Top 7 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

By | 2010/09/29

An entrepreneur tries to learn from everything, including movies. There are some movies that have really valuable lesson for budding entrepreneurs. Here are 7 top movies that every entrepreneur should watch. These movies can be a source of inspiration, motivation and introspection.

Schindler’s List

This movie is based on the true story about Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during then Holocaust by employing them in his factories. Schindler’s List is one of the most touching movies that you will ever watch.

Catch Me If You Can

This is a true story about the life of Frank Abagnale Jr. He was a normal guy who eventually got so driven by his dream to live the high life that he began to work as a conman. Abagnale posed as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor and Louisiana attorney and parish prosecutor – and also got away with all of it. His primary crime was cheque forgery, becoming so skillful that the FBI eventually turned to him for help in catching other cheque forgers. This movie can teach you how confidence in yourself can make things work for you. Abagnale also managed to turn his passion into an honourable profession in the end. Catch Me If You Can stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks.

The Greatest Game Ever Played

This movie is also taken from real life. The film proves that success is not only reserved for kids from well-off families. Outstanding success can be achieved by those who have the right mix of talent and determination. The Greatest Game Ever Played is the true story of the golfing legends Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Pursuit Of Happyness

The movie based on the real story of Chris Gardner is true inspiration. Will Smith acts as the lead. It is a story of how Chris creates a multi-million dollar brokering firm overcoming near bankruptcy.

Jerry Maguire

Jerry leaves his big money agency position to go out and start his own shop. But all that begins to crumble when he finds out that nothing ever goes as planned. This movie also teaches entrepreneurs a lot about loyalty – a must watch.

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

From a slumdog to a millionaire. Anything is possible is what Jamal, the protagonist tell you in this hugely successful movie. The attitude to have boundless optimism and the drive to create your own luck is finely portrayed in the film.

12 Angry Men

Twelve Angry Men

One man against 12 angry men in the room. This movie is a must watch to learn and educate yourself on the power of persuasion. The negotiation techniques made use in this movie by the protagonist are very impressive.

Have you watched any of these movies? Share your views with the Collegefallout community. Also, if you have any other movie suggestions to fellow entrepreneurs, let us know below.

13 thoughts on “Top 7 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

  1. Azad @ Blogging Geeks

    Reading the title of your post in my Inbox I thought I must had seen all those movies. But you surprised me.

    Schindler’s List
    Catch Me If You Can
    The Greatest Game Ever Played
    Twelve Angry Men

    I never heard of them and they are having very high ratings. Thanks for this. Movies you can include are:

    Boiler Room,
    Godfather 2
    Pirates of Silicon Valley
    Wall Street
    Rocket Sign

    Looking forward to more interesting post.

    1. Vivek Krishnan Post author

      @azad- True, Rocket Singh and Guru will come up in my list of bollywood movies for entrepreneurs. Otherwise, Boiler room and Wall Street are unmissable too. Thanks for the great comment azad.

  2. Manikandan

    Hi this is Manikandan. ‘OctobeSky’ is one of the best inspirational movie which I have ever seen. Its for all of us who need some inspirational energy. Add this in your list and try to watch the film. Cheers…

    1. Vivek Krishnan Post author

      @mani- I have seen OctoberSky, however i felt it might not fit the theme of the post. Thanks for your suggestion anyways!

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  5. Guy Movies @ Guy Movie Review

    Catch Me if You Can is at the top of my entrepreneur and movie list. Leo was amazing as a high school kid. Hard to imagine him being the guy from Inception.

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  7. Michael

    Good list. I know this is an older post but still relevant so I’ll add my contribution.

    In the “you have no excuse whatsoever to not be successful” category, also known as “whiners need not apply,” you could add one of my all time favorite inspiring movies: “Door to Door” staring William H. Macy.

    And in the “never give up” category I would add “Touching the Void.” A movie you’ll never forget.


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