Your brain needs to relax and process ideas for you to come up with the best solution to your challenges. The-Upstart.com has compiled a list of films that are business related in one way or the other so your entrepreneurial brain can keep on working in the background. We have also compiled a list of documentaries we think are highly relevant to watch. Feel free to comment about what films you think we should add to the mix.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
This rags to riches story is based on a true story and portrays a young fathers struggle to become a stockbroker in San Fransisco. Chris Gardner looses everything and has to live on the street, one night he sleeps on a subway toilet with his soon to stay warm. You should watch this film because its a true lesson in never ever giving up and to keep your eyes and motivation in line with the overall goal. Without goals, dreams and a plan you are likely to fail.
The Bucket List (2007)
There is something about beginning with the end in mind. Have you made a list of the things you want to do before you die? Are you living each day as it was your last and dreaming like you would live forever? Maybe after seeing this film you will sit down and write your “bucket list” just like I did?
The Aviator (2004)
Although born into money Howard Hughes was a true innovator within many fields of business especially aviation.
An action-thriller about a writer who takes an experimental drug that
allows him to use 100 percent of his mind. As one man evolves into the
perfect version of himself, forces more corrupt than he can imagine mark
him for assassination. Out-of-work writer Eddie Morra’s (Cooper)
rejection by girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) confirms his belief that
he has zero future. That all vanishes the day an old friend introduces
Eddie to NZT, a designer pharmaceutical that makes him laser focused and
more confident than any man alive.
Notorious is an amazing story about rap super start Biggie Smalls from rags to riches story. Lots of lessons about hardship and success.
Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
A legendary story of how the personal computer era started.
American Gangster (2007)
Shows how a better product and strong brand can make all the difference to making money.
The Social Network (2010)
This film is a great story of the worlds newest “accidental” billionaire Mark Zuckenberg.
True innovation can happen within many arenas of trade.
Wall Street (1987)
Its a classic! How far are you willing to go to make money? The film is full of excellent quotes like “Greed is Good.” Enjoy
Jerry Maguire (1997)
Jerry Maguire gets fired and starts his own company. We see him go from having everything to having much less and its great how this part of the film shows how some entrepreneurial journeys begin. After a while he finds his feat and has some success!
Boiler Room (2000)
The film is based on The Wolf of Wall Streets (Jordan Belfort) cunning way of selling petty stocks to rich people.
Iron Man I & II 2008/2010
Iron Man is a spectacle of engineering and entrepreneurial joy for people that love technology. There is not all the much to actually learn from his film, but it is motivational in the sense of techlove.
Tucker: The Man & His Dream (1988)
What an amazing story and on top of that it´s a true story! Wow this is probably one of the most inspiring films I have seen in terms of entrepreneurship.
Trading Places (1983)
Peaceful Warrior (2006)
When We Were Kings (1997)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Risky Business (1983)
A Beautifull Mind (2001)
The Tree of Life (2011)
“There are two ways through life, the way of nature and the way of grace, you must choose which on to follow.”
“It takes fierce will to get ahead in this world.”
“Unless you love, your life will flash by.”
“Someday we will fall down and weep, and we will understand it all, all things.”
This is just an absolutely amazing film!
Films to see;
Barbarians at the Gate (1993)
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Baby Boom (1987)
Kinky Boots (2005)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrell (1988)
Office Space (1999)
Citizen Kane (1941)
It´s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Marathon Man (1976)