30 must see movies for B-School Students

For Hollywood, the world of business can be a vehicle for many kinds of stories, from morality tales to conspiracy theories to David-and -Goliath fables. With that in mind, Bloomberg Businessweek asked deans at the top 30 US Business schools to name their favourite movies with a business theme or lesson and to explain their choices. For anyone contemplating business school, or currently enrolled in one, these picks serve as a kind of silver screen curriculum on leadership, ethics and the excercise of power - Klan Haslett (http://bit.ly/16CSUb7)
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1.
Gung Ho (1986)
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When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor. (112 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
2.
Norma Rae (1979)
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A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved. (114 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
3.
Patton (1970)
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The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
 
4.
Moonstruck (1987)
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Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry. (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
5.
Herb & Dorothy (2008 Documentary)
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Herb and Dorothy Vogel redefine what it means to be an art collector. (87 mins.)
Director: Megumi Sasaki
 
6.
The Secret of My Succe$s (1987)
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A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life. (111 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
7.
Something Ventured (2011 Documentary)
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Apple. Intel. Genentech. Atari. Google. Cisco. Stratospheric successes with high stakes all around.... (84 mins.)
 
8.
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
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An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children well. (153 mins.)
 
9.
Repo Man (1984)
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Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result. (92 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
 
10.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
11.
Trading Places (1983)
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A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
12.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
13.
House of Strangers (1949)
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After years in prison, Max promises revenge on his brothers for their betrayal. His lover Irene and memories of his past yield him a broader perspective. (101 mins.)
 
14.
Animal House (1978)
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At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those trouble-makers have other plans for him. (109 mins.)
Director: John Landis
 
15.
The Social Network (2010)
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Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
16.
Wall Street (1987)
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A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing. (126 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
17.
12 Angry Men (1957)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
18.
Up in the Air (2009)
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With a job traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham enjoys his life living out of a suitcase, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a new hire and a potential love interest. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
19.
Tunes of Glory (1960)
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Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During the Second World War... (107 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
20.
Barbarians at the Gate (1993 TV Movie)
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The president of a major tobacco company decides to buy the company himself, but a bidding war ensues as other companies make their own offers. (107 mins.)
Director: Glenn Jordan
 
21.
The Godfather (1972)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
 
22.
Risky Business (1983)
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A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand. (99 mins.)
Director: Paul Brickman
 
23.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
24.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
25.
Other People's Money (1991)
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A corporate raider threatens a hostile take-over of a "mom and pop" company. The patriarch of the company enlists the help of his wife's daughter... (103 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
26.
A Small Act (2010 Documentary)
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A young Kenyan's life changes drastically when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger. Years later, he founds his own scholarship program to replicate the kindness he once received. (88 mins.)
Director: Jennifer Arnold
 
27.
A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)
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An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve. (100 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
 
28.
Working Girl (1988)
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When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job. (113 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
29.
Invictus (2009)
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Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
30.
Too Big to Fail (2011 TV Movie)
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Chronicles the financial meltdown of 2008 and centers on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. (99 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson