Inspiring Rags to Riches Movies
Dir: Neil Burger
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro
With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Dir: Gabriele Muccino
Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe
A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.
The Internship (2013)
Dir: Shawn Levy
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi
Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.
Dir: Robert Luketic
Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Yoo
“21” is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.
Flash of Genius (2008)
Dir: Marc Abraham
Stars: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Tim Eddis
Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Dir: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan
Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
Dir: Steve Pink
Stars: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Adam Herschman
A high school slacker who’s rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.