5 Films to Watch While Prepping for the GMAT

Stressed about studying for the GMAT? Nervous about getting your MBA applications in on time? It’s important to take breaks during your business school application process and during your GMAT study plan. Take mini-breaks from that GMAT book, and do something enjoyable to get your mojo back and remember just why you wanted to go to business school for an MBA in the first place. These films are all business-related, and will teach you some valuable lessons that will come in handy once you’re at one of the Best Business Schools and in the professional world! Here are the top five films to watch about life in the business-world:

Working Girl – The “Legally Blonde” of the business world, Melanie Griffith plays a lowly employee struggling to be noticed and climb the corporate ladder. A great “triumph of the little man” movie, the lesson here is that no matter what your GMAT score is, or your business school credentials, hard work and talent always pays off!

Network – A behind the scenes look at a television network, this is a great film for insight into the business of news media. Stunningly directed by Sidney Lumet, it features some great quotes from character Howard Beale: “All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’

Wall Street – Michael Douglas’ portrayal of Gordon Gecko is superb, and this quintessential “greed is good” morality tale will definitely make you think twice about what company and who you work for!

Glengarry Glen Ross – Interested in real estate? This take on a group of salesman at a Chicago real estate office will force you to question your personal ethics and consider just how far you’d go to make money and keep your job. An all-star cast features Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, and Alec Baldwin.

The Pursuit of Happyness – A heartwarming film about Will Smith struggling to begin his professional career and take care of his son, it has similar themes to Working Girl. After the cutthroat atmosphere of Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross, this is a great film to inspire you!

Remember to give yourself at least one day a week to relax and take a few hours to watch a movie, go for a run, or do another totally non-GMAT-related activity! You need a little bit of fun sometimes to avoid total GMAT burn-out.