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Top 5 sales films

Top 5 sales filmsMovies have always been an inspiration to business owners and wannabe entrepreneurs. It gives them ideas, new insights and sheer motivation to go out there and make that move. Sales, as a concept has always been a topic of debate in any business environment. No matter how big or small a company might be, sales are something that no one can get away with.

Unfortunately, one can never learn how to sell just by going to a high class B-school or by reading a few books on how to sell. Moreover, “sales” is not an art or a defined science that one could learn; it is more of an attitude. You just need to go out there and find new ways to get the attention of customers and offer them your product or service. The more differently you do it, the more experienced you get in selling – yourself, your idea, you product or your service.

Here are a set of 5 most popular films based around the concept of sales:

The wolf of Wall Street (2013):

Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film is about the famous New York stock broker Jordan Belfort. The film shows Belford’s rises to success, from being a penny stock broker to becoming the most affluent business owners of the 80’s. It depicts Belford’s rather colorful life – filled with drugs, women, greed and his passion for selling. The film talks about a lot of concept on how to never stop selling in life, motivating your team, focusing on training and embracing adversity.

Gelengarry Glen Ross (1992):

Directed by James Foley, the film is and adaption of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play of the same name written by David Mamet. The film shows two days in the life of 4 desperate real estate salesmen. The film like the play is notoriously famous for its foul language and use of profanity. The film is famous for its famous dialogue, “ABC i.e. Always Be Closing”, meaning that no matter what you do, a salesman job is to always be “CLOSING” sales.

Boiler Room (2000):

Written and directed by Ben Younger, the film is based on interviews the writer conducted with numerous brokers over a two-year period. The film is a true depiction of the so called concept of “boiler room operations” which refers to the use of high pressure sales tactics to sell stocks to clients who are called randomly, most likely after being picked out of a phone directory. If you are looking for adrenaline pumping sales action, then this one is a must watch.

Thank you for Smoking (2005):

A comedy-drama film written and directed by Jason Reitman, the film is about a lobbyist named Nick Naylor, for the tobacco industry whose job is to promote cigarette smoking in a time when the health problems related to cigarettes are obvious to most people. This film clearly shows how business, media, and government interact to influence the choices consumers make. The film depicts how day-to-day consumers are blind towards unethical sales tactics that many corporations undertake to sell their product.

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Harder (2009):

Directed by Neal Brennan, the film is a comedy based around how Ben Selleck’s car dealership, in Temecula, California, is failing and he is forced to hire a mercenary, Don Ready. Don is more like an “outside” person who along with his team, sells cars for Ben, by any and every means possible. The film depicts, that a salesman should have the courage to go to any extent to sell!

Small Business – Big Screen

Top movies for entrepreneurs:

The Social Network (2010)

He may be the world’s youngest billionaire, but Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn’t get to that point without making a few enemies along the way. From a Harvard dorm room to the courtroom, The Social Network film is based on the Facebook creator’s (played by Jesse Eisenberg) trials and triumphs as he builds the social network into the billion-dollar empire. Though the Zuckerberg and his early staff shrug the movie off as totally fictional, the saga does come with a valuable warning to young entrepreneurs about how easily fame and fortune can jeopardize personal relationships.

Wall Street (1987)

Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), an eager young stockbroker on Wall Street, is desperate to make it big in the finance world. He finagles a meeting with the notoriously ruthless and extremely wealthy broker Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), whose motto is “greed is good.” Gekko becomes a mentor for Fox, folding the younger businessman under his successful wing as he encourages deceitful business practices—including fraud and insider trading—to get ahead. But when Fox is arrested for shady business dealings, he realizes there are more important things to strive for than money. The takeaway? Wall Streetprovides business owners with a strong moral message that wealth doesn’t come overnight and that greed almost always comes in the way of true success.


The Aviator (2004)

The Oscar-winning film follows the 20-year career of the legendary Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio), as he goes from being a perfectionist Hollywood film director to an innovative airplane pilot and owner of an airline. The bio-pic shows Hughes as he takes over Trans World Airlines and tries to compete with the big, bad Pan American Airlines. The road is long, and PanAm puts up a fight, but Hughes never gives up. And though Hughes eventually suffered from debilitating paranoia and phobias, in the movie he at least makes a brief comeback at the end. The lesson from this movie and entrepreneur’s story is this: Never be afraid to take on a company bigger than yours.



In the Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a struggling salesman in San Francisco who is left homeless and caring for his young son after he blows his family’s savings on a bad business investment. But Gardner doesn’t waste time despairing. He decides to take on an unpaid six-month long internship that could potentially lead him to the job of his dreams. Though the other interns are younger and more educated, Gardner’s common sense, good attitude, and incredible work ethic prevails. He gets the dream, while also earning the respect of everyone he works with.


Jerry Maguire (1996)

Once a big-firm sports agent willing to do anything to score lofty contracts for athletes (and the hefty commission that comes with it), Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is fired after a change of heart leads him to adopt a more honest approach to his work. He may have lost his job and most of his clients, but rather than give up, Jerry decides to start a sport agency of his own. The movie reminds us that starting a business is never easy, but doing what you believe in is always the right choice. In the end, he’s happier and more successful than ever.


Baby Boom (1987)

J.C. Wiatt (Diane Keaton) is a successful New York City businesswoman—albeit a workaholic. But she soon learns that she has inherited an infant from a distant relative who has passed away. Unable to keep up her demanding career with a child at home, she moves from the city to the country, and starts a booming business selling baby applesauce. She learns that success can be balanced with a happy and meaningful home life.


Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

This made-for-TV drama captures the rivalry between Apple and Microsoft as Steve Jobs (Noah Wyle) and Bill Gates (Anthony Michael Hall) both begin to build their technology empires in the 1980s. Though the film is fictional, it does translate an intense rivalry between two businessmen, and how they constantly feed off that rivalry. Considering that the real Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are now at the top of their industry, looks like the movie was making (at least one) point: When you’re just starting out, a little competition never hurt anyone.




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