Here are 10 Oscar-worthy movies every entrepreneur should see :–
(1) UP IN THE AIR ;—–Tis is a story about Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) who travels around the country with his job of ‘laying off people’ in other companies. A young, fresh employee—-Natalie Keener(Anna Kendrick) comes into the company to revolutionaries the current business model and rely solely on technology.
Why should they see it ?—– Ideas for efficiency are great, but sometimes you need to understand the entire process before looking for ways to ‘improve existing systems’.(2009)
(2) OCTOBER SKY :—–A young boy, Homes Hickman (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his friends become inspired by Sputnik’s Orbit, that he decides to learn how to build rockets. Most of the town and all believe this is a waste of time, since the boys were destined to be COALMINERS. But one teacher, Miss Riley (Laura Dern) encourages this dream and enters the boys into a NATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR with the prize being a COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP.
Why should they see it ?—– It is an inspiring story about CHANGING YOUR PATH IN LIFE TO CHASE AFTER YOUR DREAMS.(1999)
(3) MONEYBALL :—–Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), has the lowest salary available for players in Baseball. All of his star players are picked up by bigger teams and he is left to look at how to create a ‘winning team’ without the competitive edge that money can buy. The solution is to look at statistical data and pick players based on their stats alone to fill in gaps needed on his team.—Why should they see it ?
BOOTSTRAPPING is something many small business owners are accustomed to doing. This movie shows how taking on an ‘innovative approach’ to an existing way of doing business, when you have little to no money—-can beat the competition. (2011)
(4) THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS :—–Christopher Gardner (Will Smith) is trying to support his family, by selling medical devices that ‘no one wants’. He sees a chance to fight for an internship selling stocks, but it is 6 months ‘of no pay’. To make ends meet, he continues to push the medical devices and becomes homeless. But he continues down the path to obtain the career he is after.
Why should they see it ? ——This movie shows how one man overcame obstacles and worked smarter and harder than the competition. He never lost sight of the ‘end goal’ and did everything he could to realise his dreams.(2006)
(5) THE SOCIAL NETWORK :—–Harvard student, Mark Zukerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) creates Facebook in his dorm room. He is, later, sued by classmates who claim he stole their idea and a co-founder who was squeezed out by rapid moving company.
Why they should see it ?There is no denying the impact Facebook has on everyday life. This is a great story about taking the idea and turning it into the most profitable business. (2010)
(6) GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS—–A story of high pressure sales environment. When a new boss comes in, the veteran sales representatives have to ‘close more deals or lose their jobs’. One of the most famous lines from the movie—A-B-C. A—Always, B—Be, C—Closing. A—Always, B—Be, C-Closing, shares the saleman’s mantra for succeeding and closing deals.
Why they should see it ?—Entrepreneurs are sales people. They have to sell their VISION, PRODUCT, COMPANY and PURPOS in everything they do. And usually closing the sale is the most difficult part, bu IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PURSUED. (1992)
(7) PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY ——A biographical look at the men who created MICROSOFT and APPLE. It focuses on the early days of both companies and how they DIFFERED IN THEIR OPERATIONS.
Why they should see it ? —-Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have long been considered inspirational for many Entrepreneurs. This movie shows their STRUGGLES, SUCCESSES and how they became Fathers of the Tech World. (1999)
(8) ROCKY——A true under-dog story of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) who is given the chance to fight the Heavyweight Champ. He has a chance to make a better life for himself by going head-to-head with the competition and winning.
Why should they see it ?—-Most Mom-and-Pop shops are the under-dogs, compared to their Big-Box competitors. However, both can be competitive and succeed in today’s market place. (1976)
(9) TOMMY BOY—–A family business is on the brink of ‘going under’, when the owner passes away. His slow-witted and clumsy son Tommy,(Chris Farley) is left to try to save the Company, by going out on the road to ‘close sales’ and keep the Company afloat.
Why should they see it ?———This is a hysterical movie, but one lesson Entrepreneurs should take away is to HAVE A PROPER SUCCESSION PLAN IN PLACE. (1995)
(10) FLASH OF GENIUS :—–An inventor, Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear), battles with the US automakers over his device. All the auto giants embrace his invention, and it becomes a standard on all cars. However, they do not give Kearns the credit he is due, and he fights them for credit.
Why they should see it ?—–It is important to ‘protect your ideas’ from being stolen by Corporate Giants or the Competition. (2008)—
——–WHAT MOVIE WOULD YOU ADD TO THIS LIST & WHY?———CNN