Top 15 Motivational Movies Every Entrepreneur MUST watch

Like industrial revolution, this is the era of Entrepreneurship revolution.  It can get a lot tougher than you might have expected in the world of entrepreneurship and business. There might be many rough patches along the way and you may feel to just quit it and ‘Give Up’. But I believe that perseverance does pay off in the long run. All you need is a change in your perspective of how you accept and believe in things. Get introduced to your friend in helping you do so – Motivational Movies!

Motivational Movies For Entrepreneurs

You need motivation daily to get your today’s expected mark completed. Motivation to finish off your long-struck deal. And sometimes it just gets harder than ever just to feel inspired to finish it off as you have planned. That’s when you need an inspirational push. Movies have always been, and will continue to inspire many people around the world. Movies have the potential to inspire you to no bounds with slick storytelling and background score that gives a boot to get up and start working. How good does it sound that you can watch these positive motivational movies and become a better entrepreneur!

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Top Motivational movies every entrepreneur MUST watch for their dose of inspiration.



I just finished watching this movie, and first thing I’m doing is updating this post. Nightcrawler is one such movie, which every entrepreneur with great vision should watch it. This movie is little brutal, but acting by Jake Gyllenhaal will keep you surprised. This movie is about a struggling guy who was looking for a job, but he couldn’t get one. The guy found a window of job opportunity when he saw a live crime journalism, and he started doing the same for the living. What you will learn from the movie is, how one can do anything without much background, how art of persuasion and negotiation can take you to the place. How focusing on your positives, and improving on them will make you limitless. Go watch this movie all by yourself, and come back to share your thoughts.

And the last line is something which will make you remember this movie forever:

The Social network (2010)

The social network was a Hollywood blockbuster released in 2010. It was based on the fairy-tale rise of Mark Zuckerberg and his startup – Facebook. The social network remains on top for inspiration because of its deft storytelling and brilliant background score.

This is a good movie on taking your idea from dreams to reality. The movie also teaches a lot on scaling a company from your dorm room to a Billion users! Although the accuracy of this movie has been questioned, it doesn’t matter, it is a great source of inspiration for all entrepreneurs. Here is one of the best line from the movie:

Pirates of silicon valley (1999)

The pirates of Silicon Valley is again a well-crafted movie basically covering Bill Gates’ success of Microsoft and Steve Jobs’ Apple. Both were no doubt ‘The Best Pirates!’ and this movie says the exact same. The movie is a take on the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates since their very early days.

Noah Wyle did a great job in portraying young Steve Jobs in this made-for-television movie.

The pursuit of happyness (2006)

This is one of my favorite motivational movies and the best movie on never giving up. This movie gives you goosebumps and tears with Will Smith’s amazing portrayal of Chris Gardner. This is a movie based on a true story published by Chris himself as a memoir. It was a best-selling book and also a blockbuster movie. It adds a sense of reality due to the Italian director and no Hollywood cheese!

Never give up, no matter what; is given a shout out in a simple yet effective fashion.

The Shawshank redemption (1994)

Oldie-goldie and again, needs to be on the top of the motivational movies list! One of the IMDB’s All-time Top 10 movies. Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. The protagonist Andy Duffrene manages to make the best out of a very bad situation(being imprisoned for a false murder) and through perseverance manages to achieve more than he ever thought possible.

“Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.”

Forrest Gump (1994)

A beautiful story about a simple man. This is a story about a simple man with good intentions, who accidentally becomes a phenomenal success just by living his life he knows best. He wins medals, becomes a professional ping-pong player, takes up running, owns a huge shrimping company and inspires people all across the country.

The story revolves around the simple nature of Forrest and how he appeals the entire world as he proves that you don’t have to be a genius to achieve something, all that you need to do is just try. My favorite quote from the movie:

Moneyball (2011)

This movie is about Oakland A and its general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt). The team is an underdog and also lacks a lot financially. The team has nothing but lowest salary available for players in Baseball. Apart from that, all of his star players are picked up by bigger teams. Now he needs to look at how to create a winning team without class that money can buy.

This movie shows entrepreneurs to take an innovative approach to an existing way of doing business and beat your competition, with little to no money.

The Godfather (1972)

Again, The Godfather is one of the Top 10 All time hit movies in IMDB and the most critically acclaimed films of all time. This movie is a story about the growth of a small family business and fighting off opposition at any expense, how it changes through time until the business becomes the largest organized crime family in New York City.

The father and his son Corleone are the brains behind the operations and they show what it takes to get to the top and stay there. One of the must-watch motivational movies for learning to from the masters on how to stay on the top. You don’t have to follow the line of being illegal, but there is still a lot to learn from the movie. And you can’t resist yourself from tweeting below line from the movie:

The wall street (1987)

This a movie on business and greed. The story is about an ambitious young stockbroker, Bud Fox. He has and does everything in his power to succeed, even that means a little insider trading. Insider trading is a reprehensible crime and yet that doesn’t fear him. He meets with Gordon Gecko and takes over his life with the ‘Greed is good’ motto in doing business.

Rocky (1976)

This is a true underdog story of Rocky Balboa who is given the chance to fight the Heavyweight Champ. He has an opportunity in hand to make a better life for himself by going head to head with the challenge and winning the prize.

This movie teaches a lot about the competitive spirit and would inspire you more to get up and beat your competition (not literally!).

Jerry McGuire (1996)

This is a movie based on a true story, that shows just what it takes to stay at the top. The protagonist is faced with rejection and his people turning their backs on him while making the leap of faith and quitting his full time job. Slowly, he is identifies the best road for him to follow, and ultimately ends up being successful in both business and life. (2001) is an excellent documentary on the internet gold rush of the late 1990’s. This documentary has all the necessary ingredients to learn a few great lessons on the internet bubble. Rise in competition, lifelong friendships on the line and do-or-die ambition all combine to form a deadly cocktail for an internet startup.

Something ventured (2011)

If you happen to be an entrepreneur looking forward to exploring the Venture Capitalists, avenue, this documentary is the right fit for you. Something Ventured is a documentary movie based on the perspective of the Venture Capitalists who were the first in the industry in Silicon Valley.

Boiler room

Although this movie is most likely inspired by the original Wall Street, still here are a few tips for the salesman in you! Inspire the salesman in you with this movie and guide your business to profits. Again, one of the must watch motivational movies for the salesman in you.

Office space (1999)

Everyone who hates work raise your hands! If you were one, Office Space is definitely a movie for you. Everyone hates work! Who doesn’t? Want a move that will want you to get out of a desk job in the corporate world, then this is it! This is one of the must watch motivational movies for those who hate work.

This movie is about a story on Peter Gibbons. He is the one who can’t help but be promoted as he starts to slack off and do things his way, but there arises trouble as his new careless nature starts to cause him stealing from the company.

Ctrl-alt-compete (2011)

Ctrl+Alt+Compete is one of the documentary movie with the most up-to-date insight into the modern startup industry. Take a look into the Highs, the lows, the harsh realities of the Startup world. This movie is a reality check on the illusions of the Startup industry.

Apart from these movies, TED videos are highly recommended to give you much needed push to start and finish anything. One of the movie that I highly recommend is “The secret”. This movie will not only help you to build the positive outlook, it will change your perception and will help you to live a meaningful and happy life. If you are one of those who lacks patience, I highly recommend you to watch “The pursuit of happyness” and “127 hours”.

This is my list of inspirational movies, and I’m sure there are many more movies which must have motivated you, do share your list via comments. Which are your favorite motivational movies for inspiration? Share your thoughts and comments below. If you find this list useful, do share it on Facebook and Google plus.

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A Shouter whose articles got mentions from the likes of The New York Times, Kissmetrics and AllTopStories. He writes articles, novels and poems; spends most of his time reading everything he could get his hands on. Srikanth is currently pursuing his Masters from The University of Illinois and holds a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai. He is a programmer, a motivational writer and speaker.


COMMENTs ( 47 )

  1. ayush says

    Nice movie collection, I also watched most of them. I think u should add the jobs(2013) based on steve jobs, it is quite motivating

  2. says

    Hello Srikanth, thanks for your good listing here. Really good and motivational movies for business person. Going to check them one by one. Again thanks a lot

    Happy Friday

  3. Shiva Reddy says

    I got bored.. doing all kind of things for my blog.. and i taught of seeing any movie…
    and while i’m searching. for inspirational movies/ videos .. i found this article..
    this is very interesting.. i didn’t saw few movies from this list..
    “The Social Network ” i almost saw this movie for 5 times.. very nice movie..
    and for now i’ll see these movies.. :D

  4. says

    Nice post.. What I believe that reading books or watching movies may help up to some extent or help you stay motivated, but qualities of business comes from inner self. Focus, dynamism, planning can be the key factors. How can we forget rags to riches stories of our nation.

    • says

      Hello Twinkle,

      Yes, definitely, Business and Entrepreneurship are something related to innate abilities. But the impact of books and movies should never be underestimated. We represent a large part of what we read and what we watch. How we choose to spend our free time says a lot about us. Thank you for your comment.

  5. Sumit Brijwani says

    Thanks for this wonderful list of movies.Mr Harsh u r my true inspiration.Sir i am also making sports and technology based blogging website i have given the name above.Kindly please guide me.I will wait for your reply.

  6. Deependra says

    The Wolf of Wall street and Rush are also awesome inspirational movies that deserves a place in the list anyway great list! Have watched most of them!

    • says

      Hello Deependra,

      Yes, definitely The Wolf of Wall Street and Rush are two great movies, directed wonderfully. Thanks for your comment. Glad you find this article useful.

  7. Mayank wadhwa says

    You can also include some Bollywood movies like Iqbal, Rocket singh salesman of the year, Guru.. BTW thanks for the list which i was finding to watch :)

    • says

      Hello Mayank,

      Yes, those are some amazing inspirational movies for Bollywood fans. Would be doing a post on the same sometime soon. Thank you for your comment.

  8. Anubhav Gupta says

    Hey srikanth,

    Really awesome collection you create here. Ultimate way to make funny thing in this blogosphere. so keep it up.

    Most worst thing is that i didn’t see a single movie among them. si, i’m going to see some of them.


  9. says

    Nice collection buddy thanks for sharing with us . Goosebump sharted in my stomach after watching these trailers. Specially for Ctrl-alt-compete (2011)

  10. says

    Hi Srikanth AN. I read your post the collection are really awesome. Forest Gump and Pursuit of Happiness are the best. They are mine personal favorite. . I will try looking for more of your collections.

    • says

      Hello Kamal,

      Yes, those two are among the best movies ever made in Hollywood. Thank you for your comment. Glad that you find this article useful.

  11. Alvi says

    nice collection of motivational movies, all of those movies are awesome
    but my favorite is Top Secret, a motivational movie from Thailand :)

  12. Sayyed Parvez says

    Hi Srikant,
    This is an interesting post. The list of the movies have revived the memories. I have watched the movie ‘The pursuit of happyness (2006)’ thrice. Its definitely a heart touching movie and also very inspirational. Thanks for the post.!!!

  13. Akhil says

    Now that’s what i call innovative thinking. There’s certainly great minds on this blog. Pursuit of Happiness and Shawshank Redemption where really inspiring

  14. Abhijit Guha says

    Wow awesome list, watched The Social network.
    Downloading Pirates of silicon valley.

    Please make a list of Bank Robbery movies like #NOWYOUSEEME

  15. jeff moore says

    I am so thankful to you for sharing such a great leagends movies . All are so insperitional
    and motivational movies.. One who loose there inner faith and strength must watch all and boost-up yourself.

  16. Mayank says

    Nice of you to share a list of inspiring movies. I don’t know if you have watched it or not but October Sky truly deserves a place in the list.

  17. Mic johns says

    Hey Srikant,

    Pursuit of happiness and wall street….awesom… i m doing full time job in a borking firm and dont know about other…. when i m depress i think my self in place of will of pursuit and my boss as douglas of wall street….. brother it gives tremendous confidence in this bad scenario of market… really

  18. josie says

    Now that’s what i call innovative thinking. There’s certainly great minds on this blog. Pursuit of Happiness and Shawshank Redemption where really inspiring

  19. Anil Agarwal says

    I seen The pursuit of happyness sometime back and I really love this movie. I’m going to try watching one or two of the shared movies in this weekend.

  20. rakesh kumar says

    Very Good collection of movies for entrepreneurs. Let me confess here, only few were known to me. Thanks for posting this list. Keep it up

  21. Lisa says

    Srikanth, those are some of my favorite movies- the best is Jerry Maguire, seen it many times. I also loved Wall St and Forrest Gump. I’ve yet to see the Pirates of Silicon Valley or Something Ventures, they will be on my to do list. Thanks for sharing these.

    • says

      Jerry Maguire is good but The pirates of silicon valley is the best. I have seen it many times again and yet never get bored. The story of Apple, Microsoft and their fierce rivalry is awe inspiring!

  22. Rana Irfan says

    Hi Srikanth AN. i read your post. many point in this post i like very much. thanks for sharing such kind of post with us.

  23. ravi kumar says

    Awesome collections. I also watched some of them like social networking. I am an internet marketer.