It’s finally here!
I know I know, everyone makes a list of some sort, but this list is different. This list is much less for you and much more for me. Think of it as a motivational aggregate for my own person.
Far and wide I have searched for what I felt was a proper list of the best sales movies of all time with no avail. There have been many attempts on forums and blogs and Amazon® lists, but nothing ever came close. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tommy Boy, it’s one of the greatest comedies of all time. Therein lies that problem that I have with those lists; movies like Tommy Boy are comedies and not sales movies. Yes, we can all probably take a sales lesson or two about persistence and about what not to do in a sales meeting, but I was looking for drama, I want scenes that are patterned on sales events that I can relate with. So, I decided to take the step the just do it myself. If you don’t like the list, you can comment, but keep in mind, the list is not for you……..
Without further ado:
Have you ever bought a new car? More importantly, have you ever had the pleasure of speaking with an absolutely over the top car salesman? Well whether you have or have not, Suckers is the ultimate snapshot into what truly happens at a dealership. Ever wonder what happens when the salesman goes to “confirm” a sales price with his boss? The movie is a truly merciless snapshot into the world of car sales.
9. Thank you for Smoking
“That’s the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you’re never wrong.” This line defines Nick Naylor and within the standards of moral and legal acceptability, it is a phrase that I wish to define me. I truly debated on adding this movie to the list because it is not a true sales drama. However, even though it is a satire, it does not mean that the movie is not fully focused on sales.
PS. I quit smoking 2 months ago and I still love this movie.
8. Cadillac Man
I can’t stand Robin Williams. Listening to him speak makes me want to stab myself and I mean that in the most literal sense that I can. That said, Cadillac Man is an excellent sales movie. Robin Williams is the true definition of the stereotypical salesman. He’s completely driven by testosterone, his life is in turmoil, he is desperate, and if he doesn’t pull of some miraculous sales, he is going to be on the street. Cadillac Man is a great movie for all of those sales men and women out there that are hanging on the end of their ropes.
7. Lord of War
This is not your typical sales movie. However, Lord of War is a sales movie. In fact, it should probably be further down this list and the only reason it is not is because of the subject line. It’s not finance and it’s my list. Nicolas Cage does an amazing job portraying an on the edge gun runner who travels the world taking advantage of the conflicts and struggles of countries and people of the world. He’s not saint, but he is a hustle to the ground pig-dog capitalist……my kind of guy.
6. Barbarians at the Gate
Yes, this movie is a comedy and I know I directly prohibited Tommy Boy because of that in the beginning of this article, but this is not a normal comedy, it is a corporate buyout comedy. The fact that is says comedy is to be blamed on the classification system on Amazon and nothing more, it is a satire if nothing else. Anyway, this is a great movie because it is based on a true occurrence that took place in the heart of the 80’s over a buyout with the Nabisco corporation. Starched suits and big hair abound.
5. Tin Men
Cruise back to Baltimore 1963, to the time and turf of a rare American breed: the “tin man”. Two hard as steel rivals in the tin game meet in a fender bender, but their bruised egos turn the minor accident into a major vendetta against each other’s success — their Cadillacs. In what would seem to be a end all diss, Dreyfuss decides to seduce DeVito’s wife, but this ends up throwing the story into a tail spin. Should probably be #8 or 9, but I’m not switching them.
4. Wall Street
“Greed is good.” Enough said.
Wall Street is the end-all representation of shady negotiation tactics and pressure sales. No one else could have ever been as great of a jerk as Michael Douglas playing Gordon Gekko. We can all argue how awful the tactics used in this movie were, but I would be lying if I said that I didn’t want to be Gordon Gekko.
3. Rogue Trader
I fell in love with this movie because I did a small research paper concerning this event. One guy, my age, brought down the oldest most well established bank in Europe with loses accrued in one Quarter. It shows just how much power a general employee can carry and just how volatile the financial markets really are. If you don’t know the story, type Barring Bank into Google and read the story.
2. Boiler Room
This movie goes to show that Ben Afflec and Vin Diesel are not complete failures. If you haven’t seen this movie, then you should drop whatever your doing right now and watch it. The movie surrounds a stock brokerage firm that is selling hot and heavy. This firm brings in the best young, energetic, and naive salesmen it can get it’s hands on and turns them into sales animals. “the best part, I’m liquid.” Words to live by.
1. Glengarry Glen Ross
It’s real estate, it’s phones, it’s knock-down-drag-out sales and the reason it’s number 1 is because this is what I do……..well on a much more ethical and legal level. Glengarry Glen Ross is a movie made in the heart of the 80’s and is an adaptation from a play written decades earlier. I won’t lie, the movie drags on a bit, but take into consideration that it was a play and it will make much more sense. This movie has sparked countless arguments and discussions on topics such as: “Where are the Glengarry leads?”, “Coffee is for closers.”, and “It takes brass balls to sell real estate.”
Thanks for checking out the article, “I’d wish you luck but you wouldnt know what to do with it if you got it.”
Bonus Clip-Badger Salesman
I thought I would throw this in to lighten the mood a bit. I had this sent to me the other day and pooped a little bit when I watched it the first time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.