There’s no better way to learn than by watching the best of the best in action when it comes to sales. We’ve compiled a list of 10 movies that are guaranteed to teach you something new about selling. The movies range from dramas and comedies, but all have one thing in common: they will change your life for the better!
1. The Wolf of Wall Street
Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Terence Winter, this film is about the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort. The story traces his life from Brooklyn stock boy in 1982 to a high-rolling capitalist on Wall Street just five years later. It also focuses on how he got involved with a penny stocks brokerage firm, Stratton Oakmont, founded that same year
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort himself, Jonah Hill as Danny Porush, Matthew McConaughey as Mark Hanna, and Margot Robbie as Naomi Lapaglia. It’s really entertaining for people who are interested in sales or need persuading skills.
This is the best movie for salespeople to watch. It shows what happens when you get greedy and don’t have a moral compass with your work in life. You can learn from this one what not to do while on the job. This would be specifically good for people who are new at their jobs or who want to become better leaders over time. It’s also great if you’re looking to step up into management!
2. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
This 1992 film is set in a real estate office, where employees are expected to produce leads and sell properties. The film follows several days in the lives of four salesmen who work on commission at a small but successful Chicago company. They live with constant pressure from management to meet targets or risk being fired. “It will be someone’s job to go out there,” their boss tells them.
Every day these men try new tricks for making deals happen – some more honorable than others. Finally, one man has an epiphany about how they can all get ahead. By breaking into offices after hours and stealing prospective clients’ contracts!
3. Boiler Room (2000)
Boiler room is set in the world of high-pressure stock sales. It follows Seth who is a college dropout and his best friend, Adam. Seth gets a job as an “entry-level stockbroker” with the fictional JT Marlin and quickly finds himself immersed in this culture of greed and corruption from which there is no escape until he can find a way to beat the system.
Seth’s boss wants him to take any means possible to make sales. Call on people who won’t be interested, lie about stocks they’re selling, mislead investors about risks. As long as it makes money-and lots of it anything goes! The film captures all the excitement and pressure that comes when you are playing for high stakes in one of life’s most dangerous games.
4. American Hustle (2013)
American Hustle is a crime/drama directed by David O. Russell and written by Eric Warren Singer. It tells the story of brilliant con artists Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), and their relationship with an FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).
The film also stars Jeremy Renner as Carmine Polito, Louis C.K., as Mayor Ritchie’s brother-in-law who runs for mayor. This movie will help you a lot in sales and persuade others to buy your product
5. Jerry Maguire (1996)
This is another masterpiece by Cameron Crowe. It is a romantic comedy film about Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise), the agent for football player Rod Tidwell. Jerry quits his job, starting his own sports agency with long-time friend Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger). Along the way, he falls in love with his secretary.
Along comes, an opportunity to participate in a new system of performance-based pay for agents and Jerry embraces it as a solution to their financial challenges. This film conveys some important lessons on sales. It shows how you can make your customers happy even if they don’t buy anything from you. It also teaches us not to sell something we are not comfortable with. Lastly, this movie tells us not to be too greedy.
6. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
The Pursuit of Happiness follows Chris Gardner as he struggles to make ends meet while trying to care for his son after being laid off from his job. With no money and few prospects, Gardner takes desperate measures.
The Pursuit of Happiness, a memoir by Chris Gardner with screenplay adaptation by Steve Conrad. It is a moving story about how one man overcame seemingly insurmountable odds on his way from homelessness, poverty, and despair to living an extraordinary life as an entrepreneur who continues to give back
7. Used Cars (1980)
In Used Cars, a salesman’s (Kurt Russell) scheming boss is killed. Now saving the property is entirely in the hands of the salesman.
Used Cars is a sales movie that’s as funny and hilarious as it is interesting for what we can learn about car deals in the 80s. The film has an amazing supporting cast of people like Frank McRae, Michael McKean & Al Lewis to name a few. Not only are these actors good at playing their parts they’re also really great scenesters!
8. The Goods – Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
Another movie that portrays hard selling in a comedic way is Live Hard, Sell Hard. It’s about Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) who has been hired by Ben Selleck’s car dealership. The target given is to sell 211 cars by the weekend of the 4th of July.
Don Ready’s sales techniques are hilariously aggressive and over the top but he knows what it takes to make a sale. Watch this movie for the laughs, not for the morals.
9. Death Of a Salesman (1985)
This 1985 movie is an adaptation of a play from 1949 of the same name. It’s about a salesman named Willy Loman who is experiencing a mid-life crisis. Willy Loman is a salesman who has always followed the American dream of working hard and giving his family an opportunity to do better.
Something inside him tells him that there is more out there for him. Death takes hold of him in the end due to his exhaustion and frustration with life. The moral of this story is not about business or living your best life – it’s about persevering, even if you don’t know what will happen next.
10. The Founder (2016)
The Founder tells the story of Ray Kroc. He’s a salesman who is struggling to make ends meet in 1954 and has fallen into debt with his creditors. So he decides that opening up fast-food restaurants will be an easier way to get out from under their thumb. By 1959, there’s 100 McDonalds all over America and the franchise sells one million hamburgers on its first day of operation alone!
It also follows how Ray Kroc manipulates two brothers – Dick and Mac McDonald. Until they eventually leave the business due to conflict between them. The film shows some backhanded tactics used by Ray Kroc which would certainly raise ethical questions for viewers today as well as showing him not only being manipulative but also downright ruthless.
After reading this article, I hope you’ll feel inspired to go out and get some sales. If you’re looking for a list of great movies about making money then these movies will make you feel at home!