Business Movies for Entrepreneurs

What do you think makes an entrepreneur different from all other people ? More money, celebrity status symbol than any ordinary employee. Every other person earns, works hard but why is the skill of entrepreneurship regarded as smartest if successful and dumbest if a failure. Is it just these things which makes an entrepreneur?
What is it that drives an entrepreneur?

Well, apart from just the ability to start a business, risk for it and make money out of it, an entrepreneur has much more. If closely looked upon they are the most creative people, out of the box thinkers and keen observers. Not easily satisfied, entrepreneurs value new ideas and can be called the most unstable group of people in our society. Since they never settle for less, they lose a million times for an overnight stardom.
At times they too feel disheartened, rejected or disappointed but they come out of it with an even larger intensity than before, with a greater optimism than even. To keep up with this dream of yours to become a successful entrepreneur and tap your creative element in brains, we here have compiled a list of movies hollywood as well as bollywood for you to learn, grow and never give up.

Hollywood business movies


IMDB rating: 9.2/10

Release date: 14 March 1972

"I'll make him an offer he can't refuse"

Successful business in one sentence. This movie is an inspiration to all the future leaders. It has not just one message but a number of them all which will directly move you. It focuses on the importance of relationships family, friends and even enemies. The movie makes young generation understand ethical as well as unethical means  to deal with situations which today or maybe tomorrow will definitely come in their way and they've to face them.


IMDB rating: 8/10

Release date: 15 December 2006

"Don't let anyone tell you, that you can't do something"

This movie is very close to reality. It inspires you and tells you  that if you want to be "rags to riches" in real you have to go and get whatever you want. It shows struggles in ordinary life which a common man has to face from bad luck to rejection to hard work that goes in vain it has all. The honesty of this movie will make you realise the importance of struggle and the need of  patience in your way to success.

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IMDB rating: 5.9/10

Release date: 29 July 1988

"If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere"

The 1988 Tom Cruise starring film shows a bartender with high aspirations who reads books all the time. The story is a mix of drama and romance. It shows how valuable an idea is. An entrepreneur is not who works only if the things come out as per him and his ideal choices but is the one who can make his idea work anywhere. Even a bartender can then become a bar owner. And even a shopkeeper is an entrepreneur because he believes in his idea and in the best way can deliver it.


IMDB rating: 8.7/10

Release date: 12 September 1990

If You're Part Of A Crew, Nobody Ever Tells You That They're Going To Kill You"

The 1990 drama-crime film discusses the mob life in New York and gives you a number of lessons too. Through the dirty drug business, average life it gives you
Some important lesson  which include not running away from work, value of words, promises and money.
Also, it highlights the need for humour as a must requirement in order to live the good life. Laughing on mistakes, on situations makes them easier to deal with and if not at least you had a good laugh.

Social Network

IMDB rating: 7.7/10

Release date: 12 November 2010

"Ideas have no value"

The movie is based upon Mark Zuckerberg the founder of facebook. It shows an 18 yr old old boy learning real business. He learns about the darker side of business when his idea is stolen. Protecting your ideas in the corporate world and planning for the worst is what an entrepreneur must always be ready for. Also that Ideas have no value, what matters is applying them in real world.

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Fight Club

IMDB rating: 8.8/10

Release date: 21 September 1999

We buy things we don't need with the money we don't have to impress people we don't like.

This movie may not teach you any business lesson, but an important life lesson. The movie was a total flop at the time of it's release. However, people later realized the art of this movie. The movie depicts the life of a person who have everything, a good job, apartment, money, etc. But still struggles to be happy. He is going through many mental problems. Later, he meets a man who teach him how to live life. This movie tells us how mafia group born and what can happen if you are not happy with your life. The movie take an interesting turn at the end. It is full of mystery, you just don't realize it till the end.

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Bollywood Business Movies

IMDB rating: 7.8/10

Release date: 12 January 2007

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it! If you can dream it, you can become it!"

The movie has the lead as Gurukant Desai who is courageous and knows his real worth. The character is inspired by the most successful entrepreneur of India Dhirubai Ambani. It has elements of weakness, cheating and struggles.
The most important lesson it has for the young entrepreneurs is self confidence. Do what you want to and  not what others want you to. Which is one of the key principle of any business. Being confident in your decisions and taking charge is what  entrepreneurship us all about.


IMDB rating: 7.2/10

Release date: 10 December 2010

"Let's first become the king of small budget weddings"

This movie was an interesting mixture of personal and professional scenarios and the importance of cooperation. The best message it delivers is that no work is small and to become large one day you have to first begin with small moves. The movie became an inspiration for event and wedding planners. Dedication to one customer at a time and taking good care of them creates reputation for a business and image is an important element of any startup. Loyalty, teamwork and innovation all come as a lesson in the film.


IMDB rating: 6.5/10

Release date: 7 July 2006

When a single person's work ... is spoiled by 50 people together, sitting on a table ... that is called corporate.

The Bipasha Basu starrer movie is the only movie which strongly depicts the negative traits of the corporate life. Unethical means like stealing of contents and ideas by which businesses run are shown. The movie is a near to representation of how Asian businesses works. The question of morality and values is also raised in the movie.


IMDB rating: 7.7/10

Release year: 1976

This movie first came in 1976 and it has a setting in the rural India. The complications faced by the veterinary Dr. Rao in setting up a milk cooperative for the villagers which disturbs the socio economic condition of the village is shown. The hindi feature film becomes a great  and earliest example of entrepreneurship
In India. Depictions of gender problems, caste discriminations and lack of support are evident in this 1976, Girish Karnad and Smitha Patil starring film.

ROCKET SINGH - Salesman of the year

IMDB rating: 7.5/10

Release date: 11 December 2009

This movie though was not able to generate a lot of revenue but it is a must watch for any young entrepreneur. It discusses some of the most significant key elements of businesses. It has lessons of hard work which makes each one of us understand the value of knowledge  and aptitude and not just bookish degrees. The importance of learning willingly any kind if work. Providing the best quality services and satisfying customers is the necessary and most important goal of a business or startup.

Movies are depictions of real life only and there's a lot to learn from them. Some may inspire you  while some may make you think twice. All these movies have a spirit of entrepreneurship that a budding entrepreneur  who believes in  value entertainment will definitely relate to.

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About Shubham Kumar

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