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32 Movies Every Entrepreneur Must See

32 Movies Every Entrepreneur Must See

By | 07.30.15
32 Movies Every Entrepreneur Must See

We’ve been planning movie day here at the Dex Media corporate office. Sometimes stepping away from what you’re working on brings a whole new perspective to the problem you are focused on. If you are an entrepreneur or a business owner and looking for that motivational kick to get you excited, this list is the place to start.

Have a movie suggestion of your own? Let us know about it in the comments below!

1) The Men Who Built America
Year Released: 2012
IMDB Rating: 8.6
Awards: Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations.
Plot: Miniseries shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States, a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the …
Genre: Documentary, Biography, History

2) The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires
Year Released: 1996
IMDB Rating: 8.5
Plot: Three part documentary that shows the insight look at the history of computers, from its rise in the 1970s to the beginning of the Dot-com boom of the late 1990s.
Genre: Documentary

3) Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview
Year Released: 2012
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Plot: A conversation with Steve Jobs as he was running NeXT, the company he had founded after leaving Apple.
Genre: Documentary
Rated: UNRATED

4) Startupland
Year Released: 2014
IMDB Rating: 8
Plot: Inc’s #1 Documentary for Entrepreneurs! Startupland is a six part documentary series that tells the authentic story of 5 CEOs and their journey from idea stage to seed funding. Featuring …

5) This Space Available
Year Released: 2011
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Plot: Billboards and commercial messages dominate the public space like never before. Can we reverse this visual pollution…
Genre: Documentary

6) Indie Game: The Movie
Year Released: 2012
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Awards: 3 wins & 6 nominations.
Plot: A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.
Genre: Documentary
Website: http://www.indiegamethemovie.com/

7) October Sky
Year Released: 1999
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Awards: 3 wins & 12 nominations.
Plot: The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes.
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Rated: PG
Website: http://www.octobersky.com

8) Who Killed the Electric Car?
Year Released: 2006
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Awards: 3 nominations.
Plot: A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.
Genre: Documentary
Rated: PG
Website: http://www.whokilledtheelectriccar.com/

9) How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Year Released: 1967
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Awards: 2 nominations.
Plot: Armed with a “How to…” manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder.
Genre: Comedy, Musical

10) Print the Legend
Year Released: 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Awards: 1 win & 1 nomination.
Plot: Follows the people racing to bring the hot new 3D printing technology to your home, documenting the “Macintosh Moment” of this revolution and exploring what it takes to live the American Dream.
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Drama
Website: http://www.printthefilm.com/

11) Revolution OS
Year Released: 2001
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Plot: While Microsoft may be the biggest software company in the world, not every computer user is a fan of their products, or their way of doing business. While Microsoft’s Windows became the …
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Website: http://www.revolution-os.com

12) Shark Tank
Year Released: 2009
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Awards: Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations.
Plot: Ambitious entrepreneurs present their breakthrough business concepts.
Genre: Reality-TV
Rated: TV-PG

13) Helvetica
Year Released: 2007
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Awards: 3 nominations.
Plot: A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.
Genre: Documentary
Website: http://www.helveticafilm.com/

14) Transcendent Man
Year Released: 2009
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Plot: Ray Kurzweil is on a journey to bring his ideas to the world.
Genre: Documentary
Website: http://transcendentman.com/

15) If You Build It
Year Released: 2013
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Awards: 1 win.
Plot: Spend a year in the life of one of America’s most innovative classrooms.
Genre: Documentary

16) Pirates of Silicon Valley
Year Released: 1999
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Awards: Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations.
Plot: History of Apple and Microsoft.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Rated: UNRATED

17) Objectified
Year Released: 2009
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Plot: A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.
Genre: Documentary
Website: http://www.objectifiedfilm.com/

18) Something Ventured
Year Released: 2011
IMDB Rating: 7
Awards: 1 nomination.
Plot: Apple. Intel. Genentech. Atari. Google. Cisco. Stratospheric successes with high stakes all around. Behind some of the world’s most revolutionary companies are a handful of men who (through…
Genre: Documentary, Biography, History

19) Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy
Year Released: 2011
IMDB Rating: 7
Genre: Documentary, Biography

20) Beer Wars
Year Released: 2009
IMDB Rating: 6.9
Plot: A contemporary David and Goliath story that takes you inside the cutthroat world of the big business of American beer.
Genre: Documentary
Website: http://beerwarsmovie.com/

21) The Call of the Entrepreneur
Year Released: 2007
IMDB Rating: 6.9
Plot: A merchant banker. A failing dairy farmer. A refugee from Communist China. One risked his savings. One risked his farm. One risked his life.
Genre: Documentary

22) Art & Copy
Year Released: 2009
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Awards: 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Plot: ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential …
Genre: Documentary
Website: http://www.artandcopyfilm.com/

23) Downloaded
Year Released: 2013
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Awards: 1 nomination.
Plot: A documentary that explores the downloading revolution; the kids that created it, the bands and the businesses that were affected by it, and its impact on the world at large.
Genre: Documentary

24) E-Dreams
Year Released: 2001
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Plot: 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.
Genre: Documentary

25) The Startup Kids
Year Released: 2012
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Plot: The Startup Kids is a documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe. It contains interviews with founders of Vimeo, Dropbox, Soundcloud and more who talk about how they …
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Website: http://thestartupkids.com/

26) Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
Year Released: 2011
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Plot: A look at the life and career of the technology business innovator and entrepreneur.
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Website: http://www.stevejobsthelostinterview.com/

27) Hank: 5 Years from the Brink
Year Released: 2013
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Plot: For three weeks in September 2008, one person was charged with preventing the collapse of the global economy. No one understood the financial markets better than Hank Paulson, the former …
Genre: Documentary, Biography, News
Website: http://hank5yearsfromthebrink.com/

28) Burt’s Buzz
Year Released: 2013
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Awards: 1 nomination.
Plot: A look at the world of Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt’s Bees.
Genre: Documentary
Website: http://www.burtsbuzzdoc.com/Home.html

29) Arduino the Documentary
Year Released: 2011
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Plot: Arduino the documentary is a look at the story of the open-source hardware board that now artists, engineers, students use to build many things. See who are behind the wonder. See the …
Genre: Documentary, Short

30) Riot On!
Year Released: 2004
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Awards: 3 wins & 1 nomination.
Plot: 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…
Genre: Documentary

31) America’s Next Great Restaurant
Year Released: 2011
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Plot: Contestants vie for the opportunity to see their original restaurant concept be realized with the opening of a restaurant chain in three locations: Hollywood, Minneapolis and New York City….
Genre: Reality-TV

32) Start-Ups: Silicon Valley
Year Released: 2012
IMDB Rating: 5.3
Plot: Teaming up with internet entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg, series captures the intertwining lives of young professionals on the path to becoming Silicon Valley’s next great success stories.
Genre: Reality-TV

 

Credit to the IMDB movie API for the data as well as hrbrmstr for creating the R package, which can be found on Github OMDB API.

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