We have access to many methods for learning about business. Previously, we’ve covered books and podcasts on our blog. Now, we’re talking movies. These are our five favorite business documentaries on Netflix.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
David Gelb’s documentary tells the story of chef Jiro Ono. At the age of 85, Jiro still works daily in his restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. It’s a tiny space and high-priced, but only earned three Michelin stars.
“Ono’s is a tale of discipline, ritual and obsessiveness, all of which are characteristic of Japanese craftsmen — especially the ones who had to rebuild their country and their lives after World War II.” – Mark Jenkins, NPR
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Watch a Houston gas-pipeline company’s rise and fall across multiple decades. This doc gives dramatic tellings of shady dealings, including the rolling blackouts that left Northern California in the dark while Enron profited.
“More pathetic are the clips secured by the filmmakers of warm company pep rallies at which high-ranking Enron officials including Ken Lay…perform skits encouraging cheering employees to invest all their money in the company’s 401(k) plan.” – Ken Tucker, New York Magazine
This is one of those business documentaries that covers the behind-the-scenes process of being an entrepreneur. Venture capitalists who believe in the big ideas of inventors throw their support behind creators. Follow stories of support for Apple, Intel, and Atari.
“These stories keep a humorous, and human note to what could otherwise be nothing more than an impressive financial report.” – Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
This documentary covers the life of the legendary Apple CEO before his death. You’ll learn about each of the chapters in his life, from misfit to whiz kid to tyrant to genius.
“The [segment] which really clicks is done with Bill Gates seated next to him. They talk about their respect for each other and about the contributions they have made to the lives of computer users around the world.” – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice
Print the Legend
Learn all about the growth of the 3D printing industry. This movie focuses on startups MakerBot and Formlabs, as well as established companies Stratasys and 3D Systems. It even covers the “wiki weapons” controversy surrounding Cody Wilson.
“Tech credits rep a solid, straightforward mix of informative graphics and cleanly shot, crisply edited footage, most of it filmed at corporate offices and consumer electronics tradeshows.” – Justin Chang, Variety
What are YOUR favorite business documentaries?