The art of selling has been one of the most popular topics since Hollywood began making films. There is something heart-racing about the interplay between buyer and seller that audiences react to with eager anticipation.
In this blog post, we have collected 10 of the most popular comedy and drama sales movies that any person, interested or working in sales, will totally fall in love with.
Death of a Salesman (1985)
The story of Willy Loman, an aging, traveling salesman in the midst of a serious life crisis. Suffering from financial woes and a deteriorating relationship with his beloved family, Willy dwells on various memories of his life and career as he looks back, trying to find out where it all went wrong.
Tin Men (1987)
A comedy about professional rivals in a door-to-door aluminum-siding sales business. The conflict between Bill “B.B.” Babowsky and Ernest Tilley becomes personal after a minor car accident that neither is willing to take the blame for. B.B. decides to take it even further by seducing Tilley’s wife.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
An office full of New York City real estate agents finds out that all but the top two salesmen will be sacked by the end of the week. Shelley Levene, who has a sick daughter, does everything to get better leads from his boss, but to no effect. Things get quite dramatic after his coworker comes up with a plan to steal the leads.
Diamond Men (2000)
His whole life, Eddie Miller had been traveling around Pennsylvania, selling diamonds and jewelry to small shops, until a heart attack stopped him. When he got back to the office after a short period of recovery, the manager asked him to train his replacement, a rude young man with no experience in sales. Gradually, the two become good friends and the trainee introduces Eddie to Tina, a lady with a tough temper, but a kind heart.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman with a soon-to-be-five-year-old son, loses his investment, his wife and apartment almost at once. He finds a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, however it hardly pays the bills. The two go through severe hardships, but Chris refuses to give up as he struggles to create a better life for his son and himself. Based on a true story.
Cedar Rapids (2011)
Insurance agent Tim Lippe has never stayed in a hotel, taken a plane, or even left his tiny hometown in Wisconsin. After he was chosen to represent his company at a convention in Iowa, Tim takes a long trip for the first time and meets three veteran attendees who put him on a course for a life-changing weekend.
Billy Beane, Oakland Athletics general manager, needs a new approach to recruiting when his star players leave the team. Peter Brand, a young Yale economics graduate, comes up with a new idea on how to assess players’ value. Beane recruits several small-time players basing his decision almost exclusively on their on-base percentage, which turns out to be a breakthrough approach.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
In 1987, Jordan Belfort takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. Several years later he meets Stratton Oakmont. Belfort and his team of brokers make a fortune by defrauding wealthy investors.
A family story that spans four generations, centered on a woman who creates a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Facing betrayal and treachery, Joy becomes a true boss of her family and her enterprise.
The Founder (2016)
Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, meets Mac and Dick McDonald, owners of a Southern California burger operation in the 1950s. Kroc sees the franchise potential in the brothers’ streamlined system of making food. Several years later, he buys out the entire company to create a multi-billion dollar empire.