also about making sure you stay in control along the journey.

Take a look at the trailer over here:

 

13- The Aviator

Before Elon Musk, Howard Hughes made headlines with his outrageous entrepreneurial ventures decades ago. With outstanding performances by Leo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, this remarkable movie based on Hughe’s life has a lot to offer to entrepreneurs who can learn about the importance of having a clear vision and the ability to take calculated risks.

Here’s the theatrical trailer:

 

14- Citizen Kane

Considered as one of the best movies of all time, this classic of cinema released in 1941 continues to surprise viewers of all ages. A cryptic story about the meaning of a successful business man’s last word and the story of his life according to those around him. Perseverance, focus and thoroughness are only a few of the important traits entrepreneurs can learn from Charles Forster Kane’s journey.

Here’s the trailer of this masterpiece:

 

15- Rudy

Leading with the example is all about conquering your fears and taking action. Rudy is a film about the true story of Dan Ruettiger, a young boy who gave everything on Notredame’s football field in spite of not having the stereotypical physical attributes of a football player. It’s an inspirational story that will remind entrepreneurs about the importance of believing in oneself against all odds.

 

16- Unbroken

The human spirit knows no limits, and there are times when we must keep going even when there’s no hope. That’s what this thought-provoking film based on the life of former olympic athlete Louis Zamperini invites us to consider as we review the harsh times he endured as a war prisoner. In business, there are times when entrepreneurs must keep going when things become really difficult and this movie is a great opportunity to be inspired by the human potential.

Here’s the trailer of this beautiful movie:

 

17- Glengarry Glen Ross

“Always be closing!” it’s the mythical phrase from this classic about sales and determination where Alec Baldwin plays the iconic Blake, the ruthless leader of a sales team who nobody wants to disappoint.

Take a quick look at this classic’s trailer over here:

 

18- Pirates of Silicon Valley

This is the story behind the device I’m using to write this article and the device you are using to read it. The birth of personal computing (including today’s handheld devices) was a titanic battle between two giants of technology known as Gates and Jobs who motivated each other to accomplish great things for mankind.

Here’s a sample, take a look:

 

19- Gladiator

Being an entrepreneur requires strength and determination, and this epic story about a soldier of the Roman Empire who ends up becoming an enslaved gladiator is a classic guaranteed to awaken the warrior inside every entrepreneur at heart. Russell Crowe’s performance won him an academy award in 2001 for this exhilarating cinematographic journey.

Here’s the trailer so you get a better idea of the film’s style:

 

20- The King’s Speech

Being a successful entrepreneur is often a matter of conquering your own fears and moving past obstacles.

In this heartwarming story, Colin Firth plays the future King George VI (he won the Academy Award for this performance) and tells the story of how he managed to challenge his speech impediment to inspire Britain in times of war in spite of his own fears and limitations with the help of an unorthodox Australian speech language therapist played by Geoffrey Rush.

Here’s a glimpse of the film:

 

21- The Game

A successful businessman finds himself trapped in a real-life game that gets out of control and makes him realize what’s truly important in life.

 

22- Forrest Gump

A naive young man shares the story of his life while sitting on a bench, and we get to learn from his innocence and determination to go after his goals. A valuable lesson entrepreneurs must never forget. Tom Hanks performance is a tour de force worth witnessing.

 

23- Erin Brockovich

A young woman’s determination to find justice for a group of families showcases Julia Robert’s Academy Award winning performance, and the true value of determination both on-screen and off-screen.

 

24- Chef

This is the story of a chef with a difficult temper and a son who happens to be a natural marketing genius. A fun journey of self-discovery and growth for a man who finds himself while sharing his passion for good food with the world. An enjoyable journey every entrepreneur can enjoy and relate to.

 

25- Secretariat

A story of overcoming the status quo and managing to achieve what seems impossible out of willpower and determination. This short trailer will give you a better idea of how a determined woman managed to create a horse racing legend.

 

26- Joy

Based on the real-life journey of the entrepreneur who created the miracle-mop and the challenges she had to endure to make her dreams come true. Here’s a clip that will tell you more about the movie:

 

27- The Call of the Entrepreneur

This films shares the stories of three entrepreneurs and the difficulties they encounter as they go along. Here’s more about the film:

 

28- The Greatest Showman

The birth of show business is portrayed in this wonderful musical where Hugh Jackman plays P.T. Barnum’s visionary journey.

 

29- Remember the Titans

In business, team work is fundamental to be successful and this compelling story about a football team of young men who manage to work together in spite of the apparent limitations of the time, is a classic where Denzel Washington has managed to inspire entrepreneurs around the globe.

 

30- Cinderella Man

Perseverance is the key to making things work, as shown in this powerful story about overcoming adversities where Russell Crowe plays a boxer who manages to rise to glory in times of the Great Depression.

 

Now, let’s review the rest of the list…

31- The Merchant of Venice

 

32- Limitless

 

33- Interstellar

 

34- Dead Poets Society

 

35- The Great Debaters

 

36- Catch Me If You Can

 

37- Slumdog Millionaire

 

38- We are Marshall

 

39- E-Dreams

 

40- Braveheart

 

41- Rush

 

42- Man on wire

 

43- Burnt

 

44- Million Dollar Arm

 

45- Rocket Singh

 

46- Apollo 13

 

47- McFarland, USA

 

48- The Company Men

 

49- The Hudsucker Proxy

 

50- War Dogs

 

51- The intern

 

52- The Founder

 

53- Cocktail

 

54- Gung Ho

 

55- Primer

 

56- Boiler Room

 

57- Margin Call

 

58- The Internship

 

59- 8 Mile

 

60- Trading Places

 

61- A Bronx Tale

 

62- Nightcrawler

 

63- Wild

 

64- Begin Again

 

65- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

 

66- Baby Boom

 

67- Tommy Boy

 

68- Barbarians at the Gate

 

69- The First $20million is Always the Hardest

 

70- Tucker: The Man and His Dream

 

71- Flash of Genius

 

72- Office Space

 

73- Other People’s Money

 

74- The Color of Money

 

75- Gattaca

 

76- Lemonade Stories

 

77- Michael Clayton

 

78- Lord of War

 

79- The Billionaire

 

80- Up In the Air

 

81- October Sky

 

82- The Usual Suspects

 

83- Thank You For Smoking

 

84- The Devil Wears Prada

 

85- The Rainmaker

 

86- Prefontaine

 

87- Rogue Trader

88- My Cousin Vinnie

89- Coach Carter

90- The Revenant

 

91- Saving Private Ryan

 

92- Swimming With Sharks

 

93- Twelve Angry Men

 

94- Working Girl

 

95- How To Get Ahead In Advertising

 

96- The Player

 

97- Big Night

 

The last three films on this list are about finding balance between working and family life.

 

98- Click

 

99- Family Man

 

100- A Good Year

 

Which ones are your favorite movies for entrepreneurs? Which movies would you add to this list? Please share it in the comments section.

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