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What are the top 10 Hollywood movies to learn sales technique?

Trying to learn some great sales techniques with the help of great Hollywood movies?

These are the top 10 movies I recommend for your next night in. For a longer and more detailed list, you can also check out this blog with the 25 best sales movies of all time.

  • Boiler Room (2000)

At a raucous Long Island “boiler room”, Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) makes 700 sales calls a day, fueled by greed and testosterone. The movie follows Seth’s rise to a cold-selling pioneer — but everything changes when he stumbles upon an ethical dilemma.

Sales Takeaway: Always be closing.

  • Death of a Salesman (1985)

This adaptation of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer-winning play stars Dustin Hoffman as Willy Loman, an aging traveling salesman increasingly alienated from his two grown sons and wife. Broke and depressed, Willy Loman wants to change for the better. But is it too late?

Sales Takeaway: Avoid sales burnout. (If you’re out in the field, a route planner app can also help.)

  • Door to Door (2002)

Bill Porter (William H. Macy) is a friendly door-to-door salesman living with cerebral palsy. Porter walks ten miles each day winning his customers’ hearts, and eventually the “Salesman of the Year” award.

Sales Takeaway: Where there’s a will, there’s away. Also, it’s vital to connect with customers on an emotional level.

  • Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Adapted from David Mamet’s 1984 play, Glengarry Glen Ross takes place in a high-stakes real-estate office in Chicago, where a group of four foul-mouthed real-estate salesmen is faced with a professional crisis: only the top two performers will keep their jobs.

Sales Takeaway: Coffee is for closers.

  • Joy (2015)

Jennifer Lawrence portrays Joy Mangano along her journey from a divorced mother of three to the creator of the Miracle Mop. Despite a rocky family life, Joy becomes a self-made tycoon, her vivid imagination and inner-strength guiding the way.

Sales Takeaway: Chase those dreams.

  • Moneyball (2011)

In this memorable movie, Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, uses unconventional metrics to acquire cheap players with big upsides, and in the process changes the game forever.

Sales Takeaway: Keep testing your strategies. If results from a test prove successful, learn and implement.

  • The Big Short (2015)

Adam McKay’s Oscar-nominated flick, based on true events, explores the inner-workings of the 2008 market crash — a disaster for most Americans, and a huge lottery win for the movie’s protagonists, who manipulated the broken system in their favor.

Sales Takeaway: Don’t underestimate high risks — sometimes they can be catastrophically high.

  • The Founder (2017)

A struggling Illinois door-to-door salesman, played by Michael Keaton, meets two restaurateur brothers on a sales trip and conspires to gain control of their restaurant — McDonald’s. What follows is the story of a fast-food empire.

Sales Takeaway: Measure what matters. What’s driving up your sales?

  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Martin Scorsese’s wildly successful film follows the debaucherous life of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), from his Long Island brokerage gig to becoming a stock market millionaire, thanks to his powers of persuasion and charisma. But with every meteoric rise comes a catastrophic fall.

Sales Takeaway: Don’t let winning in sales come at the cost of your soul.

  • Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)

Based on the life of automobile visionary Preston Tucker, this film by legendary director Francis Ford Coppola follows Tucker’s journey to create innovative cars after World War II, and the selling techniques that allow him to bring his fantastic ideas to life.

Sales Takeaway: Persistence, optimism, and a dream are all you need to succeed.

Hope this list is helpful! Happy selling!