Hollywood can sometimes exaggerate too much the struggle of entrepreneurs on the big screen.

But it is clear that in many cases, the best way to reflect reality is through fiction.

If you want to become your own boss and run a successful business, there will be times when your path will be hard; You will find obstacles that may discourage you, or make it harder for you to continue.

It is in those moments when you must have more confidence in yourself, and more you will need an inspiration that gives you the strength to not give up until you reach the top.

And the 13 entrepreneur films that I share below are the perfect medicine for adventurers like you who want to change the world through their great ideas.

So go to the kitchen, prepare a bucket of popcorn, and enjoy these inspiring stories!

13 best entrepreneur films for motivation:


1. The Wolf of Wall Street

This film directed by Martin Scorsese, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, tells the incredible story of Jordan Belfort, a New York broker with unparalleled intelligence and cunning.

His skills and talent earned him one of the most expensive houses in the world.

However, this man is perhaps the best example of what ambition and excesses can do with a successful person.

Why should you see it? 

There are many reasons why you should see this tape as soon as possible if you have not done so yet.

This film will teach you how to sell, to have confidence in yourself as a leader, and to recognize the talent of those around you.

But you will also learn that money is not everything, and that reaching the top is not enough: you must be careful not to corrupt yourself and know how to maintain your position.

2. Pirates of Silicon Valley

This film, which was shot only for television in 1999, has been the inspiration for many years for an entire generation of people who wanted to start their own businesses.

In it, you can see the beginnings and the great rivalry of two great computer entrepreneurs of the twentieth century: Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft) and Steve Jobs (creator of Apple).

Why should you see it? 

These two men are truly inspiring, and their struggle and passion for the products they created will motivate you tremendously.

But if there is a clear conclusion that can be drawn from it is that, although there are times when it is very hard, the competition can be an incredible stroke of luck for you that will push you to improve your business to be number one.

3. Citizen Kane

A film for entrepreneurs quite old (it was released in 1941), but today is still seen in many business schools and journalism for its great lesson.

It tells the life of Charles Foster Kane, a fictional character who is actually inspired by William Randolph Hearst, one of the greatest tycoons in the press of all time.

Why should you see it?

Kane’s search for power and money has no limits in this film.

And although creating a successful business must be an important goal for you, the protagonist of this film will teach you that there are things with a much greater value in life.

4. Joy

Sometimes it is difficult to find films in which the protagonist is a strong entrepreneur woman where her success story is told.

Fortunately, Hollywood is giving more importance to the female genre, and one of the most recent examples is the movie Joy (2015).

Inspired by real events, tells the story of Joy Mangano, a young woman with three children who decides that she will not be a simple worker throughout her life.

Encouraged by her father, she invented the Miracle Mop, a type of cotton fringe mop, which will be followed by other products that make Joy become a remarkable inventor of household products.

Why should you see it? 

This movie will make you realize that it does not matter if you are male or female, or in the circumstances in which you find yourself.

If you really want to achieve something in life, and you are willing to strive and fight for it, no one can stop you.

5. The pursuit of happyness

Another film based on real events, only here the story of Chris Gardner is told.

It is one of the most inspiring and motivating success stories for entrepreneurs, which tells how a father, taking care of only his son, and going through the worst of situations, gets the job he wants thanks to his tenacity.

Why should you see it? 

Although Chris stayed on the street, he did not stop fighting for his dream to have a better future for his son.

And that passion and that sacrifice is something that you, as an entrepreneur, must also be willing to give if you want your dreams to come true.

6. Wall Street

The character of Gordon Gekko has gone down in history as one of the most infamous and greedy of the big screen.

The movie Wall Street shows how Bud Fox, an apprentice Gekko who admires this investor, will do anything to be like him, including making unethical and questionable decisions.

Why should you see it?

The goal of an entrepreneur is not just to become rich and famous, so do not sell yourself solely for the money.

7. Flash of genius

An excellent film less known than the others, but that teaches a really important lesson to anyone who wants to become an entrepreneur.

Actor Greg Kinnear plays Bob Kearns, real-life inventor of the car windshield, who offers his invention to Detroit factories but they never recognized him as the author of the product.

For that reason, he had hard legal battles with the different corporations that “stole” his intellectual property.

Why should you see it?

This movie will make you see that one of the most successful businesses you can start is one that tries to improve some aspect of people’s lives.

But, whatever your business idea, you should always protect it as well as your intellectual property.

8. Coco avant Chanel

Another entrepreneur film in which the protagonist is, nothing more and nothing less, than the legendary Coco Chanel, one of the most iconic designers of all time.

It tells the origin of this French woman, and how she had to overcome many difficulties for being a woman to enter the prestigious world of fashion in her time.

All an example of overcoming and rebellion against the stupid rules that sometimes prevent us from moving forward.

Why should you see it? 

It does not matter if you’re a man or a woman. What you should value about this movie is that the only opinion that really should matter to you is yours.

If you believe in something, pursue it, and do not stop until you have achieved it.

9. The social network

Who is not curious to know how Facebook started, one of the largest companies that exist at the moment? Watching this movie you will know how it all began.

It is true that some parts have been exaggerated enough, but the essence of how Mark Zuckerberg started this social network is well reflected on the screen.

It is impressive to see how this boy at such a young age went from being a Harvard student to a millionaire businessman.

Why should you see it? 

With this ribbon, you will have keys to start your own company, and you will see that the sky is the limit when it comes to developing a great business idea (even if you make enemies along the way).

10. Steve Jobs

Many films have been made about Steve Jobs. And all of them are good to motivate you if what you want the inspiration to create your own business.

But my favorites (and the ones I recommend you see) are Jobs and Steve Jobs: one last thing.

The first is a film starring Ashton Kutcher where the origins of this entrepreneur are told since he left the university to form his business in the garage of his house until he achieved success with Apple.

Steve Jobs: One last thing is a documentary that captures the ups and downs of this man that undoubtedly revolutionized our current lives.

Why should you see it? 

Although you do not like it very much, there is no doubt that this man is an example to follow, and that he can learn great lessons from watching any movie based on his biography.

11. The Call of the entrepreneur

This documentary follows the trail of a banker, a milk producer, and a refugee from China who aspire to reach the top of their lives.

Why should you see it? 

Because it shows the great importance that entrepreneurs have in the world and in the development of the economy and civilization.

And, in addition, it will teach you that it does not matter where you were born, or how poor or wealthy you are: in your way obstacles will arise, but with your strength and determination, you will be able to overcome them.

12. Something Ventured

Another documentary that does not teach as such the life of an entrepreneur, but a risk investor in Silicon Valley that invests its capital in new technology companies.

Why should you see it? Understanding how investors think, work and act can be very useful if your business needs financing, and you should contact and talk with one of these people.

13. Jerry Maguire

Another great movie for entrepreneurs also based on real events.

In it, the protagonist of the story (a representative of American football stars) sees how everyone starts to give side and rejects him for not getting a major signing for your company.

In the end, he has no choice but to leave his job, but he does not settle for that: he decides to revive his prestige by creating his own representation business, although he knows that along the way he will face great obstacles to achieve it.

Why should you see it? When you follow a dream, everything else will fit perfectly in both your professional and personal life. That’s the great lesson Jerry Maguire teaches us throughout the film.

What other entrepreneur films have inspired you that are not on this list? Leave me a comment below to share with me.

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