7 Movies to Watch to Inspire Entrepreneurship

Every once in awhile, even the most successful and motivated entrepreneur needs a little inspiration. Maybe they have failed at a step in their journey, or maybe they simply woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Either way, it happens to all of us.

One of my favorite ways to find inspiration in life is watching a movie. Most movies only take about two hours of time, and in that time span you can learn about history or how a protagonist overcomes adversity.

Therefore, entrepreneur, watching movies about entrepreneurship can help you learn and inspire you to continue on your journey no matter what you face.


The 2015 film Joy highlighted a self-made millionaire who founded her own business. She invented the Miracle Mop and is president of Ingenious Designs, LLC. She was once a single mother raising three kids and holding jobs as a waitress, so her story is bound to inspire the idea that things can change.

Office Space

The cult classic Office Space will not only keep you laughing, it can inspire people to make a change by looking for a career outside of their dull, possibly unbearable daily job. Sure, the main character, Peter, doesn't go on to launch his own company or change the world. But there's something to be said for those who take action by simply deciding to do what the enjoy.

The Social Network

The Social Network takes viewers on the bumpy road that led to what Facebook is today. It follows Mark Zuckerberg's time as a Harvard student to the settlement of multiple lawsuits against the uprising company. The story shows how a thriving business is really not built overnight, and success doesn't necessarily mean happily ever after.

Thank You For Smoking

Like it or not, the an important part of a business' success is going to be marketing and communication. This is where Thank You For Smoking comes in. The movie, based on a novel, follows Big Tobacco's chief spokesman Nick Naylor as he lobbies for cigarettes using sophisticated debate tactics and public speaking skills. He may not seem the most sympathetic character, but he will surprise you.

The Founder

If you've heard of The Founder, it's easy to understand why it belongs on this list. The story follows Ray Kroc, who went from unsuccessful traveling salesman, to the man who built McDonald's into an empire. However, his triumph did not come without financial struggles and ruined relationships.


Tucker: The Man and His Dream follows the life of Peter Tucker, who set out on a mission to produce the 1948 Tucker Sedan, which was followed by lots of controversy. While the stars didn't align for Tucker, his enthusiasm says a lot about the benefits of following dreams and fighting against the big guys.

Steve Jobs

The 2015 film on the ups and downs of Steve Jobs' life during his time at Apple -- specifically three important product launches of his career. Jobs had faced the highest of highs and lowest of lows and proves your vision doesn't have to be perfect in order for it build an empire.