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Best movies/shows about sales

Post your favorite quotes or movies/shows that make you proud to sell your soul everyday


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deviantzen
WR Lieutenant
+9
Consultant
The Office is an underrated show about sales. Michael is the classic manager who was an amazing IC but pretty bad as the boss. Dwight embodies the lone wolf rep who is a little strange but crushes their number. And every rep can identify with Jim's transition from "I'm just here to get a paycheck" to seriously leveling up his professional accomplishments and confidence in his biz acumen.
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
YES I have been waiting for someone to say The Office
BanditoSachito
Biotech Field Sales Rep
Beets, Brews & Battlestar Gallactica 
deviantzen
WR Lieutenant
+9
Consultant
s/o to mose
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closinqueen
Senior AE
I did an objection handling workshop for our team and referenced Michael's impeccable job of boxing Jim into a corner and getting him to agree to go to dinner (without which, btw, we wouldn't have the masterpiece episode that is the Dinner Party) - clip here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3QCELI1kIo
southernfriedsales
Opinionated
+8
Senior AE & Business Owner
AGREED.

The sales calls the team would go on (Jim, Dwight, Phyllis, Stanley, Andy) were actually very relatable sometimes. As simple and dumb as they seemed. Some of those moments were genuinely how it goes down. 
Ja
JacobyG
Good Citizen
Sales Director
Love this! I had already watched the show a couple of times through before getting into sales, now some of the most badass moments for me are when Michael shines as a salesman.
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
The characters and their growth is spot on. Michael Scott is the total out of his leauge manager from top producer. All good sales people do not make good sales managers
dilljus
Catalyst
+4
Director, Revenue & Growth
One of my favorite sales related Office scenes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmGaxlrFsRs
MidWestAE
Good Citizen
Enterprise Account Executive
"BUTTLICKER OUR PRICES HAVE NEVER BEEN LOWER" --Dwight
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
So full of amazingly quotable moments. The older I get the more it makes sense honestly 
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Boiler Room top 5, especially for inside sales. RECO!!!!!!!!!
justsignit
Contributor
+3
Account Executive
RECO!!!! 
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
so good 
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GetAHobby
Arsonist
+8
RVP Sales
the original wolf of wall street
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
No doubt. It's the cure for cancer. 
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Stringer
Arsonist
+8
SDR
Love it.
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
So solid. 
goose
Politicker
+12
Sales Executive
Are you saying top 5 because it's memorable or are you recommending it as a movie for inside sales people to watch?
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
In my personal top 5 and recommend to everyone in sales and general recommendation really. I bring it up in all my interviews too. 
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Jshudz33
Praised Answer
+2
National Account Director
Tommy Boy. As much as it was a funny movie, it had some great sales lessons

heronious
Good Citizen
+1
Senior Account Executive
here comes the meat wagon weee ooo wee ooo!
NoSuperhero
Politicker
+7
BDR
HAHAHHAAHAH!! I love this part:

fat guy in a little cooat ♫♪♫ Faaaaaaaat guuuy in a liiitle coooat! ♫♪♫♪
Enrossie
Contributor
+1
Sales Development Rep
The shit in a box speech was very inspiring when I was in the military.
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
It's in the genes. Classic sales film. 
LordBusiness
Politicker
+8
Chief Revenue Officer
Its not necessarily about "sales" but I've been been watching Silicon Valley, and I find it HILARIOUS. 
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
Definitely relatable if you work in tech and SUPER funny.
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
GREAT show
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icecoldcaller
Good Citizen
Business Development Representative
It had me until the last season when they all become caricatures of themselves, but still hilarious, especially working in tech like E-Money said
LordBusiness
Politicker
+8
Chief Revenue Officer
I've just begun season 3. 
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BanditoSachito
Biotech Field Sales Rep
I watched this to get a beat on startups as a newbie and the characters are all in the room at small startups. I mean, I didn't not stay at a startup purely for the snackwall and low commish.
CorpBroette
Opinionated
+3
New Business Account Executive
One of my fav shows ever! I found it particularly relatable being in software sales.
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Silicon valley is so accurate for today's startups. Big money, little biz skill, fantastic show, sad its over 
TheRealPezDog
Notable Contributor
+9
Account Manager
One of the best and most underrated shows I've seen. 
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
The Founder - good Netflix hidden gem
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
Definitely looking this up today. Love a good Netflix gem
saygrace
Valued Contributor
+5
Sales Executive
Yes.
bababean
Old School Bravo
+1
Academic Consultants
Totally! Just rewatched this. Also if you're in franchise industry like where I used to be.
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Dude did them dirty though.  
Incognito
WR Officer
+11
Master of Disaster
Just watched it! A+!!!!
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
Update: Watched it and it holds up!
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
The Pursuit of Happyness
SalesGal
Politicker
+6
Account Manager / FSR
Such a great movie ! 
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
One of my all-time favorites, sales or not
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
Oh yeah of course!
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Bet big on something like those xray machines, fail, bet big on yourself win. He has an office here in Chicago by one of my old buildings. Inspirational dude and film. 
Austin
Celebrated Contributor
+6
Founder - ** ***
(Personal) Top 10:
10 - Thank You For Smoking
9 - Death of a Salesman
8 - The Big Kahuna
7 - The Goods (Live Fast. Sell Hard)
6 - Tommy Boy
5 - Jerry Maguire
4 - The Wolf of Wall Street
3 - The Founder
2 - Glengarry Glen Ross
1 - Salesman (1969)
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
All hits, thanks for the list. I'll put these on in the background while I grind out 100 dials a day from my couch.
Austin
Celebrated Contributor
+6
Founder - ** ***
Awesome - enjoy the movies & crush them closes E_Money!

WanKenobi
VP of sales
Thank You For Smoking is an absolute mental gymnastics when it comes to ethics vs top performance. Love it. 
makingfetchhappen
Opinionated
+4
Account Executive
Thank You For Smoking is highly underrated. 
Austin
Celebrated Contributor
+6
Founder - ** ***
Agreed! Glad you enjoy it, as well. 
Wolfof7thStreet
Opinionated
+5
AE
Wow I forgot about Tommy Boy
GetAHobby
Arsonist
+8
RVP Sales
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
classic
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
I'll have to look that one up!
NoSuperhero
Politicker
+7
BDR
A must watch, it's also flipping hilarious
Rmoney
Inside Sales Specialist
The best on this list
Hotsaw
Politicker
+4
VP Sales
Tommy Boy
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
haha classic! I didn't even think of that one
Hotsaw
Politicker
+4
VP Sales
All time classic!
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
for sure
AlecBaldwinsHairline
Valued Contributor
+5
SDR Manager
Breaking Bad
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
oh fuck yeah. They turn into a real full deal cycle operation 
AlecBaldwinsHairline
Valued Contributor
+5
SDR Manager
BDRs wanting to be full cycle AE's be like Walter White:

"I am the danger."
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BigCheese
Notorious Answer
+14
Agency Recruiter | Coors Knight
Don't really think Workaholics fits the criteria here but I'll toss it in for good measure lol.
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
Definitely fits and a great show
NoSuperhero
Politicker
+7
BDR
I think the 3rd season is the best, point of personal privalage hahahahahaha
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Quality easy watch 
DwightsEgo
Politicker
+3
BDR Manager
The Internship......debate me 
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
lol curveball 
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Lol. A solid one 
Maitrelavire
Major Accounts District Manager
Mad Men for sure, but I will tip my hat to Marty Kaan on House of Lies. That man knew how to drive an opportunity forward. 
makingfetchhappen
Opinionated
+4
Account Executive
I'd kill to have Don Draper on my next zoom.  I dare anyone to interrupt a powerpoint by Don Draper to tell him "I just want to see the product".
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
War Dogs is a pretty good one too
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
gunzzzz
USMCvet
Opinionated
+2
Key Accounts Manager
I was scrolling to see if someone beat me to it and you did!  Jonah Hill is an absolute scumbag scam artist, but he made things happen to close deals!
HarryCaray
Notable Contributor
+14
Regional VP
Semper. Makes sense you’d like that film too!
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WockoJillink
Fire Starter
Sr. Strategic Performance Manager II
Boiler room. It was my first sales movie so it holds a special place for me. 
Ilhabela
Good Citizen
BDR
YES! my first ever gig was like that movie so it always brings me back (maybe not in a good way haha)
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
The best. And I worked for a pyramid scheme company before sadly 
dundermifflin
Account Executive
the entire series of BILLIONS
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Axelrod is an animal 
Sa
SalesSavage4Ever
Account Executive
A lot of great lessons about psychology and motives from Wendy (and her interactions) in this show in high pressure scenarios.  I think that is the most under appreciated aspect of it.
NoSuperhero
Politicker
+7
BDR

Movies:
1. The Wolf Of Wall Street
2. The Goods- Live hard, sell hard.
3. The Pursuit of Happiness.
4. Catch Me if You Can
5. Half Baked
6. Tommy Boy
7. Trading Places.
8. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
A lot of comedies, so murder me.

Series:
1. Breaking Bad.
2. Mad Men
3. The Office
4. Silicone Valley
5. Seinfeld
6. Pawn Stars
7. Suits
8. Ballers (only watched like 3 episodes)

E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
TWO lists! Nice.

makingfetchhappen
Opinionated
+4
Account Executive
Survivor, seriously it's how the world works, which is how sales works, 10% skill, 10% grit, 80% luck
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
Damn never would have guessed this would be one, but it is very accurate. 
Wolfof7thStreet
Opinionated
+5
AE
Love this!
goose
Politicker
+12
Sales Executive
Corporate Bro - Pilot (2020)
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
You've got something on your nose.. @GeneralCorp 
Stringer
Arsonist
+8
SDR
Waiting for a documentary series haha
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
A docuseries on sales?
LivinTheDream42
Good Citizen
Account Executive
The office....next question 
NoSuperhero
Politicker
+7
BDR
Hahahahaa, it actually teaches sales lessons in the show! I love when Michael shows off how he's the best at sales when it really comes down to it. It's always about being human.
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
Rules of business:
1). You need to play to win. But, you also have to win to play.2). Adapt. React. Readapt. Act.4). Image is everything.5.) Safety first, i.e. don't burn the building down.
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KnightKingORL
Opinionated
+2
Account Executive
Alec Baldwin's Glen Gary Glen Ross monologue is fire. nuff said
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
Coffee is for closers!
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Yes? You rang.
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Outbound
Good Citizen
+1
Inside Sales Representative
"Wolf of Wall Street" & "Boiler Room" get me fired up for calls
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Gold standards 
Wolfof7thStreet
Opinionated
+5
AE
This.
BossMan
Fire Starter
Director of Sales
Watch the scene in the show White Collar - Where the main character Neil acts as a sales rep selling stocks. Gold.
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
I will!
paddy
WR Officer
+10
Account Executive
The Dark Knight. You have to sift through a lot of the irrelevant shit to understand the subtext about sales.
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
oh interesting... Please explain!
SalesViking
Valued Contributor
+3
Partner Dev Consultant
White gold
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
Lots of people have put this one and I haven't seen it so I'll have to add it to my list

goose
Politicker
+12
Sales Executive
I haven't seen it... but I've seen clips from "Mad Men" that made me appreciate the craft.
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
Isn't Mad Men about marketing? 😬
goose
Politicker
+12
Sales Executive
Advertising, but I see where you're going.  Still, it's all about the pitch...
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SADNES5
Politicker
+6
Hittin' Dingers
The Goods! 

push the metaaaal!
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Weekend sale baby, clear the lot 
To
TommyCallahanIV
Good Citizen
Mid-Market Sales Manager
“Gotta be your bull”
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
Get a good luck at a butcher by sticking your head up his ass, wait.....gotta be your bull
AlexT
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
Undercover Billionaire has some really good pitch, especially in season 2
E_Money
Arsonist
+8
Outbound Sales Manager- US
I've definitely heard of this, but never watched it. I'll look it up!
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