10 Movies every Marketer should watch

There are so many movies in the world that are made around marketing and sales stories. Hundreds of movies if we go into depth.

One might argue every successful movie is a great marketing case study. Yes, it is. Because, it takes a huge marketing effort to create a successful movie from the beginning. From selecting the right actors, choosing the locations, putting up with the music, and so many more until promoting.

Here, I will be presenting you with the 10 best Hollywood movies you should have watched as a marketer, a salesman or a businessman.

With this, I will attach the trailer to each movie and will notify the IMDb rating. However, the ordering would be based on my personal preference.

1. The Founder (2016)

This is based on the true story of how a 56 years old Milkshake machine salesman named Ray Kroc turned the McDonald brothers’ revolutionary fast food restaurant into the worlds biggest franchise business.

This has an IMDb rating of 7.2 by the time I write this. However, from a businessman’s point of view, I expect it should have a rating above 8.

2. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Will Smith takes into life a struggling salesman Chris Gardner, who is doing his best to create a better future for his child Christopher.

This masterpiece has an IMDb rating of 8.0. A well worth watch

3. 12 Angry Men (1957)

1957? Bit old yeah? Yes It is old as it sounds. In fact it’s an old black and white movie. So how does this movie gets an 8.9 rating in IMDb? what is the specialty?

Persuasion, is how I explain it. This outstanding piece of work is all about how a man persuade 11 others to prevent a miscarriage of justice for a young boy on a murder.

Though this is not directly related to business or marketing or sales, this is a great movie to realise the importance of persuasion.

4. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

This is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a wealthy stock broker.

This movie particularly comes in the top 10 because of the acting of Leonardo DiCaprio. Every businessman has something important to take from the personality of DiCaprio in as Jordan Belfort.

This has earned a massive 8.2 rating in IMDb. Watch the trailer and you will watch the movie twice!

5. Moneyball (2011)

This is about a baseball team manager with a very tight budget use a computer generated data analysis to create a fighting team.

Carries an IMDb rating of 7.6 which is a fare rating in my mind.

6. Lord of War (2005)

Nicolas Cage starring as an international arms dealer. A story of a chasing success of a salesman, his principles, family and addiction to the business teach you to have a much deeper insight into business.

IMDb rating: 7.6

7. Boiler Room (2000)

Another stock broker story looked at in a different perspective. More about business ethics, with a thrilling storyline.

Gained an IMDb rating of 7.0

8. Joy (2015)

The story builds around a girl named Joy in a complicated relationship and family life trying to pursue her dreams. More about entrepreneurship and business.

Has an IMDb rating of 6.6, but worth more than that as a great startup case study.

9. Tommy Boy (1995)

After the sudden death of his father, Tommy has to take the leadership of a dying auto manufacturing facility, his father’s business. Hundreds of employees’ jobs and the business continuity at stake.

Tommy decides to take the challenge to bring business. Though this is a comedy movie, it creates so many positive propositions about sales.

IMDb rating 7.1

10. The Social Network (2010)

How Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates Facebook and how he face the law suits from the others who claim Mark stole their idea.

Earned an IMDb rating of 7.7

Each of these movies are handpicked from my favourite sales, marketing and business movies. If you haven’t watched any of them, its the time!

Further, if you feel like I should have included any other movies in this list, let me know in the comment section, I would love to hear from you.

Thanuj Gunawardana

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