Here are five business-oriented films for any entrepreneurs looking for a little inspiration.

When you’re setting up your own business - or planning to - it’s normal to experience phases where you might feel a little demotivated.

Here are five films that will give every aspiring entrepreneur the boost they need - and perhaps a reminder of what they can achieve if they commit themselves to seeing their project through, even when times are hard.


The Social Network

Mark Zuckerberg achieved what many can only dream of in his early 20s: making a name for himself - and a huge profit to go with it.

This biographical drama tells the story of the founding of the world’s biggest social networking site, Facebook, and Zuckerberg’s journey from an experimental student with an entrepreneurial spirit, to one of the world’s richest people.

The Social Network is a tale proving that even the most famous success stories didn’t always go completely according to plan.


Joy

When you’re starting a business, it can sometimes feel like the odds are stacked against you, but the one thing you always expect to have is the support of your family and friends.

This isn’t always the case for Joy, whose family has doubts when she creates a prototype for a self-wringing mop. She eventually convinces her father’s girlfriend to invest in the product and finds a cheap way to advertise, encountering some legal issues and hefty bills along the way.

Joy’s road to success isn’t easy, and the moral of her story is never to give up. The film is based on the true story of real-life entrepreneur, Joy Mangano.


Jerry Maguire

This film may be more than 20 years old, but that doesn’t make it any less relevant as far as business is concerned.

Tom Cruise plays lead character Jerry Maguire (based on real-life sports agent, Leigh Steinberg), a highly successful sports agent who, after questioning his purpose one day, finds himself stripped if his position - and his high-flying clients - and decides to go it alone.

The only question is, can you really lose everything you’ve ever worked for, and manage climb your way back to the top of the game?


Steve Jobs

The world-famous co-founder of Apple has had several biopics and documentaries made about him, and it’s not hard to see why.

As one of the driving forces behind the technology so many of us seem so dependent on these days, this 2015 release depicts his life from 1984 through to 1998, showcasing three of Jobs’ most distinct product launches.

This thrilling insight into the life of one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs will certainly leave you wanting to follow in his footsteps.


Something Ventured

This documentary shares the stories of several men who, at some point in their lives, spotted an opportunity and decided to run with it.

Risks are taken and stakes are high, but these are some of the world’s biggest and most well-known success stories - these are the people who succeeded in developing technology and the way the world works today.

Something Ventured doesn't only show the triumphs that lie behind companies such as Apple and Intel, but the struggles as well. Most ventures did not become what they are today without facing a few hurdles along the way.

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