5 Best Movies About Small Business Owners

5 of the best movies about small business

Becoming a small business owner is never easy. Many often look to external sources for inspiration and motivation to continue along their path. Movies about small business always engage, encourage and inspire viewers. Cinematography uniquely captures life and business lessons in an easy-to-digest format, making it a great source of inspiration. For some of the best movies about small business, explore these 5 titles that share important entrepreneurial lessons.

What Women Want (2000)

In this heartfelt romantic comedy, Mel Gibson plays Nick Marshall, an arrogant advertising executive at a small marketing firm in Chicago. Although the plot is unrealistic–a hairdryer accident in a bathtub miraculously enables him to hear women’s inner thoughts–the movie provides an entertaining look at gender differences. It also displays some tangible lessons about the cut-throat marketing world and the importance of understanding your target audience.

Jerry Maguire (1996)

This is the story of sports agent, Jerry Maguire, who leaves a major talent agency after putting his morals before business. Armed only with his industry experience, his former secretary from the agency and a single capricious client, Maguire begins rebuilding his career. He starts his own independent agency and learns about the hardships that many small business owners face. Overall, he encounters the challenges of running and managing a business while simultaneously fostering close personal relationships.

Joy (2015)

Based on the true story of Joy Mangano, this film depicts a headstrong inventor’s rise to fame at QVC. Joy, played by Jennifer Lawrence, comes from a disadvantaged background. Despite the odds, she pursues her ambitions. Joy faces challenges in financing, production, patent law and negotiations. Family jeopardizes what little success she has achieved to that point. She uses drive and determination to overcome those obstacles and goes on to become one of the biggest success stories in QVC history.

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

This charming story follows Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan). She’s the owner and operator of a family-run bookstore called “The Shop Around the Corner.” The store is threatened when retail giant Fox Books opens a superstore down the street. Kathleen ultimately decides to close the store, which her mother first opened. Despite the painful experience, closing a business is necessary to move on to better things.

Chef (2014)

This is a comedy-drama starring Jon Favreau  as chef Carl Casper. Carl is stuck under a controlling restaurant owner, Riva. Although he yearns for more creative dishes, Riva pressures Carl to cook without flavor and creativity. After a scathing review from a restaurant critic, Carl decides to branch out on his own. He starts making innovative dishes in a a traveling food truck. As the movie progresses, we see that freedom of expression and taking risks are essential for creating memorable, unique experiences.


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