When it comes to thinking outside the box, a creative entrepreneur can cross any lengths to obtain inspiration for a lucrative start-up. However, sometimes all it takes is one great movie that bestows an innovative direction towards a successful business. Here are the 15 best movies for entrepreneurs:
15. Joy (2015)
Based on the life of inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano, Joy is a true underdog story. Financially crippled and haunted by her broken marriage, Joy valiantly turns her life around after inventing Miracle Mop, a user-friendly self-wringing mop that does not make the hands wet.
Her journey was not without a few roadblocks as Joy gradually discovers how arduous it is for businesswomen to thrive and how swiftly allies can turn into enemies. Though the movie definitely has its flaws, leading actress Jennifer Lawrence makes up for it with her Oscar-worthy performance.
14. Limitless (2011)
Following his dismissal from his job and a distressing breakup with his girlfriend, Eddie Morra is down on his luck and a dwindling author. Once he tries a sample of the untested drug NZT-48 provided by the brother of his ex-wife, his mental capacity astonishingly enhances and is able to recall every book he has ever read.
With his newly formed skill and reignited motivation, Eddie completes his first book and decided to enter the realm of investing. With finance tycoon Carl Van Loon by his side, the pair embarks on a quest to make a fortune.
13. Wall Street (1987)
Way back when Charlie Sheen was a promising rising star in Hollywood and not making headlines for his ongoing drug addictions and being notoriously difficult to work with, he starred in acclaimed drama movie Wall Street.
Directed by Oliver Stone, the movie revolves around junior stockbroker Bud Fox doing whatever he can to reach the top under the influence of wealthy but suspicious corporate raider Gordon Gekko. Wall Street is a must-watch for any entrepreneur who often finds himself in a tug of war between greed and principles.
12. Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)
Even Bollywood has released worthwhile movies that can inspire an entrepreneur and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year is definitely the best of the lot. Starring heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor as Harpreet Singh Bedi, the character is a B Com graduate with merely 38.72% marks.
Despite the embarrassingly low score, he lands a salesman job at AYS Computers. Employing his wit and clever maneuvers instead of his educational knowledge, Harpreet daringly proves that his educational marks are not a true reflection of his professional aptitude.
11. The Godfather (1972)
Inspirations can be obtained from a wide variety of movies and that includes the crime genre. If you disregard the criminal content from The Godfather, the movie is a perfect guide for successful businessmen and cunning entrepreneurs.
The Corleones are unlike any other family in New York. Due to choosing crime as their profession, the family exemplifies the very essence of profitable business deals, tactful negotiations, working side by side with adversaries if it leads to mutual benefits and of course, eliminating competition.
10. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
With Hollywood heavyweights such as Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin and Jack Lemmon cast as leading stars, the movie is one of the most epic experiences that visually encapsulates drama and business.
When four real estate salesmen working in a New York firm are informed that only two of them would remain employed by the end of the week, things only get complicated. With their jobs possibly blowing up in smoke, the four salesmen do whatever it is absolutely necessary to keep their jobs.
9. The Founder (2016)
As one of the most commercially successful fast food restaurant chains in the world, it is not surprising to realize that McDonald’s has quite a shady history. Set up as a burger joint in Downey, California, by brothers Maurice and Richard McDonald, it was eventually franchised by milkshake mixer salesman Ray Kroc.
Impressed by the speedy mechanical cooking system of the restaurant, Kroc joins the brothers in their venture but clandestinely takes over the company and the rights to their last name. The Founder is a far cry from the happy-go-lucky vibes of McDonald’s as it unapologetically shows how lies and deceit are inevitable when it comes to daringly transforming a burger joint into a multi-billion dollar empire.
8. Thank You For Smoking (2005)
One of the most defining features of a successful entrepreneur is the extraordinary ability to defend a weak cause in a seemingly one-sided debate. The aforementioned skill is learned with experience but could be taught or comprehended upon watching satirical comedy, Thank You For Smoking.
The public image of the tobacco industry could not have been in safer hands when Nick Naylor stepped forward as its determined lobbyist. With his innovative arguments and undying charisma, he flawlessly defends the cigarette industry in the most perplexing predicaments.