Inspirational business movies

Inspirational Business movies | Movies that motivate |


Some movies can create a life-changing impact on you. They can change the way you perceive major things in life. Talking about inspirational business movies, we have a whole list prepared that will move you to follow your passion.

It is essential to have sources of motivation in your life that will inspire you to do better every day. These sources can be primarily movies, documentaries, or books. To find a worthwhile inspirational movie is like finding a needle in the haystack.

If you want to get a taste of the hardships, success, and the journey towards success, we have got you covered. The struggles of entrepreneurship and depicting what one might face has been perfectly showcased in these movies.

Apart from certain well-known films, some underrated movies also create a profound impact.

Let us take a look at the most inspirational business movies that one needs to watch:

1. The Founder (16 December 2016)

McDonalds inspirational business movies
Pc: time magazine

IMDb: 7.2 

Genre: Biography

Budget: $7-25 million

Box office: $24.1 million

Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll lynch

Director: John Lee Hancock

Production house: Film nation entertainment, The combine

Available on: Netflix, amazon prime


Story: The real story behind the most popular food giant Mcdonalds. Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) is a salesman who met the owners of a burger joint Mac(John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman). As he saw the potential of the business he eventually snatched the billion-dollar company from the hands of the brothers.  

Moral: The non-colliding nature of business partners often leads to conflicts. The one who has persistence often takes the lead. This movie will help business entrepreneurs to understand this game.


2. Unfinished Business (6 March 2015)

inspirational business movies
Pc:20th century studio

IMDb:  5.4 

Genre: Comedy, Fiction

Budget: $35 million

Box office: $14.4 million

Cast: Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco

Director: Ken Scott

Production house: Regency enterprises, Escape artists, new regency

Available on: Netflix


Story: A small businessman  Dan Trunkman(Vince Vaughn) after being distressed by his boss starts his new mineral sales firm with his two associates Timothy (Tom Wilkinson), Mike Pancake (Dave Franco). When they travel to Europe to close the most important deals of their life, the business trip is awaited by unimaginable obstacles.

Moral: A story depicting the challenges of a business owner with his new firm in a light-hearted comic way can entertain you and make you believe in good things. 

3. Joy ( 13 December 2015)

joy movie
Pc: inc. magazine

IMDb: 6.6 

Genre: Biography

Budget: $60 million

Box office: $101.1 million

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert de Niro

Director: David O Russell

Production house: Fox 2000 pictures, Davis entertainment company, Annapurna Pictures, TSG entertainment

Available on: YouTube(paid), Google play


Story: This movie revolves around four generations. Joy (Jennifer Lawrence) is a single mother who rises against all odds to become the founder and matriarch of a successful family business dynasty.

Moral: A women-centric film that inspires every woman out there who dreams of becoming a self-dependent woman to start up their own business.


4. The Intern (25 September 2015)

IMDb: 7.1

Genre: Comedy

Budget: $35-44 million

Box office: $194.6 million

Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo

Director: Nancy Meyers

Production house: RatPac-dune Entertainment and Waverly Films

Available on: Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google play


Story: Jules Ostin, played by Anne Hathaway, is all about her company ‘About the Fit’ but when a 70-year-old intern joins her company, her life changes. He teaches Jules about the importance of family and love.

Moral: The Intern truly captures the essence of the culmination of wise and old with new and fresh.


5. The internship (June 7, 2013)

Pc: YouTube

IMDb:  6.3 

Genre: Comedy, Fiction

Budget: $58 million

Box office: $93.5 million

Cast: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Max Minghella

Director: Shawn Levy

Production house: Regency enterprises,21 laps entertainment, wild west picture show productions, TSG Entertainment

Available on:  amazon prime


Story: Billy(Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are two salesmen. Their company has been shut as it failed to compete with the digital world. Both Billy and Nick decide to prove that they are not outdated and manage to land at Google as interns. But to qualify for the job they had to go through a battle with the nation’s most tech-savvy geniuses.

Moral: With the fast transforming world every day, this movie tells you that necessity is the mother of inventions. No matter who you are, positivity and determination could lead you to achieve anything.


6. The wolf of the wall street (25 December 2013)

wolf of the wallstreet
Pc: the new yorker

IMDb: 8.2

Genre: Biography, Black Comedy

Budget: $100 million

Box office: $392 million

Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie

Director: Martin Scorsese

Production house: Red Granite Pictures, Appian way production, Sikelia productions, EMJAG productions.

Available on: amazon prime


Story: Jordan Belfort (Leonardo Dicaprio) found his brokerage firm with his partner Donny Azoff(Jonah Hill) in the early 90’s.with the help of brokers, they defraud rich investors and make tons of money. As the firm grows, their crooked actions come into notice of the FBI. This led to the downfall of their career.

Moral: This movie emphasizes the theme of how people with no resources like education, connection, social ease can also achieve success in life.


7. Jobs(16 August 2013)

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Pc: mashable

IMDb: 5.9 

Genre: Biography 

Budget: $12 million

Box office: $42.1 million

Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney

Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Production house: If entertainment, Endgame entertainment

Available on: Netflix, amazon prime


Story: This is the journey of a successful entrepreneur Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) who brought the revolution in the computer industry. How he started his journey from the garage of his parent’s house to his rocky ways of doing the work and how he built Apple inc.

Moral: This inspirational movie depicts very clearly that a successful company like Apple is built from a small idea and place. 


8. The Social Network (12 November 2010)

mark zuckerberg
Pc: vulture

IMDb: 7.7

Genre: Biography

Budget: $40  million

Box office: $224.9 million

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake

Director: David Fincher

Production house: Columbia pictures, relativity Media

Available on: Netflix, Amazon Prime

Story: The creator of Facebook- Mark Zuckerberg is the highlight of this movie. He created Facebook while studying at Harvard. He was sued by two brothers who claimed that Mark stole their idea. Later, his best friend was ousted from the company.

Moral: It is a must-watch as it also emphasizes the fact that big companies have small beginnings. Hence, motivating you to start something of your own.


9. The Aviator(25 December 2004)

Pc: golden globes

IMDb: 7.5

Genre: Biography

Budget: $110 million

Box office: $213.7 million

Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio,Cate Blanchett,Kate Beckinsale

Director: Martin Scorsese

Production House: Appian Way, IMF, Forward Pass, Initial entertainment group

Available on:  YouTube, Google play

Story: The Aviator is a biopic of Howard Hughes. It depicts the early years of this legendary actor and how he overcomes all odds to become a successful businessman and film director. 

Moral: The Aviator is considered to be one of the best biographies of all time and is quite inspirational. A success story sweeps everyone off their feet, strengthening their belief in themselves.


10. Erin Brokovich (14 march 2000)

business movies
Pc: American film institute

IMDb: 7.3

Genre: biography

Budget: $52 million

Box office: $ 256.3 million

Cast: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart

Director: David O Russell

Production house: Universal Pictures.Columbia Pictures, Jersey films

Available on: Youtube, Google play


Story: This movie highlights the horror of corporate greed. This legal drama revolves around the struggle of Erin Brockovich against a corporate bigwig.

Moral: This inspiring movie talks about justice, fairness, and truth and is a classic.



1. Bazaar(26 October 2018)

bazaar movie
Pc: BookMyShow

IMDb: 6.6    

Genre: Thriller, Drama

Budget: Not known

Box office:₹ 34.95 crore

Cast: Saif Ali Khan,Rohan Vinod Mehra, Radhika Apte

Director: Gaurav K Chawla

Production house: Viacom 18 motion pictures, B4U motion pictures, Emmay entertainment

Available on: Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google play


Story: A small stock trader Rizwan Ahmed(Rohan Mehra) is hired by a successful Gujarati trader Shakun Kothari (Saif Ali khan). But Rizwan is betrayed by Shakun when he uses Rizwan for his monetary profit. Rizwan then manages to enthrall SEBI agents to arrest the corrupt Shakun.

Moral: Sometimes people idealize fraudsters in the business industry. You come across betrayals when it’s a matter of money. So choose your inspiration wisely.


2. Sui Dhaga( 28 September 2018)

sui dhaaga movie
Pc: financial express

IMDb: 6.8    

Genre: Drama

Budget: 48 crores

Box office: 125.09 crores

Cast: Anushka Sharma, Varun Dhawan,

Director: Sharat Katariya

Production house: Yash Raj films

Available on: Amazon Prime


Story: Mauji (Varun Dhawan) decides to start a garment business when encouraged by his wife Mamta(Anushka Sharma). With the help of various artisans from his area, he managed to participate in an acclaimed fashion show.

Moral: People should know their key talents and skills. One should not be afraid to take risks. People with limited sources and lack of motivation will be highly inspired by the hardships of the protagonist.


3. Guru( 12 January 2007)

guru business movie
Pc: The amateur media blog

IMDb: 7.7 

Genre: Drama

Budget: Rs 180 million

Box office: Rs 830.7 million

Cast: Abhishek Bacchan, Aishwarya Rai, Mithun Chakraborty

Director: Mani Ratnam

Production house: Reliance entertainment, Madras talkies

Available on: Netflix, YouTube(paid), Google play


Story: It is said to be largely based on the life of Indian business tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani. The story revolves around a man Gurukanth Desai(Abhishek Bachhan) who along with his wife decides to leave his village to pursue his dreams. He rose to success after building a successful business empire. 

Moral: This movie will majorly inspire those who are from small cities or villages but dare to see big dreams and wishes to fulfill them.


4. Band Baaja Baaraat(10 December 2010)

band baja baarat

 IMDb: 7.2        

Genre: Drama, romance

Budget: Rs 10 crores

Box office: Rs 31 crore

Cast: Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh

Director: Maneesh Sharma

Production house: Yash Raj films

Available on: Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google play


Story: Shruti Kakkar(Anushka Sharma) a last-year college student starts her own business of wedding events with Sharma(Ranveer Singh), his business partner. Even though the policy of not falling in love with your business partner, Shruti builds unreciprocated feelings for his business partner. Later, Bittoo starts his own business. The story eventually depicts their business downfalls and how they reconcile.

Moral: Love story of two young people who led their love-hate relationship to affect their career. Personal and professional life is probable to collide.


5. Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year(11 December 2009)

rocket sing sales movie
Pc: BookMyShow

IMDb: 7.5       

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Budget:₹ 16 crore

Box office: ₹33.3 crore

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Gauahar Khan

Director: Shimit Amin

Production house: Yash raj films

Available on: Youtube, Amazon Prime, Google Play


Story: A fresh graduate Harpreet Singh Bedi (Ranbir Kapoor) despite scoring fewer marks in the graduation dreams of a successful career. He landed in the job of sales which he thought was fit for him until his way of working clashes with the ways of his bosses.

Moral: Good grades for a successful career may not be mandatory if someone knows their true potential and has dreams to fulfill. 


6. Shivaji the boss ( 15 June 2007)

shivaji da boss
Pc: YouTube

IMDb: 7.5      

Genre: Action

Budget: 60 crore

Box office: 205 crore

Cast: Rajnikanth, Shriya Saran

Director: S. Shankar

Production house: AVM productions

Available on: Amazon Prime


Story: Shivaji(Rajnikanth) returns from the US to invest his money for India’s social welfare. His deeds bothered politicians and they eventually stole all of his money leaving him with one rupee. He takes this as a challenge and executes his plans to earn even more money. With this money, he decides to make the system right and make India a developed nation.

Moral: Often right people who want to do good for society are led down by the corrupt system. It is always good to fight for the right. Black money only leads to the downfall of a nation.



All these movies indeed have one thing in common, the presence of sheer dedication and determination to flourish your start-up. Any dreamer can gain an appropriate amount of motivation from here and begin their work.


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