29 March 2011

5 Movies On Business That Every Entrepreneur Must Watch

For those of you searching for brilliant movies on business that reflect the world of money and entrepreneurship, look no further than this list of 5 to whet your appetite

Wall Street (Insider Trading Edition)1 – Wall Street [Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Darryl Hannah]

Directed by Oliver Stone, this movie classic contains everything that makes for an exciting story about  the inner workings of Wall Street. Bud Fox, a struggling stockbroker manages to secure a wealthy investor ‘Gekko’ as his client and is attracted to his wealth and success. As he is schooled in the high speed ways of the business world, his own success skyrockets. Before he knows it however, he is in too deep, in a bind with his morals and his initial desire for success, realizing that it may be more than he had bargained for.  

Boiler Room2 – Boiler Room [Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long]

Seth Davis, successfully running a casino from his house, albeit illegally, is driven by the desire for more and decides to join the firm that appears to be making all of their employees fabulously wealthy. As he learns the art of closing deals he is sooon a rising a star. The dream is to come to a disappointing end for him however, when he realizes the true reason why all of these employees are becoming rich beyond their wildest dreams. This is another brilliant film when dealing with issues of money and sales. A great watch!

Jerry Maguire3 – Jerry Maguire [Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger]

Jerry Maguire is the story of a sports agent who, shaken by his morals, expresses them and is subsequently fired. This only strengthens his determination as he decides to go it alone and build his own company with only one client sticking with him. On the business side, this is an excellent story of persistence, determination and self belief. 

The Social Network (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)4 – Social Network [Jesse Einberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield]

This film is just a seriously excellent story about the site we all know, Facebook and how it became one of the most successful businesses of recent times. It follows the story of, now billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, tracking his rapid ascent from college nerd to hugely successful business owner, along with some of the troubles he faced along the way. For those seeking inspiration, this one will have you finishing the film itching to get back to work on your business. 

Glengarry Glen Ross5 – Glengarry Glen Ross [Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemmon, James Foley]

This is where the famous ‘ABC ‘ [Always Be Closing] idea was coined. This movie follows a group of salesman all aiming to hit their quota of sales or face the chop. What you are treated to is a wonderful cast who deliver a high intensity of desire, ambition and tension. This is excellent for those who need some ideas on selling and honing their skills. As we all know, selling is essential for business and even investing in terms of selling yourself to others. 

There it is, pick up all the 5 movies on business mentioned in this list above and take some notes. This is truly some thought provoking inspirational stuff! 

I would love to hear what you guys think, what other films have you watched that have been really good, leave a comment below!

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