1.The Wolf Of Wall Street
Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 movie is about the real-life story of Jordan Ross Belfort, an American author, motivational speaker, former stockbroker, and convicted felon. This movie was written by Terence Winter Based on the 2007 memoir of Jordan Belfort. The major casts include Jordan Belfort played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Danny Porush, business partner and friend of Jordan Belfort, played by Jonah Hill, Naomi Lapaglia, Jordan’s wife by Margot Robbie. The movie grossed $116.9 million in North America and $275.1 millions internationally, with a total gross of $392 million.
The film starts with Jordan Belfort getting a job as a Wall Street stockbroker for L.F. Rothschild played by Mathew McConaughey. Jordan quickly entangles with the sex and drug-fueled stockbroker culture. Soon Jordan loses his job following Black Monday, the largest one-day stock market crash in history.
I loved The Wolf of Wall Street as the film has interesting plot humorous moments in every scene. Based on a true story, Leonardo has captured the essence of Jordan Belfort perfectly and his performance in the movie is loved by all the movie freaks. IMDB rated The Wold of Wall Street 8.2/10 which is a major critical success.
2. The Social Network
A biographical drama based on the founding of the social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits, The Social Network is a movie directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. With an amazing cast that stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker. The movie was released on October 1, 2010, by Columbia Picture. A major commercial and critical success, the film grossed $224 million on a $40 million budget and was widely appreciated by critics. The movie was rated 7.7/ 10 by IMDB.
This film basically tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg and how he started Facebook. The film starts in October 2003, where Mark is dumped by his girlfriend. Zuckerberg then immaturely writes an insulting post about his dumped girlfriend on his LiveJournal blog. Mark later comes up with an idea for Thefacebook and approaches his friend Eduardo.
I loved this film as the flow of the movie resonates with the characters it depicts. Another reason for me loving this movie is because of the impeccable casting. The movie moves along at a rapid pace with raw, restless, and visceral much like its characters.
3. Rocket Singh : Salesman of the Year
Rocket Singh is an Indian comedy-drama film directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Aditya Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner. The major cast for Rocket Singh stars ‘The Chocolate Boy’ of Bollywood, Ranbir Kapoor, Gauahar Khan, Shazahn Padamsee, and Prem Chopra. The film was released on 11th December 2009. The movie was rated 7.5/10 by IMDB.
The film starts off as Harpreet Singh Bedi (Ranbir Kapoor), a B.Com graduate with an average percentage becomes a salesman for a big corporate computer assembly and service company. Harpreet is basically done with the strict schedule he had been following in his workplace. So he tries new methods for the jobs he’s been doing.
The context of the movie is very much like that of the real world and can be related by many people. I personally found this film really exciting and motivated me to do things differently.
4. The Founder
The Founder is a biographical drama film written by Robert Siegel and directed by John Lee Hancock. This film is based on the creation of McDonald’s fast-food restaurant chain. The cast features Micheal Keaton starring as the founder of McDonald’s Corporation Ray Kroc, Nick Offerman, and John Carroll Lynch starring as the McDonald’s founder Richard and Maurice McDonald. The movie was released on January 20, 2017, by The Weinstein Company and grossed $24 million worldwide with positive reviews from the critics. The film was rated 7.2/10 by IMDB.
The film starts with Ray Kroc travelling as a milkshake machine salesman, with a supportive wife, who has saved enough to live a comfortable life in Arlington Heights, Illinois. With a dream to achieve more, Ray finds McDonald’s – a highly popular restaurant with fast service, high-quality food, disposable packaging, and a family-friendly atmosphere. He then meets up with the owners of McDonald’s with a plan to start a franchise.
Since I’ve never heard the original story of McDonald’s, the movie left me in kind of a shock at the end. I felt a deep connection with Micheal Keaton’s character and did a fantastic job portraying him.
5. The Pursuit of Happyness
Released on December 15, 2006, The Pursuit of Happyness is an American biographical drama film directed by Gabriele Muccino. The film features Will Smith as Chris Gardner, in the main role who is a homeless salesman and debuts Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith as a co-star of the movie playing Christopher Jr., who is the son of Chris Gardner. This movie is based on the real-life story of Christopher Paul Gardner, an American businessman, and a motivational speaker. The film was rated 8/10 by IMDB.
In the film, Chris works as a salesman in San Francisco, who invested his entire life savings in a portable bone-density scanner, which he demonstrates to doctors and pitches as a handy quantum leap over standard X-rays. The scanners play a huge role in Chris’s life, as he used to sell them for their bread and butter. Chirs is married to a hotel maid named Linda but later on, the increasing financial instability erodes their marriage. Then Chris meets Jay who gives Chris an opportunity to become an intern stockbroker.
Personally, I loved the movie as it portrayed the life story of the real Chris Gardner. The performance by both the father and son was amazing, especially Jaden Smith who literally is a heartthrob in this movie. The movie strongly conveys that determination can bring someone out of a dark tunnel, which applied to me in my personal life as well.
6. The Aviator
Based on the 1993 non-fiction book Howard Hughes: The Secret Life by Charles Higham, The Aviator is an American biological drama movie directed by Martin Scorsese and written by John Logan. The lead male and female role in the movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Kate Beckinsale as Howard Hughes, Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner respectively. The Aviator was released on December 25, 2004, and grossed $214 million on a budget of $110 million and has a total runtime of 170 minutes. The film was rated 7.5/10 by IMDB.
In the film, Howard Hughes’ is a movie director who was obsessed with shooting his movie realistically. He directs the movie Hell’s Angels and decides to convert the movie to a sound film. Despite the movie being a hit, he was unsatisfied and ordered the film to be recut after its Hollywood premiere. He becomes emotionally involved with actress Katharine Hepburn, who helps Hughes to ease the symptoms of his worsening OCD.
The character acting of stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett take the center stage over the actual story. What I really liked about the movie is the flow and the beautiful cinematography. The movie maintained a consistent pace throughout and the build-up is also great. Both the execution and the writing is top-notch.
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