In 1898 the oil business is just starting to boom and a tough businessman is looking to take advantage. The film does a great job of showing just how dangerous this business really was at the time. Daniel Day Lewis won the Oscar for best actor in one of the greatest acting performances of all time.
A Martin Scorsese masterpiece and the best movie ever made about the casino business. It is inspired by a true story of the mafias dominance of the industry. The cast is loaded with De Niro, Pesci, and Stone at their best.
The classic movie about the Italian mafia business. Marlon Brando's role as Don Corleone is one of the best ever. A true masterpiece. The stacked cast created many stars like Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan, and Diane Keaton.
The second movie in the Godfather trilogy and just as great as the first. There are two story-lines running that depict the events following the first film and Vito Corleone as a youth. Robert De Niro joins the cast as the young Don Corleone.
Another amazing picture by Martin Scorsese and arguably the best mafia movie ever created. The always winning duo of De Niro and Pesci are at their best. Depicts the rise and fall of a young mafioso who learns the business of mafia.
A terrific business film depicting the rise of the social media company Facebook. It is brilliantly directed with some fresh acting talent. Portrays Mark Zuckerberg as an evil but insecure tech genius.
The classic cop vs. robber film with two of the best in the business - Pacino and De Niro. This is a crime film but make no mistake these guys are running a serious and clever business focusing on high level robbery.
Probably the greatest gangster movie of all time. Al Pacino ingeniously portrays the rise and fall of a Cuban drug lord in the United States. Pacino should have received the best acting oscar. It is directed by Brian De Palma.
An excellent baseball film about the story of Billy Bean. After failing at pro baseball he became the A's GM and helped to create the first scouting model using mathematics. An intriguing story and without a doubt one of Pitt's best movies.
Based on the true story of Frank Lucas. He built a heroine drug empire that rivaled the Italian mafia. The cast is killer with the likes of Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe. One of the best gangster pictures ever.
Another awesome Martin Scorsese film loaded with great actors such as Nicholson, Damon, and DiCaprio. The movie focuses on the business of criminal Irish mafia and should also be considered one of the best gangster pictures of all time.
Most people think of this as a dinosaur movie, but I see it as a business film. It is very much focused on the theme park business, but they are selling a special product - dinosaurs. One of the best films of all time and directed by one of the greatest directors in Steven Spielberg.
A truly great underdog story of a horse that dominated horse racing in the 1930's despite being under sized and under appreciated. But, the movie is not just about a horse. A good deal of the film focuses on the business of cars and horse racing.
Another masterpiece by Martin Scorsese. This is the wild story of Jordan Belfort and the penny stock firm he started called Stratton Oakmont. It's a tale of greed, lust, and drugs. The film is full of debauchery, but a great film nonetheless.
The is the story of the man who predicted the mortgage crash and made a killing betting against it - Michael Burry. The cast is loaded with acting talents like Christian Bale and Brad Pitt, who never disappoint. The film does a great job of keeping the business of finance interesting.
The founder of search engine Bluebook creates and A.I. that can pass for human. This movie is super original and very well done. Oscar Isaac is popping up in numerous films lately and is one hell of an actor. This is more of a technology film than business, but felt it was worth adding to the list.
The business of cocaine was huge back when Pablo Escobar dominated it in Colombia. This film is based on the true story of the rise and fall of George Jung (played by Johnny Depp). Jung was one of Escobars top drug pushers in America. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best drug business movies of all time. Ray Liotta and Depp are fantastic.
This a great business film that you sadly don't hear much about. The story of a persistent and slightly crazy freelance photographer who finds his way into crime Journalism. Jake Gyllenhaal really deserved more credit for his role as Lou Bloom. There are some great business lines throughout from this ruthless, but borderline psychotic business man.
The true story of Illinois salesman Ray Croc and how he expanded the Mcdonald's franchise business into a hamburger empire. This is a cautionary tale as well as a lesson on the importance of persistence in business. The film helped to reignite Keaton's acting career.
The Ocean's Eleven crew is involved with high level robbery and these guys are all about business. The target this time is a Las Vegas casino. The cast is star studded with the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, and many others.
A crime business film based on the wild true story of con man Frank Abagnale. He successfully posed as doctor, lawyer, and airline pilot in order to make millions cashing fake checks. With a team like Spielberg, DiCaprio, and Hanks you just can't lose.
A rags to riches story about the music business. Rappers NWA rise from the streets of Compton to become the most influential rap group of their time. They spawned artists like Ice Cube and Dr. Dre who are still highly influential today.
A remake of the original film with Robert Redford and based on the book, Gatsby is a driven self-made millionaire who was driven to riches by the dream of reconnecting with the love of his life. A lesson of persistence for all of us chasing the dream. What is your "Green light?"
Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel is a Jewish mafioso connected to the top crime bosses in the Italian mafia in America. This film is about the true story of Siegel's involvement with creation of the first Las Vegas casino - The Flamingo.
The sequel to Oliver Stones original classic Wall Street. Gordon Gekko is back in the game after being released from prison and he now has a new apprentice. The film has a great cast with Michael Douglas, Josh Brolin, and Shia LaBeouf.
This is the third Godfather in the trilogy. While not as good as the first two, it is still a very good business film. Michael Corleone is trying to expand into more legit enterprises, but it may not be as easy as he thinks. Pacino is great as always and we are introduced to Andy Garcia through the volatile character of Vincent Mancini.
This is a great political film about the business of war and politics. It's based on the story of Dick Cheney (Vice President under George W. Bush). Although, I'm not sure how accurate, it attempts to portray Cheney as a sneaky underling who manipulates Bush into become the most powerful VP ever. There is some great acting talent by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Sam Rockwell.
A classic film (starring Kevin Costner) about the man (Elliot Ness) who brought down Al capone. In an attempt to put a dent in the illegal liquor business during prohibition, Elliot Ness ruthlessly pursues Al Capone until they are finally able to get him on tax evasion.
This story is of the rise and fall of newspaper tycoon Charles Kane. Some will argue that this is the greatest business film of all time. I personally don't agree, but it is worth a watch. The movie is older and filmed in black and white, which many won't prefer. Someone should remake this modern day and in color.
A wealthy businessman meets an ambitious prostitute by chance and they being to fall for each other. This is the film that put Julia Roberts on the map. Richard Gere also puts in a great performance as powerful bachelor Edward Lewis.
This is another film that you won't hear much about. It's the story of an immigrant family trying to expand their trucking business in the early 80's in New York City (one of the most violent years in the cities history). Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain deliver some great performances as always.
The diamond business can be a lot nastier than many people realize. DiCaprio plays a ruthless smuggler looking to score on a monster diamond that will help make all of his problems disappear. The film does a great job of portraying the prevalence and dangers of the illegal diamond business in Africa.
A fantastic sports film about the sports agent business. Jerry Maguire is fired from his firm after writing a mission statement about ethics in the business and decides to start his life again. Tom Cruise, Renee Zellwegger, and Cuba Gooding Jr. deliver some great acting performances (Cuba won the oscar for best supporting actor). Movie Trailer
36. Margin Call 85%
An analyst uncovers information that could ruin their brokerage firm and potentially take down the entire street, so extreme measures are taken in order to control the damage. Margin call is a solid movie with a loaded cast of which all turn in a great performance.
An English gangster film about the boxing promotion business. Brad Pitt is great as a hard to understand bare knuckle boxing gypsy. The film is pretty funny at times and has a loaded cast with the likes of Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, and many others.
This film is also based on the penny stock firm Stratton Oakmont which became famous in the Wolf of Wall Street. Another classic with some great movie lines, famous scenes, and a star studded cast including the likes of Ben Affleck and Vin Diesel. Definitely a must watch film that can be watched over and over!
A solid business film based on the woman who invented the self-wringing miracle mop (Joy Mangano) and the struggles she faced in her pursuit of success. There is some great acting talent from Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro.
This is based on the true story of a Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson. He helped Afghanistan defeat the Russians during the Cold War. There are some great performances by Hanks, Roberts, and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
The story of a wealthy Wall Street businessmen living the high life in New York City. Jack Campbell gets a chance to see what his life could have been like had he made some difference choices. Movie Trailer
45. Middle Men 85%
This is another film that is not very well known and did not gross much at the box office. But, it's still a pretty good business movie. It's the crazy story of the guys who created the ability to process credit cards on the Internet and turned it into a multi-million dollar industry in the pornography business.
This is a short business film with some amazing acting talent such as Pacino, Harris, Baldwin, and Spacey. The sales motivational scene played by Alec Baldwin is classic and it's worth watching for that alone. ABC - Always Be Closing!
This is another underrated film that is sadly not that well known. But its a badass movie with a lot of business related scenes throughout - Mafia, Hollywood, stunt driving, and thievery. It also has some great acting talent from Oscar Issac and Ryan Gosling.
Daniel Craig plays a businessman who just so happens to be involved with the drug industry. Things go a bit haywire when his team tries to sell Ecstasy pills that came from a source who shouldn't be messed with. Movie Trailer
49. Gold 83%
Kenny Wells is a gold prospector searching for the big find. The film didn't gain much traction in theaters which surprised me. It took home $11.4 mill in the box office which is only about half of it's budget. It does have a strong cast, some great scenery, and is based on an interesting true story.
Rounders is a film about the business of underground high-stakes poker. Matt Damon and Edward Norton are great as two buddies who run the hustle. A must see for anyone interested in gambling. Movie Trailer