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10 Movies Like The Social Network

Updated on November 28, 2019
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A film buff who enjoys watching a range of different films from funny rom coms to intense thrillers.

When The Social Network was released in 2010, the response of it was tremendous. By this point, most of us were already gravitating towards using Facebook.

It became a major part of our lives in a short period of time, and today it’s seen by many as one of the most important foundational parts of the social internet.

However, many of us knew little about what Facebook was, or how it even came to be. Thankfully, the 2010 film shows us how Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, managed to create a social media platform that literally change sthe world.

It’s a tremendous story, showing us how one can rise from an ambitious college project into creating a world-altering platform. However, it also shows us the stress and the challenges involved in such a rapid rise.

If you enjoyed the movie, then you might wish to try and take on some of the similar kinds of movies out there that follow the same kind of script.

Where, though, should you start? We’ve got a list of ten movies here that you should absolutely make the time to go and see in the near future. Each one offers a truly spectacular look into what it must be like to be involved in such a gruelling industry.

Movies Like the Social Network

  1. Pirates of Silicon Valley
  2. The Founder
  3. Jobs
  4. Moneyball
  5. Flash of Genius
  6. The Fifth Estate
  7. Homeless to Harvard
  8. The Imitation Game
  9. The Ides of March
  10. The Big Short

#1 Pirates of Silicon Valley

While it’s not identical in that is a bit more humorous at times, but Pirates of Silicon Valley is a 1999 classic. We recommend that you watch this documentary-movie style picture, as it’s got a lot of heart and no small amount of information in here. Basically, if you want to see the people behind who managed to make the likes of Silicon Valley so impressive, essentially paving the way for people like Zuckerberg, then this a good place for you to start.

It shows you the actions that were taken to set up the kind of companies that we now are all so fond of using on a daily basis. If you want to see how technology has become such a major part of society, this is a good place to get started.

#2 The Founder

If you want something a bit more similar to The Social Network, though, might we recommend that you take a look at The Founder?

It’s the story of how Ray Kroc managed to make McDonalds a thing. You know, that burger joint that all of us have driven by a billion times? It shows you how he helped Mac and Dick McDonald make their South California burger joint explode into the massive enterprise that we know it as today. If you want to see a good example of how people can go from owning a small local business to being a global player, then this is the ideal film for you to watch: it’s very informative and inspirational.

#3 Jobs

The 2013 release of Jobs was a major success, and it’s the kind of story that we recommend you watch ASAP. If you are a fan of The Social Network, you will probably enjoy this just as much. Jobs is a very interesting story; a factual telling of the story of Apple legend Steve Jobs.

It’s a great example of how Jobs managed to create something spectacular through Apple, and how he managed to become one of the great innovative minds of his – or any – era. It’s a fine story, and one that you will get a huge amount out of.

#4 Moneyball

For sports fans, this is a must-see movie that you have to make the time to come and watch. It follows the story of Billy Beane, one of the most innovative men in sports. From his work with the Oakland Athletics to his rise to the very top of baseball, Beane played a major role in the transformation of the entire world of baseball.

It’s one of the most enjoyable films out there, and the story of Beane has become a major inspiration for people in all manner of sporting industries. It’s now just baseball fans who will enjoy this; anyone with a love and an enjoyment of sports will find this to be a compelling and enjoyable watch.

#5 Flash of Genius

This isn’t quite the same as The Social Network, but it follows a similar thematic experience. It’s a popular biography that follows the story of Robert Kearns. Kearns take on the audio industry when they don’t give him any credit for his creation of intermittent windshield wipers.

This is a story of a man who does not let big business be his owner, and who fights with intellect and courage to try and overcome the problems that he faces. For many, Flash of Genius is the perfect example of a story that manages to show us just what it means to fight back against big business.

#6 The Fifth Estate

A controversial character in many ways, Julien Assange is one of the most interesting people of the modern political era. The editor-in-chief behind WikiLeaks, Assange has enjoyed a massive profile in the last decade for both positive and negative reasons. This story looks to follow how the mastermind leaker manages to make his information stick, and how he arguably became one of the most important people of the 2010s.

It follows the relationship of Daniel Berg and Assange, which becomes more and more challenges over the course of the movie. While it received a mixed reception from some circles, many view it as a fair piece of work that shows the relationship behind two very important, interesting figures of modern history.

#7 Homeless to Harvard

Back to business for a moment, and Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story is 2003 release that you must see. It’s a fantastic and serious movie, a real emotional rollercoaster, that follows the story of Liz Murray. Taken care of by her drug addict parents, at age 15 she’s made homeless and she begins work to try and make money to get through school.

It’s a story that will tug at your emotions and make you realise just how many people manage to make it big by persevering and coming through tough situations. If you ever want to get inspired by people who fight for everything that they get in this world, then this might just be the best movie for you to watch once you have completed The Social Network.

#8 The Imitation Game

If you enjoyed The Social Network, we think that you may get some value out of watching The Imitation Game. It follows the story of Alan Turing, the legendary man who managed to create a machine that was capable of decrypting German intelligence codes for the British Government during the height of the Second World War.

Many believe that without Turing, the Allies would have lost the war. Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of Turing and portrays him to perfection, showing us the vast importance of the work that Turing done to help save the Allies. Turing might not be as big a name as someone like Mr. Zuckerberg but, based on his achievements, he probably should be.

#9 The Ides of March

For political lovers, this is a story that you absolutely must see. It follows a story that is littered with mistrust, betrayal, and pain. It’s a perfect analogy of what politics is like behind the scenes; murky, and full of those out to get what they can before disappearing again back into the shadows.

For those with a love of this kind of story, you will find that The Ides of March does a fine job of creating a story that helps us to better understand just how devious and damaging a life in politics can become; definitely a story for anyone interested in politics.

#10 The Big Short

Lastly, we recommend that you take a look at The Big Short. The 2015 film follows the story of the 2007-07 financial crash, and how it brought about massive change to our entire society. It shows how the crash was able to happen in the first place, with some big actors playing roles of people who predicted the crash and managed to make massive profits from the damage that was about to come.

It’s a rich story of corruption, of madness, and of greed that managed to bring about the largest depression seen in modern times. A fantastic movie that manages to package in some excellent satire alongside the cautionary message of what has to change if we ever wish to avoid a similar disaster.

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The Social Network set many of us down the path of watching how some of the greatest inventions in modern history took place. It also spared a cinematic desire to show the rest of the world what people go through when they rise to the top. It’s not all pound coins and smiles – as this exceptional movie manages to show.

If you fancy going down a similar route, what other kinds of films should you watch which follow a similar pattern?

Let us know if you know of any other movies like The Social Network that should be on this list.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Harry Sheen


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