Movies like books can be a good source of inspiration. And, as there are distinct and several kinds of genres, my favourite kind is biographies. Fictional work certainly needs a lot of creativity and imagination, however, true stories manage to capture the heart of the audience truly. The feeling of watching something on the screen that actually happened years ago is inspiring. In this article, we are going to read about the top 10 business biopics of all time.

The Founder

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

Written by: Robert Siegel

Starring: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, and more.

Top 10 Business Biopics of All Time - The Founder
Top 10 Business Biopics of All Time – The Founder

The Founder is a 2016 biographical drama that portrays the story of the creation of McDonald’s. Michael Keaton plays the role of businessman Ray Kroc. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch play the roles of the founders of the fast food chain, Richard and Maurice McDonald.

War Dogs

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper and more.

War Dogs
War Dogs

War Dogs is a 2016 released American black comedy movie. It is based on a 2016 memoir, Once a Gun Runner by Efraim Diveroli. The movie is also based on a 2011 Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson. It follows two arms dealers named Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz. They receive a contract from the U.S. Army to supply ammunition for the Afghan National Army worth $300 million. The movie is heavily dramatized and fictionalized.


Directed by: Joshua Michael Stern

Written by: Matt Whiteley

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, and more.

Top 10 Business Biopics of All Time - Jobs
Top 10 Business Biopics of All Time – Jobs

Jobs is a biographical drama based on the life of Steve Jobs released in 2013. The movie depicts his life from 1974 when he was student at Reed College to 2001 when he introduced iPod. Ashton Kutcher plays the role of Steve Jobs and Josh Gad plays the role of his co-founder, Steve Wozniak.

The Aviator

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Written by: John Logan

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, and more.

The Aviator
The Aviator

The Aviator is a 2004 biographical film. The film is based on 1993 published non-fiction by Charles Higham, Howard Hughes: The Secret Life. It depicts him as a popular film producer and an aviation magnate, also his growing instability due to serious obsessive-compulsive disorder. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Howard in the movie and Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn. The movie has a huge supporting cast including Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Ian Holm, Gwen Stefani, and more.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, and more.

Top 10 Business Biopics of All Time - The Wolf of Wall Street
Top 10 Business Biopics of All Time – The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street is an American biographical black comedy crime film released in 2013. It is based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort of the same name. The story recounts Belfort’s point of view on his career as a stockbroker in NYC. And, how his Stratton Oakmont form engaged in extensive corruption and fraud on Wall Street which eventually led to his downfall. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the lead role and Margot Robbie plays the role of Belfort’s wife.


Directed by: David O. Russell

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Diane Ladd, and more.


Joy is a 2015 biographical comedy drama film about Joy Mangano, a self-made billionaire who managed to establish her business empire. The story develops Joy’s journey from an airline booking agent struggling with finance to becoming a successful independent businesswoman who sponsors the works of other inventors.

The Big Short

Directed by: Adam McKay

Starring: Christian Bale, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and more.

Top 10 Business Biopics of All Time - The Big Short
Top 10 Business Biopics of All Time – The Big Short

The Big Short is a 2015 biographical comedy-drama based on Michael Lewis’s 2010 book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. It depicts how the 2007-2008 financial crisis was triggered by the United States housing bubble. Some of the popular cameo appearances are of Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez, Anthony Bourdain, and more.


Directed by: Michael Almereyda

Written by: Michael Almereyda

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson, Jim Gaffigan, and more.


Tesla is a 2020 biographical drama about Nikola Tesla played by Ethan Hawke. The story explains how Tesla got the understanding of static energy as a young boy through his cat. It also depicts him working for Thomas Edison and Edison disregarding his suggestions.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and Thandiwe Newton.

Top 10 Business Biopics of All Time - The Pursuit of Happyness
Top 10 Business Biopics of All Time – The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 biographical drama based on the 2006 best-selling memoir of the same name written by Chris Gardner. Will Smith plays the role of Chris Gardner. Jaden Smith makes his debut as Gardner’s son. The movie is based on his nearly one-year struggle being homeless.

The Social Network

Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, and more.

The Social Network
The Social Network

The Social Network is a 2010 biographical drama based on Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires. It portrays the founding of Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. Jessie Eisenberg plays the role of Mark Zuckerberg. Neither Mark Zuckerberg nor any other staff was involved with the project, though Saverin played by Andrew Garfield in the film, was a consultant for the book.

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