Geek out over the holidays watching Marketing movies? Absolutely!

medium_4683421549 I usually share a list of movies with my undergrads to get them pumped up about Marketing and to see how it infiltrates our everyday lives. Hopefully those of you who are students past and present, undergrad and graduate will enjoy your winter break while catching up on some great Marketing flicks! Those who are not students, but Marketing geeks like me: enjoy! I must warn you that may get a little resistance from non-marketing family members if you tell them these are Marketing related (as I did with my husband). But, I assure you they will enjoy them!

The following are some great movies to request on Netflix, Blockbuster, HULU, or whatever you like (in no particular order):

For trailers of the movies visit My TAMU page on my blog here.

Chef
2014 Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. Great for those who love Social Media Marketing.

Guilt Trip
2012 Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Julene Renee
As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom’s house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride. Fantastic movie on getting your product to market, and funny!

Syrup
2013 Amber Heard and Shiloh Fernandez (Note this is Rated R)
A slacker hatches a million-dollar idea. But, in order to see it through, he has to learn to trust his attractive corporate counterpart. This covers branding, image, and perception.

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
2011 Morgan Spurlock
Very informational, funny, and gives great insight into branding. My favorite!

The Joneses
2009 Demi Moore and David Duchovny
Great example of how we influence each other and how marketers can and do manipulate consumer behavior.

Idiocracy
2006 Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph and Dax Shepard
Not a movie that requires your undivided attention, but I enjoy seeing brand sponsorships for everything and placed everywhere!

Minority Report
2002 Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton
I enjoyed seeing a glimpse into the future in this movie. Keep in mind this was 10 years ago. Pay attention to the personalized marketing messages on billboards.

Boiler Room
2000 Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Ben Affleck and Nia Long
Token FBI/ethics/fraud movie.

The Husdsucker Proxy
1994 Tim Robbins, Paul Newman and Jennifer Jason Leigh
A rather comical look (a Coen brothers movie) at running a manufacturing plant. Free on Amazon Prime.

Glengarry Glen Ross
1992 Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon and Alec Baldwin
A movie about desperate real estate agents. Free on Amazon Prime. Available on Netflix streaming.

Tucker: A Man and his Dream
1988 Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau and Christian Slater
Great movie on a man, his product, and going to market. Free on Amazon Prime.

What other movies should be added to this list!? I am always looking for more movies to watch and share with students related to all facets of Marketing (and business)… Please share!

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8 thoughts on “Geek out over the holidays watching Marketing movies? Absolutely!

    • drjrogers December 7, 2012 / 7:42 am

      You are most welcome! Hoping your year is going great Susan!!

  1. Linda December 12, 2012 / 8:19 pm

    Thank you for the suggestions!
    I have another one:
    “What women want” with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt (2000)

    Looking forward to your next class.
    Happy Holidays!!
    Linda

    • drjrogers December 13, 2012 / 7:30 am

      I’ll have to watch that! I have only seen bits and pieces while cooking dinner etc. all I remember is Mel Gibson in hose and something about face cream! See you in the next SMM course Linda!

  2. kevinbell December 13, 2013 / 2:39 pm

    BEST EVER – How to get Ahead in Advertising – Richard E Grant

  3. Steve Wellmeier (@SteveWellmeier) December 13, 2013 / 2:40 pm

    Here’s a favorite of mine (but I’m surely showing my age), “The Hucksters,” (1947) with Clark Gable as a returning WWII vet that gets back into the advertising game in NYC. Great cast with Deborah Kerr, Sydney Greenstreet, Ava Gardner, the list goes on. Lots of fun set during the pre-Golden Age of Madison Avenue.

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