Top 10 movies every entrepreneur must see during lockdown

Top 10 movies every entrepreneur must see during lockdown


Arnab Ray

Arnab Ray

225 week ago — 6 min read

We are going through some very tough times. The world around us is under the threat of the deadly Coronavirus. In these times of uncertainty, we need to keep ourselves motivated and stand strong. I am not a medical expert but one thing that I have learnt is that we must maintain social distancing to stop this pandemic from spreading. It is extremely important that we pay heed to the instructions of the medical professionals and government officials and strictly abide by them.

Today I am going to list some of my favorite movies that every entrepreneur should see. So, stay at home and enjoy these movies and let’s keep ourselves motivated through these times of crisis.

Before we start, I must tell you that these are my personal picks. I have tried to keep the list relevant to startups and entrepreneurship and may have excluded some movies which might be relevant but not directly linked to startups. The list is not ranked, and the movies are in random orders. That being said let’s start.


The Pursuit of Happyness is one of my favourite movies. It is based on the life of Chris Gardener and depicts his struggles through some of the toughest times. It showcases the relentlessness that an entrepreneur needs before getting a taste of success. Truly inspirational. Definitely worth a watch.

The Aviator - Top 10 movies for entrepreneurs

The Aviator is based on the American business magnate Howard Hughes’ life. This movie showcases the power of dreams. No matter how big your dreams are they can come true. You should definitely check it out.

The Founder - Top 10 movies for entrepreneurs

The Founder is based on the true story of how Ray Kroc created a multi-billion dollar empire called McDonalds. The movie will give you an insight on how to leverage an opportunity to scale up your business to great heights.

Jerry Maguire - Top 10 movies for entrepreneurs

Jerry Maguire, a story of a sports agent’s journey to rebuild his business and reputation from scratch. The story enlightens us with the spirit of entrepreneurship, the ability to rise from the ashes. It is also a great movie to understand the importance of the relationships that we carve with our clients.

The Intern - Top 10 movies for entrepreneurs

The Intern is a unique story of a 70 year old intern at a new age fashion tech startup. A lovely narrative of a young woman’s struggle to balance business and family and an elderly man’s struggle to keep up with the new age world. The movie teaches us the value of experience and wisdom while making us aware how the world has changed around us.

Equity - Top 10 movies for entrepreneurs

Equity is a story of an investment banker as she works her way to the top of the Wall Street ladder. The movie gives us an insight on to the world of IPOs for startups.

Guru - Top 10 movies for entrepreneurs
Guru is definitely one of my favourite Indian movie. It is the story of an ambitious businessman and his rise to success. The movie will definitely inspire you to be audacious about your dreams and motivate you to pursue it under any cost.

Flash of genius - Top 10 movies for entrepreneurs

Flash of a Genius revolves around a college professor Robert Kearns and his invention of the intermittent windshield wiper which revolutionized the auto industry at that point of time. The story teaches us how the business world can be ruthless about the intellectual property.

Moneyball - Top 10 movies for entrepreneurs
Moneyball. Oh what a movie! This is a story about a baseball team manager Billy Beane and his revolutionary approach to team selection using player analytics. Innovation does not necessarily mean invention. Often changing the way, we do things is an innovation itself. This movie teaches us just that.


Upstarts - Top 10 movies for entrepreneurs
Upstarts is a Netflix original Indian movie. Upstarts features a story of a group of three friends and their startups journey from idea to success. The movie gives us an insight into the world of startup funding and the burden it comes with.

I have intentionally left out some extremely popular movies, because I think most of you have already seen them. However, I have included them in the following list of special mentions. But before I share it with you.

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There are so many excellent movies on startups and entrepreneurship which goes beyond the top 10 lists. So here are some special mentions. Check these out as well if you are.

Movie picks

Well these were my picks. I would love to know about your choices as well. Put them in the comment section and I would love to check them out.

I will do a YouTube live Q&A soon. If you are interested drop me a message and I will email you the date and time of the session. Hope you liked this video. If you did please press the like button and do share it with all your friends. If you have any questions, please put them in the comment section below and I would love to answer them.


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