The coaching business is exciting and motivates me never to stop learning. If you’re also in the coaching business and looking for some inspiration and thought-provoking films to add to your movie night watch list, you are in the right place!

Check out my collection of the top movies for coaches to get inspired and learn from! Let’s go!

1. Billions (2016)

Billions is an American television drama series showing the intense and competitive world of high finance and the legal system. It is a great coach movie exploring themes of ambition, power, loyalty, and the gray areas between right and wrong. 

What coaches can learn from it:

  1. Understanding the dynamics of high-stakes business and complex business deals provides insights into the challenges your clients may face in the business world.
  2. Observing leadership styles and how they handle conflicts and challenges can provide coaches with examples to guide coaching clients on leadership and decision-making.
  3. Coaches working with clients in the finance or investment industries can benefit from understanding these concepts to help clients make informed decisions.
  4. Using the scenarios in the show can be a starting point for discussing ethical considerations with clients.

2. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

If you haven’t watched The Wolf of Wall Street yet, I would recommend you do it! It is a motivational movie and a biographical black comedy-drama film based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who engaged in securities fraud and corruption. 

What coaches can learn from it:

This movie is a must-watch for coaches who want to understand the dangers of unethical behavior and the consequences of taking shortcuts in business.

3. Margin Call (2011) 

A drama-thriller film explores the events leading up to the 2008 financial crisis and is a must-watch movie for executive coaches or anyone planning to work with business. 

What coaches can learn from it:

This movie is an excellent tool for coaches to illustrate the importance of ethical leadership and decision-making.

4. The Big Short (2015)

A comedy-drama tells the story of investors who bet against the housing market before the 2008 financial crisis. 

What coaches can learn from it:

Coaches can get insights into the importance of critical thinking and risk management. 

5. The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network is a biographical drama telling the Facebook story and its legal battles. 

What coaches can learn from it:

Coaches can use this movie to discuss leadership styles, team dynamics, and the power of innovation. 

6. Boiler Room (2000)

Boiler Room depicts the high-pressure world of stockbroking and the risks of unethical behavior. 

What coaches can learn from it:

Coaches can use this movie to discuss the importance of ethics, integrity, and values in business. 

7. Front of the Class (2008)

Front of the Class is a heartwarming and inspiring movie that tells the story of Brad Cohen, a man with Tourette’s syndrome who pursues his dream of becoming a teacher despite his challenges.

What coaches can learn from it:

  • The power of perseverance
  • The importance of empathy
  • The value of authenticity to help your clients be true to themselves in their personal and professional lives.
  • A growth mindset and develop flexibility to help your clients succeed in a rapidly changing world.
  • The power of building strong networks of support and connection.

8. A Family Man (2016) 

This drama shows a high-powered executive balancing his demanding job with his family responsibilities. 

What coaches can learn from it:

  • The role of work-life balance
  • Time management 
  • The importance of setting priorities.

9. The Billionaire (2011) 

Get inspired by the incredible true story of “Top Ittipat”. You’ll discover how an online game addict, who was constantly belittled by teachers, became a young and successful billionaire.

What coaches can learn from it:

  • The importance of perseverance and determination
  • The power of innovation and creativity. 
  • The secrets to success allowing to achieve big goals

10. In Treatment (2008) 

This TV series tells the story of a psychotherapist who treats patients in his home office. 

What coaches can learn from it:

  • The importance of active listening
  • The role of empathy
  • How to build trust with clients

11. Nine Perfect Strangers (2021)

Nine Perfect Strangers (2021) is another great TV series for coaches. It shows nine strangers who attend a wellness retreat run by a mysterious guru. 

What coaches can learn from it:

  • The opportunities for personal growth, 
  • The role of self-awareness
  • The importance of taking care of physical and mental health.

12. Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour is a biographical war drama telling the story of Winston Churchill in his early days as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 

What coaches can learn from it:

  • The importance of growing leadership, 
  • How to make decisions under pressure, 
  • The importance of staying true to your values and beliefs.

13. Never Look Away (2018)

Another emotional movie for coaches! This German drama film shows the life of an artist who survived World War II and the communist regime in East Germany. 

What coaches can learn from it:

  • How resilience and creativity impact people’s life
  • The importance of pursuing passions despite obstacles.

14. New Amsterdam (2018)

Learn the story of the medical director of a hospital in New York City who is determined to improve patient care. This series has become one of the most exciting movies about the healthcare system. 

What coaches can learn from it:

  • How to inspire others to confront biases and limitations
  • How to find innovative solutions to the complex challenges 
  • The power of purpose-driven leadership
  • The importance of empathy, collaboration, and self-care in difficult situations.

15. The Bounty Hunter (2010)

The Bounty Hunter is another inspiring movie for coaches. This action-comedy film tells the story of a bounty hunter hired to capture his ex-wife, a reporter who has skipped bail. 

What coaches can learn from it:

  • How to deal with conflict situations
  • Communication challenges 
  • The importance of emotional intelligence in relationships.

Sum Up

So there you have it – my list of the best movies for coaches that inspire, motivate, and provide insights to help you become a successful coach. 

I hope you’ve found new ideas to add to your watch list and keep learning. So, take the time to watch these coach movies and reflect on the insights.

With dedication, hard work, and a willingness to learn, you can take your coaching career to the next level!


Tetiana Artemova

Tetiana Artemova is an entrepreneur and owner of IStartHub, a business media for ambitious female entrepreneurs and small business owners.