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10 Hollywood Movies to Watch for Better CAT Preparation 2018

Last Updated - August 28, 2018

CAT 2018 is scheduled for November 25, 2018 through online (computer based) mode. Candidates who wish to apply can submit their applications on the official website of CAT from August 8 to September 19, 2018. 

“All Work and no play, Makes Jack a Dull Boy” Trying to find the logic behind using this quote? Well If you are just solving Practice sets after practice set and giving all your attention to the Aptitude and Reasoning Section while preparing for CAT 2018, you are making a mistake.

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Watching inspirational movies is also a part of CAT Preparation. The benefit of watching movies is two-fold. Firstly, Preparing for CAT 2018 can be a hectic schedule. You may get tired of the same routine, books and other preparation materials, in such case, movies are there to the rescue.

Secondly, you are required to sit in the GD and PI after clearing CAT and these movies may help you with your vocabulary and Spoken English skills as well. In a way, movies act as the case studies for CAT aspirants through which they can prepare themselves for the rounds of questions to be fired at them at the time of CAT Selection Process

So Here is something for you, this article provides the list of top 10 Hollywood movies that will help you to refresh your mind and surely will influence to study hard.

I) Wall Street (1987)

Wall Street is a lesson, and a warning, on the lengths to which brokers and financial analysts went to in order to achieve success and fame.

Why: This is one of such movies which gives the MBA’s dream of being a “BIG SHOT”. This movie depicts what power and greed can do to the human soul. This is one of such movies which will surely help you in your GD and PI rounds.

II) 12 Angry Men (1957)

A wonderful movie that is part of MBA curriculum in most of the top management institutes, 12 Angry Men is probably the best thing you can watch on the art of negotiation and persuasion.

Why: If you want to see the art of negotiation and persuasion, this is the movie which will help you in persuading your interviewee and even add more words to your Vocabulary Pool.

III) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Based on the book by the same name, the 1962 adaptation by Robert Mulligan does complete justice to the book. It's a life lesson everyone should learn. It teaches you kindness, courage, and unflinching devotion to the pursuit of justice even in the face of overwhelming odds.

Why: It teaches a life lesson everyone should learn.

IV) The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Based on the true-life story of Christopher Gardener, on why persistence is important.

Why: This movie is a master-class, it has got all the initial ingredients which you will need for your CAT preparation. This movie teaches us how to not lose hope on short and sudden failure. Keep trying and you will surely succeed.

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V) The Social Network (2010)

This movie is a story for the rabble-rousers. The ones who don't respond well to authority, the dreamers and the future entrepreneurs.

A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications

Why: The movie tells you what dreams are made of. Every student can make it big, but the road to success is not going to be easy.

VI) The Breakfast Club (1985)

This movie is a story of how five students from completely different backgrounds open up to each other, only to realize that the stereotypes they’ve been pushing through all their lives are just that; stereotypes.

This movie is about how an unlikely friendship forms out of a group of misfits.

Why: This movie gives a very strong message that students can find fierce friends in the most unlikely of places, that they may have never even thought to look before. This movie tells us that we should make the most of the university years and embrace new beginnings as that golden education time will never come back in life.

VII) Up in the Air (2009)

The Protagonist is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveller woman of his dreams.

One of the hardest aspects of having a good and better job would be to fire people.

Why - It is easier to hire people for a post (job) than firing someone. George Clooney plays an awesome role of the terminator and makes his living travelling to offices across the country to conduct company layoffs and firing on behalf of employers. This movie gives CAT aspirants and graduates to make the tough calls.

VIII) Inside Job (2010)

'Inside Job' provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse.

Why: This movie explores the financial meltdown and how changes in the policy environment and banking practices helped create the financial crisis. A must watch for CAT aspirants, this movie will tell you the hidden story about the ‘modern day depression’.

IX) Margin Call (2011)

This movie is a story about how a respected financial company is downsizing and one of the victims is the risk management division head, who was working on a major analysis just when he was let go.

Why: This movie shows us how corporate greed condemned the world to a period of financial upheaval and meltdown.

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X) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world.

Why: This movie is a perfect example on how to use your brains and management skills to earn money but why one should not run after money.

Although, there are no exact recommendations for MBA aspirants to watch these movies, however, it is always an added advantage to learn and gather knowledge from extended sources such as movies. It is well known a fact that human minds have a positive grasp of knowledge via visuals, so as mentioned earlier, CAT aspirants who wish to ace GDs and PIs, can add this exercise of watching movies to their preparation strategy and seek some positive outcomes from them. 

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