14 Must Watch Movies for Entrepreneurs

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Here's a list of films that will inspire the entrepreneur in you to look beyond the challenges of time, money, workforce and competition.

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MUST WATCH MOVIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS 14

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Citizen Kane (1941) Even if you’re not an entrepreneur, watch Orson Welle’s 1941 masterpiece. The film revolves around the life of a fictitious  Charles Foster Kane, a newspaper tycoon loosely based on William Randolph Hearst and his quest for fortune and power. In the end, however, Kane comes to understand what’s really important in life. Why watch it? While launching a successful business is a goal of every entrepreneur , it’s not the only goal in life. 

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The Godfather (1972) One the Top 10 hits of all time, it a saga of the growth of a small family business and how it becomes largest organized crime corporations in New York city. One of the must-watch movies for lessons from the masters on how to stay relevant and maintain leadership in a cutthroat market. You don’t have to follow the line of being illegal, but there is still a lot to learn from the movie. For instance: “I am gonna make an offer, he can’t refuse.”

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Wall Street (1987) Oliver Stone made Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) one of the most infamous characters in cinema history with his motto “greed is good.” The film centers on the illegal and unethical decisions made by Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) to become filthy rich like Gekko , a corporate raider. Lesson: Don’t sell yourself out just for the sake of money. Remember, being an entrepreneur isn’t just about becoming rich and famous .

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Cocktail (1988) Starring Tom Cruise and Bryon Brown, this one about the long and challenging path of entrepreneurship for a young bartender, played by Cruise, and his mentor. The focus is on Cruise’s character and his ambitions to one day own a bar of his own. Small business owners and entrepreneurs may find most interesting is what the movie has to say about the importance of focus and relationships in business.

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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) Director David Mamet's classic features a bunch of New York real estate salesmen fighting for their jobs. Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin , Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Pryce make up the all-star cast. And of course Alec Baldwin, who delivers one of the most memorable monologues in business-movie history, "Only one thing counts in this world: Get them to sign on the line which is dotted." And: “Always Be Closing.”

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Forest Gump (1994) A beautiful story about a simple man with good intentions, who accidentally becomes a phenomenal success just by living his life the way he knew it best. He wins medals, becomes a professional ping-pong player, takes up running, owns a huge shrimping company and inspires people all across the country. The film delivers the powerful lesson that you don’t have to be a genius to achieve something, all that you need to do detach yourself from the outcomes and give it an honest shot.

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Jerry Maguire (1996) This hugely popular film follows the a Sports Agent’s entrepreneurial struggle to remain relevant in the cut throat industry he once dominated. The film is studded with great performances by Tom Cruise and Robert Goody Jr. Nuggets of business wisdom? - “The key to this business is personal relationships.” And of course the legendary - “Show Me Da Money!”

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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) This made-for-TV movie covers the early days of the world capital of tech entrepreneurship and the rise of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. The docu -drama provides an interesting take on the lives of the founders of Microsoft and Apple. Why watch it? Entrepreneurs are still looking for inspiration from these two icons and how they built global powerhouses from their “garage” beginnings.

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Aviator (2004) Based on the life of millionaire entrepreneur Howard Hughes. Building on a business created by his father, Hughes, portrayed by DiCaprio, exhibits determination and vision to grow his company in unexpected directions - films and aviation. Far from simply a wealthy business CEO who delegates everything, Hughes demonstrates curiosity and passion in all his projects. And he pushes through personal and business challenges to reach his goals.

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Pursuit Of Happyness (2006) An biographical film based on Chris Gardner‘s nearly one-year struggle being a homeless salesman trying to support his son. Features Will Smith as Gardner, and his real son Jaden Smith. The film has several inspirational moments - "You got a dream you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you can't do it."

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Up in the Air (2009) During the 2008 meltdown, an HR consultant flies all over the country to manage company layoffs. The film stars George Clooney and for those use to frequent travel for business and the isolation it sometimes brings, this may be a movie to which you can relate to. The movie also asks key questions about the importance of relationships in business and life and the role technology plays.

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The Social Network (2010) Everyone wanted to see how Mark Zuckerberg amazing journey From being a Harvard freshman to launching the most popular social-media network in the world. Never mind if was overdramatized, The Social Network offers a better understanding of how to make a startup succeed through a combination of focus, flexibility and resilience. At another level it is about the relationships, investment, mentorship and employee culture that go into transforming a great idea into a great business

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Moneyball (2011) You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Billy Beane , the general manager of the Oakland A’s. Because the team didn't have the finances to spend on players, Beane had to discover a unique way to compete. Lessons? Innovation. And that’s one of the important trait to be a successful entrepreneur - figuring out how to make it work with the most meagre of resources. Also, never listen to the naysayers and follow your conviction.

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) The story is inspired by the decadent life & times of stockbroker Jordon Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Belfort’s firm engages in illegal and unethical trading activities to profit at the expense of its clients. The SEC & FBI eventually get the better of Belfort who ends up serving prison time. While there are many supercharged moments where Belfort motivates his team to go for the kill, for entrepreneurs the lesson is simple -Profitability is not something to be pursued at the expense of the law and business ethics.

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