Summary- The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into the biggest restaurant business in the world, with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.
Summary- The accomplishments of visionaries Steve Jobs (Noah Wyle) and Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall) revolutionize the 20th century.
Summary- - As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
Summary-In 2006-2007 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.
Summary- Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
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.
Summary- When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
Summary- A villager, Gurukant Desai, arrives in Bombay 1958, and rises from its streets to become the GURU, the biggest tycoon in Indian history.
Summary- A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential
Summary- A story of a fresh graduate trying to find a balance between the maddening demands of the 'professional' way, and the way of his heart.
Summary- The tale begins in the final days of the British Raj in India. A cohort of engineering students graduate a few months before Independence. Satyapriya and Naren are among the graduate engineers. The principality of Bhawanigarh is run by a cruel and dissolute man, Vikram Singh who knows his days of absolute power are numbered. Satyapriya Acharya finds employment in Bhawanigarh, meets and marries Ranjana under peculiar circumstances. This creates huge issues in his family, in particular his grandfather who raised him. Orthodoxy of the teacher clan of the Acharyas precludes admission of Ranjana into the household. Satyapriya is the epitome of integrity, refuses to utter any untruth as a consequence of which he and his family face difficulties. It takes a death in the family to bring a reinterpretation of tradition and relationships.
Summary- A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Summary- A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.
Summary- A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.
Summary- A college dropout, attempting to live up to his father's high standards, gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm which puts him on the fast track to success. But the job might not be as legitimate as it first appeared to be.
Summary- The year is 2000 and investors are going crazy about a new mobile phone company called Riot Entertainment. Many high profile companies, like Nokia, invest millions on this unknown firm. Two years later, when all the money has been spent and the company is bankrupt, the fun is over. What happened?
Summary- Traces the birth and failure of new media company govWorks.com.
Summary- August centers on two brothers fighting to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street during August 2001, a month before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Summary- Three part documentary series that tells the story of the birth of the personal computer, with the candid recollections of PC pioneers, like Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
Summary- Revolution OS is a documentary that examines the genesis of the Open Source Movement, and explores and explains the technical and intellectual issues involved in a manner understandable to computer aficionados and non-tech heads alike.
Summary- A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.
Summary- An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.
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.
Summary- As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
Summary- An in-depth look at the highs and lows of a dot com. The movie follows the founders of Kozmo.com as they raise money and file for IPO. But no one has predicted the market crash in April 2000.
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 agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former colleague.
Summary- The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.
Summary- Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.
Summary- Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.
Summary- A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
Summary- Fyre festival was supposed to be the greatest music festival ever. Organized by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, the “luxury music festival” was promoted on Instagram by celebrities and social media influencers, including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski. The only problem? It was all a scam, devised by MacFarland who had a history of starting up fraudulent business ventures.
Summary- A fan of baseball? No? Never mind! Moneyball has less to do with baseball and more to do with Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane’s unique tactics to overcome the odds stacked against his team.Faced with limited budget, Billy Bean (Brad Pitt) decides to take the untested sabermetric approach towards building his team to achieve incredible results in the Major Baseball League (MLB).
Summary- Yet another movie about the 2007-08 financial crisis, but this time it’s from the perspective of an investment bank deep in the crisis. The plot of Margin Call revolves around key people in a large investment bank and the actions they take over a 24-hour period during the initial stages of the financial crisis.Although the fictional investment bank has no name in the movie, many believe the actions taken by the firm are too similar to the ones taken by Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch during the crisis.
Summary- Want to master the art of marketing or selling just about any product? Then Thank You for Smoking is the movie you need to watch. The plot of the movie revolves around the machinations of Big Tobacco’s chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who defends the cigarette industry in challenging situations.
Summary- Directed by Oliver Stone and featuring a great ensemble cast, including Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, and LL Cool J, Any Given Sunday offers a behind-the-scenes look at the struggles of a fictional professional American football team.Al Pacino plays a veteran coach who is facing the heat after having fallen out of favor with the team owner Christina Pagniacci (Cameron Diaz). This movie is a must-watch not just for Pacino fans, but also for budding entrepreneurs and sports enthusiasts.
Summary- The Inventor examines the rise and fall of Theranos, a multibillion dollar biotech company that was set to transform the healthcare industry. The documentary mainly revolves around Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos, and to some extent, the company’s COO Sunny Balwani.
Summary- One of the most shocking scandals in 2018 was the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal, where it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm, had harvested the personal data of millions of Facebook users without their consent and used it for political advertising purpose, including Brexit and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.The Great Hack is a documentary film that examines the Cambridge Analytica scandal through the eyes of people who were involved in it.
Summary- Becoming Warren Buffett is a documentary film about Warren Buffett and his life. The documentary examines the contrast between Warren Buffett’s expertise in investing and his personal relationship skills.
Summary- The Startup Kids is a documentary centered on interviews with young tech founders, including the founders of Vimeo, Dropbox, Soundcloud, Debito, and xsmoke. Founders relate the stories of inspiration and drive that allowed them to build creative and impactful businesses at an unusually young age. Often, the young founders are following a personal obsession as far as it will take them. Some of the information about funding and technological obstacles will seem simplistic to many viewers. But on the other hand the documentary is appropriate for family viewing, as it doesn’t get very far in the weeds.
Summary- In 1996, General Motors released the EV1 to select customers in California and Arizona. Other automakers followed. Despite initial interest, electric cars never reached wide distribution. Who Killed the Electric Car? is a slick, Martin Sheen-narrated documentary that examines each suspect, in turn: consumer demand, technological limitations, oil and car companies, as well as the second Bush administration. The movie portrays an industry unable to innovate and disrupt from within.
Summary- Moonshots are called moonshots for a reason. NASA’s drive to get a man in space and on the moon is arguably the most ambitious tech startup ever. Strapping men to an explosion-fueled rocket and pointing it toward the sky sounded like as bad of an idea in the 1950s as it does today. The Right Stuff portrays much of what a startup is about: extreme risk, the sacrifice of the individual for the larger mission, and the ultimately inexplicable drive to push the envelope. The legacy of The Right Stuff continues today, with companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic taking their own moonshots.
Summary- Chef narrates the story of a celebrated chef who after losing his job at a posh restaurant decides to open his own food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise. Every small business owner, start-up founder, and aspiring entrepreneur must watch this movie as there are more lessons including team work, management, how to convince people to work for you, negotiation, and more.
Summary- Probably the most mainstream movie of the list, it tells the story of 2 ambitious Delhiites who start a business of wedding panning. The films touches important issues like starting small, issues in a partnership, importance of vendors and keeping promises made to the customers.
Summary- Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.
Summary- The story of how a few individuals built an industry that would go on to finance nearly all of the major advancements in technology in the past 50 years with companies such as Atari, Genentech, Apple, Intel and more.
Summary- Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
Summary- Code Rush follows the people of Netscape Communications during an intense period in 1998, when it was all but certain that Microsoft had already won control of the Internet user's desktop. When all hope seems fading, a group of dedicated developers work their hardest to push out a very special release.
Summary- Andy works in marketing but wants to create something "real" so he gets a job in research with huge a pay cut. He teams with 3 nerds to develop a $99 PC for 3rd world students. Then comes the dot-com crash.
Summary- A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence takes on dangerous implications when his own consciousness is uploaded into one such program.
Summary- Chronicles Jack Harris, one of the pioneers of internet commerce, as he wrestles with his morals, and struggles not to drown in a sea of con men, mobsters, drug addicts, and porn stars.
Summary- A look at the early career of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.
Summary- The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.
Summary- A feature length documentary about the Free Kevin movement and the hacker world.
Summary- Crocodile in the Yangtze follows China's first Internet entrepreneur and former English teacher, Jack Ma, as he battles US giant eBay on the way to building China's first global Internet company, Alibaba Group. An independent memoir written, directed and produced by an American who worked in Ma's company for eight years, Crocodile in the Yangtze captures the emotional ups and downs of life in a Chinese Internet startup at a time when the Internet brought China face-to-face with the West. Crocodile in the Yangtze draws on 200 hours of archival footage filmed by over 35 sources between 1995 and 2009. The film presents a strikingly candid portrait of Ma and his company, told from the point of view of an "American fly on a Chinese wall" who witnessed the successes and the mistakes Alibaba encountered as it grew from a small apartment into a global company employing 16,000 staff. The film has traveled to 20 film festivals worldwide, winning "Best Documentary" at the San Francisco United Film Festival and "Best Film on Entrepreneurship" at the Silicon Valley Film Festival. Inc. Magazine calls Crocodile in the Yangtze "Gripping...emotional...the real-life version of The Social Network!" Business Insider calls the film "Thrilling...Entertaining...Incredible!"
Summary- Set in the early 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas' Silicon Prairie.
Summary- Jiro Dreams of Sushi tells the real-life documentary of 85-year-old Jiro Ono who is considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. Movies tell how Jiro has maintained his restaurants and personal life balanced and get immense success. If you are in the restaurant or hospitality industry, it’s a must-watch for you.
Summary- The Devil Wears Prada will motivate you to pursue your dream job. From the real-life story of a young woman, it’s a movie that shows how to handle situations, how to fight with the world that seems unfair to you, and hard work actually always pays off. This movie will take you into the fashion industry and will teach you how to deal with corporates.
Summary- Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.
Summary- Emilie is a bright young manager in HR for a huge agro-food company. Ambitious and dedicated, she is ready to put ruthless methods into practice to meet the requirements. But one day, one of the employees commits suicide in front of her.
Summary- The story of a lazy Mumbai college student who does absolutely nothing, with a turn of events will Sid realize his potential in this world and become a success in the fast-paced life of Mumbai.
Summary- A merchant banker. A failing dairy farmer. A refugee from Communist China. One risked his savings. One risked his farm. One risked his life.
Summary- Used-car liquidator Don Ready is hired by a flailing auto dealership to turn their Fourth of July sale into a majorly profitable event.
Summary- “Run Forest, Run!”, the movie is symbolic of how Forrest Gump, despite his handicap and adversities, turned the tide in his favor. Forrest Gump is directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Eric Roth. It is based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field. Forrest Gump is considered a classic and has developed large following over the years since its release in 1994. A must watch movie in times when nothing seems to work out!
Summary- The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.
Summary- The late Stephen Hawking was one of the most brilliant and influential scientists of our time. But as well as harboring an exemplary scientific mind, he was an extraordinary man. Hawking was a fighter who overcame what was supposed to be a fatal case of ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and went on to live a full and accomplished life. He was given no more than two or three years to live when he was diagnosed in 1964, but the disease progressed more slowly than expected.
However, Hawking was confined to a wheelchair for much of his life, and as his condition worsened, he had to resort to speaking through a voice synthesizer and communicating by moving his eyebrows.
Summary- William Kamkwamba was an adolescent when he was forced to drop out of school in Malawi because his family couldn’t afford the school fees. As drought, deforestation, flood and famine hit his village, he began to search for a solution. He borrowed books from his former school’s library, and in them he learned about wind turbines. At its heart, this is a story of incredible innovation.
Summary- In this female-centric entrepreneur movie, corporate bigwig J.C. Wiatt (Diane Keaton) and her equally workaholic boyfriend (Harold Ramis) find themselves more in love with their careers than each other. When a distant relative dies and appoints J.C. the guardian of a baby girl, her professional life beings to fall apart: her career-obsessed boyfriend leaves her, and juggling her high-powered job and her newly adopted child forces the corporate promotion she was working toward fall down the drain.When a conniving co-worker stabs her in the back, J.C. makes the decision to quit rather than be fired. She buys a rundown house in Vermont, starts making her own baby food—and before you know it—she’s the founder of a brand new, thriving venture and the hero of her own entrepreneur story.
Summary- A classic and often relatable tale, “It’s a Wonderful Life“ follows the entrepreneur rise of George Bailey, a young man who grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls with dreams of traveling the world. When his father dies suddenly, however, Bailey reluctantly takes over the family Bailey Bros. Building and Loan to save it from the town miser, Mr. Potter. For years, Bailey sacrifices his dreams of adventure to keep the Building and Loan going—and to help the town’s working people become homeowners instead of renting from slumlord Potter. But when the bank’s entire savings suddenly goes missing, Bailey bitterly wishes he had never been born.Angel Clarence appears to show Bailey how different Bedford Falls would be if that wish had come true and, as hundreds of friends and neighbors rally around him, Bailey learns just how much his unselfish actions have really mattered.
Summary- When eccentric candy-maker Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) decides he needs to pass his candy empire on to a successor, he selects five lucky children to tour his top-secret chocolate factory, he quickly realizes four of the five children are jaded, bratty, and blasé. But Charlie Bucket, a sweet, impoverished kid, is wide-eyed with delight at the incredible inventions Wonka shares with the group.The brats meet horrible ends, while a competing candy maker promises Charlie wealth if he’ll smuggle some candy out of the factory. When Charlie refuses, Mr. Wonka tells him he’s “passed the test” and names him as his successor.
Summary- New Jersey, 1950s. Two brothers run an Italian restaurant. Business is not going well as a rival Italian restaurant is out-competing them. In a final effort to save the restaurant, the brothers plan to put on an evening of incredible food.
Summary- After his auto-parts tycoon father dies, the overweight, underachieving son teams up with a snide accountant to try and save the family business.
Summary- Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Summary- Book superstore magnate, Joe Fox and independent book shop owner, Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet both blissfully unaware that he's trying to put her out of business.
Summary- If it seems to you that your hard work is not paying off, money is not flowing to you, and you are close to despair, this film will be an excellent motivator and undoubtedly increase your morale. This story is based on true events and guides us through all the milestones of the hero’s difficult journey. The purposefulness, resourcefulness, and enterprise of young Tom do not always find support in the real world, where adults insist on him receiving the appropriate education and impose their values on him. School, university, tedious work – all this does not attract Tom, his goal is business. Abandoned studies and mounting debts, successes and terrible troubles, intractable problems and struggles with the authorities – one can never give up on the path to real progress and billions in wealth if you believe in yourself.
Summary- Do you know who really rules the world? These giant corporations literally have absolute power. They are able to shape the way their customers think. A person’s circle of interests, dreams, and opportunities, and their very life is only a package of resources for a corporation to use for profit. Business mastodons have reached great heights with their ability to manipulate consciousness and only a few can resist them. What is the role of business process leaders? What qualities should they have to avoid mistakes and achieve success?
Summary- Ever bought a used car from a dealer before? Want to know what REALLY happens behind the scenes? This movie offers some insight through the eyes of one of the dealers.
Summary- This film is based on real events from the documentary bestseller “Too Big to Fail.” Who were the people who, in the autumn of 2008, decided the fate of the world economy and tried to stabilize the financial markets? At the center of the plot is Finance Minister Henry Paulson. What decisions did he have to make when powerful banks and huge investment pyramids collapsed like a house of cards.
Summary- The story of Barry Minkow, a young charismatic business man who becomes a wealthy CEO by lying, cheating and stealing his way to the top.
Summary- Max (played by Russell Crowe) is an investment expert and successful stock trader. What does the word “successful” mean in this field? Luck, toughness, vigor, and lack of principles. Max’s life will considerably change when he has to return to Provence, where his childhood years were spent, to sell an estate inherited from his uncle.
Summary-This award-winning 90-minute Netflix Original documentary explores the innovative thinking behind 3D printing. It follows young companies like MakerBot and Formlabs and tells the story of how they are racing to bring 3D printing to your desktop and yes, into your life too. More than that, it focuses on the American ideal of building a dream from scratch and leading new ways of doing things in the world. If you’re in the printing industry, this one is a must.
Summary- In one of the most talked about docuseries of 2019, Oscar-winning director, David Guggenheim, aims to find out what goes on inside the mind of the founder of Microsoft. Over the course of three hour-long episodes, we get a small glimpse into Gate’s childhood, education, growing Microsoft, and his family life, as he pursues unique solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems. From clean drinking water to nuclear energy plants, Bill Gates is definitely changing the world.
Summary- Creativity is the lifeblood of business and this psychology/marketing documentary encourages everyone to be more creative. Neuroscientist, best-selling author and entrepreneur David Eagleman meets accomplished professionals from across the creative spectrum to hear stories that inspire and demystify the creative process. The documentary is based on the book “The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes The World”, so if you are more a reader than a watcher, head to the bookstores and buy it.
Summary- A look at the life and work of Gucci fashion designer, Frida Giannini.
Summary- Considered as one of the greatest athletes of all time, Usain Bolt is hero to millions and admired on a level comparable to global sports legends like Muhammad Ali and Pele. The fastest runner in history is seen through footage from his youth and interviews with family members, friends and coach and ultimately, offers an intimate portrayal of a globally adored icon, his struggles, relationships and aspirations.
Summary- In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
Summary- CAPITAL C is the first documentary about crowdfunding. It follows the hopes and dreams as well as the fears and pitfalls of a whole new generation of independent creators, who reach out to the crowd in order to change their lives forever.
Summary- “She Did That” highlights the entrepreneurial journey of four black women and addresses topics such as funding gaps for women of color, obstacles black women face while working corporate jobs, the implicit bias and outright racism in business life, as well as the importance of self-care. A truly empowering documentary about women who are building legacies and making history – a movie that should not be missed.
Summary- Jimmy Rabbitte, an unemployed Dublin boy, decides to put together a soul band made up entirely of the Irish working class.
Summary- An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.
Summary- A classic motivational film which is loved by millions, I would recommend watching Rocky as it shows that sometimes you don’t have to win, in order to improve.Rocky is a film all about being the underdog in a situation. A character we are now all too familiar with and often root for.
Summary- Two imprisoned men bond over a period of many years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. The protagonist Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) manages to make the best out of a very bad situation (being imprisoned for a false murder). Through perseverance, he manages to achieve more than he ever thought possible.
Summary- This is a story about the growth of a small family business and the fighting off of the opposition. The business changes through time until it finally becomes the largest organized crime syndicate in New York City.The father and son who run the operation show what it takes to get to the top and stay there. It’s a great watch for those who want to learn how to stay on the top. Note: Don’t do anything illegal, just find some inspiration in these shrewd business operators.
Summary- Even if you’re not an entrepreneur, watch Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece. The film revolves around the life of a fictitious Charles Foster Kane, a newspaper tycoon loosely based on William Randolph Hearst and his quest for fortune and power. In the end, however, Kane comes to understand what’s really important in life.
Summary- Anyone who’s an entrepreneur must watch this movie to understand why it’s important to protect your ideas from being stolen. Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear), a college professor, invents the windshield wiper that is embraced by all the auto giants of the 1960s, becoming a standard device on all cars. However, the automakers do not give Kearns the credit he is due. It might be heartbreaking to watch as Kearns fights powerful corporations for his credit, but therein lies an important lesson for all entrepreneurs to learn.
Summary- This thrilling film about a struggling writer, Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) will teach you something about taking shortcuts, quick fixes and the easy path to success. Eddie is sure he has no future as he is faced with unemployment and his girlfriend’s rejection. However, that all changes when an old friend gives him a mysterious pill that allows him to access 100% of his brain abilities. Stoked on the untested drug, Eddie rises to the top of the financial world, but terrible side-effects and a dwindling supply threatens to collapse his house of cards. Quick and easy fixes aren’t so easy after all, or are they?.
Summary- Based on the book "Walt Before Mickey" covers the early years of Walt Disney's career.
Summary- The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world.
Summary- A contemporary David and Goliath story that takes you inside the cutthroat world of the big business of American beer.
Summary- A cynical advertising exec has a block at work leading to a meltdown. He's hilariously out of control. Getting a big, talking boil on his shoulder doesn't help.
Summary- Journey into the remarkable double life of Burt Shavitz, a reclusive beekeeper who reluctantly became one of the world's most recognisable brand identities.