5 Best Business Movies 2021

The past year was rife with movies surrounding the business industry, and we’ve got the perfect resource to help you find just the flick to pass the time. Regardless of the mood you’re in, you should find a movie on our list that piques your interest.

The Assistant

Inspired by the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, The Assistant puts you in the shoes of an entry-level assistant who works for a powerful film executive. Starring Julia Garner, The Assistant is a slow-paced but engaging story that puts you face-to-face with the alleged abuse that takes place in the film industry.

Garner’s character, Jane, is shocked to learn of these things, as she thought she had landed the job of her dreams. The payoff is a bit bittersweet, but it’s a compelling movie nonetheless. However, if you are more into action-oriented films, you might want to skip this one.

That said, it’s worth noting that many assistants who have worked in the film industry have come forward to voice their support for this movie. 

It is said to be powerfully accurate, giving people who don’t grasp or understand what it’s like to work in this field an inside peek. The Assistant is pretty subtle in its storytelling, so you need to pay close attention to pick up on certain things. 

Some may find the subject matter to be outlandish, but rest assured, it is centered on authenticity. You may need to adjust yourself to its pacing, especially if you are used to fast-paced movies. But once you do, you will find the directing to be impressive. 

Even the most mundane things in everyday life are told in a way that makes them suspenseful. This is because Jane sees things that she isn’t supposed to see. As the viewer comes to grips with Jane’s reality, The Assistant becomes all the tenser.

No real-world companies are named in this movie, nor are any executives. Savvy viewers will quickly draw their own conclusions, though. 

Regardless of your opinion on the whole matter, The Assistant serves as a great reminder that all business owners should strive for moral excellence. You never know who’s watching.

Tesla

Today, most people think of “Tesla” as a vehicle. But the name actually originates from the famous scientist Nikola Tesla. The movie Tesla (sort of) follows the life and times of the scientist, giving viewers an up-close-and-personal look at the struggles that he experienced as an inventor.

Starring the ever-capable Ethan Hawke as the man himself, this movie lets you see what it was like for an engineer to make a living on his inventions – even for someone as great as Tesla. 

This movie marks the first time in cinematic history that a feature-length film has centered on Nikola Tesla. Set in a time when Edison was considered the more prominent scientist (which is a whole other story in itself), Tesla is worth a watch if you’re a fan of Hawke or want to know all that you can about Nikola. 

Admittedly, much is left out that could have been told or at least touched on. Much of it is more artsy than it is accurate. Still, any movie that finally gives Nikola Tesla center stage is worthy of a watch. 

That being said, if you want a true and accurate representation of the man, combine this viewing with documentaries about Tesla. 

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Whether you’re an aspiring business owner or you currently run your own company, you can never do without some motivation. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind delivers plenty of that and a whole lot more thanks to its real-life story that is centered on a 13-year-old Malawian child. 

The movie is about William Kamkwamba (played by Maxwell Simba), who gets tossed out of school due to his family not being able to afford the education. But this proves to be a pivotal moment in young William’s life, as he has such a love for learning and education that he steps up to provide for this family. 

Determined to do whatever it takes to help them and succeed, you get to see what true, real-world motivation looks like and the results that can come from it. 

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who also stars in the movie. Great lengths were taken to show viewers the reality of African farming and the hardships farmers face. It’s an emotional ride through and through, but the payoff is most satisfying. 

Not only will you learn the benefits of motivation, but you will also gain a newfound sense of gratitude for the things you have in life. 

As of January 2021, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is currently available on Netflix. If you fancy a true, gripping, and emotional account of what perseverance can accomplish, this movie is certainly worthy of your time.

House of Cardin

House of Cardin gives viewers an inside look into the life of Pierre Cardin, the famous Italian fashion designer. While it’s safe to say that a large majority of the public can positively identify the Pierre Cardin logo, the same probably can’t be said for the man behind it.

Enter: House of Cardin. Not only do you get to learn things about the designer that you likely never knew, but you also get to see rare footage as the life of Cardin is recounted. Dating back to 1945, Cardin worked in Paris, France, helping design costumes for Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast

Later, Cardin would form his own label in 1950, taking the first steps to build an empire. It’s interesting to see what Cardin made of his life. His creativity is clearly something that few possess, which is all the more evident in the success that he made for himself. 

Many give praise to Cardin for taking bold steps in the clothing industry, moving the public away from mainstay styles and into modern, easy-to-wear clothes. Today, such practices are considered standard. But back in the 1960s and ‘70s, it was nothing short of revolutionary and daring.

Even if you aren’t into clothing or fashion, House of Cardin is worth a view based solely on its compelling storytelling. You will undoubtedly gain respect and appreciation for all that this man did throughout his life in the industry.

Living to be 98 years old, Cardin’s age is perhaps a testament to his will to succeed. Determined business owners will find a lot in common with Cardin and may also find the motivation they need to take risks in their business ventures.

Like a Boss

If you prefer something a bit more lighthearted, Like a Boss is good for some laughs. Any aspiring entrepreneur will find something in this movie to relate to. The story follows two friends who decide to start their own cosmetics company.

Problems arise when the gals find themselves in serious debt. Owing $500,000, the duo (played by Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) seek out to find a willing partner (Salma Hayek) to invest in their brand. 

Hayek plays a successful cosmetics tycoon who is willing to sink over a million dollars into the enterprise. Madness ensues when Hayek’s character starts to steal from the girls. They soon devise a plan to get their money back from their investor.

Don’t expect a masterpiece in storytelling here. It’s meant to be a fun little flick to watch while you relax for the evening. You don’t have to worry about racking your brain for following some convoluted story. There are enough funny moments sprinkled throughout the film to get a chuckle out of you here and there.

Ultimately, the moral of the story is that you should be careful who you enter into business agreements with. This is true whether you are seeking a small business loan or looking for an investor like the girls in this movie.

Always take great care and do plenty of research before signing a contract. This could potentially save you a lot of hassle in the long run. 

Summary

We hope you enjoyed our guide to the best business movies available right now. It’s nice to be able to draw inspiration from past successes or learn about the trials that someone went through to get to where they are today.

If you would like more advice and direction for your small business, we invite you to skip the flicks and head on over to our blog page. There, you will find a wealth of information that covers a variety of business-related topics. 

And if you have a question for our experts that you couldn’t find in our articles, feel free to contact us any time you like. We are here to help and look forward to hearing from you!

 

Sources

https://www.ted.com/speakers/william_kamkwamba

https://www.history.com/topics/inventions/nikola-tesla

https://pierrecardin.com/en/

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