Movies are great, and a good film can inspire an entrepreneur in need of some motivation or relaxation. Whether you're looking for inspiration or you just need to take a break, check out these titles for some inspiring, motivating, thought-provoking and sometimes straight up insane entertainment.
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The Social Network
This reenactment of Facebook's creating and rise to the top is a classic for young entrepreneurs. Working out of his dorm room as a Harvard undergrad and computer genius, Mark Zuckerberg begins his work on his new concept that eventually turns into the internet behemoth that is Facebook. Just six years later he's one of the youngest billionaires ever, but his rise to the top carried some bad blood with it, leading to both personal and legal complications that gets him slammed with two major lawsuits, one of them involving his former best friend and co-founder.
The Wolf of Wall Street
This movie about a crazy true story is a cocktail of madness. In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune ($49 MILLION dollars in his first year) by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.
Love him or hate him, Jordan Belfort is one of the best salesmen in history, and even though he used his skills in a spectacularly unethical way, this is definitely worth working for entrepreneur wanting to make it big out of nothing. Just do it ethically of course!
One of the more recent films and also based on a ridiculous true story is War Dogs. These young hustlers figure out how to make tens of millions of dollars from war, without stepping foot on the battle field. With the war in Iraq raging on, Efraim Diveroli offers childhood friend David Packouz a chance to make big bucks by becoming an international arms dealer. Together, they exploit a government initiative that allows businesses to bid on U.S. military contracts. Starting small allows the duo to rake in money and live the high life. They soon find themselves in over their heads after landing a $300 million deal to supply Afghan forces, a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people. A movie full of excitement, energy, stress, madness and backstabbing, this is worth a watch!
Another recent film is the modern-day version of Rocky Balboa, an evergreen motivational tale about commitment, overcoming failure, dedicating and passion. Adonis Johnson never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky's help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen. This is one motivating movie!
The Pursuit of Happyness
Well obviously this movie was going to make it. This true story is one of the best movies of all time for entrepreneurs and people with a dream.Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner, and after being evicted from their apartment, he and his young son find themselves alone with no place to go. Even though Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, the position pays no money. The pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son. This movie and story is a true testament to believing in yourself, never giving up, and protecting your dream no matter what anybody says. Inspiring.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
This is a sequel to the classic movie 'Wall Street'. If you've never seen it, watch that first! Now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law, an idealistic stock broker, when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire. Is he still the selfish, cunning and evil man he once was? Or has he changed for the better? Who knows - you'll have to find out!
You've got a decent amount of viewing time when checking out all of these six movies, but they're all worth watching! Whether you find them motivating, inspiring or just downright insane, you'll definitely get something out of each one. Happy watching!