Most Inspiring Movies for Entrepreneurs

30 Most Inspiring Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

This is an era of Entrepreneurship, and being an entrepreneur is not an easy task. Several obstacles stands in their way to success and even after going through it to setup their dream company, entrepreneurs may lose their confidence. At times, they can lose all their confidence and quit it and concede defeat. But, quitting and flapping the white flag is not what real entrepreneurs do.

Movies can be so impactful: from making you too emotional to making you feel so pumped. There is no boundary to how a movie can change your mood or adjust your goals. But, if you’re an entrepreneur or a businessman, who are in need of some motivation and inspiration then we got something for you.

Here’s our hand-pick collection of top 30 most inspiring movies based on both real-life and fictitious characters that tell incredible stories of famous people, of their adversities and of how they overcame those adversities through willpower, enthusiasm, passion, focus, and talent.

These inspirational and motivational movies are guaranteed to give entrepreneurs the boost in self-confidence they sometimes need.

Here’s The List of 30 Most Inspiring Movies for Entrepreneurs

If you are an entrepreneur or getting yourself ready to become one, you must take a look at these popular inspirational movies that help to motivate and inspire our entrepreneurial ventures.

From the following films, all entrepreneurs can find something of value to take from them. Here’s the list of inspiring movies that you should watch if you’re in the success of making money and going after success.

1. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10 | Director: Ron Howard

Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly

The only thing greater than the power of the mind is the courage of the heart.

Summary: A human drama encouraged by happenings in the life of John Forbes Nash Jr., and in part based on the life history “A Beautiful Mind” by Sylvia Nasar. A mathematical mastermind, who made an astounding discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of global acclaim.

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2. American Gangster (2007)

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 | Director:  Ridley Scott

Stars:  Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq6Agpe-rzI

Summary: Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a chauffeur to one of Harlem’s leading gangsters. After his boss dies, Frank uses his creativity and strict business code to become one of the inner city’s most influential crime bosses.

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3. Apollo 13 (1995)

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10 | Director: Ron Howard

Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon

Summary: This Hollywood drama is based on the real story of the doomed 13th Apollo mission bound for the moon.

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4. Badmaash Company (2010)

Badmaash Company (2010)

IMDb Rating: 6.0/10 | Director: Parmeet Sethi

Stars: Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Meiyang Chang

Summary: It’s an inspiring movie on four young entrepreneurs living in 1990s-era Mumbai decide to start an import business. Before long, they’re living the high life and racking in the cash.

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5. Boiler Room (2000)

Boiler Room (2000)

“And there is no such thing as a no sale call. A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you a reason he can’t. Either way a sale is made, the only question is who is gonna close? You or him? Now be relentless, that’s it, I’m done.” – Boiler Room

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10 | Director: Ben Younger

Stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long

Summary: You may say that this is a revamped version of Wall Street, meaning that it shows the extremes people will go to make wealth – especially when it comes to the stock market. Here, in the inner sanctum of a fly-by-night brokerage company, hyper-aggressive fresh stock jocks peddle to innocent buyers over the phone and are pleased with mansions, Ferraris and more luxury toys.

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6. Citizen Kane (1941)

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10 | Director: Orson Welles

Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore

Summary: Millionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane expires alone in his extravagant castle, Xanadu, speaking a single word: “Rosebud“. In an effort to figure out the meaning of this word, a journalist tracks down the people who worked and breathed with Kane; they tell their stories in a series of memories that disclose much about Kane’s life but not enough to solve the puzzle of his dying breath.

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7. Ctrl+Alt+Complete (2011)

Ctrl+Alt+Complete (2011)

IMDb Rating: 5.5/10 | Director: Brian Giberson

Stars: Joanne Lang, Mark Gilbreath, Josh Sookman

Summary: Ctrl+Alt+Compete is a documentary film produced by Microsoft that takes a illuminating look at the startup and evolving business scene through the eyes of 5 founders and their groups and tells a story of the passion.

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8. Flash of Genius (2008)

Flash of Genius (2008)

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10 | Director: Marc Abraham

Stars: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Alan Alda

Summary: When college professor and an inventor, Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he touts stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.

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9. Gafla (2006)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZJmLwBztfs

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10 | Director: Sameer Hanchate

Stars: Vikram Gokhale, Brijendra Kala, Aditya Lakhia

Summary: ‘Gafla’ begins as a story about a normal young man, Subodh, in average circumstances. He starts out as like any middle-class man, with limited opportunities to live and get ahead. Gafla follows his journey into the stock markets and outside through the eyes of different people in his personal and professional life.

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10. Jerry Maguire (1996)

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10 | Director: Cameron Crowe

Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger

Summary: Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise), had it all: a great job, lots of friends and a beautiful fiancé. One day, nevertheless, he has an epiphany: Sports agents shouldn’t just be watching the money scenes but how to take care of their customers. Jerry loses everything and goes on a journey to regain the whole thing he had lost.

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11. Jobs (2013)

Jobs (2013)

IMDb Rating: 5.9/10 | Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad

Summary: This inspirational movie is based on the story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college dropout into one of the most admired creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

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12. Limitless (2011)

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10 | Director: Neil Burger

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish

Summary: With the help of a pill that produces superior mental acuity, a struggling writer turn into a financial wizard. Fueled on the pill, he rises to the top of the financial world and fascinates the attention of a tycoon, who aims to use him to make a fortune.

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13. Money Ball (2011)

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10 | Director: Bennett Miller

Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill

Summary: Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane’s effective attempt to accumulate a baseball team on a thin budget by hiring computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

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14. Night Crawlers (2014)

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 | Director: Dan Gilroy

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

Summary: Louis Bloom, an ambitious man desperate for work, muscles into the world of Los Angeles crime journalism, he blurs the line in the middle of observer and participant to become the star of his personal story.

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15. Office Space (1999)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IwzZYRejZQ

The 9-5 may not get you very far.

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 | Director: Mike Judge

Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman

Summary: Peter Gibbons hates his soul-killing job at Software Company and decides not to go to work at the same time his firm is placing people off. When layoffs affect his two best friends, they unite to plant a virus that will steal money from the company into their account.

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16. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

Copying may just mean good business.

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10 | Director: Martyn Burke

Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Noah Wyle, Joey Slotnick

Summary: This is a semi-humorous realistic film about the history of Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corporation and their owners Steve Jobs and Bill Gates who made the world of technology what it is today, their scuffles during college, the founding of their companies, and the creative actions they took to build up the global, communal empires.

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17. Rocky (1976)

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 | Director: John G. Avildsen

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

Summary: Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a extremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a session in which he struggles to go the distance for his self-respect.

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18. Startup.com (2001)

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10 | Director: Chris Hegedus, Jehane Noujaim

Stars: Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, Tom Herman, Kenneth Austin

Summary: Picking up where today’s titles leave off, Startup.com studies the present worried state of the Internet revolution, in which bloated ideals and dreams of quick wealth have been ousted by strict economic realities and broken promises.

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19. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

It’s not where you’re from, but where you’re going.

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10 | Director: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan

Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla

Summary: A movie on an 18 years old Mumbai teen, who grew up in the slums, turns into a participant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

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20. Steve Jobs (2015)

IMDb Rating: Not Yet Released. | Director: Danny Boyle

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen

Summary: A dramatized account of events surrounding the trials and triumphs of a modern day genius, the late CEO of Apple Inc. Steven Paul Jobs.

21. The Call of the Entrepreneur (2007)

The Call of the Entrepreneur (2007)

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10 | Director: Simon Scionka

Stars: Peter Boettke, George Gilder, Samuel Gregg

Summary: It’s a movie based on the stories of three entrepreneurs: A failing dairy farmer, a merchant banker, and an author joins Michael Novak, George Gilder and other experts in exploring how entrepreneurs shape our world.

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22. The Chef (2005)

The Chef (2005)

“I may not do everything great in my life, but I’m good at this. I manage to touch people’s lives with what I do and I want to share this with you.” – The Chef Movie

IMDb Rating: 5.7/10 | Director: Mats Arehn

Stars: Kjell Bergqvist, Henrik Lundström, Peter Viitanen

Summary: This movie is based on the journey of a professional chef who resigns his job at a prominent café after rejecting to compromise his inventive integrity and then starts his own food truck business with the help of his colleague and son.

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23. The Forrest Gump (1994)

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10 | Director: Robert Zemeckis

Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

Life is like a box of chocolates … you never know what you’re gonna get.

Summary: “Forrest Gump” is a movie based on the story of a man who rose beyond his challenges, and who proved that willpower, courage, and love are essential than ability.

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24. The Godfather (1972)

IMDb Rating: 9.2/10 | Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

Summary: It’s one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo’s Novel, emphases on the powerful Italian-American crime family. When the don’s youngest son, Michael, reluctantly joins the Mafia, his policy of legitimizing the family business is revolutionary, and he works to implement that strategy professionally and brutally. Even though he’s finally unsuccessful, his early optimism is motivating and inspiring.

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25. The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10 | Director: Lasse Hallström

Stars: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal

Summary: Hassan Kadam is a talented and largely self-taught cooking novice. When he and his family are moved from their native India and settle in an old-fashioned French village, they decide to open an Indian restaurant. Conversely, Madame Mallory, the proprietress of a hailed restaurant, strongly objects. War explodes between the two launches until Mallory identifies Kadam’s inspiring epicurean gifts.

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26. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 | Director: Gabriele Muccino

Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

Life isn’t easy and we must make sacrifices.

Summary: Based on a true story about a struggling salesman named Christopher Gardner, who takes care of his son as he’s dignified to commence a life-changing professional endeavor.

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27. The Social Network (2010)

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 | Director: David Fincher

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake

“You know what’s cooler than a million dollars? a billion dollars” – The Social Network

Summary: It’s a real-life movie based on a Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, who creates the social networking site known as Facebook, but is later sued by two friends who claimed he stole their idea, and the cofounder who was later clasped out of the business.

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28. The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 | Director: Roger Donaldson

Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Iain Rea

Summary: The life story of Burt Munro, who spent years constructing a 1920 Indian motorcycle – a bike that facilitated him set the land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967. The record Munro set more than 30 years ago still has not been broken to this day.

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29. Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10 | Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it” – Jordan Belfort

Summary: This movie is based on the real-life story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall linking crime, fraud, and the federal government.

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30. Wall Street (1987)

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10 | Director: Oliver Stone

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie

Every dream has its price.

Summary: A Wall Street stockbroker, Bud Fox, is a guy with a solid desire to get to the top of success. Fox meets with Gekko, who takes him under his wing and explains his philosophy that “Greed is Good.”

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I’m sure we’ve left out a few motivating and inspiring movies that should be added to this list. Tell us by commenting below; which movie would you suggest that every entrepreneur should watch?


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