BEST Advertising & Marketing Films (list by Jovie Dayon)

Do you like the crazy world of advertising / marketing? Are you interested on how the industry works, how campaigns are produced, and how the people behind the projects do it? Do you need campaign inspirations?

Well if your answers are YES - here are my list of best advertising & marketing films! Insightful, Inspirational, Powerful and Effective. Kick start your creativity! PROVEN BEST list by Jovie Dayon

If you have any film suggestion to add on this list, do leave your comments or you can also notify me via email at jovie.dayon@yahoo.com

List to be updated; film watching is still ongoing. This is it for now, but let me know what you think. Enjoy! :)
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1.
Art & Copy (2009 Documentary)
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ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE... (89 mins.)
Director: Doug Pray
 
2.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement. (90 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
3.
Wag the Dog (1997)
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Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal. (97 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
4.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
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Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. (92 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
5.
Crazy People (1990)
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A bitter ad executive who has reached his breaking point, finds himself in a mental institution where his career actually begins to thrive with the help of the hospital's patients. (90 mins.)
 
6.
Nothing in Common (1986)
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A highly successful advertising executive decides to put his job on hold after getting an update from his father that he and his wife are divorced and decides to extend his break after revealing that his father is a diabetic. (118 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
 
7.
Generation P (2011)
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A chronicle of the rise of the advertising industry in Post-Soviet Russia. (112 mins.)
Director: Victor Ginzburg
 
8.
The Joneses (2009)
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A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighborhood, but when it comes to the truth as to why they're living there, they don't exactly come clean with their neighbors. (96 mins.)
Director: Derrick Borte
 
9.
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
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To save his career, a writer for television advertising wants a famous actress to endorse a lipstick. In return, he has to pretend to be her new lover. (93 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
 
10.
Putney Swope (1969)
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Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge... (84 mins.)
 
11.
A Merry War (1997)
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Gordon Comstock is a copywriter at an ad agency, and his girlfriend Rosemary is a designer. Gordon believes he is a genius... (101 mins.)
Director: Robert Bierman
 
12.
The Hucksters (1947)
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A World War II veteran wants to return to advertising on his own terms, but finds it difficult to be successful and maintain his integrity. (115 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
13.
The September Issue (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue. (90 mins.)
Director: R.J. Cutler
 
14.
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
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An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become? (126 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
15.
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
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In order to support her ten children, Evelyn Ryan (Moore) enters a commercial jingle-writing contest. Based on a true story. (99 mins.)
Director: Jane Anderson
 
16.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
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Armed with the titular manual, an ambitious window washer seeks to climb the corporate ladder. (121 mins.)
Director: David Swift
 
17.
Winnebago Man (2009 Documentary)
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Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video... (85 mins.)
Director: Ben Steinbauer
 
18.
The Thrill of It All (1963)
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A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life. (108 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
19.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
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A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam. (111 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
20.
The Light Bulb Conspiracy (2010 Documentary)
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This is the story of companies who engineered their products to fail. (75 mins.)
 
21.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
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A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It's a lot more trouble than they think. (94 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
 
22.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
 
23.
Objectified (2009 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. (75 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
 
24.
Our Brand Is Crisis (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on American political campaign marketing tactics and their consequences. (87 mins.)
Director: Rachel Boynton
 
25.
The Corporation (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. (145 mins.)
 
26.
Mr. Mom (1983)
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After he's laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife. She returns to the workforce and he becomes a stay-at-home dad - a job he has no clue how to do. (91 mins.)
Director: Stan Dragoti
 
27.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
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Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
28.
What Women Want (2000)
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After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking. (127 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
 
29.
Killing Us Softly 3 (1999 Documentary)
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Jean Kilbourne's pioneering work helped develop and popularize the study of gender representation in advertising... (34 mins.)
Director: Sut Jhally
 
30.
Quiz Show (1994)
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A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation. (133 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
31.
Boomerang (1992)
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A successful executive and womanizer finds his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new female boss turns out to be an even bigger deviant than he is. (117 mins.)
Director: Reginald Hudlin
 
32.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
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A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper. (47 mins.)
 
33.
Morning Glory (2010)
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An upstart television producer accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program with warring co-hosts. (107 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
 
34.
Czech Dream (2004 Documentary)
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Two students from the Czech Film Academy commission a leading advertising agency to organize a huge... (90 mins.)
 
35.
Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (2008 Documentary)
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Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar... (66 mins.)
 
36.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
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The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept. (110 mins.)
 
37.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
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When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary. (139 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
38.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
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Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (180 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
39.
Syrup (2013)
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A slacker hatches a million-dollar idea. But, in order to see it through, he has to learn to trust his attractive corporate counterpart. Based on Max Barry's novel. (90 mins.)
 
40.
The Apprentice (2004 TV Series)
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A reality-tv based show in which contestants compete for a job as an apprentice to billionaire American Donald Trump. (60 mins.)
 
41.
The Apprentice Asia (2013 TV Series)
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Asian version of the hit U.S. reality series, "The Apprentice", in which contestants vie for a position with a successful entrepreneur.
 
42.
Million Dollar Arm (2014)
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A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. (124 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
 
43.
Network (1976)
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A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
44.
Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)
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A battle-hardened American political consultant is sent to help re-elect a controversial president in Bolivia, where she must compete with a long-term rival working for another candidate. (107 mins.)
 
45.
Branded (2012)
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In future Moscow, where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population, one man's effort to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with hidden forces that control the world. (106 mins.)
 
46.
The Big Short (2015)
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Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. (130 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay