These movies are even more difficult to rank, except to go by how many recommendations I got, who recommended them and the fervor of their comments.
Lagaan – A Hindi film, with subtitles in English, that’s been on my list before. Now that it’s been cast in the leadership category, it’s very high on my list.
Elizabeth – “The first one is the best, I think.”
Gandhi – “Great for… vision, modelling the way, courage, determination, sacrifice, unselfishness”
October Sky – A couple of nominations for this one, the highlight being, “Laura Dern’s character (the high school teacher) who inspires, challenges, and stands up for the “rocket boys” in Coaltown, WV. She is not the main character, but is a key catalyst whose commitment and leadership brings about positive transformation of her students and community. One of my favorite movies.”
Gettysburg – I’m a fan of the Shaara Civil War series of books, and “Gods and Generals” was great. So this war leadership one has been on my list.
Coach Carter – “Great for… vision, setting clear expectations, team ethic, overcoming resistance, influencing.” There are just so many coaching movies. Guess I missed this one.
Secretariat – “The story of Penny Chenery is the best example of empowered female leadership in the last 20 years.”
Of Gods and Men – “It has more to do with the impact of a crisis on a small community – 8 monks in the face of terrorists in Algeria. You see their decision making process and how that changed. (Very moving and tragic story, but really better for crisis management, theology of risk, etc).”
12 O’Clock High – “A 1940′s WW2 movie about redeption vs. maxium effort…and the cost.” Great for “seeing what happens when a Leadership Change occurs.
Shake hands with the Devil – Somehow when my wife and I went through our Africa movie marathon, we missed this one about the Rwanda Genocide
These next ten aren’t on my list yet, but I could be convinced.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – “’Greed is good.’ Unfortunately, greed and sustainable leadership cannot occupy the same space.” Haven’t seen it, but I’m a big fan of Michael Douglas.
The Lady – The story of Aung San Suu Kyi is one I’ve been interested in. Just discovered there’s a movie, but is it any good? One person thought so.
Places in the Heart – A movie “for which Sally Field won the Oscar in portrayal of depression era TX widow who keeps family and farm together against great challenges.”
Freedom Writers – I got a few nominations for this one.
Norma Rae – “Older and less well-known, but 2 Oscars and Sally Field.”
Lion in Winter – “3 Oscars, O’Toole & Hepburn.”
The Hiding Place – “Those women are still leading others today through their story and testimony.” I did watch half of this the other day when my son was watching it for a school project.
The Emperor’s Club – Nominated “for its Integrity focus that is so absent in much leadership today and as a result also in those mentored.”
Mulan – The person who nominated this one felt strongly enough about it to give it three exclamation points.
Whip It – Hard to get excited about a roller derby movie as an excellent leadership portrayal, so maybe I’m missing something.
Credit: Some of the comments I received included links to other lists. So let me give due credit for some of these thoughts:
See the other blogs in this series:
- Best leadership movies
- Top 20 leadership movies (that I’ve seen)
- 20 movies I never thought about as leadership stories
- Top leadership movies on my list to see
- So, what movie did I pick? (coming soon)