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Documentaries, like startups themselves, have boomed in the 21st century as this list of the 20 must-see movies for entrepreneurs shows.

20. The Startup Kids (2012)

Two Icelandic girls prove the American Dream can be obtained by anyone with vision, guts, a video camera and a one way-ticket to the United States. By interviewing successful entrepreneurs, the two raised more than  $20,000 within a month to fund their documentary project with a little help from Kickstarter. 

 

 

19. Starting-Up in America (2011)
In this documentary short, Tarik Ansari and Basil Glew-Galloway focus on international Silicon Valley entrepreneurs with regard to U.S. Immigration. 

 

 

18. The Corporation (2003)

The underbelly of capitalism is revealed as this documentary shows how corporations are misused.

 

 

17. The Life Of A Young Entrepreneur (2009)

This look at youthful web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe features interviews with the founders of Vimeo, Soundcloud, Kiip, InDinero, Dropbox, and Foodspotting. 

 

 

 

 

16. Candyman – The David Kline Story (2010)
Witness how an offbeat creation, such as the Jelly Belly which featured realistic flavors, turned into a billion-dollar industry.

 

 

 

 

15. Startup.com (2001)
This film follows the rise and fall of dot.com startup govWorks.com which was founded by high school friends Tom Herman and Kaleil Isaza Tuzman.

 

 

 

 

14. The Call of the Entrepreneur (2007)
The true and uplifting stories of  a merchant banker, a refugee from communist China, and a Michigan dairy farmer-turned-composter are enough to inspire any entrepreneur. 

 

 

 

13. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Meet indie game developers as they experience emotional ups and downs while developing indie games without a safety net.

 

 

 

12. Howard Hughes: The Real Aviator (2004)

Told through his own writing as well as interviews with those closest to Hughes (friend Jack Real, business assistant Robert Mahue, wife Terry Moore and personal assistant George Francom), this documentary uncovers the secret life of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. 

 

 

 

11. Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (2012)
This conversation with Steve Jobs takes place when he was running NeXT, the company he had founded after leaving Apple.

 

 

10. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing (2011)
Released on PBS just after his death, this portrait covers the peaks and valleys of Jobs’s career.

 

 

9. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

Based on the 1994 autobiography of film producer Robert Evans, this documentary shows the self-made man’s achievements which include being production chief of Paramount Pictures to his downfall with drugs and a murder implication—and finally his return to entertainment.

 

 

8. She Started It (2013)
Produced by Nora Poggi and Insiyah Saeed, this documentary interviews Fran Maier of Match.com, Jalak Jobanputra of Future Perfect Ventures, and other female technology entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe. 

 

 

7. Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

Sean Penn narrates this documentary which focuses on the early days of Venice Beach’s Zephyr skate team which transformed the sport from a pastime into a multi-million dollar industry.

 

6. Transcendent Man (2009)
As the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison ” the life and ideas of inventor, futurist, and New York Times bestselling author Ray Kurzweil are examined.

 

5. Craigslist Joe (2012)
Craig Newmark’s  Craigslist website is put to the ultimate test when 29-year-old Joseph Garner leaves everything behind and aims to survive solely on the support of people advertising in a virtual community.

 

 

 

 

4. Beer Wars (2009) 
The truth behind the U.S. beer industry is peeled away as this documentary reveals how small artisanal brewers took on the big beer houses by empowering consumers via knowledge and good taste.

 

 

3. Freakonomics The Movie (2010)
Six documentarians (including Super Size Me's 
Morgan Spurlock) depict the incentives-based thinking in Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's bestselling book.

 

2. We Live in Public (2009)
Over the course of the 1990s decade, filmmaker Ondi Timoner follows internet television pioneer Josh Harris ofPseudo.com, who correctly predicted people would one day be living their lives online.

 

 

1. Lemonade Movie (2009)
This inspirational film follows the stories of 16 advertising professionals who found their calling after they lost their jobs.

 

 


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