79 good entrepreneur movies about hustle & important lessons

Even though we run a marketing and development blog from Entrepreneur & Business perspective I think it will be a bold move just to create a list of movies for and about entrepreneurs.

So, I researched hundreds of posts on Reddit to make this awesome compilation of entrepreneur movies.

 

Reddit based 79 entrepreneur movies

  • The Pursuit of Happiness

entrepreneur movies - The Founder

  • The Founder
    • “the story of the guy who stole McDonald’s from some dudes and turned it into a quazillion dollars franchise”
    • “I recommended it to my econ students as a great way to differentiate between a business owner and an entrepreneur.”
  • Steve Jobs
  • Jerry Maguire

entrepreneur movies - primer 2004

  • Primer
    • “beyond the obvious sci-fi aspect, I like how they handled the founders’ relationships, the role managing, communication, egos, breakthrough technology, etc.”
  • Boiler Room
  • Working Girl

entrepreneur movies - Joy 2015

  • Joy
    • “She started with a mop and ended up with a dynasty. All because she kept at it, and dealt with betrayal and failure. The scene where she didn’t like the people selling her mop because they weren’t selling the sizzle and problem is something I took a lot away from.”
  • American Gangster
  • Blow

entrepreneur movies - Lord of War 2005

  • Lord of War
    • “inspired me to start my PC repair business. He just found something he was good at that made some money and did it over and over and over again until he was rich”
  • War Dawgs
  • Best in Show
  • Moneyball

entrepreneur movies - Chef

  • Chef
    • “good movie about a guy quitting his head chef job to start up a food truck, while dealing with family shit”
  • Molly’s Game
  • The Billionaire

entrepreneur movies - Tucker

  • Tucker, The Man and His Dream
    • “Preston Tucker raised the equivalent in today’s dollars of billions before he ever built his first car. Moved the industry ahead by decades in design and safety. And in the end, it’s an American tragedy. He’s my idol and my son’s namesake.”
    • “Just finished it. Fantastic film. Was going to say he seems like the Howard Hughes of cars until Howard Hughes actually showed up in the movie. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to look into what became of these cars.”
  • The Men Who Built America
  • Thank You For Smoking
  • Glenngarry Glenn Ross

entrepreneur movies - Pirates of Silicon Valley

  • Pirates of Silicon Valley (Jobs and Gates)
    • “That movie taught me that if you know you have a good idea and can make an impact, just keep driving forward and figure out the details as you go.”
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi (#1 Restaurant in Japan)

entrepreneur movies - Halt And Catch Fire

  • Halt and Catch Fire
    • “the best series portraying entrepreneurs. Every time I watch it hurts inside because I feel so identified with them. Love it.”
  • The World’s Fastest Indian (Burt Monro, set land speed record)
  • Cinderella Man (James Braddock’s boxing career)

entrepreneur movies - Poldark

  • Poldark
    • “It’s historical but I think the ideas behind the struggle are still completely relevant today. It does a good job of conveying the anxiety that there’s always a problem. You just have to figure out how to live and prosper when all you do is trade problems for bigger problems.”
  • The Profit
  • Baby Boom
  • How to Make It in America
  • Ballers by The rock

entrepreneur movies - American Greed

  • American Greed
    • “a great show. It’s a true-crime show about white-collar scammers. But I find it is very instructive about persuasion and Influence. They had an episode about US Fidelis, a company that sold car warranties that were worthless. A friend fell for that a while back and lost like $400. Not sure if that was that specific company or another one running the same con. It was fascinating to see the behind-the-scenes details how the scheme worked. On a tangent, if you like American Greed, I highly recommend the book The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova. It’s about the psychology behind how scams work.”

  • Narcos

entrepreneur movies - Aviator

  • The Aviator
    • “Fuck me do I love that film. The scene where he gets his “expert” to prove that the cleavage scenes the board wants to disprove are not actually that revealing is an awesome hustle.”
  • Wall Street (1987)

entrepreneur movies - Flash of Genius

  • Flash Of Genius
    •  about the inventor of intermittent windshield wipers

entrepreneur movies - Risky Business

  • Risky Business
    • “Seriously, the key point is to have a product or service that is easy for the customer to understand, and there is a want/need for.”
  • Rob Roy
  • The Bicycle Thief
  • Barry Lyndon
  • House of Games
  • Nights of Cabiria

entrepreneur movies - Moneyball

  • Moneyball
    • is a movie about growth hacking the rules of the business so that you can compete with the top dogs. I watch it once a month.
  • The Second Effort
  • Ocean’s Eleven

entrepreneur movies - Whiplash

  • Whiplash
    • “Not exactly an about entrepreneurial hustle, but definitely about the hustle. I feel like it shows a lot of the things I experienced before I saw success. The almost self-destructive obsession. The (understandable) lack of understanding and support from family. The inability to connect with people that don’t share the passion because it’s all you ever think about. Failure. Success coming from a different direction than you planned for (which it almost always does).”
  • Silicon Valley

entrepreneur movies - Hustle and Flow

  • Hustle and Flow
    • A story about starting from the bottom and using what resources you already have to succeed.
    • Great movie about Billy Beane that shows the business side of baseball in using statistics to help build a better team. It also shows the change aspects of the old school baseball coaches versus this new way of thinking.
    • “I also agree, really enjoyed this film. When all odds are against you, sometimes what it takes is a different approach that could change the entire market and the ways in which things are done.”
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Pain & Gain
  • Billionaire Boys Club
  • GOLD

entrepreneur movies - Julie and Julia

  • Julie and Julia
    • “Julie and Julia is an odd one to pick, I admit, but it shows how many entrepreneurial enterprises get started in my opinion. The main lesson I learned from this one is that all the people we look up to will let us down. At the end of the day, our mentors are just people to. They aren’t required to understand our ambitions and goals. If they did, they’d have probably done it themselves.”

entrepreneur movies - Trouble with The Curve

  • Trouble with the Curve
    • “Trouble with the Curve is one of my favorite lessons. The whole movie is a lesson about the attitude in which you approach your business. But my take from it was quite different. Don’t always look in the same places as everyone else does for x, y, and z. People will always surprise you, and never overlook the talent right next to you.”
  • Better Call Saul
  • Margin Call
  • The Company Men
  • Hudsucker Proxy
  • Gold Rush

entrepreneur movies - Tommy Boy

  • Tommy Boy
    • “lo-key one of the best movies about Sales ever made”
  • Gung-Ho

entrepreneur movies - A most Violent Year

  • A Most Violent Year
    • “Great movie depicting a guy trying to grow his business in 1980s NY while sticking to his principles”
  • Scarface
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Casino Jack
  • The Smartest Guys In The Room
  • The Last Mogul
  • The Quincy Jones documentary
  • Without limits (story of Prefontaine)
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Talladega Nights
  • Walk Hard
  • The Absent Minded Professor
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids.
  • Rocket Singh

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while scrolling through endless pages of keywords I figured out that business cards are indeed a common thing for business people. So we did research 100 ideas. Competitors research showed that all compilations on Google:

  1. Have a huge volume of options. 300 items in your face!
  2. And you kinda do not understand why are you scrolling this collection.

Here is our idea: Art Director’s pick of best business cards (generally there are 6 to 20 items on a list) across various niches (read keywords).

Continue reading Lead Magnets Case Studies: Business Cards on Medium

To sum it up on entrepreneur movies

Eager to hear your thoughts and feedback on movies listed above 🙂