Top Sales Movies of All-Time

Since all Peak Sales does is recruit top performing sales professionals, we thought it might be interesting to put together a list of the best sales movies we’ve seen. If you know of others, let us know and we will add them!

Big Kahuna
Movie in which Danny DeVito schools up and coming sales rep on the facts of life. Also stars Kevin Spacey.

Glengarry Glen Ross
Epic movie about regional sales reps fighting to save their jobs with a tough boss from downtown putting the screws to them. Stars Alec Baldwin, Jack Lemon, Al Pacino.

Death of a Salesman
The sad story of a salesman at the end of his career based on Pulitzer Prize play. There are many versions including a 1985 one with Dustin Hofman, but this play with Brian Dennehy does a good job of capturing an important scene.

Jerry Maquire
Player agent fights to make money and save his career. Stars Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding.

The Goods – Live Hard, Sell Hard
Hilarious movie starring Jeremy Piven as a hired gun brought in to save a used car dealership from going under. Many tongue in cheek sales situations and behind the scenes views on sales life.

Cadillac Man
Another hillarious car sales movie. This one with Tim Robbins and Robin Williams as used car salesmen.

Tin Men
Another Danny Devito film. This time he and Richard Dreyfus are competing salesmen selling aluminum siding. Many dirty sales tricks and funny sales room scenes. Hard to find scenes from the movie online, but this one shows the two top sales guys obsessing over their fancy cars.

Boiler Room
Movie about fast talking rip off artists conning prospects into buying junk bonds. Many great sales scenes and scenes in which sales managers push inside sales reps to sell.

Obviously great B2B sales people are a unique breed, but what exactly makes them go above and beyond like some of the characters in the movies above? Check out our article, The Traits of Top Sales Performers, to find out.

We have listed our top sales flicks, what are yours? Comment below!


Eliot Burdett

CEO at Peak Sales Recruiting
Before Peak, Eliot spent more than 20 years building and leading companies, where he took the lead in recruiting and managing high performance sales teams. He co-founded Ventrada Systems (mobile applications) and GlobalX (e-commerce software). He was also Vice President of Sales for PointShot Wireless.

Eliot received his B. Comm. from Carleton University and has been honored as a Top 40 Under 40 Award winner.

He co-authored Sales Recruiting 2.0, How to Find Top Performing Sales People, Fast and provides regular insights on sales team management and hiring on the Peak Sales Recruiting Blog.