Inspirational movies for aspiring business students

10 movies every business student should consider watching

by Czech College / Thursday, 29 October 2015 / Published in Study MBA in Europe

While studying business , you can learn so much from case studies. So why not look for some inspiration from Movies as well ? Here are our list of 10 must-see movies that will amp up your business acumen.  Let us know how they  impact you with the powerful messages behind them.

Tucker : A Man and His Dream ( 1988 )
Searching for some inspiration to trigger your spirits before a leap into the world of entrepreneurship? This movie can be your unforgettable inspiration. Make yourself feel good while this movie works as an inspiration to your psyche by telling you exactly what it is like to follow your dreams…a bed of roses…but roses with spurs, where you have to make sacrifices.

Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
ENRON goes down in history as one of the world’s biggest business frauds, and you, as a business student, definitely want to know what actually happened and what mess was created. Get real life business lessons and learn the difference between doing things right and doing the right things!

Forrest Gump (1994)
Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get.
Summary: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events – in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. “Forrest Gump” is the story of a man who rose above his challenges, and who proved that determination, courage, and love are more important than ability.

Jerry Maguire (1996)
The journey is everything.
Jerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent: willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for himself. Then, one day, he suddenly has second thoughts about what he’s really doing. When he voices these doubts, he ends up losing his job and all of his clients, save Rod Tidwell, an egomaniacal football player. Can Jerry resurrect his career while still staying true to himself?

Pursuit of Happiness (2006)
Life isn’t easy and we must make sacrifices.
In 1981, in San Francisco, the smart salesman and family man Chris Gardner invested the family savings in Ostelo National bone-density scanners, an apparatus twice more expensive than x-ray with practically the same resolution. The white elephant financially breaks the family, bringing troubles to the relationship with his wife that leaves him and moves to New York. Without money and wife, but totally committed with his son Christopher, Chris sees the chance to fight for a stockbroker internship position at Dean Witter, disputing for one career in the end of six months training period without any salary with other twenty candidates. Meanwhile, homeless, he has all sorts of difficulties with his son.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The only thing greater than the power of the mind is the courage of the heart.
Summary: From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally – late in life – received the Nobel Prize.

Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
Copying may just mean good business.
Summary: From the obscure dorm-room and backyard origins to their very public battle for corporate supremacy, recap the journey of Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak — the former a crafty Harvard dropout, the latter a pair of hippies with jobs at Hewlett-Packard and a yen to sell miniature versions of corporate mainframes to small businesses and at-home enthusiasts. The former plot thread recounts how Jobs and Wozniak “borrowed” key concepts from a Xerox computer lab, eked out their success as counter-cultural businessmen.

The Godfather ( 1972)
You can’t afford to miss on this one! A must watch for all business students. The Godfather is a 70mm bible about why relationships and building networks are important, why helping people is good for business and why knowing about competition is non-negotiable.

Norma Rae ( 1979 )
Why do unions operate as they do? Find an answer in this wonderful depiction of the determination of a single mother who fights to improve the working conditions of her textile mill.

Wall Street ( 1987 )
This has to be right at the top if you talk about must-watch movies for business students.( But we have purposefully placed it last :) ) The movie digs into everything a business hides behind the scenes. As a thrilling journey into Gordon Gekko’s life, it shows exactly how people barter their morals to become filthy rich and make it big on Wall Street, with principles like, “Money is everything,” and “Greed is good.” Take those lessons with a grain of salt!

We hope you like the list. We chose the movies not only for its entertainment value, but also for the  powerful messages ingrained into it.

Have a good day !

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