12 Movies Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch

Movies… they make us laugh, they make us cry. Sometimes they inspire the heck out of us. Grab yourself a bucket of popcorn, turn down the lights, and take a break from building your empire…

Citizen Kane (1941)

Chronicling the stormy life of an influential publishing tycoon, this Best Original Screenplay Academy Award winner (1941) is rooted in themes of power, corruption, vanity — the American Dream lost in the mystery of a dying man’s last word: “Rosebud.”

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Glengarry Glen Ross depicts two days in the lives of four real estate salesmen and how they become desperate when the corporate office sends a trainer to “motivate” them by announcing that, in one week, all except the top two salesmen will be fired.

Jerry Maguire (1996)

Tom Cruise stars as a sports agent who suddenly discovers his scruples and promptly loses his job. But with the help of one loyal colleague and one outrageous client, Jerry Maguire learns that loving well is the best revenge.

4. Moneyball (2011)

Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) defies conventional wisdom when he’s forced to rebuild his small-market team on a limited budget. Despite opposition from the old guard, the media, fans and their own field manager, Beane changes the way the game is played.

Office Space (1999)

Unable to endure another mind-numbing day at Initech, cubicle slave Peter Gibbons decides to get fired. Armed with a leisurely new attitude and a sexy new girlfriend, he soon masters the art of neglecting his work, which quickly propels him into the ranks of upper management!

Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

Noah Wyle (ER) portrays Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall (The Dead Zone) portrays Bill Gates in this chronicle of the fierce and often humorous battle to rule the fledgling personal computer empire.

Rocky (1976)

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a Philadelphia club fighter who seems to be going nowhere. But when a stroke of fate puts him in the ring with a world heavyweight champion, Rocky knows that it’s his one shot at the big time — a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go the distance and win.

Jobs (2013)

Ashton Kutcher is Steve Jobs, the iconic Apple innovator and groundbreaking entrepreneur. This inspiring and entertaining film chronicles Jobs’ early days as a college dropout to his rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and forced departure from the company.

Wall Street (1987)

Michael Douglas is Gordon Gekko, a financial wizard who lures an ambitious young stockbroker (Charlie Sheen) into the illegal, lucrative world of corporate espionage in this gripping morality tale about the American dream gone wrong.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Based on the true story of Chris Gardner (Will Smith) who lands an unpaid internship in a brutally competitive stockbroker-training program. Despite numerous obstacles he goes on to become a Wall Street legend.

The Social Network (2010)

Shot with emotional brutality and unexpected humor, this superbly crafted film chronicles the formation of Facebook and the battles over ownership that followed upon the website’s unfathomable success.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

From the American dream to corporate greed, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s.

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