POWER - Top 15 Movies Inspiring Success

They say all's fair in love and war. Let us upgrade, and add 'success' to it. When you are truly hungry for success in life, the rules of the game are stretched. But before getting to that point, don't you also get curious what other people have done to achieve success in life?

Movies are great to show how exceptional people have become exceptional - with its all sweetness and bitterness. If you are also annoyed reading or hearing successful people's stories that are mostly filled with candies and rainbows, and lack the part what exactly they did to make that thing work, we hear you.

Here we have rounded up She Is Rebel approved movies inspiring success and highly recommended to watch before sunny summer evenings take over your free time. 

1. Big Eyes 

Based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who gains a remarkable reputation as one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. But, it turns out, he can't even paint. It is his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams), who is a housewife, but the real artist behind all the famous 'Big Eye' paintings. Later on, we witness a must-see legal battle of awakening Margaret against the husband who claims credit for all her paintings.



2. Coco Before Channel

Do not expect to see any fashion insights in Coco Before Channel; it is much deeper - featuring the story of a true rebel hassling to find herself and to be herself, hence one of our favorites! The French film is about the early life of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel starting as an abandoned orphan, later on growing into a cabaret singer and seamstress, and ultimately becoming a legendary fashion designer in Paris.

We can only thank her for the way she relentlessly stood up for her elegant and sophisticated style at the time and starting bravely a new era for women's fashion liberated from corseted silhouette.



3. Florence Foster Jenkins

What happens if you have a terrible singing voice yet an unstoppable desire to become an opera singer? The comedy-drama features Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep), a New York heiress pursuing her dreams of becoming an opera singer and St. Clair (Hugh Grant), her husband and manager, pushing the limits to make sure Florence believes she is a real good singer. 

We are utterly impressed by both Meryl Streep's and Hugh Grant's performances. Her famous saying 'People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.' brings us questioning if we are passionate enough to pursue what we want in life.



4. Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is an impressive true-story based drama in 1960s revealing a tragic story of racial segregation and gender inequality in workplace. Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) are ultra smart and hard-working African-American women working at NASA headquarters, assigned to inferior roles, denied promotion, but in the end served vital roles behind one of the greatest operations in history.  

Pleased to note here that Barbie has recently introduced Katherine G. Johnson Hidden Figures doll as a part of Inspiring Women line of dolls.



5. Joy

Starring Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano, who created her own business empire based on a simple discovery out of her personal experience, the film triggers feelings from heartbreaking to uplifting. Joy faces betrayal, loss, theft, debt, family issues yet survives this fierce journey to ultimately lead her to become a self-made millionaire. 

We give a big applause to Joy for showing us not giving up in the moment which all odds point you to give up.



6. Julie & Julia

New Yorker Julie Powell (Amy Adams) is not happy with her soul-killing job and commits to preparing all 524 recipes in Julia Childs (Meryl Streep)' cookbook called 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking.', which she hopes to share in her blog in 365 days. The delightful movie is based on true stories of two women who lived in different times and places, though strived to claim their identity through mastering cooking. 

Julia Child leaves us speechless with her enthusiasm, determination, humorous and genuine approach.



7. Office Space

Thumbs up corporate life haters, this one is for you! Office Space is about the story of three company workers hating their jobs and soulless boss at a software company in 1990s. To top it all off, the company hires a team of efficiency experts to downsize which kicks off the real fun as the main character Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) switches to a complete careless mindset - skipping work, ignoring things, enjoying life yet playing the game of corporate so well that he ends up getting promoted while witnessing his hard-working friends laid off.

This hilarious comedy guarantees to entertain with witty dialogues through all kinds of annoying figures that exist in corporate.  



8. Steve Jobs

Is there anyone in the world who does not know Steve Jobs? The movie delivers the portrait of visionary, driven and risk-taker Steve Jobs and his endeavours to bring together a great team in order to create the products he believes in. From getting fired by his own co-founded company to launching three iconic products, it's terrific to watch the backstage of Apple founder's legend with its all rise and fall.



9. Sunshine Cleaning

When life gives you lemon, make lemonade. But it is not that quite easy for Norkowski sisters. Rose (Amy Adams) is a struggling single mom working as a maid and trapped in an affair with a married man. Her sister, Norah (Emily Blunt), on the other hand still lives with their father and cannot submit herself anything related to working. One day, Rose's married lover tells her about a well-paying crime-scene cleanup business, which leads her to start a company on biohazard removal by teaming up with her unreliable sister, Norah.



10. The Big Short

For those who want to see where money meets intelligence and risk, this incredible story is the one to leave you speechless. When Wall Street guru Michael Burry (Christian Bale) figures out in 2008 that a bunch of subprime home loans are in peril of defaulting, he bets more than $1 billion of his investors' money against the housing market and housing loans. This catches the attention of a group of other investors, who then start doing their own research, recognise the impending economic meltdown in US and make a fortune out of this corrupted market. 



11. The Devil Wears Prada

Originally hit the market in 2003 as a best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger, The Devil Wears Prada is about the story of a recent college graduate Andy (Anne Hathaway) moving to New York with big dreams, landing on a job as a personal assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) who is a powerful, demanding editor-in-chief in a fashion magazine. Andy's job becomes nightmare as she struggles to fulfil Miranda's impossible requests, yet as a smart assistant she gradually learns how to adapt.  



12. The Intern

There is no age for a new start. Jules (Anna Hathaway) creates a fast-growing online fashion business, but the investors think that she needs to hire another CEO as she can't cope with the workload. While Jules juggles between her family and company, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), who notices that retirement lifestyle is not for him, takes the opportunity to become her senior intern. Between Jules' endeavours to make everything work and Ben's wisdom to steer her to the right direction, the duo's growing friendship is worth watching.



13. The Social Network

The famous story of a Harvard student who changes the world with a social networking site. We all know him as much as he knows our online behaviours - he is Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg. From being a computer genius student to becoming one of the youngest billionaire ever, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) goes through a rocky road where he has to survive both personal and legal issues. Getting sued by twin brothers for stealing their idea of a social networking site makes us question the fine line between greediness and ambition. 

Even tough Mark has to later squeeze a considerable amount of money out of the business, the scenes featuring the so-called advising talks between Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) and Mark are real eye-opener revealing his solid business creation.



14. The Founder

Proudly presenting one of our all time favorites! The Founder is about the true story of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) who is a struggling salesman but turns two brothers' innovative burger operation in 1950s into the biggest fast food business in the world - called McDonald's today. Two brothers, Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman), develop a smart concept to prepare burger efficiently yet act quite local in their business until they met Ray. Ray's incredible acumen realizes a big franchise potential to grow McDonald brothers' business and create a billion-dollar empire.

Watch your back when making any business partnership, especially with those like Ray; or else you may end up losing all your business including your name before you know it!



15. The Wolf of Wall Street

If there is one movie you can't skip, it is The Wolf of Wall Street. Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), who starts working in a brokerage firm in Wall Street at an entry level job, gets stimulated by how money circulates in market, then teams up with a group of ironically good sales individuals to start his own firm. Jordon makes a huge fortune by cheating investors out of millions, quickly upgrades his lifestyle involving a sexy wife, luxury, parties as well as drug, crime, SEC (the Securities and Exchange Commission) and FBI keeping a close eye on his empire.

One can’t help to feel empowered watching this true self-made millionaire story. We recommend you watching this movie once a year to keep your motivation fresh - you would thank us every time.  


By Melis Sawerschel - Founder at She Is Rebel


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