I have a 5 disc DVD player that was state of the art 7 years ago when I bought it. Now its a bit outdated. Reguardless until we can decide on a HD DVD format it will suffice. there are 3 movies that are ALWAYS in my dvd player. These movies are Boiler room, Glen Gary Glen Ross, and Blow. All movies are about making money.

Boiler Room Group Interview: This is my favorite… so CRAZY there is like 9000 quotes from this speech.

Glen Gary Glen Ross
– Alec Baldwins finest performance ever

EDIT: I have been adding ones I forgot about that users been adding in the comments.

Any Given Sunday
– Pacino – FRICKIN AWESOME contributed by Corey Donovan in comments

Jerry Mcgwire – SHOW ME THE MONEY! contributed by Martin Muehl


So any movies motivate you?

By Jeremy Schoemaker

Jeremy "ShoeMoney" Schoemaker is the founder & CEO of ShoeMoney Media Group, and to date has sold 6 companies and done over 10 million in affiliate revenue. In 2013 Jeremy released his #1 International Best selling Autobiography titled "Nothing's Changed But My Change" - The ShoeMoney Story. You can read more about Jeremy on his wikipedia page here.

194 thoughts on “Movies That Motivate Me”
  1. The sports movies are still my best motivators. ROCKY! is my all-time favorite.

    1. One of the motivational movie I really like is “300”. Ultimate movie of all time πŸ™‚

  2. Good choices. I’d also recommend Wall Street (how the heck did you leave that out anyway?), Two For The Money and although this is a movie thread, if you haven’t read “Ugly Americans” by Ben Mezrich… well it’s better than every movie we’ve mentioned here and I used to watch Boiler Room no less than 4 times/week.

  3. Boiler Room is the shit, I loved that movie, and Blow resurrected my respect for Johnny Depp and Pee Wee Herman. πŸ™‚

  4. Ugly Americans is a phenomenal read, as much fun as Bringing Down The House too. I like how that guy writes.

  5. My ALL TIME favorite is……..
    “The Secret of my Success”
    It’s the 1985 classic with Michael J. Fox.

    I am surprised that no one mentioned it yet.
    Not only is it motivational it’s also funny.

  6. Shoe,
    I don’t think anyone got the point..I just got 2 I/Os signed before lunch and the 3rd will be faxed to my staff by 3.00pm est. Just about the time, I close my office for my daily BJ and Steak at Peter Lugers…Im Pumped man!

  7. Agreed about Baldwin’s performance. I think Boiler Room is Ben Affleck’s best performance too. Another Affleck movie, Daredevil, motivated me to try flotation tank therapy.

    Also recently watching an episode of the X files motivated me to sculpt. Shoe, do you have any pics of your self without your glasses on? πŸ˜‰

  8. Great movies for sure, but it’s kind of ironic that you find them motivational. When in the end all these movies are about how the pursuit of money totally destroys the character’s lives…

  9. Office Space. As a reminder to never get a “real” job again πŸ™‚

    “You see Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.”

  10. Gotta love Boiler Room. Wall Street is good and for motivation to become my own boss, Office Space. It’s amazing how one can relate to that movie in an office.

  11. The Prestige, a movie about two magicians who keeping trying to top each other with the same trick. One of ’em says, “NEVER tell anyone the secret. The secret impress no one – the trick you use it for is everything.” The whole movie is something any SEO can relate to. And David Bowie as Tesla – perfect casting.

  12. I have a black and white poster with Johnny Depp and another drug dealer from Blow, in the scene where they’re in the room full of money…great scene, great poster – Great Motivation…

  13. My favorite part of Office Space and the part that motivates me is the guy that knocks on the door (the Sprite guy) of the apartment selling magazines, it’s just so characteristic of the things we’ll do for money instead of traveling the road of self reliance…

  14. The Prestige, about 2 19th century magicians trying to top each other with the same trick. Great lines+plot that any SEO would appreciate: “Never tell anyone your secret. The secret impress no one, the trick you use it for is everything.”

  15. I freaking LOVE Boiler Room! I never heard of Glen Gary Glen Ross before though, but it looks equally exciting, so I’ll definitely have to check it out.

    Rounders is another movie that motivates me, but in the poker sense as opposed to the business sense. πŸ™‚

  16. That’s so funny you say Boiler Room and Glen Gary Glen Ross… those are two of my top motivational movies. My friends and I always quote lines from Boiler Room. Even more so for me though is the movie Wall Street with Michael Douglas, everytime I watch it I think to myself… that should be MY life. Another one for me is Vision Quest (I used to be a wrestler). Nice post Shoemoney.

  17. It was 75 Euro for me (Glengarry Glen Ross, Boiler room, startup.com, Two for the money)

  18. I can just see Show giving Dillsmack the Boiler Room speech during his interview πŸ˜‰

  19. That’s funny when I had a stint in vacuum sales my boss’s 2 favorite movies were those 2…

  20. There is no way that you can compare Baldwin’s scene to Afleck’s! I’m very dissappointed in you!

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  22. Boiler Room is my all time favorite movie. And I knew right away which clip you were going to post. Great scene

  23. I think I own less than 10 movies – boiler room and glengarry glen ross being 2 of them.
    “welcome to the new american dream” πŸ™‚

    Two others of the bunch include Waiting and Idiocracy.

  24. Office space is funny for sure but its not like the other 2 he posted. Everytime I watch those movies it just motivates me so much to make more cash

  25. Didn’t know anyone else actually watched much less liked Glen Gary Glen Ross. One of my favs…

  26. 1) Godfather 1/2/3
    2) Wallstreet
    3) Barbarians at the Gate
    4) Pursuit of Happyness

  27. Godfather. 1 for sure, 2 almost. Best way to learn about business. I have used some of those chops in sales before.

  28. rudy…rudy…rudy

    the end where he gets to play and sacks the quarterback…totally motivational!

  29. This is a great post. Anyone in business can relate to many of these scenes

  30. Inches!!! I immediately knew that video before I even played it. There was so much good content in Any Given Sunday, I love that scene as well.

    I might be one of the only people who haven’t seen Pulp Fiction but I’m lol @ hunny bunny!!

  31. Jeremy, all of those movies ROCK! The Rocky movies are definitely ones that motivate, I agree with Josefvirek.

    As for your 5 disc DVD player, you’re way ahead of me–I’m still trying to find movies that will play on my laser disc player!

  32. That interview from Boiler Room is one of my favorite scenes ever. But I think Office Space is my favorite. What’s better than quitting because you don’t want to work anymore??

    (OK I guess the Ferrari keys are pretty nice, too πŸ˜‰ )

  33. This is probably going to be an odd pick but The Girl Next Door shows a kid that goes for what he wants and becomes quite the entrepreneur in the process.

  34. okay, one more movie that really motivated me, but I dont know why is 25th hour, that scene when hes in the bathroom, and tells everyone to fuck off…

  35. Seriously, those videos are awesome. Some people get offended by people like that, those people are the ones who fail. Simple as that.

  36. I just saw “Rudy” again on HBO the other day (starring that rather overweight hobbit, what’shisname). I remember watching it for the first time in high school — absolutely inspiring.

  37. From Glengarry Glen Ross:

    Blake: PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN! Coffee is for closers!

    We use that around the office frequently.

  38. “If one is to understand the great mystery one must study all it’s aspects,not just the dogmatic narrow view of the Jedi.” -Darth Sidious


  39. wow, I haven’t seen any of these movies other than Jerry Mcguire. Some of them look nice, especially the first one (I agree the speech is great). Maybe I’ll rent some of these later…

  40. I’d like to see a remake (updated version) of boiler room (a bit more futuristic maybee)

    But Die Hard 4 is the best movie i’ve seen in a very long time,

  41. […] blogs I occasionally read is the one from ShoeMoney. Yesterday I noticed a post on his blog about motivational movies and some of the movies he lists I hadn’t seen yet, like […]

  42. Godfather 3 is better than 99% of the crap out there. not as good as the first 2.

  43. Blow is a great movie (actually one of my favorites), but it doesn’t motivate me. However, if you want to speak in the means of his way of making money, here are some other great movies:
    The Sting (Great movie about scams)
    Heat (Bank robbery)
    The Score (High-Class theft)

    Other movies that motivate me in other ways than money are:
    The Shawshank Redemption (jail escape)
    The Green Mile (innocently killed)
    Saving Private Ryan (war, fight to the death)
    Road to Perdition (bank robbery)

    And more movies about money:
    Route 9 (money)
    8 Mile (sucky movie, yet shows the progress of M&M πŸ˜‰ )
    Fargo (excellent movie, ransom for daughter)
    Ransom (rich guy puts up money for missing son)

    Well, that is my thoughts. Lots of great movies.

  44. Cool post. All great movies. A couple more off the top of my head.

    Far and Away
    October Sky
    Cinderella Man
    Legend of Bagger Vance (the two scenes the poster above links to are the 2 best scenes in the movie)

  45. Nice video round-up, shoemoney! Some great clips from some great films in there, too. πŸ˜‰


  46. I am actually a GlenGary GlenRoss man, I love Alex Baldwins speech. You are right, it is his best piece EVER.

  47. […] going on right now. Lots more going on, but I gotta get back to work. Like Ben Affleck says in Boiler Room, “You want vacation time, go teach 3rd grade public school.” Comments […]

  48. Nice collection. I also go with those movies as great motivation. There are certainly lots of strategies and lesson that we can apply..

  49. The Simpsons Movie (well trailer rather).
    Homer choking Bart: “Why you little… I’ll teach you to laugh at something thats funny”

    Could be my job description too =P

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  51. These are some great movies… maybe except Any Given Sunday, I prefer the ‘Godfather’ Pacino or even the Devil’s Advocate or Scarface Pacino all performances are just amazing.

  52. […] my review of the second movie I found on ShoeMoney’s list of motivational movies. It’s not really my goal to turn this blog into a movie review blog but I like to post some […]

  53. […] posted an article about movies and speeches that motivate […]

  54. I agree with the list. Great selection of movies. I never thought movies about business would be that motivating until I saw it.

  55. LOL – see movies dont motivate me, they give me a reason to be lazy and watch them!

  56. For some reason the Usual Suspects motivates me. A lot like life where the least suspected guy is actually the one pulling all the strings πŸ˜‰

  57. 6 disc player here – boiler room, wall street and pulp fiction. it’s funny that the director of boiler room now says he doesn’t even like the movie…

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  59. Nice list. Boiler room is one of the best. Pulp fiction is great too. There are certainly lots of motivational movies to choose from depending on our taste.

  60. Blow is a great movie, one of my favorites. But I think that the greatest movie of all time is Goodfellas, you just can’t beat it.

  61. Rocky III & IV are my favorite. New Rocky Balboa movie was surprisingly good too!

  62. “Say ‘Hello’ to my little friend!”

    I don’t think that will qualify as inspirational. Unless your a marathon runner!

  63. Everyone hates 5, but when I watch it, it’s not that bad to me. I used to feel the same way. But it’s not in my top 3, no.

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  65. FARGO. It motivates me — big time — to stay out of debt. The tension in that film (via William H. Macy’s car salesman) is palpable.

  66. Great list! I couldnt agree with you more on the majority of these clips…

  67. agreed! it literally gave me chills – those nostalgic ones will do that! as for motivation.. I’d say the godfather series… lots of planning… lots of money… lots of motivation!

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  69. Movies? Can porn be considered motivational? I guess it can, in a sense…

  70. My favourite film out of the few above is pulp fiction – I haven’t even seen any of the others πŸ™ lol

  71. I love Pulp Fiction. One of the best films ever. Still need to watch Glen Gary Glen Ross, seen some of it, amazing acting.

  72. […] ShoeMoney has a post of his favorite motivational movies. This is a great topic, and I love all of the movies he posted. I decided to list my favorites, and why I like them. These are my favorite motivational movies, not movies in general. […]

  73. Here are some of my favorites: “Catch me if you can”, “Confidence”, “Jerry Maguire”, “Men of honor”, “The pursuit of happiness” and “Two for the money”

  74. Nice list Shoe..but my favorites are “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Happy Gilmore”..^^

  75. I do not feel motivated by the ‘Greed is Good’ speech by Gordon Gekko but I believe it to be a very good one that should have been mentioned in your post.

  76. The most motivational movie in my collection (and the one that reminds me to keep being original and never stop learning) is Hackers.

    But I’m more of a reformed hacker than a businessman (woman, whatever) to begin with – that might make a difference in my selection process.

  77. funny that u mentioned “Boiler Room Group Interview” i watched it for the first time last week !

    The movie that i like the most .. “Gladiator” =>

    The slave who became a gladiator.The gladiator who defied an emperor

  78. And just to add you have to cut Blow off about 30 minutes before it ends for real motivation. The others you can watch straight threw.

  79. Both the original Ugly Americans and the recent one by the same author as Bringing Down The House were great reads.

  80. Boiler Room is great. The scene where they are being asked about the exam and getting introduced to the compacy is priceless.

  81. I think I’ll just stick to instant classics like 300…ooh, and Pan’s Labyrinth is a good one. I don’t see how they’re motivating, apart from the fact that they kick ass, and that makes me happy.

    ~ Dave

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  83. Nice post and the Jerry Mcgwire video was funny…Is it just me who felt “Show me the Money” sounded alot like Shoemoney ? πŸ˜€

  84. I’ve got to be honest, Boiler Room just didn’t “Do it” for me. Glengarry Glenross however is one of my ALL time favorites. The one of Any Given Sunday seems bugged half-way.

  85. the movie that motivates me the most is Rocky. Never give up without trying and that is what my motto is.

  86. You included two of my favorite movie scenes in this post. I love the boiler room one and my second favorite is the pulp fiction one. Great scenes.

  87. Rudy is a big one for me too. It’s about never giving up even if the end is near and it looks like your done, if you are still breathing, you are in with a chance. Great movie that keeps you guessing right until the final scenes when you think it is over.

  88. i think accepted which a high school student fail to enter any college… its juz fun to watch and motivate me…

  89. Rudy is a big one for me too. ItÒ€ℒs about never giving up even if the end is near and it looks like your done

  90. Pulp Fiction is still my number 1!!! and Jerry Maguire comes next. Quite a good collection there buddy! πŸ™‚

  91. To tell the truth, I am voiceless. The Shawshank Redemption is remarkable. I’am a young movie fanatic, in point of fact, this film is realised the same yearI was very young, and consequently I’am more used to films with incredible special effects, edge-of-your-seat action, et cetera. This film has no of that, and even, it appeals me really much . The way Frank Darabont applies the tale of Red to drive on the story, the beauty of the film music used (note the mouth harp used just earlier Red getting the letter close to the end). The whole movie, from beginning to closing, from actions to sound, is a lighthouse of desire, judgment, and repurchase. The cast is ideal, Morgan Freeman(Red) actually brings about a fresh feel to the film, and that is precisely what the movie is, what a movie should be. Really recommended for every movie fan.

  92. Great list of movies! I find movies that shows how someone built up the ranks of success motivating to me.

  93. If you want a motivational movie look no further than 127 hours. The book is an amazing read to. I challenge anyone to watch the movie and not want to get off their butt and stop wasting life

  94. haha. Talking about money, eh. I guess the Boiler room has so many money quotes and success quotes you could make a list of them. Similar to ” The pursuit of happyness” movie. πŸ™‚

  95. No great drippy lines, but pure motivation has to be Slumdog Millionaire. It’s not all about money. It’s about being true to your belief’s.

  96. One movie that always motivates me it Pursuit of Happyness. It’s a powerful story of climbing from the bottom of the corporate ladder with no qualifications except hard work and extreme motivation. Will Smith gives an incredible performance. I like to watch it the night before I have a job interview.

  97. How come know one has mentioned The Social Network?? Oh wait, know I remember!

    I am another that likes to watch sport related vids for motivation, either snowboarding or mountain biking.

  98. Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa? My blog goes over a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you’re interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Fantastic blog by the way!

  99. This got me so pumped to do some work. Shoemoney you’re a boss. Keep killing it.

  100. Think I watched/listen to that Boiler Room scene like 50X.
    Wallstreet movies are always great motivators for me!

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