Perfect films for PR buffs

It is getting to that time of the year, when I get home from work, make myself a hot chocolate, put my cosiest pyjamas on, and stick on a film.

Lately, I’ve been struggling for what films to watch, as I’ve never been in the mood for chick flicks or horrors. That’s when I decided to take to the internet and find out what films someone like me would want to watch.

I then discovered that there is a whole list of films that communicators like me have listed as great watches, so thought I’d give them a go (not all of them, but I must admit that I’ve spent a good part of the past month watching a film a night… whoops).

So, I wanted to put together a list of the best films (in my opinion) that you can not only be entertained by, but also teaches you industry lessons, (win win am I right?)

  • The Social Network: Everything links back to social media nowadays, so this film is even more current that it has been before. It has a great cast, including Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, the first president of Facebook. It has also won an Academy Award, so that means it is brilliant right?


  • Baby Boom: “One would take it for granted that a woman like this has it all. One must never take anything for granted.” Oh Diane Keaton, I love you. She shows you can have it all if you want it bad enough. The lessons about building a business from scratch are handy too.


  • Thank You for Smoking: This film puts an interesting ‘spin’ on PR as a profession that we should all be acknowledging. It also may make you question how far you would actually go for money, which is a whole different personal lesson you need to experience for yourself.


  • Jerry Maguire: A film that is about how staying true to yourself – even when everyone else is selling out – can win the day. This is a canon film, especially in today’s world of ‘transparency’.


  • Spotlight: This is an obvious one, but I wanted to add it to the list.


  • Last but not least, I would throw in Sex and the City for good measure.


Other films I would recommend include all the Christmas ones, but most people think it is too early for Christmas, so I’ll leave that list for another day.

What films would you recommend?

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