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Reel Leadership – Movies about Leadership

As I was thumbing through a leadership book: A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Leadership, it provided 24 movies about leadership worth watching…I think I have my work cut out for me. If I had to think of my life as a movie right now, it might be Bucket List (but without the reason why they pursued the bucket list – I plan on sticking around for a long time)

If you think about it, there is a lot of leadership displayed in many movies. It could be an event, epic triumphs, or just a personal journey. I think if you think hard enough, almost any movie can have leadership implications. I also think one of my favorite Youtube videos on leadership has to be – dance of the shirtless guy – it has a narration that is spot on.
Let me know any movies you think of:

Recommended by the book:
Apollo 13 – done
Bagdad Café – to see
Bridge Over the River Kwai – done
Castle Under Fiery Skies – to see
Dead Poet’s Society – done
Downfall – to see
Gandhi – done
Glory – to see
Hoosiers – to see
Hotel Rwanda – to see
Kagemusha – to see
Lawrence of Arabia – to see
Malcolm X – to see
Michael Collins – to see
Norma Rae – to see
Saint Joan – to see
Spartacus – to see
The Election – to see
The Last King of Scotland – to see
Thirteen Days – to see
Twelve Angry Men – to see
Wall Street – to see
Whale Rider – to see
When We Were Kings – to see

What I also recommend (and might replace few listed above)
To Sir With Love
Remember the Titans
Saving Private Ryan
Shawshank Redemption
Dance’s with Wolves
City of Joy
Lean on Me
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Lion King


  1. Michael collins on tg4. Another great film on our past after 50 dead men walking last nite. topmovie

  2. Sadhna Thiara

    What about the movie Slum Dog Millionaire?

  3. G

    Ah yes, Dance of the Shirtless Guy. We used that video during FROSH training this year. Quite a powerful message from such a seemingly silly video.

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