Best sales related movies to watch?

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My picks in no particular order :

Tin men
Glengarry Glen ross
Wall street
The goods
Pursuit of happyness
Boiler room
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  • Profile picture of the author Eddie Spangler
    The Big Kahuna
    Salesman
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Salesman is the only movie that shows what real salespeople are like.

      The others (I haven't seen Pursuit of Happyness) show salespeople in the worst light. Sure, there are scummy salespeople. There are low life sales guys that are sociopaths, and live from day to day.

      But on the high end, they are CEOs. They build businesses, provide jobs, create better economys.

      Maybe it's because, every time I see any of those movies, they remind me of one salesperson or another. Always the worst of the litter.

      These movies reflect the public perception of what they believe selling is.
      But mostly, they depress me.

      Imagine if every movie that had an internet marketer in it, had him cast as an online pornographer. It would be close to the same thing.

      Salesman was very accurate and very sad.

      Maybe I'll watch The Pursuit Of Happyness. I saw the real life sales guy that the movie was based on. Impressive man.
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  • Profile picture of the author grey38
    I never thought of a sales related movie. There's bound to be some relatability in these. It's only a matter of time before an IM movie comes out. The Social Network was really good, but it doesn't directly relate to what we do. It would be really cool to see an IM movie.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mister Natural
    "LITTLE GIANT"

    Abbott & Costello

    Lou breaks all the records selling vacuum cleaners.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by Mister Natural View Post

      "LITTLE GIANT"

      Abbott & Costello

      Lou breaks all the records selling vacuum cleaners.
      I remember that! It was hilarious!

      There was a movie (I forget the title) where a serial killer vacuum cleaner salesman was demonstrating a serial killer female prospect. He would take the same vacuum cleaner door to door (He never sold one), and kill single or divorced women. The girl he was showing the vacuum cleaner to had a closet full of vacuum cleaners, because she let every vacuum cleaner guy in to show her a demonstration, and would kill them.

      It was really a good movie. At the end, they both figured out what the other one was doing, and fell in love. David Arquette was the guy. But that's all I remember about it.

      I saw a bad movie once called Closer. It had real estate salesmen competing. It was funny, because nobody knew how to pronounce the word closer. During the entire movie, they pronounced it "Closure", as in "I went to the funeral because I needed closure"


      The Big Kahuna has a speech, towards the end, by Danny DeVitto that's very well done. It was a great movie, but again, shows more the desperate side of selling. But it was pretty realistic and a great cast.

      OK, back to work.
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  • Profile picture of the author bob ross
    I'll have to check out the movie "salesman" I never heard of it! Claude you'll LOVE pursuit of happyness, I guarantee it. You'll absolutely love it.

    I saw a movie about some door-to-door meat salesmen but I can't remember what it was called and can't remember if it was good or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    Not a "sales" movie, but an awesome "business" movie, Barbarians At The Gate, starring James Garner. It was about the KKR merger of RJR-Nabisco. The "selling" was in the conference room during negotiations. Henry Kravis is one of my favorite billionaires.
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  • Profile picture of the author nathanjacobs
    No one has mentioned this. You have got to see it.

    It's a Tales From The Crypt Episode Called "Death of Some Salesmen"

    Horrified me as a younger kid.

    This should get you started.

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  • Profile picture of the author vndnbrgj
    I liked Pursuit of Happiness.


    On a side note, we do need more movies portraying sales in a brighter light.
    Why can't we be the good guys.
    Sh!t. I help businesses grow so they can help more people.
    But, I have a negative connotation....
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    • Profile picture of the author depp12
      My choices would be :

      Glengarry Glen ross - Pure real estate sales al pacino is great.
      Wall street - Has to be the first one . Great movie.
      Pursuit of happyness - A true story of persistance .

      I was so motivated after these films and ended up doing nothing but talk and plan
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      • Profile picture of the author pogospring
        What a well timed post. I just posted a top 10 list on this very subject last week.
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  • Profile picture of the author DaniMc
    The Muse. Best story of positioning I have ever seen. All consultants and marketers should copy it in their daily work.
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  • Profile picture of the author stone2010
    Boiler Room is one of my favs in that list! They are all good! ABC Always Be Closing!
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  • Profile picture of the author Precision1
    vince lombadi has a movie that is a classic, and very hard to get called 'the 2nd effort", or something like that
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