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In our day to day life we all face many unwanted situations and from time to time we need inspiration. And 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/friends.

We all should take some break, calm ourselves and make some time for ourselves.

Every entrepreneur should watch this inspiring 21 movies.


  1. The Social Network

The Social Network is based on a true story with a fascinating story about how Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook. Later why he was sued by two brothers that read in the same university marks goes who 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 how Facebook began and how big companies often have small beginnings. 


  1. based on the rise and fall of internet companies during the dotcom bubble. is a perfect documentary film that follows the story of GovWorks and how a startup failed because of mismanagement and internal power struggles. And because of internal politics friendships can turn into bitter rivalries. 


  1. Joy

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 recognised as the inventor of the Miracle Mop. 

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


  1. The Founder

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


  1. Steve Jobs

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

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


  1. 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 movie revolves around Big Tobacco’s chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who defends the cigarette industry. In business a very essential aspect is Selling. You need to sell your service, product or may be information. This movie will teach you that it is possible to sell anything. 


  1. The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness is based on true story the life of entrepreneur Chris Gardner’s. His journey to overcome unbelievable circumstances and his hard work to achieve his dreams. Those Circumstances that 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 in this situation but never let go his dreams. This movie surely going to teach you some life lessons.


  1. 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. 

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


  1. The Devil Wears Prada

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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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 the only one client and got his desired success.


  1. Moneyball

Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie that gives you hope for the dream you ever dreamed of and teaches you taking 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 were unvalued before. It’s a movie about how small startups talk against existing market domination.


  1. The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of rise 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. 


  1. Pirates of Silicon Valley

This movie is based on a biopic of tech-world. How Apple and Microsoft giant companies did public battle for corporate supremacy. entrepreneurs should watch the clever scheming and planning of these giant companies for power and supremacy. 


  1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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.


  1. 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 1980’s stock exchange. 

This movie will give you a glimpse how greed can take you to epitome wrong doings.


  1. Boiler Room

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 Stocks, cold calling, dirty dealings negative aspects one can find in this movie which is also related with Wall Street. 


  1. Office Space

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


  1. Her 

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. And 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. Movie is all about how AI itself developed its managing system to give better outcomes for those who are using it. People who are interested in tech startups it’s a must watch for them.


  1. 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 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. 


  1. The Social Dilemma

Though one can argue how this amazing documentary can be related with 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 datas but to what extent they do it and how they commercial those datas 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.


Take a break and watch these movies. These movies are surely going to give you relief, inspiration and break from your hectic work schedule. And 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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