Documentaries for Entrepreneurs 

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Money

Mind Over Money: Nova (2010)
The Ascent of Money (2009)  by Niall Ferguson
The Corporation (2003)
I.O.U.S.A. (2008)
The One Percent (2006)
Floored (2009)
Freakonomics (2010)
Inside Job (2010)

Unraveled – An ambitious man – and immoral plan (2012)

Tech

Startup.com (2001) 
Transcendent Man – Prepare to Evolve  (2009)
Revolution OS (2001)

Motivation

Tupac shakur: life of an outlaw (2001)
Mike Tyson the Movie (2008)

More than a Game (2008)

Man on Wire (2008)

Cocain Cowboys (2006)
The Yes men fix the world (2009)

Creation

Objectified (2009)
Exit Through the Giftshop (2010)

Life 

Stress: Portrait of a killer (2008)
The Secret (2006)

Ayn Rand – In her own words (2011)

Wisdom: The Greatest Gift One Generation Can Give To Another (2008)
Born Rich (2003)
What the Bleep do we know (2004)

Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)

How to live forever (2009)

Warrior -> Entrepreneur;

Anderson Silva: Like Water (2012)
Occupation: Fighter (2012)


 

Tim Tebow: Everything In Between (2011)  

Startup.com (2001)



Startup.com follows a young company from boom to bust in the .com bubble.

Why watch it?

Gives you insight into how a tech startup can unfold and or did unfold around the .com boom.

Stress: Portrait of a killer (2008)


The serially overworked already know that stress is a near-constant fixture in modern-day living. But to what degree is stress affecting our bodies – and is there any way to healthfully combat it? All entrepreneurs should be consious about this dangerous element of starting businesses.   

Why watch it?

Understand where stress comes from and get an insight into how you can think differently about the subject.

Objectified (2009)

How things are made! Love it!

Why watch it?

Get inspiration to create!

Mind Over Money: Nova (2010)

In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, NOVA presents “Mind Over Money”—an entertaining and penetrating exploration of why mainstream economists failed to predict the crash of 2008 and why we so often make irrational financial decisions. The program reveals how our emotions interfere with our decision-making and explores controversial new arguments about the world of finance. In the face of the recent crash, can a new science that aims to incorporate human psychology into finance—behavioral economics—help us make better financial decisions?

Why watch it?

Increase your financial intelligence.

The Ascent of Money (2009)  by Niall Ferguson


Gives you a great introduction to the world of money and where it all came from to begin with. I recommend reading the book as well.

Watch it here http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-ascent-of-money/

Why watch it?

Increase your financial intelligence.

Tupac shakur: life of an outlaw (2001)


This documentary highlights the passion, dreams and struggle of the life of Tupac Shakur as he goes from powerty to success. The film is highly motivational because it portrays what kind of passion and drive you need to achieve greatness in your choosen field as well as what consequences this has on changing you as a person. R.I.P. 

Why watch it?

His passion for what he did and what he stood for moved mountains and he is still lives in the hearts and minds of millions.

 Mike Tyson the Movie (2008)


Before I watched “Tysen” I thought he was nothing more than a simple boxer. This documentary however elevates Mike Tyson to a very different level.

Why watch it?

For me this documentary is about self belief and how if you say to yourself consistently that you will become the world champion, you in fact will be one day.

More than a Game (2008)


This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James’ journey to fame.” Imdb Shows how a great team can achive great things.


Why watch it?

A great story about how everything in life counts for something and when you work on something everyday your dreams must come true.

The Secret (2006)

If you have read “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles’ (1910) you will be familiar with the law of attraction and how this powerfull principle works. I watched this documentary on the plane (love iPad!) back from the US and really enjoyed how the creators have visualized how the law of attraction works. When I read “The Science of Getting Rich” I didn´t really buy into the whole thing, but when i watched “The Secret” things seemed to fall into place for me.

Why watch it?

This stuff works. In the end wether you choose to believe it or not does determine your outcome in life. I have read many books on this subject and experienced how it works in my life. Why not try it and see what happens for a year? What do you have to loose :)?

Man on Wire (2008)


Man on Wire is a great film about an ambitious person that has a vision and a dream about walking on a wire between the two former World Trade Center buildings. A great story!

Why watch it?

Pursue your dreams and climb your mountain of choice.

Cocain Cowboys (2006)


This documentary is full of creative cocaine entrepreneurs and how they managed to make a large amount of money in Miami. Entertaining! 

Why watch it?

Some of the most creative entrepreneurs in the world are criminals. Think about how creative you have to be to be an excellent thief like Thomas Crown or be the biggest illigal importer of drugs to any country. This does not mean that i support these kinds of entrepreneurs at all, but I do admire their creativity and ability to innovate within such a high risk industry.

The Corporation (2003)

Since the late 18th century American legal decision that the business corporation organizational model is legally a person, it has become a dominant economic, political and social force around the globe. This film takes an in-depth psychological examination of the organization model through various case studies. What the study illustrates is that in the its behaviour, this type of “person” typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience. Furthermore, we see the profound threat this psychopath has for our world and our future, but also how the people with courage, intelligence and determination can do to stop it.

Why watch it?

Interesting to see how extremely socialist people think about corporations. That does not mean I agree with everything corporations do, but we are much better off now than ever before and that does have something to do with how the world is built by corporations. A comment to this is; will we ever get there? Where is it we are trying to get? Perfection in what way? How about enjoying the process of life and making the most of each day?

I.O.U.S.A. (2008)





Wake up, America! We’re on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions.

Why watch it?

Don´t rely on the government to take care of you, create your own life and happiness by empowering yourself to take action and create your own world.

The One Percent (2006)

This 80-minute documentary focuses on the growing “wealth gap” in America, as seen through the eyes of filmmaker Jamie Johnson, a 27-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune. Johnson, who cut his film teeth at NYU and made the Emmy®-nominated 2003 HBO documentary Born Rich, here sets his sights on exploring the political, moral and emotional rationale that enables a tiny percentage of Americans – the one percent – to control nearly half the wealth of the entire United States. The film Includes interviews with Nicole Buffett, Bill Gates Sr., Adnan Khashoggi, Milton Friedman, Robert Reich, Ralph Nader and other luminaries.

Why watch it?

Besides the super socialist approach of Jamie Johnson its fascinating and interesting to watch and learn from this documentary. Getting rich can´t be about money as you won´t become happy because of it. Find your higher meaning and purpose and pursue that in life and you will find everything and anything you are looking for. This methodology is not a quick fix solution, but something that works long term. Believe…

Ayn Rand – In her own words (2011)

The gripping story of the acclaimed author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead in her own words Revealing the surprising life story of one of the world’s most influential minds, this unprecedented film weaves together Ayn Rand’s own recollections and reflections, providing a new understanding of her inspirations and influences.

Why watch it?

You create your own life, happiness and joy. Rely on yourself to do this and you will automatically effect the people around you in the same way.

Transcendent Man – Prepare to Evolve  (2009)

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading futurists, with a twenty-five year track record of accurate predictions. Called the “restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” Inventor of the first CCD flat bed scanner and many other technology firsts, Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and has received the National Medal of Technology, the Lemelson-MIT Prize (the world’s largest for innovation), 19 honorary doctorates and awards from three U.S. presidents.

Why watch it?

If you love technology and what the future will hold this is a film for you.

Wisdom: The Greatest Gift One Generation Can Give To Another (2008)

Inspired by the idea that one of the greatest gifts one generation can give to another is the wisdom it has gained from experience, multi-award-winning photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman has recorded the thoughts and ideas of fifty of the world’s most prominent writers, artists, designers, actors, politicians, musicians, and religious and business leaders, all over sixty-five years old. To create profound, honest, and truly revealing portraits of these luminaries, Zuckerman has captured their voices, their physical presence, and the written word. The resulting book and film, included here on a DVD, provide an extraordinary legacy for the generations that follow, and a timeless portrait of the common experiences that unite us all. 

Why watch it?

I really enjoyed the insights about life in general. Nicely made and fun to watch.

Born Rich (2003)

A documentary on children of the insanely rich. Directed by one of their own, Johnson & Johnson heir, Jamie Johnson. Pay attention to how doing work is a key part to happiness and doing nothing makes them miserable. 

Why watch it?

Money does not bring happiness, working and devoting your life to something you believe in does. Hear it from the horses mouth from the people that have never “wanted” for anything material.

Floored (2009)

Enter a world where pandemonium reigns and reckless ambition rules: the
trading floors in the financial canyons of downtown Chicago. Here, men
use strange hand signals to buy and sell everything from pork belly to
soybeans while wearing the weight of our complex economy on their
shoulders – along with their neon jackets. It’s a physical, bruising
place, one where a slight gain creates heroes, rich beyond what their
high school educations should ever afford. But the wrong move on the
wrong day can ruin lives. At a time when millions have lost fortunes in
the fickle stock market and fear abounds about the faltering financial
system, FLOORED is a gripping, honest look behind the curtain of the
trading floor that few have ever seen.

Written by James Allen Smith

Why watch it?

Understand how some people in finance think and act. This will come in handy once you make your money and they will be lining up to manage your money. You must understand the basics of finance and money to become a professional entrepreneur.

 

The Yes men fix the world (2009)

Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their
industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane
Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and
other shocking events.

Why watch it?

They are very creative in how they get PR and publicity.
Freakonomics (2010)

Some of the world’s most innovative documentary filmmakers will explore the hidden side of everything.

Why watch it?

Better understand how economics and the irrationality of our choices and human brain.

Inside Job (2010)

‘Inside Job’ provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial
crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of
people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the
Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse.
Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial
insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the
rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and
academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland,
England, France, Singapore, and China.

Written by Anonymous

Why watch it?

Increase your financial intelligence.
Exit Through the Giftshop (2010)

 The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker
attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn
the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy,
Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti
artists at work.

Written by
Sundance Film Festival 

Why watch it?

How to become a success in any field. Study the great ones, then copy what they do best and develop your own art form. Borrowing brilliance is what brings the world forwards!

Revolution OS (2001)

 


Hackers, Programmers & Rebels UNITE!

Why watch it?

If you are into software and tech this documentary shows an interesting way how to build your company or a movement.

What the Bleep Do We Know (2004)

Senna

I Am


 

Gumball 3000:LDN 2 NYC

The Billionaire International Trailer (2010)



Urbanized (2011)



The Pixar Story (2011)



Steve Jobs: One Last Thing (2011)


Hoop Dreams (1994)

Middle Men (2009)

The Buddha (2010)

The Future we will Create (2007)

Documentaries to watch;
Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged (2012)

Fighting Fear (2012)

Vegucated (2011)

I like Flies (2004)

Empires: The Medici (2003)

The Science of Sex Appeal (2009)

The Parking Lot Movie (2010)

How the universte works (2010)

What are dreams (2010)

How does the brain work (2011)

Suggestions?

Feel free to suggest documentaries bellow.

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