What Are The Top 10 Entrepreneurial Movies Of All Time?

By Marshall Wayne
I’m an entrepreneur and I love movies so it stands to reason that I love movies that portray the entrepreneurial spirit. This list is my list of favorite entrepreneurial movies so it’ll be different from yours. This report will serve to spark thought to the readers of the report as to what they think are the best entrepreneurial movies of all time.

Marshall Wayne

Top 10 Entrepreneurial Movies Of All Time
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Many entrepreneurs read books of war like the Art Of War by Sun Tzu because many times we have to get ourselves in the warrior mindset in order to handle all the hardships that come along or to handle the competitors that we’ll need to be better than. There are many good movies that could be considered great entrepreneurial movies. You’ll notice that my list will tend to be more of the “dark side” of entrepreneurialism. Why? For one, I find that these movies are a little more exciting than “feel good movies” and truthfully, they seem to be made better.

I’ve posted my list of Top 10 Entrepreneurial Movies Of All Time Here:
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I want to see your You can also go to my Youtube page at http://youtube.com/marshallwayne Go to the video response section or text comment section. If you record a video response put the following in your description. http://MovieStarEntrepreneur.com “This video is in response to Marshall Wayne’s Top 10 Best Entrepreneurial Movies that you’ll find at http://MovieStarEntrepreneur.com You can also post a regular response in the comments so that everyone can read what you see as the top 10 entrepreneurial movies of all time. With this list I haven’t arranged it from 1 to 10. I’ve just put the top 10 in my opinion in no particular order. I’ll give the plot summary from IMDB.Com and then I’ll give you some main quotes from the movie and explain why I think these quotes are relevant to being an entrepreneur. ...or if they are just insightful or funny! Also in the parts where the quote is on Youtube I’ll include a link to go to that part of the movie on Youtube. Alright, let’s move on to our list.

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Lord Of War

Why I Think You Should See It
Yuri decided that he was going to get his version of The American Dream no matter what it took. Throughout the movie you like the character and realize that he isn’t a bad guy, he just took his life into his own hands and decided that his most exciting life would be made in gun-running. Who can blame him? Watch it and see.

Lord Of War Quotes
Yuri Orlov: There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every

Plost Summary courtesy of IMDB.Com In the 80s in Little Odessa, the Ukrainian immigrant Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) decides to change his economical life and becomes an arm dealer with his brother Vitaly Orlov (Jared Leto). His business of gunrunner supplying illegal weapons in disturbed areas of the planet increases with the end of the Cold War, and Yuri bribes a Russian general to sell most of his arsenal. Meanwhile, he becomes a millionaire and uses his money to seduce the beautiful Ava Fontaine (Bridget Moynahan) and they get married, having a son. The detective Jack Valentine (Ethan Hawke) chases Yuri trying to put him in jail, but in the end he understands that Yuri is a necessary evil for the interest of his nation.

twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11? My Thoughts: A sick thought but we’ve all had moments where we think in sick and greedy ways. This may be taking it a little far but there is no doubt that the thought is entrepreneurial. Yuri Orlov: The first and most important rule of gunrunning is: Never get shot with your own merchandise. My Thoughts: Always establish ground rules for your business to follow...especially in gun-running! Yuri Orlov: I sell to leftists, and rightists. I sell to pacifists, but they're not the most regular customers. My Thoughts: Sell to whoever is willing and able to buy. Smart man. Yuri Orlov: Selling a gun for the first time is a lot like having sex for the first time. You're excited but you don't really know what the hell you're doing. And some way, one way or another, it's over too fast. My Thoughts: That’s how any sale is. It’s nerve wracking and over before you know it.

Pursuit Of Happyness

Christopher Gardner: Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you... You can't do something. Not even me. All right? Christopher: All right. Christopher Gardner: You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period. My Thoughts: Amazing quote. Martin Frohm: What would you say if man walked in here with no shirt, and I hired him? What would you say? Christopher Gardner: He must have had on some really nice pants. My Thoughts: Being witty and thinking on his feet...impressive and definitely a trait needed if you want to stand out from the regular mundane people. Christopher Gardner: It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that? My Thoughts: Such an impressive thought. Many times we are most happy when we are pursuing our happiness. Christopher: What are you doing? Christopher Gardner: Paying a parking ticket. Christopher: ...But we don't have a car anymore. Christopher Gardner: Yeah, I know... My Thoughts: Any entrepreneur has had times like these when you wonder what in the world is happening for so many things to go wrong at once. When it rains, it pours.

Plost Summary courtesy of IMDB.Com Chris Gardner has big dreams for him and his family but it doesn't seem to come together for him. Chris has an opportunity to be a stock broker but first he has to go through a grueling internship which means no pay. Chris decides to do it but when his wife leaves and he is evicted, he has to take care of his son on his own. So they find themselves sometimes living on the street and struggling to get by. But Chris is determined to make it.

Why I Think You Should See It
He is trying with all his might to make a better life for his family against all odds. He finally succeeds just by sheer will hanging on and hoping things will work out for him.

Pursuit Of Happyness Quotes


You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your fuckin' fingers and say, "That's the bad guy." So... what that make you? Good? You're not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don't have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. My Thoughts: This is as true as it gets. Many people put on an act of being good and proper when they are many times hiding lies. Like it or not he was out there and let it be known who he was without any regrets or apologies. There is something noble in that. Tony Montana: I'm Tony Montana! You fuck with me, you fuckin' with the best! My Thoughts: He was high on cocaine as he said this but having confidence and being sure of yourself is key...it got him shot about 100 times in the chest though so keep in mind what you’re selling. Tony Montana: You wanna fuck with me? Okay. You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend! My Thoughts: Just a great line! Tony Montana: In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women. My Thoughts: That’s about exactly how the world works...especially for entrepreneurs. Tony Montana: You know what capitalism is? Getting fucked! My Thoughts: Sometimes when it’s between you winning or the other guy winning you’re going to make sure it’s you coming out on top. Scarface quotes can go for days and they are as good as they get. To see many more go to: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086250/quotes

Plost Summary courtesy of IMDB.Com
Tony Montana and his close friend Manny Ray, and together they build a strong drug empire in Miami. Of course Montana must deal with the hardships of this type of buisness. And as Montana's power begins to grow so does his ego and his paranoia.

Why I Think You Should See It
This movie is as entrepreneurial as it gets. His product might be highly illegal. He sells cocaine for his living but his business methods are straight out of any business course. Well all his methods except the murdering of large numbers of people of course...

Scarface Quotes
Tony Montana: What you lookin' at? You all a bunch of fuckin' assholes. You know why? You don't have the guts to be what you wanna be?

The Godfather

They can’t trust anyone so they make sure that family is the most important part of their life since those are the only people they can trust. The Godfather movies give an example of how to carry yourself as a powerful, strong presence as Marlon Brando did in the movie and later Al Pacino did in the 2nd and 3rd Godfather movies.

The Godfather Quotes
Michael: Fredo, you're my older brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever. My Thoughts: Always stay loyal to the people who are taking care of you.

Plost Summary courtesy of IMDB.Com
Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senaThe story begins as "Don" Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia "family", oversees his daughter's wedding. His beloved son Michael has just come home from the war, but does not intend to become part of his father's business. Through Michael's life the nature of the family business becomes clear. The business of the family is just like the head of the family, kind and benevolent to those who give respect, but given to ruthless violence whenever anything stands against the good of the family. Don Vito lives his life in the way of the old country, but times are changing and some don't want to follow the old ways and look out for community and "family".

tor. Kay Adams: Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don't have men killed. Michael: Oh. Who's being naive, Kay? My Thoughts: Presidents may go about it through legal means but they kill far more people than any man ever could. We can debate for days on the merits of each particular war but we’ll leave the discussion with the quote. Don Corleone: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse. My Thoughts: One of the greatest lines in movie history and one of the best thoughts an entrepreneur can think although his offer was killing the mans prized race horse. Youtube: http://tinyurl.com/bfo2hf

Why I Think You Should See It
The mafia is clearly an entrepreneurial endeavor and it takes guts. They live outside the law and live by codes of behavior in order to stay alive. Sonny: We don't discuss business at the table. My Thoughts: Great quote.

The Fountainhead

He maintains the attitude that there people out there who will see things his way and will hire him. He turns out to be right. It’s one of my favorite books of all time. The movie isn’t quite the same but is still worth seeing.

The Fountainhead Quotes
Ellsworth Toohey: I play the stock market of the spirit and I sell short. My Thoughts: Ellsworth is a critic who doesn’t believe in human nature. He believes that most of the time people will let you down. That can be very true. Howard Roark: A building has integrity, just as a man and just as seldom! It must be true to its own idea, have its own form, and serve its own purpose!

Plost Summary courtesy of IMDB.Com
Individualistic and idealistic architect Howard Roark is expelled from college because his designs fail to fit with existing architectural thinking. He seems unemployable but finally lands a job with like-minded Henry Cameron, however within a few years Cameron drinks himself to death, warning Roark that the same fate awaits unless he compromises his ideals. Roark is determined to retain his artistic integrity at all costs.

My Thoughts: I love this quote. Each of us has our own thoughts in this area. Howard Roark: Before you can do things for people, you must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the people! Your own work, not any possible object of your charity. I'll be glad if men who need it find a better method of living in the house I built, but that's not the motive of my work, nor my reason, nor my reward! My reward, my purpose, my life, is the work itself - my work done my way! Nothing else matters to me! My Thoughts: Like it or not it’s often our selfish reasons that make us succeed and that in turn helps us to help others. Dominique Francon: I wish I had never seen your building. It's the things that we admire or want that enslave us, I'm not easy to bring into submission. My Thoughts: It’s easy to get so fascinated with another person or object that we lose our whole sense of self. We want to do anything for that person.

Why I Think You Should See It
Howard Roark has such a strong personality that it is hard imagining that anyone in real life could maintain his attitude. Even through his toughest moments he refuses to give in. He continues to work towards the sort of projects that he wants to work on regardless of what others think.

The Aviator

DiCaprio plays the role perfectly.

The Aviator Quotes
Howard Hughes: Do you know those men? Do they work for me? Noah Dietrich: Everybody works for you, Howard. My Thoughts: This is when Hughes realized he was really a powerful man. It’s a good scene that shows he madness also. Howard Hughes: Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints. Show me all the blueprints... show me all the blueprints... show me all the blueprints... show me all the blueprints... My Thoughts: This scene showed how obsessive

Plot Summary courtesy of IMDB.Com
Phenomenal public success contrasts with private behaviors close to madness: Howard Hughes from the late 1920s to the late 1940s, from "Hells Angels" (spending a fortune on details) through the only flight of the Hercules, a huge, money-losing transport plane. Along the way, the public Hughes sees the big picture - in movies and in aviation, building TWA and leading it through a fight with Pan Am and the US Senate. In private, phobias and compulsions threaten him with self-imposed solitary confinement. How long can his imagination, drive, and the sympathies of Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and the men who work for him stave off these internal disorders?

he was. It’s what made his drive towards wealth and success possible but what also ended up driving him mad. Katharine Hepburn: I've been famous - for better or worse - for a long time now... I wonder if you know what that really means. Howard Hughes: I got my fair share of press on Hell's Angels. I'm used to it. Katharine Hepburn: Are you? Katharine Hepburn: Howard, we're not like everyone else. Too many acute angles. Too many eccentricities. We have to be very careful not to let people in or they'll make us into freaks. Howard Hughes: Kate, they can't get in here. We're safe. Katharine Hepburn: They can always get in. When my brother killed himself there were photographers at the funeral. There's no decency to it. My Thoughts: I just really like this quote.

Why I Think You Should See It
Howard Hughes was one of the most interesting entrepreneurs in history. His combination of genius and madness makes for a great story and his capacity for risk taking is a great lesson and was as a cautionary tale.

Boiler Room

I love this movie. The main character Seth is a young smart entrepreneur who is looking for his way to make a fortune. First he is running a casino for college kids and then he gets recruited into an investment house. His progression from beginner sales person to expert is very good.

Boiler Room Quotes
Jim Young: And there is no such thing as a no sale call. A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you a reason he can't. Either way a sale is made, the only question is who is gonna close? You or him? Now be relentless, that's it, I'm done. My Thoughts: Very true. Seth Davis: I read this article a while back, that said that Microsoft employs more millionaire secretary's that any other company in the world. They took stock options over Christmas bonuses. It was a good move. I remember there was this picture, of one of the groundskeepers next to his Ferrari. Blew my mind. You see shit like that, and it just plants seeds, makes you think its possible, even easy. My Thoughts: Great quote! Now Google has also become a company creating millionaires and billionaires like Microsoft did. Jim Young: There's an important phrase that we use here, and think it's time that you all learned it. Act as if. You understand what that means? Act as if you are the fucking President of this firm. Act as if you got a 9" cock. Okay? Act as if. My Thoughts: He might be wrong in telling his people to lie but he’s right in telling them that they need to have confidence and believe in themselves even if they might not be anything yet. Some say, “Fake it ‘til you make it.”

Plot Summary courtesy of IMDB.Com
A young man has dropped out of Queens College but desperately wants to please his father, a federal judge who's harsh with his son. At his father's insistence, Seth Davis closes a casino he operates in his own house, mostly for college students. Thinking he'll please dad, he takes a job in a small brokerage house, an hour from Manhattan, where trainees make cold calls to lists of well-paid men, and then apply high-pressure tactics to sell initial public offerings exclusive to the firm. He's terrific at sales. Once training is over, the pay is phenomenal, and Seth wonders why. Curiosity leads him to ethical dilemmas, encounters with the Feds, and new territory with his father.

Why I Think You Should See It

Citizen Kane

Emily: Really Charles, people will think-... Charles Foster Kane: - -what I tell them to think. My Thoughts: Charles Foster Kane was a publisher so he had massive influence over a large segment of the population. He knew he could influence the thoughts of the population. Charles Foster Kane: [His answer to being blackmailed] There's only one person in the world who's going to decide what I'm going to do and that's me... My Thoughts: Powerful, confident men never let others dictate what they are going to do and how they are going to lives their lives. They do not allow themselves to be pushed around. Susan: I don't know many people.

Plot Summary courtesy of IMDB.Com
Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" is widely considered to be the greatest film to ever come out of Hollywood. The film is basically about a group of reporters who are trying to decipher the last word ever spoke by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud." The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man's rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the "top of the world."

Charles Foster Kane: I know too many people. I guess we're both lonely. My Thoughts: It’s seems like the more famous a person gets the more isolated they become. Not many people actually truly know the person for who the person is, they just know how much money the person has, how famous they are, and the things he says on the T.V. They know nothing else. Boss Jim Gettys: You're the greatest fool I've ever known, Kane. If it was anybody else, I'd say what's going to happen to you would be a lesson to you. Only you're going to need more than one lesson. And you're going to get more than one lesson. My Thoughts: He knows that Charles Foster Kane isn’t a man to get beat down once and stay down. It’ll take much more to get him to change his ways. Charles Foster Kane: I run a couple of newspapers. What do you do? My Thoughts: He had finally met someone who didn’t know who he was. It was refreshing so he just said simply that he ran a couple of newspapers rather than saying who he really was.

Why I Think You Should See It
Not only is it regarded as the best film in history by many critics but it’s a great story of an entrepreneur who even though he became so rich and powerful he couldn’t shake the insecurities of his youth. I love this movie.

Citizen Kane Quotes

Wall Street

his life is taking. He doesn’t necessarily want him working in a blue collar job but wants him to create an entrepreneurial endeavor rather than tearing apart other people’s companies for profit. Bud Fox: How much is enough? Gordon Gekko: It's not a question of enough, pal. It's a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses. Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another. My Thoughts: As far as money transferring that is very true today with the collapse of our economy. Money wasn’t lost, it’s just transferred hands. Smart people will make a lot of money in the next coming years while people who didn’t keep up with their financial knowledge will continue to lose. Gordon Gekko: I don't throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things. Read Sun-tzu, The Art of War. Every battle is won before it is ever fought.

Plot Summary courtesy of IMDB.Com
Bud Fox is a Wall Street stockbroker in early 1980's New York with a strong desire to get to the top. Working for his firm during the day, he spends his spare time working an on angle with with to approach the high-powered, extremely successful (but ruthless and greedy) broker Gordon Gekko.

My Thoughts: Pretty obvious why I enjoy this quote. Preparation in business is key. Don’t emotionally jump into an opportunity without examining all your options first. Gordon Gekko: This is the kid, calls me 59 days in a row, wants to be a player. There ought to be a picture of you in the dictionary under persistence kid. My Thoughts: Persistence. It takes balls to show up everyday and hope they don’t kick you out and hope you get a shot at the position. A few years ago I had a girlfriend who showed up to a firm in Chicago every business day for a month straight. She wouldn’t take no for an answer. She got the job. She now works for The Pentagon (or possibly now the CIA). Amazing girl.

Why I Think You Should See It
It’s a classic story of a young kid wanting to succeed even thought his dad thinks he’s getting too deep. The kid wont listen because the lure of money is so great that he’ll do anything to get it.

Wall Street Quotes
Carl Fox: Stop going for the easy buck and start producing something with your life. Create, instead of living off the buying and selling of others. My Thoughts: Bud Fox’s dad (played by Martin Sheen) want’s Bud to really think about the direction

Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire: Show me the money! Rod Tidwell: I need to feel you, Jerry! Jerry Maguire: Show me the money! Rod Tidwell: Jerry, you got to yell! Jerry Maguire: [screaming] Show me the money! Show me the money! Rod Tidwell: Do you love this black man! Jerry Maguire: I love the black man! Show me the money! Rod Tidwell: I love black people. Jerry Maguire: I love black people! Rod Tidwell: Who's your motherfucker, Jerry? Jerry Maguire: You're my motherfucker! Rod Tidwell: Whatcha gonna do, Jerry? Jerry Maguire: Show me the money! Rod Tidwell: Unh! Congratulations, you're still my agent.

Plot Summary courtesy of IMDB.Com
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?

My Thoughts: He’s trying to hang onto his one big client and he’ll do anything to keep him. This whole line is awesome. Much more to it but I had to keep it short. Youtube Link: http://tinyurl.com/dg3rwh Jerry Maguire: But if anybody else wants to come with me, this moment will be the ground floor of something real and fun and inspiring and true in this godforsaken business and we will do it together! My Thoughts: He’s just been fired by his other agency and is going to start his own firm. He’s trying to keep positive and give hope to anyone who may follow him. It’s a good line. Dorothy: How about a little piece of integrity in this world that is so full of greed and a lack of honorability that I don't know what to tell my son! Except, "Here. Have a look at a guy who isn't yelling 'Show me the money." Did you know he's broke? He is broke and working for you for free! Broke. Broke, broke, broke. My Thoughts: Great line about integrity.

Why I Think You Should See It
It’s a great story of an agent entrepreneur trying to get his company off the ground and hoping to God that everything goes well. If not he’ll be seen by others and more importantly himself as a complete failure.

Jerry Maguire Quotes
I’ll skip putting the “You had me at hello” quote here since it’s an obvious quote from this movie.

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