10 Movies about Startup You Could Watch and Learn From

Stories, be it fiction or real, can always impress audiences with their lesson or value that are often based on real facts. While good movies can excite and engage us – make us feel that the story is real, the right films can do much more. Thus, if you are a movie lover, here are 10 recommended movies for startup learners to help you understand that “this world is big enough to make a small mistake”. Enjoy…

NOTE: All the list are rated on IMDb

#1   The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996)

“First, they dump the idea of 9 to 5. In this industry, you can work any 80 hours per week you like.” – The Triumph of the Nerds

This movie gives 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.

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#2   Wall Street (1987)

“The most valuable commodity I know of… is information.” – Gordon Gekko

Wall Street tells a story of a young and impatient stockbroker who 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.

#3   Boiler Room (2000)

“I had a very strong work ethic. The problem was my ethics in work.” – Seth Davis

Are you a college dropout trying to build up your own business? This movie could inspire you best. Boiler Room presents a college dropout, attempting to live up to his father’s high standards. He 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.

#4   The Social Network (2001)

“A guy who makes a nice chair does not owe money to everyone who has ever built a chair.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Whose idea was Facebook coming from? This movie mostly tells about Mark Zuckerberg’s success story in creating the world’s biggest social networking site. The conflict arose when Mark was sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, then the co-founder was later squeezed out of the business.

#5   Forrest Gump (1994)

“My momma always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are gonna get’.” – Forrest Gump

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

#6   Steve Jobs (2015)

“God sent his only son on a suicide mission, but people like him anyway because he made trees.” – Steve Jobs

If you are anything but the next Steve Jobs to be, here is an interesting movie about his digital revolution. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

#7   American Factory (2019)

American Factory tells about a Chinese billionaire, Cho Tak Wong, who opens a new factory in the husk of abandoned General Motors plant. He hires two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

#8   The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

“There is no such thing as perfect harmony. It is learning to grow and thrive in the disharmony – that’s the key.” – The Biggest Little Farm

A documentary film of John Chester and his wife who moved from glamorous city life to create a sustainable farm. Over the course of eight years and many setbacks, they battled everything from coyotes to fruit-ravaging snails as they attempted to turn their dream of Apricot Lane Farms into a reality.

#9   Fighting with My Family (2019)

This movie is based on a true story. Zak Knight and Jack Lowden go on a journey from a former wrestler with their family by making a living performing at small venues around the country to joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

#10   Le Mans ’66: Ford v Ferrari (2019)

This movie brings you a story of American automotive designer, Carroll Shelby, and fearless British race car driver, Ken Miles, battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary vehicle for the Ford Motor Co. Together, they plan to compete against the race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1996.

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So, which movies inspire you the most? 

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