Movies All Entrepreneurs Should Watch

Movies can be a great source of moral lessons, inspiration and entertainment, and a fun way to increase your knowledge. Few films offer important lessons on a variety of topics relevant to entrepreneurs and other life events. To help you get the most out of your movie-watching experience here are some movies entrepreneurs must watch these movies to get inspiration from them.

These movies go afar from only entertainment purposes: They set high standards and showcase the skills and drive you’ll need to be a successful entrepreneur, as well as warning against greed and corruption.

The Wolf of Wall Street 

This is a hit movie that tells a wild, over-the-top story that is based on a true story. The plot rotates around the scam-artist stockbroker character Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), who takes an entry-level junior job at a Wall Street brokerage firm.

Lesson from this movie: Belfort was a great entrepreneur he successfully built something out of nothing, but unluckily his company was damaged with corruption and cheating. This story offers entrepreneurs important lessons to learn, that best and least one is, don’t be a crook.

The Big Short

This movie tells the story of a group of Wall Street fund managers and investors who were able to see the forthcoming housing market disaster long before it began to collapse in 2007 and 2008. The movie records the work of verge fund manager Michael Burry (played by Christian Bale), who discovers that financial institutions are rushing risky subprime loans into “AAA-rated” prime loan sponsored securities that were sold to investors. He realizes the U.S. housing market is suspended on a huge asset bubble that is about to burst.

Lesson from this movie: Burry creates a credit defaulting swap that allows him to short, or bet against, those bonds, making his investors a bundle of money when the housing market reservoirs. The biggest lesson here to learn is that while everyone else mocked at him because they believed the market was unbreakable, Burry stuck to his guns and his strategy worked perfectly.

Saving Mr. Banks 

This movie tells the story behind Walt Disney’s mission to attain the rights to P.L. Travers. Regardless of Disney’s best efforts, Travers rejects every offer he makes because she suspicions Disney’s version of her story won’t be true to the characters she has created. She criticizes every step in the process to familiarize the book into a movie script, nearly turn over the project.

Lesson from this movie: The gentle way Disney handles this situation. He could have easily let the project descend or tried to pressure Travers to fulfill. Instead, he tries to find a better understand of her concerns and hear her out. He ultimately finds a way to win her over, and his persistence results in a movie that won universal praise and audience admiration for generations to come

Walt Before Mickey

Walt before Mickey portrays a number of failures Disney had to overcome as he determinedly built a career for himself in animated films. This is the story of Disney’s early years. He created another famous animated character, Oswald Rabbit before he created Mickey Mouse, Disney. But Disney didn’t own the copyright to that character so he had to let Oswald go.

Lesson from this movie: Owning your work is one of the many lessons he learned on the rough road to success and a good one for entrepreneurs to take away from this film. By the passage of time Walt created Mickey, he was on his fourth animation company but he was stuck on one: Walt Disney Studios.

Ford V Ferrari

Back in the 1960s, automaker Ford’s president Henry Ford II tried to buy a luxury sports car manufacturer of Ferrari, but the deal fell through at the last minute. Ford v Ferrari stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale and archives how Henry Ford II’s disappointment turned into revenge, encouraging him to create a new car that could beat Ferrari’s model at Le Mans, the world’s oldest active sports car survival race.

Lesson from this movie: Consider how Ferrari managers don’t take Ford seriously as a competitor, and the impression that has. The movie also shows how Ford’s project passes through many middle managers, which likely reduces the overall efficiency of their operations.

Adidas vs. Puma: The Brothers’ Feud 

The movie portrays the story behind two of the world’s most famous shoe companies, which stems from a spiteful family feud that not only rutted two brothers against one another but also divided the populations of their small hometown in Germany. This is a German-language film with English subtitles.

Lesson from this movie: The competition between these two brands went far beyond the corporate competition, but it also definitely pushed both companies to top. The movie shows how different business approaches resulted in the growth of two of the most influential sports brands in the world. It eventually begs the question: If it weren’t for this family competition, would these companies be where they are today?

The Founder 

The McDonald’s we know exists largely today because of a man whose last name is not McDonald’s. In 1948, the McDonald brothers debuted an innovatory kitchen gathering line during a time when drive-ins were still king. Enter Ray Kroc, who delivered some milkshake mixers to the McDonald brothers in 1954. Kroc was in wonder of what they had created, and he had a vision for how he could take their “golden arches” from coast to coast. Kroc ultimately bought the business and the rights to the McDonald’s name. The company is worth more than $100 billion today, and Kroc is its founder.

Lesson from this movie: This movie shows how important it is to never give up; it also throws light on other features of the business, such as the importance of having a good team, and why it’s critical to have all validities in place.

The Real Founder 

The Real Founder movie features an interview with Dick McDonald, who, besides his brother Maurice, started the McDonald’s restaurant chain. Dick McDonald tells his side of the story, telling how they opened a drive-in restaurant in Southern California, which later became one of the most popular in town.

Lesson from this movie: If you’ve seen The Founder, this documentary will give you a different perception. The Real Founder tells the backstory on how the McDonald brothers came up with their own inventions to speed up food service and even initiated franchising the restaurant long before Ray Kroc became part of the story.


This movie shows the challenges of a woman entrepreneur and has a magnificent message for all women looking to build a successful company. Joy movie is based on the life of Joy Mangano, a self-made millionaire woman who created a business kingdom by herself.

Lesson from this movie: This movie is about whipping all odds and breaking the glass ceiling. But the best lesson here is that if you want to build a big, successful company, and you are passionate about it, you need to get ready to go to war every day, rain or shine. Success means being prepared to fight a multi-front battle.

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley 

This is a documentary based movie that follows the story of Elizabeth Holmes, she was the founder of Theranos, a blood-testing startup business. She directed the public to believe that her device, the Edison, could perform lots of blood tests with just a single finger pinhole. She was later illegally charged because it was all a lie.

Lesson from this movie: Holmes was talented at creating a tale that pulled people in and made them want to believe her. Entrepreneurs can learn from the way she masterfully depicted investors to back her. But she also declined to listen to anyone who questioned her practices. Successful entrepreneurs must listen to feedback and encourage open and thoughtful dialogue with people.

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