5 inspiring new documentaries every entrepreneur needs to watch

From the history of Sean "Diddy" Combs's record label to the controversial politician behind Donald Trump, the documentaries at this year's Tribeca Film Festival highlight some of the most fascinating people and their passions.

The 16th Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 19 to 30, will screen an array of films including features, documentaries, and shorts. The festival explores many topics, but these five documentaries will inspire, educate, and maybe even scare entrepreneurs.

1. Can't Stop, Won't Stop: The Bad Boy Story

Sean "Diddy" Combs, the founder of Bad Boy Records, recounts his experiences launching his record label as he reunites the group of musicians for a massive homecoming. Director Daniel Kaufman and Live Nation Productions trace the label's emergence in Harlem and Brooklyn to its tragedies and fantastic success. Combs provides a behind-the-scenes look into one of the biggest reunions in hip-hop history and the impact the label had on music, fashion and culture.

2. Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World

Ever wonder what goes on in the business of art? Blurred Lines shows viewers the complicated universe through the eyes of the major players in the industry. Director Barry Avrich explains the roles of curators, auction houses, and artists while audiences get to see the inner workings of a trade that is known for its innovation and value.

3. Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

When life gets tough, try to find some humor. That's what Chris Gethard did as he battled depression, alcoholism, and mental health. In his one-man show, the comedian walks us through his battles and most memorable personal experiences. He shows that while there is no easy solution to some of life's difficult problems, laughter, family, and support can make a huge difference.

4. Get Me Roger Stone

Just because someone is unpopular doesn't mean they're powerless. Roger Stone has been involved with Republican politics since the 1970s, and yet is classified as an outsider to the political establishment. But don't underestimate him: Stone's pet project was now-president Donald Trump, who is interviewed in the film. His controversial politics have been rejected by the conservative mainstream, but that hasn't stopped him from being successful.

5. Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

Despite all the energy devoted to food creation, about 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out each year. In this documentary, directors Anna Chai and Nari Kye address the global issue and offer solutions like readjusting consumer perspectives and changes in food production. Anthony Bourdain is the executive producer, and industry powerhouses like Dan Barbar, Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, and Massimo Bottura all weigh in on the issue.

These documentaries will screen across multiple theaters in New York during the festival, and open to wider releases after the event.

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The Social Network

Based on the true story of Facebook genius Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard classmates and co-founders, this movie shows us how one idea can go from a thought in casual conversation to a world-dominating platform.

This film also brings to light the drama and behind-the-scenes tensions that arise when setting out to begin a new business or venture. We learn through Zuckerberg's faults in the movie that you must stay cognizant of your actions and the way that you treat people, or you may damage relationships with those closest to you. 

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If this picture queues the iconic theme song to start playing in your head, you're not alone. Rocky is the ultimate underdog story, one that can inspire even the most experienced of entrepreneurs.

When being called up to fight world champion Apollo Creed, Rocky sees an opportunity and does everything he can to make the most of it.

Through physical strength, Rocky exemplifies true mental strength that has us all rooting for him and the people, quite literally, in his corner. 

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Jerry Maguire

In a classic awakening of the conscience, sports agent Jerry McGuire decides to write a letter to his entire company about how the hunger for deals and a profit are making it easy for everyone to lose sight of who they are.

This gets McGuire fired, and he must start his own business. With only one star football player under his management, McGuire learns what it really means to love what you do while still being able to sustain an income and sense of morality. 

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Forrest Gump

This classic has so much to teach us about believing in ourselves, believing in others, and how there is literally no one who can tell you what you're capable of doing other than yourself. 

As someone who's mentally disadvantaged, Forrest lives a life that's anything but limited and does it all with a smile. His determination is admirable, and at the very least, this movie will remind you to never give up on the things you want the most. Mental fortitude is the most important thing.

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Legally Blonde

Elle Woods is the girl you can't help but root for, right from the opening scene at the start of this movie. After getting her heart broken by her long-term boyfriend (whom she thought would soon be her fiancé), she learns that he'll be attending Harvard Law school in the fall.

Determined to both get him back and prove to him she's more than just a dumb blonde, Elle works harder than she's ever worked before (with the help of everyone she knows and loves), gets accepted to Harvard and finds herself on the defendant side of a high profile court case that forever changes her life and career.

Elle teaches us how to pool our resources and connections to get to our goals. The film also reminds us about how important friends and family are to have as a support system when you're taking on an endeavor that most people expect you to fail at.

Plus, she shows us that the seemingly impossible can become possible if you're willing to smile through it (and maybe if you put on a little pink!)

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Charlotte's Web

A classic tale of friendship and trust, Charlotte's Web will always inevitably give you all the feels. It reminds us all that by being kind and by simply being someone's friend, you can make all the difference.

The people who find the most success and get to where they need to be are the people who care deeply for others and expect nothing in return.

The film, as does the novel, can make anyone see that the relationships we build along the way become the best investments that we make.

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The Intern 

This 2015 movie starring Robert DiNero and Anne Hathaway is feel-good film about a 70-year-old retiree named Ben Whittaker who, recently widowed, is looking to come out of retirement for something fun to do. When he sees a posting for am"senior internship", Ben believes he's the perfect fit.

Ben works under the owner of a fashion website (played by Hathaway) and the two form an incredible, honest bond. Their friendship shows that the most successful partnerships and ventures come from the most unexpected places. 

It's a nice reminder that hard work, positive mentality and kindness will always be in style, no matter how old or young you are. 

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