Are you tired of training books and videos? It’s time to go to the movies! Here you’ll find no less useful information than you would in either professional webinars or in the suggestions of famous marketers and salespeople. Read on and you’ll find a list of movies about sales, marketing, and business, which will help you work more effectively.
1. Sweet November. Yep, it’s a romantic drama. But marketers and salesmen will learn an important lesson from this movie. The protagonist, played by Keanu Reeves, works at an advertising agency. He creates aggressive advertising campaigns. The heroine, played by Charlize Theron, introduces him to her friends, who work for a rival advertising business. They sell without using obtrusion or aggression.
2. Boiler Room. It’s a must-see-movie for every sales or businessman. The motivational speech given by Ben Affleck’s protagonist is studied at sales trainings. But still, it’s a movie about how you don’t want to sell.
3. Wall Street. A cult movie filmed in 1987 with a 2010 sequel. These movies are about business in general. Every entrepreneur should remember the key lesson learned by Charlie Sheen’s protagonist. It’s better to run your own small business than to manipulate other peoples.
4. 12 Angry Men. This old movie will show you the art of persuasion in action. You are likely to want to manage to use this skill in sales.
5. Death of a Salesman. This is one of the three adaptations of the play by Arthur Miller. An elderly salesman loses faith in both himself and his profession. He also loses the will to live. This movie makes you consider how cruel our society is – a society where it’s hard to survive without selling yourself.
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6. Tommy Boy. This is a movie about a guy who doesn’t know how to sell, though he has no choice but to do so. He manages to overcome his fear and learns on the run. Moreover, it’s a movie which teaches us that childhood ends quickly.
7. Glengarry Glen Ross. It’s a story about sales and competition. The movie is notable for its cast: Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin and several other great actors.
8. The Social Network. You certainly didn’t miss this movie, if you work in an online business. It’s a movie about ideas and genius. It turns out that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to generate ideas. But only a genius can implement them.
9. Pirates of the Silicon Valley. Another movie which online entrepreneurs couldn’t miss. It tells the stories of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
10. Lord of War. A movie about choosing a promising niche for business development. Not only businessmen will like this movie with Nicholas Cage, but thriller fans will do as well.
11. 99 Francs. This movie leads us behind the curtains of an advertising business – it’s tough and realistic.
12. Love & Other Drugs. The main idea of this movie is that money and success are not the most important things in our life. You can only become a good salesman if you understand it. By the way, the movie shows the background of a pharmacy business.
13. The Pursuit of Happyness. It discusses the power of love and motivation. Will Smith’s protagonist raises a child by himself. He’s ready to sacrifice everything just to make his child happy. You can be sure – a loving father will succeed.
14. Baby Boom. Are you selling something and earning money the whole day? Don’t sell the most important things – life and love. This movie is a great lesson for business people who have lost the balance between their job and their private life.
15. Thank You for Smoking. A movie about business ethics. Marketers, advertisers and salesmen, do you have a taboo? Are you ready to praise and sell any product? This movie will make you stop and revise your approach to work.
16. Jerry Maguire. It’s a movie about a man who didn’t betray himself and who wasn’t afraid to build everything from the beginning. Tom Cruise’s protagonist fights against the intrigues of his former colleagues. He gets to the top with help of his talent and his loved one’s support.
17. Seize the Day. Even good salesmen may have bad times. This story is about how not to break, when the whole world is against you. The protagonist, played by Robin Williams, searches for answer to this question.
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18. Used Cars. A comedy about unscrupulous approaches to a business. Should you waste your career and life on trifles if real success has nothing to do with a number of cars sold?
19. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. If you have a ready tongue, then you can sell sand is the dessert. What would you pay money for that? Yet another movie about a crazy salesman who liquidates used cars.
20. Suckers. If a person comes to a car showroom, then he wants to buy a car. Even if he says that he has no money, that he just came to look at the cars, and that you can buy a car cheaper at a neighbouring showroom. Don’t let customers walk away, use his objections to make a deal. Do you want to learn how to work this way? Watch this movie.
21. The Wolf of Wall Street. The protagonist, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, starts as a petty clerk and becomes a bigwig in the world of finance. He knows how to attract attention, persuade people, and sell them his product. Is it enough to be happy?
22. Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. Can you get rich if you are working at a PC retailing company? No, but you can get rich if you own the company. If you have to be a business owner to sell successfully, then become one. It’s not a big deal, if at first this company will be fictional.
23. Top Secret: Wai roon pun lan (or “The Billionaire”). Thai movie based on a true story of one of the youngest billionaires.
24. Moneyball. A great movie for project managers. It shows how, with help of analytical calculations and management skills, you can create a team that will succeed.
25. A Thousand Words. A funny comedy with Eddie Murphy in the main role. He plays a salesman who can persuade anyone. A chance meeting changes the life of the protagonist. He learns how to appreciate words.
What movies about sales do you know? Leave comments and add them to the collection.