HERE WE GO PEOPLE!!!! The very first movie combo. Today we will talk about the top 5 movies that any BUSINESSMAN in the world needs to see. For anyone who shares interest in things like stocks, finances, or even entrepreneurship, these movies are without a doubt right up your alley! We’ll go a little in depth about each one, but obviously not enough to spoil it, and we’ll also talk about where you can find them. If you have already seen any of the movies talked about, then you already know the greatness that lies in the films. And if you haven’t seen them, and you love anything BUSINESS related, you need to pop a squat and the couch, grab your remote, kick back, and watch your business motivation RISE!
5 MOVIES FOR THE BUSINESSMAN (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
- THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)
This brilliant movie goes in depth of the life of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a stock-broker who quickly went from rags to riches, and built an empire through his stock company, Stratton Oakmont. Along with the help of a few of his old time buddies and his new friend, Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill), Belfort and company thrive on Wall Street through the selling of penny stocks. Belfort enjoys the life of success, and often celebrates it through the use of multiple substances, including cocaine, Adderall, morphine, and most importantly, Quaaludes. This may be a 3-hour movie, but it’s jam-packed all the way through with action, motivation, and excitement. See the way Belfort and crew snaked investors while supplying themselves with billions of dollars.
RATING: R / LENGTH: 3 Hours
Available on: ITunes, Amazon Video, DVD, Redbox
2. The Founder (2016)
The Founder is based on Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman who took a small burger and fry place, and turned it into without a doubt the most well-known restaurant in the history of the world, McDonald’s. Kroc, who, at first, couldn’t catch a break in the selling of his self-made ridiculous products, comes across a small little gold mine in Illinois, as he is blown away at McDonald’s efficiency of making fast-food. Kroc, through the work of him and the 2 owners of the restaurant, Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carrol Lynch) McDonald, put the name on the map, and quickly learns through the process, that he isn’t in the game to make friends, but to create success. This movie really shows the tenacity that one must have when becoming a successful businessman. Many will learn through this movie that when it comes to running a business, many difficult decisions have to be made, and moving forward is the only acceptable option. Get ready to feel inspired as you watch Kroc build a foundation for the fast-food industry.
RATING: PG-13 / LENGTH: 1 Hour and 55 Minutes
Available on: DVD, Amazon, ITunes, Netflix
3. The Social Network (2010)
The Social Network takes us to Harvard University, where Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) creates one of the most popular, if not THE most popular social networking site (hence the name of the movie), Facebook. Through an idea he received from 2 other Harvard students, Zuckerberg begins to create a website where people can share their ideas, communicate with friends and family, display their interests on any subject, or simply just talk a out what they are doing. The movies shows the entire come-up of Facebook, starting with a completely different idea that Zuckerberg had in mind. He created a simple algorithm in his dorm room with his friend, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), to create a site where people can see pictures of Harvard students and say if they’re hot or not (Basically an IVY league Tinder). But Zuckerberg quickly throws this idea aside as he moves on to Facebook, and quickly forms it into a multi-billion dollar company. And along the way, much like in The Founder, Zuckerberg realizes he’s not in the game to make friends.
RATING: PG-13 / LENGTH: 2 Hours
Available on: ITunes, Amazon, Redbox
4. Steve Jobs (2015)
The man who needs to introduction. We all know Steve Jobs, the genius behind Apple. Starting with the huge failure of his very first product, the movies takes us through the life of Steve (Michael Fassbender), through the struggle of creating new apple products, and through the struggles he shares with his family. We get to see the sides of Jobs that no one really ever knew. It gets real up and close about the stresses of building the Macintosh computer, and also the stresses of him trying to build a relationship with his daughter, who he hardly ever sees. Through this movie, we really get to see, through Steve himself, the difficulty of creating a successful business, and it really gives a perspective on how much one is going to have to sacrifice in order to create a innovative product for his/her customers. The best thing though that an entrepreneur or any type of businessman can take from this movie is that IT TAKES TIME AND PATIENCE to get to where you want to be.
RATING: R / LENGTH: 2 Hours 2 Minutes
Available on ITunes, Amazon
5. Moneyball (2011)
While this movie is partly about the 2000 Oakland A’s incredible 20 game win streak, (Which was recently just beat out by the 2017 Cleveland Indians, who just reached 22 games), the main thing for a businessman to take from this movie is how Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), the A’s general manager, used computer generated analysis as a way to pick up new players on a tight budget. A businessman can take this into perspective, as there may be times when a business try to do too much on a lean budget, and simply doing the wrongs things can cause that business to drown under. This movie shows the smart moves one has to make when running a team (but the same principles apply for a business as well), and how when money is tight, you have to play it smart, or you’ll suffer the consequences
RATING: PG-13 / LENGTH: 2 Hours 13 Minutes
Available on: DVD, Amazon, ITunes, Redbox
If you’re an aspiring businessman, and are looking for the ins and outs of what it takes to make it in the business world, I really hope you’ll take these movies into consideration.
Other honorable mentions to consider:
Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
Boiler Room (2000)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
The Insider (1999)