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21 Best Startup Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch
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21 Best Startup Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch 

n our day-to-day life, we all face many unwanted situations and from time to time we need inspiration. Entrepreneurs need that sort of motivation or inspiration too. Thought-provoking movies can be the best solution to find inspiration by watching it alone or with family and friends. We all should take some break, calm ourselves and refresh our minds. 

What if you get some inspiration from movies? Not bad! Today I’m going to discuss 21  best startup movies every entrepreneur should watch.

21 Best Startup Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

Every entrepreneur should watch these inspiring 21 movies.

The Social Network

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The Social Network is based on a true story about how Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook. Later why he was sued by two brothers that read in the same university Marks used to go to and they claimed Zuckerberg stole their idea. He was also sued by his best friend who was ousted from the company by Mark himself. 

It will offer you a glimpse of how Facebook began and how big companies often have small beginnings. movie scene based on the rise and fall of internet companies during the dot-com bubble. It’s fantastic documentary film that follows the story of GovWorks and how startup failed due to mismanagement and internal power struggles.

Just because of internal politics, friendships can turn into bitter rivalries. It is one of the best startup movies.



Based on the real-life story of female entrepreneur Joy Mangano. Through this movie, viewers can explore the obstacles that only women face. Her journey as a divorced mother of two and her endless hurdles in both personal and professional never stopped her. Now she is Globally recognized as the inventor of the Miracle Mop. 

Especially for women entrepreneurs, I will highly recommend this movie.

The Founder

The Founder is biopic of the American fast-food tycoon Ray Kroc.  His journey from milkshake mixer salesman who eventually turned McDonald’s into chain restaurant, which later became a global franchise and the biggest chain restaurant business in the world.

Steve Jobs

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Probably the best brand in the world Apple. Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, is also the title of the movie. The movie shows pivotal points in Jobs’ life.

As an entrepreneur, don’t you want to know about this great man’s life?

Thank You for Smoking

Thank You for Smoking is the movie that will teach you the techniques of getting a master in marketing or selling any product. The plot of the film focuses on Nick Naylor, Chief Spokesperson of Big Tobacco, who defends the cigarette industry.

In business, a very essential aspect is selling. You need to sell your service, product, or maybe information. This movie will teach you that it is possible to sell anything.  It is another best startup movie.

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness is one of the best startup movies. It is based on the true story of the life of entrepreneur Chris Gardner. His journey to overcome unbelievable circumstances and his hard work to achieve his dreams. Those Circumstances are also familiar with the entrepreneurs who are about to start their journey.

He was homeless with his son; doing a 6-month unpaid internship as a stockbroker; how his first business face lost and he stepped into this situation but never let go of his dreams. This movie surely going to teach you some life lessons.

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley a documentary that follows the rise and fall of Theranos, a multibillion-dollar biotech company that was set to transform the healthcare industry. 

The documentary focuses on how the founder and company’s COO engaged in fraudulent practices to mislead investors and business partners. 

The Devil Wears Prada

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The Devil Wears Prada will motivate you to pursue your dream job. From the real-life story of a young woman, it’s a movie that shows how to handle situations, how to fight with the world that seems unfair to you, and hard work actually always pays off. This movie will take you into the fashion industry and will teach you how to deal with corporates.

Becoming Warren Buffett

Becoming Warren Buffett is a documentary film about Warren Buffett and his life. The documentary will take you through Warren Buffett’s expertise in investing and his personal relationship skills.

If entrepreneurs are looking for one role model for inspiration, Warren Buffet can take that place. He is very well known for his business and investing skills.

Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) plays a character of a sports agent in this movie. He was fired from his well-reputed company because of his belief that agents should be more careful and ethical while encountering a client. He then started his own sports management agency with only one client and got his desired success.


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Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie that gives you hope for the dream you ever dreamed of and teaches you to take the risks. Moneyball story follows a budget baseball team that strategically uses computer-generated analytics and managed to select players to form a team that was unvalued before. It’s a movie about how small startups talk against existing market domination.

The Wolf of Wall Street

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The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of the rising and fall of Jordan Belfort. He was an entrepreneur whose firm Stratton Oakmont engaged in stock trading and used fraudulence for making money. 

Jordan Belfort is the perfect example that entrepreneurs shouldn’t be. 

Pirates of Silicon Valley

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This movie is based on a biopic of the two kings of the tech-world Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. How Apple and Microsoft these giant companies did public battle for corporate supremacy. Entrepreneurs should watch this to know the clever scheming and planning of these giant companies for power and supremacy. 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi tells the real-life documentary of 85-year-old Jiro Ono who is considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. Movies tell how Jiro has maintained his restaurants and personal life balanced and get immense success. If you are in the restaurant or hospitality industry, it’s a must-watch for you.

Wall Street

A great movie about greed and capitalism. Greed is good, a dialogue in this movie from antagonist Gordon Gekko. This movie tells the story of Bud Fox, a young and ambitious stockbroker who jumped into the 1980’s stock exchange. 

This movie will give you a glimpse of how greed can take you to epitome wrongdoings.

Boiler Room

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The movie takes us into a deep sea of greed and corruption in American business. An intelligent and ambitious college dropout Seth Davis runs a casino in his apartment. He got a job in a small stock brokerage firm. Then he manages a position in the company’s “boiler room,” where he makes cold calls to lure clients. 

Breaking the law in order to keep his bosses happy and eventually his greed is the reason for his downfall.

Office Space

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Office Space can surely give you a taste of the corporate culture of a 1990’s software company; work relationships and office politics. Although it’s a comedy movie it will give you a message about leadership, team management, and career development.


Sooner or later AI(Artificial Intelligence) is going to take over the world. It’s a Sci-fi movie that tells a story of an AI software and soon it goes with a relationship with his client. Later the client found that his AI also has many other relations because it’s just an AI that works for his customer who bought it.

The movie is all about how AI itself developed its managing system to give better outcomes for those who are using it. For people who are interested in tech startups, it’s a must-watch for them.

The Great Hack

The Great Hack is a documentary film that takes the audience deep into the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal. 

Facebook had taken the personal data of millions of Facebook users without their consent and with Cambridge Analytica used it for political influence in cases like Brexit and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The documentary reveals the extent Facebook goes to harvest our personal data.

The Social Dilemma

Though one can argue how this amazing documentary can be related to startups. But I will highly recommend this documentary. This documentary focuses on social media tactics. We all know social media like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat are mining out data but to what extent they do it and how they commercial those data into their advertisement we can know from this.

Social media took our information from us and they are selling advertisements to us on the basis of our personal data.

Final Words..

Take a break and watch these best startup movies . I hope these movies will surely going to give you relief, inspiration and a break from your hectic work schedule. Who knows maybe you find some ideas too from these movies for your start-up? Believe me! these movies are worth it and you’ll not be disappointed.

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