Top 7 Motivational Movies For Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurs, like the rest of us, require motivation from time to time. What better way to get inspired than to take a break and watch some thought-provoking films?
Regardless of where you are in your business journey, the films on this list are guaranteed to provide you with some much-needed motivation.
The Social Network, directed by David Fincher, relates the story of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook while a Harvard student, and how he was later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their concept, as well as his best buddy, who was fired from the firm.
What is the point of watching it? It gives you an insight into how Facebook got its start and reminds you that even large corporations have humble beginnings. Apart from that, there’s Aaron Sorkin’s terrific script, David Fincher’s flawless direction, and an excellent ensemble cast.
The initial meeting between Mark Zuckerberg and Sean Parker is the best scene in the film.
Pirates of Silicon Valley is based on the book Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer and chronicles the competition between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates from 1971 to 1997.
This film was released in 1999, just as Steve Jobs was at the pinnacle of his career at Apple. Bill Gates gains the upper hand in the rivalry at the end of the film, but we all know what happened afterward.
What is the point of watching it? It traces the emergence of two guys who completely revolutionized the world of technology and provides insight into the humble origins of two of the world’s most iconic technological organizations.
Best Scene in the Film: Steve Jobs conducts an interview with a potential Apple employee.
Startup.com is an excellent film to see if you want to learn more about the emergence and fall of internet enterprises during the dot-com bubble.
GovWorks, a promising startup that failed miserably due to mismanagement and internal power struggles, is the subject of Startup.com, a business documentary film.
What is the point of watching it? Aside from depicting the dot-com bubble’s rise and crash, the film also serves as a cautionary story about how internal politics can turn friendships into bitter rivalries. It’s easily one of the best startup movies of all time, yet it’s vastly underappreciated.
The Best Scene in the Film: There are no standout scenes, therefore I recommend seeing the film in its entirety to get the full picture. Fortunately, you can view the entire film on YouTube.
This is the film in which the charismatic Gordon Gekko, played excellently by Michael Douglas, delivers the famous “Greed is good” speech.
Wall Street is a film directed by Oliver Stone that depicts the story of ambition and greed, as played by Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas, respectively. Bud Fox, the main character, idolizes Gordon Gekko and is seduced by his beautiful lifestyle, only to become ensnared in the cruel web of insider trading.
What is the point of watching it? It’s all too easy for young entrepreneurs to be seduced by greed and make ethically unacceptable actions. Wall Street serves as a cautionary tale about how ambition may lead to unethical behavior.
A word of advice: skip the Shia LaBeouf-led sequel from 2010.
The famous, or rather infamous, Gordon Gekko monologue is the best scene in the film.
Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemmon, and Alec Baldwin (in a scene-stealing cameo) star in this film, which should be enough to entice you to see it.
The film Glengarry Glenn Ross is based on the award-winning play Glengarry Glenn Ross, which depicts the predicament of real estate salespeople during a turbulent sales season.
What is the point of watching it? The film depicts what it’s like to work in a high-pressure sales environment and how you must use your wits to survive and prosper. The film has been used to teach real-life salespeople how to sell and how not to sell since its release.
Best Scene in the Film: Alec Baldwin’s motivational speech to the sales crew. Enjoy!
The Big Short presents three independent but parallel stories of individuals who were able to forecast and benefit from the American financial crisis of 2007-08. It is based on Michael Lewis’ book of the same name.
Christian Bale and Steve Carell have Oscar-worthy performances in this film directed by Adam McKay (well known for the Anchorman trilogy previous to this film).
The video is also known for using innovative methods to illustrate complex and ostensibly uninteresting financial subjects such as subprime mortgages and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) (CDOs).
What is the point of watching it? The Big Short is a must-see for everyone who wants to discover the underlying reasons for the financial crisis of 2007-08 while also not being bored to death.
While it serves as a cautionary story for entrepreneurs, it also emphasizes the significance of taking risks and having faith in one’s own abilities. Few people would wager against the massive housing market at the time, but the characters in this film (based on real people) do precisely that, despite the financial community’s derision and ridicule.
Mark Baum (Steve Carell’s character) encounters a sleazy CDO manager in the movie’s best scene.
The Wolf of Wall Street is based on Jordan Belfort’s true story. It depicts his rise and fall as an entrepreneur, as well as how his firm, Stratton Oakmont, was involved in penny stock trading and securities fraud, attracting the FBI’s attention.
Martin Scorsese’s brilliantly crafted film features Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, and a magnificent cameo by Matthew McConaughey (just at the top of his “McConaissance.”)
What is the point of watching it? Jordan Belfort is the epitome of what a businessman should not be. He was driven by avarice, lacked empathy for the people he was duping, and lived a life of extreme debauchery, which eventually led to his demise.
Matthew McConaughey outlines what it takes to be a stock broker in the best scene in the film.