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7 Business Movies Every Entrepreneur Must Watch


Sure, these films are entertaining, but there’s so many things business owners can  learn from them too. Here are seven movies every entrepreneur must watch for some valuable lessons.

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Who doesn’t like a good movie? They’re a great form of entertainment that also offer some relaxation. If you’re an entrepreneur, then you can get even more out of some movies. There are some fantastic business films that have been released over the years that provide plenty of amazing entrepreneurship lessons. So grab a cozy seat, a snack, and maybe even a notepad while you check out these seven movies every entrepreneur must watch.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Summary: Based on the true story of a struggling salesman, Christopher Gardner loses everything, but believes in himself and works hard to build a new career and raise his son.
Why you should watch: The title is spelled incorrectly on purpose. You’ll find out why. Also, you’ll be inspired by the man who picks himself up from nothing, and uses persistence, a great attitude, and his intellect to finally succeed.
Notable quote: “Don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream? You got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you that you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” – Chris Gardner

Boiler Room (2000)

Summary: Seth Davis drops out of college and ends up taking a job at a small New York brokerage firm. He develops a love and talent for delivering the hard sale and earning big commissions, but soon he begins questioning just how legit the whole operation really is.
Why you should watch: All entrepreneurs face big moral dilemmas. This movie grapples with the concepts of money and success coming at the cost of doing the right thing. There’s also some great lessons in sales!
Notable quote: “There is no such thing as a no sale call. A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you a reason he can’t. Either way a sale is made, the only question is who is going to close?” – Jim Young

The Big Short (2015)

Summary: Detailing the crash of the housing market, this film follows several people who foresaw the bubble and did something about it before the burst.
Why you should watch: Don’t be afraid to go against the grain even when everyone else is sure everything is going well. There’s always an opportunity, because there’s always a bubble.
Notable quote: “People hate to think about bad things happening so they always underestimate their likelihood.” – Jamie Shipley

The Godfather (1972)

Summary: The time has come for the old head of a big crime family to put someone else in his position. That’s when war begins between the families and all sorts of unfortunate events unfold.
Why you should watch: While you should definitely eliminate the criminal aspect, this is a film full of material on what it takes to not only get to the top, but what it costs to stay there.
Notable quote: “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – Don Corleone

Wallstreet (1987)

Summary: Bud Fox has a powerful desire to make it to the top as a young stockbroker. His path takes a wildly illegal turn when he is taken under Gordon Gekko’s wing and gets into a world of illegal dealings.
Why you should watch: While ambition and drive are important, they should not mix with greed. Don’t sell out your morals for money.
Notable quote: “Stop going for the easy buck and start producing something with your life. Create, instead of living off the buying and selling of other.” – Carl Fox

Citizen Kane (1941)

Summary: Rosebud. That is the last word of a recently passed newspaper tycoon and it has several reporters scrambling to find out what it means. They end up learning all about the life story of millionaire Charles Foster Kane.
Why you should watch: First, this is one of the greatest movies of all time. Also, sure it’s the goal of most entrepreneurs to build a successful company, but that shouldn’t be the only goal.
Notable quote: “You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn’t been very rich, I might have been a really great man.” – Charles Foster Kane

Office Space (1999)

Summary: A few guys who hate their boring jobs decide to do something about it.
Why you should watch:  If you despise your boring 9-5 desk job, then this comedy is going to light a fire under you to finally ditch that gig and get out there to do what you’ve always wanted to do as an entrepreneur.
Notable quote: “The thing is, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care. It’s a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don’t see another dime, so where’s the motivation? And here’s something else, Bob: I have eight different bosses right now. So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That’s my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.”

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Born and raised in Oregon, Andrew has now put down roots in Seattle, because he refuses to call anywhere but the Pacific Northwest home. After graduating from Portland State University with a double major in Marketing and Advertising, he spent some time learning Spanish and experiencing all that South America has to offer. It was while he was south of the equator that he uncovered an interest in writing that he strives to develop whenever the opportunity is presented. When Andrew isn't taking care of business at the office, he is throwing fuel on his fiery passions for sports and the outdoors.