Got milk? Or even some spare time? I’m assuming you do if you are reading this post. No worries! You’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled a list of the best business movies & TV shows (that I’ve seen).
Best Business Movies:
Pirates of Silicon Valley
Good artists create…great artists steal. Mac vs PC. Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates the battle that started it all!
What you learn: Stealing is good? Lock down your intellectual property. Get to the market first.
The Social Network
The Social Network is about the birth of some new social network called Facebooks or Facingbooks, I forget. Anyway, it follows whiz kid Mark Zuckerberg and the rise of his internet juggernaut. It also takes you through some of the fierce courtroom battles he had. A very interesting point of view!
What you can learn: There are a lot of what not-to-do’s in there.
Based on a true story, Ewan McGregor plays Nick Leeson who ended up losing £800 million by gambling on stocks. Crazy true story!
What you can learn: Get inspired by stock trading. Learn a bit of what not to do.
From posters it looked like a movie about the cheesiest happy family. Hugh Grant would have fitted in well. I was guilty of judging this book by its cover (it’s actually still a movie just seemed like a suitable saying to use). This movie is about a fake family hired by a marketing company to infiltrate middle-class suburbia . There is laughter, there are tears, and a drop of brutal killing.
What you can learn: Subtle marketing. A.k.a undercover marketing.
Clotaire Rapaille Reptilian Marketing
A scary insight into the deep, deep, psychological capabilities of marketing. Clotaire Rapaille is a marketing freak (actual freak, both good and bad).
What you can learn: The psychology of marketing.
Raw footage following an internet start-up during the year 2000 internet bubble. Tense and inspiring.
What you can learn: What goes up, sometimes comes down fast…really fast. As well as the importance of structure when scaling a company.
Slick talking, cash monies, and fast cars. A few bits and pieces in between.
What you can learn: Hmmm nothing much…you might get a little inspired. But this is just an easy sit back on a Sunday afternoon movie to get you motivated for the next working week.
*Updated due to an overwhelming recommendation.*
Glengarry Glen Ross
Never seen it before! With the amount of recommendations it must be awesome.
What you can learn? Not sure yet…
Wall Street (1987)
About a rookie stockbroker who spends his days cold-calling from a cubicle and his nights in a roach invested motel. He then meets his idol the infamous trader Gordon Gecko…things go nuts.
What you can learn? How messed up the economy is. Greed is good?
- Am I missing any good ones? (Wall Street (2010) doesn’t make the cut I’m sorry.)