18 Best Entrepreneurial & Finance-Related Movie Quotes of All Time

By ,

Photo Credit: iStock.com/Artist's s-cphoto

From childhood to post-graduation and then owning a business, one passion remains the same for most of us; i.e. movies. There aren’t as many business related movies as an entrepreneur might like, but some of the best Hollywood flicks revolve around business and finance.

For starters, we have Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles and considered the best business movie of all time. Any ambitious business owner must give it a shot sooner or later. It’s the story of an empire builder and the price that he and the people associated with him pay. As Jack Matthews, the New York Daily News critic aptly called it “the definitive look at the megalomaniac-as-mogul.” Now every media mogul is inevitably compared to Charles Foster Kane.

If you spent the last month worrying about March Madness affecting work place productivity, here is your refill of entrepreneurial inspiration for this month. We have considered all the must-watch movies for business owners and found some valuable gems to present to our readers.

Once you are through with all the quotes and their respective movies, perhaps conduct a survey to bring in some concrete data from the employees and customers to boost productivity.

1. Citizen Kane (1941)

Citizen Kane (1941)
“You’re right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars *next* year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I’ll have to close this place in… 60 years.” – Charles Foster Kane

2. The Color of Money (1986)

The Color of Money (1986)
"Money won is twice as sweet as money earned." – Fast Eddie Felson

3. Trading Places (1983)

Trading Places (1983)
"I had the most absurd nightmare. I was poor and no one liked me." – Louis Winthorpe III

4. Wall Street (1987)

Wall Street (1987)
“Ever wonder why fund managers can’t beat the S&P 500? ‘Cause they’re sheep, and sheep get slaughtered.” – Gordon Gekko

5. Pretty Woman (1990)

Pretty Woman (1990)
"You and I are such similar creatures, Vivian. We both screw people for money." – Edward Lewis

6. Rain Man (1988)

Rain Man (1988)
"That will be $1.5 million please. I’ll take it in cash, check or a transfer. I’m not greedy. I just want my half." – Charlie Babbitt

7. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Martin Frohm: “What would you say if man walked in here with no shirt, and I hired him?”
Christopher Gardner: “He must have had on some really nice pants.”

8. 21 (2008)

21 (2008)
"You are only ever as good to me as the money you make!" – Micky

9. Three Amigos! (1986)

Three Amigos! (1986)
"No dough, no show." – Lucky Day

10. Other People’s Money (1991)

Other People’s Money (1991)
"I love money more than the things it can buy… but what I love more than money is other people’s money." – Lawrence Garfield

11. Two For The Money (2005)

Two For The Money (2005)
Stats are not enough, you need a voice! These are gamblers ready to risk what they can’t afford for what they can’t have, you’re selling the world’s rarest commodity: certainty, in an uncertain world.” – Walter Abrams

12. Jerry Maguire (1996)

Jerry Maguire (1996)
"Show me the MONEY!!!" – Jerry Maguire

13. There Will Be Blood (2007)

There Will Be Blood (2007)
"There are times when I look at people and I see nothing worth liking. I want to earn enough money that I can get away from everyone." – Plainview

14. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
“A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing.” – Blake

15. The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network (2010)
“Ma’am, I know you’ve done your homework and so you know that money isn’t a big part of my life, but at the moment I could buy Mt. Auburn Street, take the Phoenix Club, and turn it into my ping-pong room.” – Mark Zuckerberg

16. The Insider (1999)

The Insider (1999)
“No that’s fame. Fame has a fifteen minute half-life, infamy lasts a little longer.” – Mike Wallace

17. The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time.” – Jordan Belfort

18. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
“Money is a bitch that never sleeps!” – Gordon Gekko

About The Author

Kelvin Stiles is a tech enthusiast and works as a marketing consultant at SurveyCrest – FREE online survey software and publishing tools for academic and business use. He is also an avid blogger and a comic book fanatic.