Why should an entrepreneur watch films? Because films teach important lessons. Films inspire you to cross the hurdles and remain optimistic in your entrepreneurial journey. Today, we pick the five best films an entrepreneur should watch. Make sure you have them in your list!
1.The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Director: Gabriel Muccinno
Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith
This well-paced, emotional bio-pic drama tells the story of a person’s struggles and how he turns everything in his favour, battling the bitter episodes of fate and life. Spoiler Alert: It depicts how a talented entrepreneur becomes a millionaire despite being homeless and desolated.
Based on the life of American businessman, Chris Gardner, this film motivates you to think beyond the horizons and cross all the hurdles to achieve success in life.
“The world is your oyster. It’s up to you to find the pearls”- Pursuit of Happyness
2. The Social Network (2010)
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Jesie Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
It is the story of Facebook’s co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg. The film portrays the life of a young man who achieved great success even after being dumped by his girlfriend. Told in a spectacular narrative and packed with inspirational dialogues, it depicts the importance of keeping your dreams intact to succeed in business.
Though the film has been questioned for its accuracy, it teaches you to nurture your unique idea and believe in it. You cannot miss this film at any cost. Because you’re always on Facebook!
“A guy who makes a nice chair doesn’t owe money to everyone who has ever built a chair”- The Social Network
3. Rocky (1976)
Director: John. G. Avildsen
Cast : Sylvester Stallone , Burt Young, Carl Weathers
The academy award winning film portrays the life of an underdog who accepts challenge of a heavyweight boxing champion and win people’s heart in the epic fight. Rocky Balboa, the title character, inspires you to the core. He is an epitome of perseverance and hard work.
It could be said that there’s nothing entrepreneurial in this film. But it definitely teaches you one thing- to keep fighting even when the whole world turns against you. Just watch it and you will get inspired forever!
“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward” – Rocky
4. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Director: Frank Darabont
Cast : Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
This is undoubtedly one of the greatest movies of all time. It portrays the lives of two prisoners who share a deep bond.
The lead characters, played by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, stay in your mind forever. You can’t just get rid of them. The film depicts the value of perseverance. It indeed persuades you to dream even in the most desperate times and make the impossible happen.
Every time you watch this movie you learn something new. Yes, it’s an instant inspiration if you’re having troubles with your professional life!
“Get busy living, or get busy dying” – The Shawshank Redemption
5. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey
This biographical film based on the life of American stock broker Jordan Belfort takes you to the greedy world of the stock market.
Jordan, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, will teach you what an entrepreneur shouldn’t do in a business. The film exposes the dark underbelly of stock market business that involves and fraudery and infidelity.
Though the film maintains a humorous tone throughout the narrative, it persuades you to be vigilant. Most importantly, it teaches some valuable lessons about the pitfalls in business.
“Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself” – The Wolf of Wall Street
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