I love watching movies that inspire me to get up and do something different with my small business. We are in a world of sitting behind a screen, watching other people do things. Why? It’s not necessary. We are here to do it, and we can do it if we put our minds to it. Here are my top inspired movies about women entrepreneurs. Feel free to click on the image or title of the movie to watch the trailer and read more about the movie on IMDb.
Table of contents
- Awesome Inspired Movies for Women Entrepreneurs
- Inspired Movies for Women Entrepreneur Movies Honorable Mentions
- UPDATE in 2023: Inspired Movies about Women Actresses and Singers
- Other Inspired Movies about Women in a Man’s World.
Note: These movies are about entrepreneur women. They do not include men entrepreneurs. While there are many movies about how men succeeded in their respective fields, I want to focus on ONLY women entrepreneurs.
Awesome Inspired Movies for Women Entrepreneurs
Coco before Chanel
It’s a story of Coco Chanel’s rise from unclear beginnings to fame in the fashion world. She changed the world of fashion and never looked back.
It’s a movie about a woman who inherits a baby from a distant relative. She left her corporate life and moved out of the city, and created a new baby food business that became famous. It’s not a true story, but it could be. This was one of my favorites when I was a teenager. It showed me that women could make it no matter what obstacles or changes happen in their lives.
Julie and Julia
This movie is my favorite right now. Julie and Julia come from not knowing what they wanted and then finding their passion and moving into it even if they didn’t know what they were doing. They persisted and succeeded.
This is another one I loved when I was in college. It reminded me that even if you are judged, you can change others’ opinions or leave and still succeed, and you can succeed when you are a nice person too.
An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and helps brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply. Fight for what you believe even if you think no one is listening.
It’s about Joy, who rose to become the founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. This one inspires me to go beyond, and if you have a vision go for it. Find a way to make your vision or product a reality.
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Inspired Movies for Women Entrepreneur Movies Honorable Mentions
While doing some additional research, I found more movies you may want to watch. While they are not documentaries, they are great movies to motivate you to take the plunge into the entrepreneur world!
First Wives Club
This fancy comedy movie is about three ladies who are middle-aged, and they team up to create an agency to revenge on their exes. It’s nice to see their determination, while the topic is a little negative.
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s about a woman and her daughter that move into a town right at the time of Lent, and she opens a chocolate shop. Watching this movie, you realize how important timing is when starting your business. And how having a unique product makes a world of difference.
UPDATE in 2023: Inspired Movies about Women Actresses and Singers
I am adding a new section on entrepreneurs to this post. They are actresses, authors, and singers. If you know anything about being an actress or singer, they are self-employed individuals who rock TV, Movies, writing books, and Stadiums. So, let’s add them to our Inspired Movies about Women Entrepreneurs. Below are some I found recently.
These movies are streaming right now, and hopefully, they will continue showing.
This documentary is about Audrey Hepburn, a wonderful actress who was also a fashion icon and humanitarian. Right now, it is on Netflix. She starred in such successful films as “My Fair Lady” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” These were my mom’s and mother-in-law’s favorite movies.
Cher: Life in the Spotlight
Another amazing star is Cher. She is a legend. This documentary talks about her struggles with crippling stage fright and how she evolved to be one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood. I loved watching it because you can see how much passion she has for women succeeding in a predominantly male industry.
Judy Blume Forever
This story is about a beloved author that was considered the most banned book author. She shared real stories about third graders into adulthood over her lifetime of writing. This documentary shared in her own words how she evolved her career while raising her kids, having two divorces, and finally finding her life partner. Now in her 80s, she is sharp and kind and is a wonderful inspiration to anyone who wants to be an author.
Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over
This documentary shared this wonderful singer’s life story. It shares her personal story in her own words and how she found prejudiced people in the industry. It showed her support of AIDS research and shared several discussions with famous people she influenced throughout their careers. Showing if you have power, use it for good and spread wealth and knowledge to others.
Other Inspired Movies about Women in a Man’s World.
I feel this movie is worthy of this list of inspired movies about women. While these women are not entrepreneurs, they are brilliant women that challenged society and, because of their strength, changed the viewpoint for all of us. Which, in turn, gave us the opportunity to work on our own and be our own boss. The movie is, drum roll, please…
The strength of these fine ladies changed how men and societies view us in the workplace. While we are not equal, this movie shows how far we have come from where we started. I hope one day to see women being truly equal in the workplace.
Well, that is it for now. I will update this post as new files come out. I saw most of them but will be checking out the other people in the future.
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What are your favorite inspired movies about women entrepreneurs? Please leave the name of the movie below.
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Thanks for sharing these beautiful movies. I have already watched Erin Brockovich, Coco before Chanel and Baby Boom. They are awesome messages for women.
Jackie Harder says
Sabrina, what a delicious post! Thanks so much for sharing these film titles. I’ve seen a few and enjoyed them. I love movies that are empowering. Now I’ve got a list to get me through the summer. Thanks again!
joan potter says
Sabrina – I have seen all of these with the exception of Coco before Chanel. I loved the other 5, so now of course I MUST see the move about Coco. On a slightly different note, the book that EASILY most influenced my life was “A Woman of Substance” by Barbara Taylor Bradford. It is old but timeless. I believe it was a bestseller in >60 countries, & I can see why. It is a rags-to-riches story about a female entrepreneur also.
Liz Benoit Cozby says
Legally Blonde and Erin Brockovich have are my favs, by far! I even pulled some lines from Reese this week in my Rhetoric class, lol. Women got it goin’ ON! 🙂
Kristen Wilson says
I have watched most of these and loved them (didn’t see Coco (hadn’t heard of it) or Joy (hadn’t decided yet)).. but the others… I am totally there with you.. .loved em.. very empowering women!
Joan M Harrington says
Awesome list of movies inspired by some really powerful women! My all time favorite is Erin Brockovich!!! Absolutely LOVED this movie! I lost count on how many times I have watched it lol 🙂
Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful and powerful movies of women entrepreneurs!
Karen Grosz says
Joy is the next movie on my list to watch. I rarely watch movies in the summer so it will wait until the weather cools. Thanks for the inspiration.
Joyce Great says
I highly recommend these as a legitimate reason for taking a break from what you are doing and conduct some market research. Preferably, with you feet up and favorite beverage in hand.
Yes, awesome movies for sure..I have not seen Joy but know I want too…thanks for sharing this.
Rachel Lavern says
I am so out of it as far as movies go. The only one I’ve see is Coco before Chanel.
Roslyn Tanner Evans says
I saw Erin, Legally Blonde, Julie & Julia & recently saw & loved Joy. I’ll put Coco before Chanel on my list. I appreciate lists like this & read the comments from others to add to my list.
Autumn Leopold says
Yes, I love BABY BOOM! I also loved Working Girl with Melanie Griffith.
Beverley Golden says
Having seen all these movies, except “Coco Before Chanel”, I agree that this is a great list of inspiring movies for female entrepreneurs. I love movies that add humour to the story and all of these that I’ve seen have that. I can’t think of any other films to add to the list, but I love Susan’s reminder about “A Star is Born”. I adore movies and what a great way to get both entertained and inspired at the same time.
Janet Barclay says
I just watched “Joy” this week and am glad to see it on your list.
Liana George says
What a great list of movies! I’ve seen some of the ones you recommended and want to see others (I’ve been dying to watch “Joy” so now that it’s at Redox I think I’ll pick it up this weekend!). What a great post idea and source of inspiration 🙂
Susan Mary Malone says
Oh, I too loved Julie and Julia! And have had Joy on my list for some time. One of my all-time favs is about the artistic side of entrepreneurship–A Star is Born, the Barbara Streisand version. It sounds odd but when I need inspiration, I watch it again. Works for me!
Nice, I will add that one to my to watch list. Thanks for sharing!
Great one, Elaine! I have to check that one out.
Great list. I loved Erin Brockovich! I also enjoyed Legally Blonde and Baby Boom. Joy is on my list.
I just saw “Coco Before Chanel”. Heads up: The entire movie is in French. But it was very well done.