How it all began: 10 films and series about startups

The success stories of many multimillionaires who have made their fortunes in IT and other modern businesses start with bold breakthrough ideas. But even for the most promising undertakings, it was sometimes difficult to find an investor in order to realize what was planned. Our selection of the best startup movies features real-life stories of young companies that believed in their product and strived to conquer the market.

Startup (TV series 2020)

An excellent South Korean drama centers on the story of four ambitious young people who dream of creating an analogue of Silicon Valley in their homeland. Someone quits their studies at a prestigious university for the sake of work, someone puts all their efforts into business, despite failures, someone diligently builds a career despite the burden of the past, but everyone is pushed forward by a cherished dream.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Seutateueop

Genre:  
Melodrama

Actors:  
Bae Su-ji, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Seon-ho …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:  
12+


Startup (TV series 2018)

The protagonist of a comedy series about startups, a successful radio journalist , is tired of hosting the same type of morning shows. To the dismay of his wife and children, the host quits his prestigious job and starts a podcast company. An experienced content creator expects guaranteed success, but there are too many difficulties and obstacles on the way to the cherished goal.

original name :
Alex, Inc.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Zach Braff, Tiya Sircar, Hillary Ann Matthews …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.7


Founder (2016)

Based on real events , the biopic will tell about how the famous McDonald`s brand was created. The salesman who sells various goods has traveled a lot around the United States and has seen many disgusting roadside eateries. Having sold a new mixer model to the McDonald brothers, the sales agent noticed how efficiently and accurately their establishment works. An enterprising businessman suggested creating a franchise.

Original title:  
The Founder

Genre:  
Drama, biography

Actors:  
Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini …

Country:  
USA, Greece

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Joy (2015)

An interesting film about starting a business from scratch is based on the biography of Joy Mangano, the creator of the self-wringing mop. A single mother tries to put two children on their feet and is subjected to constant harassment by eternally dissatisfied relatives. But an ordinary young woman from Long Island hides the talent of an inventor, and one wealthy Italian widow decides to invest in a startup and support the development of an innovative product.

Original title:  
Joy

Genre:  
Drama, biography

Actors:  
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:  
16+


Silicon Valley (TV series, 2014 – 2019)

In a killer comedy series about startups, an eccentric millionaire made his fortune by creating a popular dating app. A successful entrepreneur decides to help like-minded beginners. Having selected several authors of the most interesting ideas, the rich man places young geniuses in his mansion and provides comprehensive support in exchange for ten percent of future profits.

Original title:  
Silicon Valley

Genre:  
Comedy

Actors:  
Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener, Martin Starr …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:  
18+


Startup (2014)

The basis of the domestic biopic was the real story of the creation of the Yandex Internet company. Two innovative entrepreneurs are thinking of creating a search portal. An ambitious idea will require a lot of time, money, nerves and effort. Hard work, unfading hope and strong friendship will help the film’s characters overcome all the difficulties that arise and create a truly successful project.

Genre:  
Biography, drama

Actors:  
Evgeny Tkachuk, Shamil Khamatov, Ieva Andreevaite …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 4.5

Age restrictions:  
12+


Jobs: Empire of Seduction (2013)

This biographical feature film spans three decades in the life of famed inventor and businessman Steve Jobs, from university to the introduction of the first iPod. Relations with women and friends, searching for oneself and one’s place in the world, traveling to different countries, experimenting with drugs and other episodes of the biography will reveal the personality of the cult figure in the IT sphere from unusual sides.

Original title:  
Jobs

Genre:  
Drama, biography

Actors:  
Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad…

Country:  
USA, Switzerland

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:  
12+


Beta (TV series 2013 – 2014)

Four fellow programmers have conceived a project that can make a real revolution in the field of information technology. To implement a bold idea, you need to find an investor who is ready to invest a substantial amount of money in a promising business. Looking for someone who will support the revolutionary undertaking with finances, the heroes find themselves in many funny and incredible situations.

Original title:  
Betas

Genre:  
Comedy

Actors:  
Joe Dinicol, Karan Soni, John Daly …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 7.0


Billion Dollar Teen (2011)

The son of a wealthy businessman from an early age felt the craving for making money. A capable kid made an initial capital on online games, although others reacted negatively to his undertakings. When his father went bankrupt, the pushy teenager decided to start over from scratch and pay off the family’s debts. The self-confident young hero of the film opens one business after another, looking for the fastest way to wealth and create the company of his dreams.

Original title:  
Top Secret: Wai roon pun lan

Genre:  
Drama, biography

Actors:  
Pachara Chirativat, Valanlak Kumsuwan, Sombunsak Niomsiri…

Country:  
Thailand

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:  
16+


Social Network (2010)

The biographical film tells about how the social network Facebook appeared. A Harvard student came up with the idea to create a resource where you can post female photos and rate them. The risky idea was supported by a friend who proposed an algorithm for the service, and then the idea went beyond the university, attracting participants with new ideas. In a transformed form, the original social network conquered the Internet, and the young entrepreneur instantly became a multimillionaire. However, even one of the most famous success stories hides its pitfalls and secrets.

Original title:  
The Social Network

Genre:  
Drama, biography

Actors:  
Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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