Top 10 Movies for Entrepreneurs and Startups

We are going to start a new category of blog posts which will be released every week on Wednesdays, the name of this category is “Top 10” and every week we’ll add a new post displaying the top 10 items for blank. The first post for this new category is Top 10 Movies for Entrepreneurs. I am sure that by now most of you have already watched the movies below, if not, then I hope you take the time to watch them, they are really good and are categorized as being entrepreneurial movies for different reasons explained below.

I know that there are many really good movies that didn’t make it in this list, then again, these are the top 10 according to Please use the comment’s section to add any of your favorite entrepreneurial movies that didn’t make it to the list. If you have ideas for other top 10 lists, please let us know!

The movies are ordered by release date in ascending order:

Citizen Kane

1- Citizen Kane (1940)

Director: Orson Wells

Message: Overwhelming success sometimes brings overwhelming sacrifices.

Summary: Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

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Baby Boom2- Baby Boom (1987)

Director: Charles Shyer

Message: People can find success in business by making decisions based on their values and priorities. J.C.’s experience and knowledge perfectly position her to take her small startup to regional and national success.

Summary: The life of super-yuppie J.C. is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a baby from a distant relative.

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Wall Street3- Wall Street (1987)

Director: Oliver Stone

Message: Greediness has its price.

Summary: A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.

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Tucker: The Man & His Dream

4- Tucker: The Man & His Dream (1988)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Message: Fight hard, follow your big dreams and learn how to deal with failure.

Summary: The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

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Jerry Maguire5- Jerry Maguire (1996)

Director: Cameron Crowe

Message: This movie teaches you a lot of things about honesty, loyalty and failure. There is also the great message about courage and consistency to reach success.

Summary: When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him.

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Pirates of Silicon Valley

6- Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

Director: Martyn Burke

Message: Inspiration is powerful. Watch it and be inspired.

Summary: History of Apple and Microsoft.

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E-Dreams7- E-Dreams (2001)

Director: Wonsuk Chin

Message: Not all ideas will become the Next Big Thing.

Summary: An in-depth look at the highs and lows of a dot com. The movie follows the founders of as they raise money and file for IPO. But no one has predicted the market crash in April 2000.

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Startup.com8- (2001)

Director: Chris Hegedus, Jehane Noujaim

Message: Startups are a rollercoaster.

Summary: Traces the birth and failure of new media company

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Antitrust9-Antitrust (2001)

Director: Chris Hegedus, Jehane Noujaim

Message: Doing a startup is cooler than working at a corporation.

Summary: A computer programmer’s dream job at a hot Portland-based firm turns nightmarish when he discovers his boss has a secret and ruthless means of dispatching anti-trust problems.

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The Social Network10- The Social Network (2010)

Director: David Fincher

Message: Stop finding excuses, make something happen.

Summary: Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking website that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

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