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Between Documentaries and feature filmsThere are many things you can learn about the journey an entrepreneur has traveled from the comfort of your chair. Regardless of whether you start your business or have worked in it for years, these 18 provocative and highly entertaining films can provide you with meaningful insights.
one. FYRE: The Exclusive Party That Never Happened (2019)
In fact, there are two documentaries that talk about the Fyre Music Festival disaster and both are worth it. This Fyre fraud on Hulu and FYRE: The biggest party that never happened from Netflix. See and learn how this festival went from an exclusive event with celebrities and influencers to a very poorly managed disaster that practically stole people’s money and left them stranded on an island with little food and very little protection.
Topics covered: social networks, the importance of planning and dealing with contingencies.
two. Startup.com (2001)
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This 2001 documentary is about the rise and fall of the startup GovWorks, which raised $ 60 million from various investors including Hearst Interactive Media, KKR, the New York Investment Fund and Sapient. It’s worth taking a look at the boom in the dot-com era and cautions how easily friendships can be threatened when mixed with business.
Topics covered: Finance, finance, growth, entrepreneurship, team building and management skills.
3. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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When you hear the name of this film, you immediately think of the hugely successful scammer Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) who makes everyone fall in love with his skills. Based on a true story, this film is a great example of the business trip and goes into key points such as creative problem solving, getting the good out of a difficult situation and the glorious hustle and bustle on the way to success.
Topics covered: entrepreneurial skills, creativity and innovation, perseverance, business vision, sales techniques and sources of finance for entrepreneurs.
Four. Dangerous man (2005)
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If you like dark comedy with a bit of action, this movie is a MUST HAVE. It depicts the life of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), a Ukrainian immigrant who decides that his path to success is through the illegal arms trade. Morals aside, Yuri’s ambition, tenacity, and risk tolerance show the qualities every entrepreneur needs to be successful. If you are interested in learning more about growth, customer loyalty, and negotiation techniques, this volume covers these topics in depth, and you may be asked to incorporate some of its lessons into your business.
Topics covered: entrepreneurial skills, emerging markets, creative problem solving, crisis management, negotiation techniques, customer loyalty, competitive strategies and geopolitics.
5. Wall Street: Power and Greed (1987)
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Have you ever exceeded your limits in the pursuit of power and success? This film treats the subject through the eyes of Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), a stockbroker who navigates Wall Street’s economic roller coaster and adopts the mantra that ambition is good. The film is a window into the world of corporate finance, customer management, the principles of investment law and the capital markets. It is the story of a young and sensitive mind that shows how easy it is to immerse yourself in the glamorous lifestyle that comes with wealth. If you think the wolf of Wall Street was too much, this film makes an excellent middle ground, a version with a lot more social criticism.
Topics covered: Corporate finance, customer management, capital markets, investment law principles, company valuations, mergers and acquisitions, and business ethics.
6th The cheater (1999)
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This 1999 film is based on a true story of the employee who unaided knocked down Barings Bank, the largest bank in England. The film shows how money can create any kind of manic behavior and serves as a warning against people who assume that power and money make them indispensable.
Topics covered: Company Valuations, Financial Reports, Capital Markets, Emerging Markets, and Business Ethics.
7th Twelve men in conflict (1957)
Perhaps my favorite film of all time, this film is a brilliant judicial drama that contains multiple layers of information about leadership, the psychology of group behavior, and conflicting value systems. It is a MUST to think about how you are making important decisions.
Topics covered: Negotiation techniques, persuasion methods, conflict resolution and how to reach consensus.
8th. Office clutter (1999)
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Yes, we are going to ask you to watch this comedy which is a perfect satire on the corporate culture of a software company in the 90s and analyzes labor relations and policies in the office. You will laugh and definitely think about leadership, team building techniques, and career development.
Topics covered: Work culture, professional growth, leadership, work-life balance, talent retention, techniques to build your team and information technology management.
9. The trilogy of The Godfather (1972)
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This trilogy is probably the best for entrepreneurs as it highlights the importance of relationships and networking and why helping someone out turns out to be good business, and furthermore, understands that competition is something that it cannot be negotiated . The movies are very entertaining and full of exciting and provocative scenes that will help prepare you for the next challenge at work.
Topics covered: Competitive strategies, retention of key personnel, mergers (friendly and hostile), alliances, corporate succession and long-term diversification.
10. Common suspects (Ninety ninety five)
This movie is a GOT TO if you like good psychological thrillers with an unexpected ending. The film tells the story of a group of criminals who find themselves in a police group and decide to band together and commit a lucrative robbery. Common suspects Examines topics such as leadership consolidation, power and influence, and long-term business strategies that provide valuable information to entrepreneurs.
Topics covered: Leadership Consolidation, Power and Influence, Long Term Business Strategies, Collaboration, Risk Offsetting, ship Skills, Innovation and Creativity, Brand Building and Consolidation, Marketing, Operations, Logistics Planning and Execution.
eleven. Enron, the guys who betrayed America (2005)
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This 2005 documentary is based on the book of the same name by reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, which deals with one of the biggest corporate scandals in American history: the collapse of Enron. This is a must do if you want to know a little history or if you want an example of modern corporate corruption.
Topics covered: Accounting reports (basic, advanced in innovators), report consolidation, diversification, bookkeeping, agency problems and business ethics.
12th This is how you get ahead in advertising (1989)
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Even if you’re not looking for promotional advice, this movie can teach you a thing or two about creative problem solving. The film was a flop when it was released but it bounced back a few years later and is considered a brilliant satire of the advertising industry that will definitely make you think differently about doing business in the business world.
Topics covered: Marketing strategies, advertising, market segmentation and branding.
13th The devil Wears Prada (2006)
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The film that motivates you to pursue your dream job, a film that shows you how to deal with unpleasant situations, how to navigate through unknown worlds and how hard work pays off. It’s also an interesting window into the fashion industry, and will teach you a thing or two on how to work your way to the top of the corporate ladder.
Topics covered: Brand building, sales techniques, the importance of career growth.
14th Thanks for smoking (2005)
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This is the perfect movie for the smart entrepreneur or anyone who wants to learn a few tricks on how to sell pretty much anything. The film tells the story of Nick Naylor, a representative of the tobacco industry who gives him a creative one twist to arguments for them to defend cigars in the most complex situations. It’s a great movie for those looking to learn crisis management, corporate communications, public relations, and negotiation strategies.
Topics covered: Public relations, marketing and advertising campaigns, crisis management, corporate communications and effective negotiation skills.
fifteen. Success at any cost (1992)
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Based on the award-winning work Glengarry Glen Ross, she tells the story of four real estate agents who see their jobs threatened when their company announces that only the best two jobs will be left at the end of the week. This film is a very entertaining show about competition and manipulation. When starting a new business, we warn you: there are times when the road to success is more complicated than you imagine.
Topics covered: Sales techniques, customer relationships, negotiations and business deals.
16. The merchant of Venice (2004)
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Based on Shakespeare’s play, this is one of the best Al Pacino films. The story is about Bassino, the young member of the nobility class who turns to a Jewish moneylender (Al Pacino) for financial help. An entertaining film with lessons about business partnerships, risk assessment, and business law that is in effect to this day.
Topics covered: Contract negotiation, commercial law, risk assessment and principles of the laws of the business world.
17th Erin Brockovich, a brave woman (2000)
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This legal drama is based on the true story of Erin Brockovich, who, despite all odds, helps reach the highest-paid settlement in the history of lawsuits in the United States. The film talks about empowering women and points out the importance of being conscientious even when there are obstacles along the way. It also addresses issues of social responsibility, sustainable business models and gender discrimination in companies.
Topics covered: social responsibility and sustainable business models.
18th Hunger for power (2016)
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In this film we learn about the incredible true story of Ray Kroc, a salesman with serious problems whose life radically changed when he met the McDonald brothers.
Topics it touches: Start a business, hold on, and grow your business.