"Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures," Emerson said.
- Catch Me If You Can (a lesson in "the good ol’ hustle to reach success")
- Lord of War (a lesson in "ambition, tenacity, and ability to tolerate risk)
- Wall Street (a lesson in "how easy it is to get carried away with the glamorous lifestyle that accompanies wealth")
- Rogue Trader (a lesson in "how money drives all sorts of maniacal behavior")
- Twelve Angry Men (a lesson in "the psychology of group behavior")
- Office Space (a lesson in "leadership, team-building techniques, and career development")
- The Godfather (a lesson in "why understanding competition is non-negotiable")
- The Usual Suspects (a lesson in "leadership consolidation, power and influence, and long-term business strategy")
- How To Get Ahead In Advertising (a lesson in "creative problem solving")
- The Devil Wears Prada (a lesson in "how to work your way up the corporate ladder")
- Thank You For Smoking (a lesson in "how to sell just about any product")
- Glengarry Glen Ross (a lesson in "competition and manipulation")
- The Merchant of Venice (a lesson in "business partnerships, risk assessment and mercantile law")
- Dr. Strangelove (a lesson in "leadership and loyalty")
- Erin Brockovich (a lesson in "the importance of sticking to one’s scruples even in the face of obstacles")
- The Rainmaker (a lesson in "the power of determination and social responsibility")
My must-watch film for entrepreneurs is Oh, Lucky Man!, a rompish retelling of Voltaire's Candide set in the UK in 1973, and a lesson in the vagaries and hypocrisies of the climb to riches.
Oh, Lucky Man! is worth the watch just to spot a 28-year-old Dame Helen Mirren.
What's your fav?