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It’s always encouraging to see an underdog come out on top. Whether you are throwing an inspirational movie night for the office, or simply want to feel inspired yourself, here are 5 great underdog and entrepreneurial-themed movies to watch:
The Pursuit of Happyness – You can’t find an underdog movie more inspiring than this. And the best part? It’s a true story. This movie is inspired by Chris Gardner, a single father that raised his young son and made a career for himself while homeless. He eventually lands an internship at Dean Witter Reynolds—after a lot of hard work and sleepless nights.
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The Social Network – The Social Network tells the story of how Facebook got started. Mark Zuckerberg was a college dropout and now runs Facebook, which is currently worth $104 billion. This movie teaches us to build things that people already want but don’t have—and the money will come in eventually.
Field of Dreams – This is a story about dreams coming true: in it, an average family man turns his cornfield into a baseball field. While there is no important revelatory moment, it is about a person going for and fulfilling their dreams.
Startup.com – This movie teaches entrepreneurs that they can’t just have a good idea; they much research it to see if it is practical and can actually work. This film recounts the story of a failed startup, govworks.com, which was created to give citizens an easier way to pay traffic tickets.
Forrest Gump – Everyone has challenges that they have to overcome in life; the important part is how you respond to it. Forrest Gump is based on a similar novel, about a man who has an IQ of 75 but still lives a successful life. Forrest goes on to win the Congressional Medal of Honor, become a world famous ping-pong champion, own a highly successful shrimp fishing company, and run across the country in three years.