I've learned how to learn, implement, and pivot quickly, but also how to manage employees, pitch investors, create marketing strategies, and more.

I founded a digital marketing agency and created a news app called Splash in the same year. Alore Growth OS is a growth platform that I am passionate about.

When I was reading a good book or watching a good movie, I was hopeful that the hard times would pass and that I was not the only one struggling.

I don't deny that I've learned a lot from films. Brad Pitt did a great job in Moneyball and Steve Jobs did a great job in Jobs. Will Smith's character in Pursuit of Happyness was nurturing and protecting his dream.

This is a list of people who work in the entertainment industry. The Hollywood school of business is made up of these movies.

1. "The Big Short" (2015)

Steve Carell, Hamish Linklater, Jeremy Strong, and Rafe Spall in The Big Short (2015)
Entrepreneurs can learn a lot about risk management in the stock market from "The Big Short."
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What happens when one man gets an early glimpse of the subprime mortgage crisis? This movie is a must-watch for entrepreneurs, especially those interested in economics and finance. If you wish to be familiar with these terms before spinning a dime in the stock market, this is your movie!

Market optimism won't protect against crashes. The movie shows the harm that can be done when large financial institutions hold leverage in the market. Risk management is something investors need to pay attention to.

2. "Startup.com" (2001)

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This documentary shows how difficult it is to push forward on an idea that seems out-of-the-box to everyone else.
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It's worth mentioning that this is a documentary and that it makes you think about what to do and what not to do in a startup. The gold rush of the 1990s is the subject. If you're a techie or interested in understanding the internet bubble, this one is worth a visit. The movie shows the downfall of the internet company govWorks Inc., which went bust in the year 2000 after raising $60 million in funding. The company was reborn in January of last year.

Money, greed and power can affect a relationship. Some business partners are better than others.

3. "The Social Network" (2010)

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"The Social Network" shows us that business success requires more than just a great idea. You have to be able to execute it.
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Of course, this film has to be named in every list of movies a entrepreneur must watch, offering a peek into the world of Silicon Valley and how startups run and succeed. Adapted from Mark Zucker-Facebook-berg's real life, the movie motivates youngsters to dream big and chase that dream to no end.

The person who executes it is the one who has the idea. Mark Zuckerberg had the will, the confidence, the vision, and the discipline to make Facebook a reality. It is known that there is no original idea, but the real job is to make it happen.

4. "Jobs" (2013)

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in 'Jobs' (2013)
Success can sometimes be a really long road, which is something every entrepreneur should have in mind.
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Based on the life of Steve Jobs, this film is a must-watch. Don't watch it for the acting, but for the story of the great visionary who transformed and fuelled innovation in the technology products industry. 

It took 20 years for Apple to become a powerhouse. Entrepreneurs don't notice that successful ventures didn't happen overnight. Before it was steered in the right direction by being innovative again, Apple struggled as a company, as well as a technology, for over a decade.

5. "Becoming Warren Buffett" (2017)

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In this documentary, Warren Buffett reveals his day-to-day, and his two most important investing rules.
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This documentary tells the story of how the mindset for innovation can be built from a very young age. One of the most essential takeaways from this movie is how to find life goals and objectives unrelated to making more money, and instead, focus on becoming a better human being.

If you stick to your plan, you'll get what you want. Investing is not about picking stocks or finding the next hot company, according to the movie. When it comes to money, it's important to stick with a plan and not make emotional decisions. Never lose money and never forget rule number one are some of the investing rules followed by Buffet. It shows that small differences in your investments can grow into larger ones over time.

6. "Joy" (2015)

Jennifer Lawrence in Joy (2015)
An entrepreneur's business circle should never include family. Lawrence's character in "Joy" is a great example of the reasons why.
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Inspired by the real-life of self-made millionaire Joy Mangano and her struggle to do more than make ends meet as an out-of-work mother and aspiring entrepreneur, this movie follows Joy's journey as she struggles with numerous professional and personal obstacles. It's easy to feel wholly enthralled by Joy's determination and won't-quit attitude.

Advisers from outside your family are a good choice. The situation of having her family as business advisers was not unique. They are too close to her to give feedback.

If your family wants to work with you, it's a good idea to hire professionals. A group of successful people in the same business could be created. Some of the best ideas and feedback come from people who aren't invested in you.

7. "Wall Street" (1987)

Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen in Wall Street (1987)
Greed can be your undoing, but there is a way entrepreneurs can use a little greed to motivate themselves.
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The amount of sales dialogues one can learn from this film is insane. In a world of hunger where nothing can ever be enough, this movie showcases the passion and madness that takes over a businessman when he is maniacal about success. It sheds light on the level of craziness businesses will go to succeed – a notable quote: "greed is good." 

The character of a power and success-hungry man who is ready to skirt the law is embodied by Charlie Sheen. We all know that person in business.

Greed isn't always good, but a small amount of greed can keep us motivated to succeed. The only reason to wake up in the morning is the acquisition of money.

Bud Fox learns from the movie that Gekko's greed is his undoing. Even though his entry level job can't sustain that kind of spending spree, Fox spends money he doesn't have on the big apartment, expensive dinners, and fancy art to emulate Gekko. He betrayed his father in the process of paying his bills. For what? Is a nicer suit a thing?

8. "Moneyball" (2011)

Brad Pitt in Moneyball (2011)
"Moneyball" shows that adapting quickly is a requirement to success.
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Based on the life of Billy Beane, this film highlights the role innovative leadership takes in business. Needless to say, it shows how analytics aces instinct in business. It's a must-watch. Think about this quote from the film: "When your enemy is making mistakes, don't interrupt him."

Welcome change, that's what theTakeaway says. John Chambers once said that if you don't innovate fast, you will be left behind. The movie makes sense of what he said. The new approach required in the circumstances led to the firing of Grady.

9. "Pirates of Silicon Valley" (1999)

Anthony Michael Hall and Noah Wyle in Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
Adapting quickly to change is how the greatest entrepreneurial minds have succeeded.
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Another masterpiece on the competition and meteoric rise of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, the titular pirates of silicon valley. My favorite quote from the film is "Success is a menace. It fools smart people into thinking they can't lose." I dearly wish Blackberry, Nokia, and Kodak CXOs had seen the film in time and adapted to change before things went wrong. Some may argue that they blundered themselves into economic ruin by not adapting fast enough to the changing market environment. Others may argue they were victims of technology giants Apple and Google.

The movie shows how two young men were trying to grow in a cutthroat industry. You will relate to the character development of both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, as both experienced their rise and fall. While the movie focuses on their rivalry and the early days of Microsoft and Apple, it also gives you an insight into how talent is formed and possibly suppressed by traditional corporations.

10. "Office Space" (1999)

Gary Cole and Ron Livingston in Office Space (1999)
Entrepreneurs need to learn that micromanaging can kill employee motivation.
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Thousands, if not millions, of entrepreneurs around the world have been inspired by this classic film to leave their 9-to-5 jobs and start their own businesses. The film looks at what it's like to do something you don't love, don't value, or that doesn't inspire, in the setting of an IT company.

Micromanaging is a tried-and-true approach that allows employees to have more control over their lives.

Micromanaging is demonstrated by the layers and layers of bosses at Initech.

11. "Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year" (2009)

Ranbir Kapoor in Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)
Doing work you're passionate about is an important part of succeeding as an an entrepreneur.
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This is a must-watch movie for all budding entrepreneurs, and will surely entice you with its inspirational plot. This movie can teach you a lot about sales, corporate life, and the real world. It educates viewers about original methods of working with clients and the subtleties of relationships between buyer and seller.

The movie shows how we should interact with our customers. One must be dedicated to achieving their goals and have passion for what they do in order to be successful. If you want to build a successful team, you need people who are willing to work hard and have the right skills.

12. "Catch Me if You Can" (2002)

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A good entrepreneur knows how to take even the smallest opportunity and make something great out of it.
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Okay, so I understand that this film is about social engineering and the story of real-life con artist Frank Abagnale, but hear me out on why this film makes this list. The level of creative thinking the protagonist displays is amazing. This is the growth hacking mindset every entrepreneur needs. You have to always be thinking about growth and new ideas as a young business.

You can find success in a new area. Abagnale is released from prison after receiving a job offer from the FBI.

Is this an opportunity that Abagnale was looking for? It's not quite right. He was able to take advantage of the small opportunity.

Continue demonstrating your skills to pull yourself up in the world instead of relying solely on word-of-mouth to get traction.

13. "The Pursuit of Happiness" (2006)

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Will Smith and Jaden Smith in "The Pursuit of Happyness."
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A timeless classic, this movie is a must-watch for every entrepreneur out there with a dream. Based on the real-life story of Chris Gardener and portrayed by Will Smith, the film is an excellent window into the life of a common man with uncommon dreams, and his determination and perseverance to achieve them. 

If your dream is important to you, there's no need to struggle. The film shows us that happiness is the most important thing at the end of the day, and that life should be focused on pursuit of it.

It's difficult to recognize an opportunity and grab it at the right time. It's what leads to success for anentrepreneur.

The internship at Dean Witter presented itself as an opportunity for the young man. It was a very risky decision to make. His wife is seen laughing at him in one scene. He had to take a step back to make a move. No one is too old to do something new, so he was willing to learn and adapt.

14. "Jerry Maguire" (1996)

Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire (1996)
Putting people over money is smart business sense.
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This is an excellent film on the power of passion and the entrepreneurial zeal to make your own mark. It also pleasantly shows the importance of work-life balance and has many motivational dialogues within. I love the movie for resonating with what I believe in strongly — valuing those who value you. Having a strong support system around you is a blessing in life.

The focus should be on quality and customer satisfaction. Jerry was terminated from the company because he chose people over money.

The beginning of the movie makes Jerry's journey difficult. The idea of focusing on improving the lives of people seemscounterintuitive in the short term, but in the long run it brings loyal customers and sustainable business.

15. "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006)

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Sometimes, you have to start something new with no knowledge, like Hathaway's character in "The Devil Wears Prada."
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Set in the ever-evolving fashion industry, this movie provides a delightful insight into what it takes to be at the top and how identifying a leadership style that works for you is important. What I also like about the film is how Anne Hathaway's character transmutes into a smart and confident young woman, which shows it doesn't matter if you start with no knowledge. Hard work can teach you to be the best version of yourself.

It's important that confidence is key. Pretend it until you make it. A smart self-assured persona is half the battle. Miranda's exit from the elevator left everyone awe-struck. That is a good example.

16. "Nightcrawler" (2014)

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in 'Nightcrawler' (2013)
Lou is determined to make a name for himself.
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Jake Gyllenhaal is playing a man who is self-motivated, focused, and knows constant improvement. It's a drama about how a guy goes from rookies to pros in a short time. You learn to use an opportunity to its fullest.

It's important to build a hunger for success because hard work and hunger can go together. Lou was willing to go to the ends of the earth to achieve his goals. He should not be your role model because of his choices. He was ready to go even further. Hard work and hunger for your goals can help you in the long run.

17. "The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013)

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Success is hard-fought — it's important to mix in some fun.
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The energy and sales-hacker mindset of Jordan Belfort is what will wow you in this movie. It also shows you how things can get out of control if you don't pay attention.

TheTakeaway says to enjoy the process more. Belfort and Oakmont had a lot of fun because of the crazy decisions they made.

It's difficult to run a company. It is important to enjoy the experience. Life can become more difficult if you take it less seriously.

18. "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)

Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Ventures usually don't take off right away. It's important to have hope when things look bleak.
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Though not a business-inspired film, this film is an excellent reminder of the power of the human spirit when the odds are stacked. It teaches perseverance, planning, and patience in a way no movie can. Entrepreneurship is a similar setting. Sometimes odds and situations spiral out of control, and only a calm mind, knowledge, and planning get you out.

Hold on to hope, that's what theTakeaway says. Hope is a good thing according to the movie. Most of us would be broken when Andy first entered Shawshank. He decided to hope and eventually found that freedom was real. There are times when we don't have hope. Andy shows us that no matter how bad the situation is, there is always hope.

I've learned some incredible business lessons through these films

I believe in the fact that readers make great leaders, but I also know that reading isn't the only way to awaken your soul.

I feel motivated after watching a film with lessons I can apply to my entrepreneurial journey.

It is possible to learn a lot from watching a great film. When it happens in someone else's life on-screen, you can relate to it.

Alore Growth OS is a company founded by Vikas Jha.