This week marks the release of Jobs, which stars Ashton Kutcher, the inventor of prankism, as Steve Jobs, the inventor of the computer and the MP3 who ultimately became the wealthiest man in the history of the world. Here are 10 other movies about brave Americans who made money and fought back against a society that wants to see them fail and to punish them for being enterprising.
An allegorical film about how immigrants (Superman) are hell-bent on destroying everything hard-working American businessmen (Lex Luthor) have built up.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Mr. Potter did live a wonderful life—nobody ever said you were going to make friends in the banking industry. But you know what he did make? Money.
Mildred should not have let her wayward children and loathsome husbands get in the way of what really mattered: building a chicken-and-waffles empire.
Thank You For Smoking
This movie makes me want a cigarette, which I know is bad for me, which shows you the inspiring power of public relations. It also makes me want to go into public relations, which I know is bad for me, which shows you the inspiring power of public relations.
The Social Network
“It’s not stealing an idea if your input makes it better.” – The Art of War
A man works hard to stimulate the economy, and that growth trickles down to everyone else. That man should thus be entitled to kill as many people as he wants, or even listen to Huey Lewis and the News.
The glory of a free market is that anyone can get wealthy simply by working hard, and by giving consumers what they want, whatever they want. If that happens to be coats made out of puppies, so be it. And yet, Cruella de Vil is some kind of villain? For what, being entrepreneurial?
Atlas Shrugged, but sexier.
The Usual Suspects
If you rearrange the letters in “Keyser Soze” it spells out “American Dream.” True story.
Full disclosure: I only watched the first half of this movie. But I can still state for certain that nothing emboldens a man’s soul and makes him a complete, content person quite like running a ruthless business empire at any cost.