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Top 10 resources for new and aspiring entrepreneurs: Movies you can't miss!


As an entrepreneurship education scholar, I am often asked by students and new entrepreneurs for lists of resources that can help build businesses. To that end, I have spent years compiling top 10 lists on everything from books, movies, research articles, and more, all in the hopes of helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs expand their horizons.


This entry contains the first of several in a series of upcoming top 10 blog posts, this one on one of my favourite topics: movies. Grab some popcorn, scroll down, and enjoy!


Top 10 Films – Fictional Work & Workplace-Related:

1. Citizen Kane (1941). Watch as Charles Foster Kane rises to dominate the business world, only to end up on his deathbed with regrets about the mysterious 'Rosebud'.

2. The Social Network (2010). As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

3. Cabin in the Woods (2011). The lone horror movie entry on this list, watch this for the behind-the-scenes bureaucratic management of the horrors inflicted upon a group of friends.

4. Wall Street (1987). A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information, in this modern-day classic.

5. Office Space (1999). In this darkly comedic cult hit, three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

6. The Godfather Trilogy (1972 – 1990). The chronicles of the Corleone family outlines the sometimes bloody inner workings of an influential Italian mafia family.

7. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). A thrilling examination of the sometimes dark machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.

8. Catch Me If You Can (2002). Barely 21, Frank is a skilled forger who has passed as a doctor, lawyer and pilot. FBI agent Carl becomes obsessed with tracking down the con man, who only revels in the pursuit.

9. The Founder (2016). The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into the biggest restaurant business in the world, with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

10. 12 Angry Men (1957). A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.


Top 10 Films – Documentaries/Non-Fiction that Focus on Entrepreneurs:

1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011). A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

2. She Did That (2019). An intimate peek inside the lives of four Black women who continuously raise the glass ceiling for future generations.

3. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (2019). An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.

4. The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts (2013). An inside look at the life and work of Gucci fashion designer, Frida Giannini.

5. Tiger King (2020). Watch as Joe Exotic runs his beloved zoo business into the ground, all while plotting the death of a rival.

6. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing (2011). Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicentre.

7. Generation Startup (2016). Generation Startup takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit.

8. Becoming Warren Buffet (2017). The legendary investor started out as an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska and ended up becoming one of the richest and most respected men in the world.

9. Freakonomics (2010). A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

10. Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016). A feature documentary film about internationally renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins.


Do you have any suggestions that aren't on these lists? Post them in the comments section!


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Dr. Jeffrey J. McNally, or 'Dr. Jeff' as he is known to his students, is a professor of management at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. His award-winning research focuses primarily on studying the outcomes of entrepreneurship education. Jeff also studies the outcomes of workplace attitudes. More information about him can be found online on LinkedIn, Twitter, or you can send him an email at jeff.mcnally@unb.ca.

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