5 Movies that Will Inspire Entrepreneurs

By: First Union


5 Movies that Will Inspire Entrepreneurs

There are a ton of resources out there to help entrepreneurs get motivated, stay focused on the goal, and keep moving forward even during difficult times. From books to courses, you can certainly find an abundance of inspirational material. One such resource that many overlook: film.

A movie really can put things into perspective in surprising and often heartfelt ways. The film is a highly creative medium and because of this can go a long way toward stimulating your mind and activating that entrepreneurial imagination. Below are five films that we think every entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur should see.


This film is based on the real-life story of Joy Mangano—the woman best known for inventing the Miracle Mop. But is it a movie that focuses on more than just her invention of this kitchen must-have such that netted the title character millions. Joy also focuses on the struggle of being a woman in the world of business and the hurdles she must therefore overcome. And because she is so determined, so focuses on her goal, she ultimately does realize the success she was ultimately after.

Wall Street

Truly an iconic film, this eighties era Michael Douglas/Charlie Sheen blockbuster reveals the grittier side of what it takes to make it in the most famous financial sector in the world. Douglas's Gordon Gekko strives to succeed at any cost; while Sheen's Bud Fox must navigate the lessons learned here to figure out his future.

The Social Network

This film is the story of how the world's most famous social media site came to be. Beginning back in 2004, Facebook was an idea developed by a young Mark Zuckerberg and his then friends, who eventually became partners. Ultimately, most know that the story of this friendship ends badly with Eduardo Saverin eventually suing Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg's tale is inspiring. Despite the ups and downs and some of the behind the scenes goings-on, he did manage to become the youngest self-made billionaire ever.

Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire is the quintessential underdog who you love to root for in this popular film. He is the little guy working against the machine who would otherwise see him fade into oblivion. And with only Cuba Gooding Jr. by his side, Tom Cruise's Jerry Maguire triumphs in the end.

Glengarry Glen Ross

A behind the scenes look at New York real estate, this movie does focus on the relationships therein and how they subsequently affect the personal and professional lives of the characters. This truly is a sales film, depicting how hard it is to carve a career when you're consistently chasing bad leads.

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