The 6 Best Sales Movies To Watch This Holiday
It's a holiday and we know very well you don't want to be thinking about work or that sales quota. For that reason, we've gathered some great sales movies to Netflix and chill. Fine dialogue, amazing negotiation scenes and inspiring argumentation - here are our suggestions.
The best Sales Movies to watch:
1. Jerry Maguire (1996)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr, Renée Zellweger
Director: Cameron Crowe
A sports agent at the top of his game has an epiphany about the dishonesty rampant in the sports management industry. However, after expressing his desire to make sports management more honest and personal, he’s abruptly fired. Despite his best efforts, only one client stays with him.
With the help of an enthusiastic co-worker, and his one client, Rod, Jerry starts from scratch, changing the face of sports management by being honest, moral and personal. It ends with him and Rod embracing, showing their professional relationship has developed into friendship, just as Jerry set out to achieve.
2. Love and Other Drugs (2010)
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway
Director: Edward Zwick
This emotionally driven rom-com stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Jamie Randall, a successful pharmaceutical rep who uses his charm to woo female employees. It touches on the highly competitive and slightly unethical profession of drug sales. At its roots, Love and Other Drugs is a romantic comedy with adult themes and a sales twist. Gyllenhaal is loveable even as he casually charms his way through the nurses, showing sales is all about personality.
3. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
Director: Martin Scorsese
Fuelled by sex, drugs, and stockbroking, this black comedy will have you laughing through tears and rooting for Leonardo DiCaprio despite his character’s unethical practices. Immoral, corrupt and often outrageous, DiCaprio makes millions through 'pump and dump' stock methods. A crazy life of prostitution, drugs and workplace hilarity follows until the FBI starts investigating his illegal money. After serving a three-year jail sentence, his character reforms and begins hosting seminars on sales techniques. By that time, he certainly has the experience!
4. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey
Director: James Foley
Cutthroat competition, black humor, smarmy sales talk and explosive dialogue. What more could a movie want? Four unethical real estate agents are given one week to outperform each other before two get fired. Desperate to keep their jobs, they sell undesirable property by any means necessary, including underhanded tactics, lying, cheating, intimidation, threats, and bribery.
A perfect example of how not to create a competitive team environment!
5. Tommy Boy (1995)
Starring: Chris Farley, David Spade
Director: Peter Segal
After his father’s sudden death, Tommy sets out to save his family's business and learns some big lessons about life along the way. Clueless but loveable, Tommy must sell 500,000 brake pads for the bank to finance his family’s business venture. He sets out on a road trip with his co-worker in an attempt to save the company but fails to sell any brake pads.
When all hope seems lost, he convinces a waitress to sell him chicken wings after the kitchen has closed. Encouraged by his ability to read people, Tommy renews his efforts with a different approach and learns sales is about listening to his customers, showing empathy and reading people.
6. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith
Director: Gabriele Muccino
An inspiring movie with which to end. Will Smith plays Chris Gardner, a down on his luck salesman, who invested his life savings into portable bone density scanners. Sales aren’t going well, and neither is his marriage. But after solving a Rubik’s cube during a short taxi ride, Gardner is offered the opportunity of a lifetime – an unpaid internship at a brokerage firm.
With no money, no home, and having to pick up his son and make it to the homeless shelter before it closes each night, Gardner learns to maximize his sales calls by contacting potential high-value customers and never completely hanging up the phone. He beats the odds and is given a full-time position at the firm, changing his life forever. He tells his son, “don’t let anybody ever tell you you can’t do something.”
Do you have any other sales movies to suggest? Tell us!