The Year’s 8 Best Movies for Entrepreneurs

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There are many different types of entrepreneurs. Some are the CEO’s of large corporations, some are the founders of startups, and some just want to make a living doing something they love. Whatever your story is, there is one movie that can help you succeed in 2018.

The best movies for entrepreneurs on netflix are the 10 best movies that came out this year. These movies are great to watch if you want to learn about entrepreneurship, business, or even life.

Carl Casper, a head chef who is dismissed when a video of his fight with a food critic goes viral, is played by Jon Favreau (who also wrote and directed the film). That’s when he decided to establish a food truck in order to rekindle his love of cooking. This is the only film on my list that has an entrepreneur who is really establishing a company. There are also certain narrative points that conveniently brush over how difficult it is to be financed and get started. I particularly loved how it depicted social media’s importance in today’s business environment and how it taps into one of the most compelling reasons why individuals start their own businesses: the desire to be their own boss.

1. The Weinstein Company’s Begin Again (July 2014)

Begin Again, starring Mark Ruffalo, Kiera Knightley, and Adam Levine of Maroon 5, is a touching, emotional, and optimistic look at the contemporary music business. Begin Again has a really distinct vibe, with complete musical performances throughout. It eloquently exemplifies the creativity and teamwork needed to bootstrap an enterprise. It also provides an intriguing look at how social and new media have aided small artists/entrepreneurs in competing with larger companies with greater resources, similar to Chef. The movie may be a bit too twee at times, with everything unfolding too flawlessly, but if you concentrate on the music, you should be able to silence your inner critic.

2. Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures’ The Wind Rises (February 2014)

Hayao Miyazaki recounts the real tale of Jiro Horikoshi, a renowned Japanese aerospace engineer who developed the WWII Zero fighter, in what is possibly his last film. This wonderfully animated short follows Jiro as he overcomes many challenges (lack of technology, the 1923 Kanto earthquake, etc.) to achieve his dream. Youngsters will most likely lose interest in this tale soon, but I don’t believe children were the target audience for this film in the first place. Instead, entrepreneurs and company owners will identify with Jiro as he seeks information, innovates, learns from his mistakes, and pursues his long-held goal.

3. Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Wild (December 2014)

Wild (featuring Reese Witherspoon) is a wonderful tale that shows lean planning in action and is based on the New York Times bestseller memoir. Cheryl Strayed, 26, overpacked her bag with no previous hiking experience and set off on a 1,100-mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. With each fresh setback, she was forced to learn and adapt, challenge her assumptions, and find a way to succeed on her path. Witherspoon’s performance has gotten her Oscar attention, and the narrative will captivate you.

4. Interstellar (Paramount Pictures, November 2014)

What does saving mankind by going across space and time have to do with entrepreneurship? “We used to gaze up at the sky and wonder about our position among the stars,” says a character in the film, and this is a decent response. Now all we can do is gaze down and worry about our squalid abode.” Perhaps you’ve heard headlines claiming that America’s entrepreneurial spirit is dwindling. Interstellar is a film that praises humanity’s ability to dream. We send a rocket into space for the same reason we start a new company: we must continue to push ourselves beyond our boundaries. We are the forerunners. We are forward-thinking. We fantasize. If you need a reminder of why that is, Christopher Nolan’s new picture is just what you need.

5. Unbroken (Universal Pictures, December 2014)

Louis Zamperini’s tale is unlike any other you’ve heard before, according to another New York Times bestselling adaption. Unbroken is an inspiring biopic directed by Angelina Jolie about one of the most brave and determined individuals in modern history. Since the film has just been available since Christmas Day, I won’t go into too much detail, but let me just say that Louis’ tale should serve as an example to any entrepreneur or company owner (or anybody for that matter) who has the courage to persevere in the face of hardship. Unbroken will remind you to never give up. Interstellar may remind you to dream, and Wild may remind you to learn from your mistakes, but Unbroken will remind you to never give up.

6. Warner Bros. released The Lego Movie in February 2014

Ignore the accusations that this film has a “anti-business” motive. Anyone who has been engaged in the start-up, growth, or management of a company will recognize the central theme of this animated film: innovation is great, and you should embrace what makes you different. You may create parallels to innovation, product differentiation, and other tried-and-true business principles as an entrepreneur, but don’t force the analogies to work. The goal is to have a good time, and I promise you’ll be singing “Everything is Awesome” for days.

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In addition to several excellent narrative films produced this year, I would suggest the following three documentaries:

7. Projector Media’s Alive Inside (October 2014).

You may be acquainted with this YouTube video of an alzheimer’s patient who seems to come to life with dialogue after hearing some of his favorite music from his youth. The clip was taken from the lengthier documentary Alive Inside, which shows the effectiveness of music therapy in the treatment of alzheimer’s and dementia in elderly men and women. While the outcomes of this music therapy are intriguing, the documentary also follows social worker Dan Cohen as he tries to raise grassroots support and government financing for his non-profit, Music and Memory. Anyone interested in starting a non-profit organization will find this documentary interesting.

8. The Great Invisible (March 2014) is a limited-edition film.

Most people remember the 2010 BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the massive ecological and economic devastation it caused, and the subsequent public relations nightmare. A documentary film team now offers us an intimate view, four years later. The Fantastic Invisible is a great reflection on all the things you shouldn’t do as a company owner, including interviews with local residents, former workers, and oil executives. Even if you don’t manage a multibillion-dollar oil firm, there are lots of things to think about when you start your own company. Where are you prepared to scrimp on expenses? What are your business ethics values? When you make a mistake, what should you do? Use this documentary to ask yourself these crucial questions and to learn from other people’s mistakes. The film is now only available in restricted distribution.

Video Games: The Movie (available on Netflix Instant in July 2014)

Video Games: The Movie, narrated by Sean Astin, is a visual history of the video game business. From pioneering engineers in the 1960s to today’s multibillion-dollar business. If you’re unfamiliar with the industry’s inner workings, this video gives you a good introduction and a peek into the future of this unique kind of entertainment. Entrepreneurs may view the video game business as a possible opportunity for new enterprises since there is lots of space for new market entrants.

What were your top picks for the best films of 2014?

The startup movies are a list of 10 movies that highlight different aspects of entrepreneurship. These films are recommended to entrepreneurs who want to learn more about the world of startups.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should entrepreneurs watch?

If you are looking for a business idea, I recommend watching The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen.

What are the top 10 movies in the last 5 years?

1. Black Panther 2. Avengers: Infinity War 3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 4. Incredibles 2 5. Ant-Man and the Wasp 6. Deadpool 2 7. Mission Impossible Fallout 8. Solo: A Star Wars Story 9. Star Wars: The Last Jedi 10. Ready Player One

How do you start a movie business?

There are many ways to start a movie business. You could buy a theater, make your own movies, or invest in other peoples movies.