In this post, I am going to discuss different movies that will help you find inspiration as an entrepreneur.
Nightcrawler is one of the best movies I watched in a long time.
Jake Gyllenhaal is the star. He’s struggling and does everything to get a job but doesn’t get hired. However, once he sees a videographer capturing footage of a live accident he decides to start recording for money and send the footage to news channels.
Jake has great and will and if you keep that two you can level off to become anything. Focus, and improving your skills is what the movie is about.
- The Social Network (2010)
The social network laid bare what took Facebook from a dorm startup to a billion-dollar venture.
It isn’t a fairy tale story of someone rising through the ranks. It’s about hard work sure. But there’s also deceit and guile. The social network is inspirational as a movie because it tells the story of the meteoric rise of Facebook and the man behind it.
The movie is all about feeding your dream and making money with it.
- The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
The Pursuit of Happyness is my all-time favorite movie. One of which I watch time and gain. Will Smith portrays Chris Gardner. It’s loosely based on Chris’ own memoir which is also something I read. The movie is better than most things you can watch on the screen. You get a healthy dose of reality, the real take on his failing relationship with his wife, him sleeping in the railway station, being kicked out of his home, losing his few dollars, lending some $5, and other things.
- It’s all about not giving up. And you will succeed for it.
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank redemption is another of my favorite movies. Plus I like the background scores on this one. It’s one of the greatest movies ever made.
Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman bond over several years of prison life. Andy was convicted on charges of murdering his wife which he didn’t. During prison, he etches out the wall to fuel his escape. It took him nearly 19 years to succeed.
The movie teaches you that hope isn’t a bad thing. It’s one of the best things to watch and you get a good feeling throughout the movie.
- Moneyball (2011)
The movie is about an athletics team and its coach Billy Beane. The team loses a lot of money. All-star players were poached by bigger teams. Billy wants a team that money can’t buy. So he relies on gumption and will to rely on and do business. Even without money.
- Wall Street (1987)
Wall Street is about blind ambition.
Bud Fox is the new stockbroker and wants to succeed at all costs.
Insider trading is a punishable crime and he meets up with Michael Douglas and starts doing business with the motto greed is good.
- Rocky (1976)
Rocky is another movie about not giving up. Why I like it is that during the time Sylvester Stallone sold the script his life too was moving in much the same direction.
Rocky Balboa is given one shot at fighting the heavyweight champion. There’s his opportunity to make himself a better life. In a fight that lasted a full 15 rounds, he challenged the champ as best as he could, never giving up. And his life too was moving in something like this.
It is a story about the dot com bubble of the 1990s. The movie shows you about the internet bubble. You see competition, friendships and ambitions all combining to make the film
- Boiler Room (2000)
The boiler room is inspired by Wall Street. However, the movie is more about sales tips than anything else. It teaches you how to sell and find the inner spirit you need to succeed. Find motivation with this movie.
- Office Space (1999)
If you were ever part of an office job, Office space is the movie to watch and tells you all about the awful lifestyle. It inspires you to get out of the rut.
The guy doesn’t stand work. So instead of being fired he gets promoted. The bitterness of his job results in funny citations.
The founder is the story of Ray Kroc who goes to build Mac Donald’s. Ray is a traveling salesman who’s doing well but after seeing two brothers running a fairly successful restaurant business he wants to franchise the idea.
Things go uphill for him at the start, as the albatross of an agreement requires him to tick off every change from the brothers. However, he finds his way around the loophole by getting more people to join him and starts franchising more successfully. Eventually, he buys the brothers out of their business and founded Mc Donald’s. It’s all about perseverance.
The theory of everything
The movie doesn’t really count as motivational because it doesn’t emphasize that throughout. However, It’s all about the life of Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest theoretical physicists that ever lived.
The theory of everything is about the man who was given a death sentence at 19 could move things but his brain and spouted some of the greatest theories ever. At last, he says that no matter who you are there’s something in life you can do and be better at.
Truman Burbank seems like an ordinary person who is fearful of water. Turns out he is the star of a popular live tv show that relays his life everywhere.
The environment is controlled but Truman himself is genuine. It’s the story of his struggle of getting out of the circus he was in.
The Greatest Game Ever Played
Francis is a humble caddie. Against his father and social standing he went on to play golf and played the greatest game. It’s a story of hope, of struggle, and success that has no parallel.
The Karate Kid
One of my all-time favorites.
The story motivates you to face your fears. Dre relocates from the US to China where he’s bullied by his schoolmates. He’s beaten up daily and there Jackie Chan helps him learn Karate.
He finally defeats the big bully despite his leg getting damaged. When Jackie Chan asks him why he wants to fight and succeed he answers that he doesn’t want to be afraid anymore.