Joy has been highly anticipated ever since its Christmas release. Although the film received mixed reviews, there is still quite a hold list for the film. Perhaps it was the sudden popularity of biopics (despite the genre being around for quite some time) or the dynamic duo, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, that had viewers hooked. Regardless, if you’re still craving more, or you’re waiting for your hold to arrive, check out the list below of Movies, T.V. shows, and Audiobooks that are similar to the biopic of Joy Mangano, a self-made entrepreneur and creator of the “Miracle Mop.”
American Hustle– The duo, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, have been gracing our screens for what seems like years; no doubt, because of their on and off screen chemistry. If you enjoyed Joy because of the duo’s work, check out American Hustle. A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle is the story of brilliant con man, Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso.
The Social Network– On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.
Erin Brockovich– In Joy, Jennifer Lawrence is praised for her portrayal of a strong and independent woman. Check out Erin Brockovich, for a similar story of a single mother trying to make her way in the world. Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation. Erin’s determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.
Mad Men– In the glamorous and ego-driven world of advertising, everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems. Set in 1960 New York, this series reveals the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue’s “Golden Age,” where key players make an art of the sell while their private world gets sold. And no one plays the game better than Don Draper, the biggest ad man–and ladies’ man–in the business.
Halt and Catch Fire– A former IBM executive, Joe MacMillan plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer and forces his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. MacMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark, a once great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife Donna, and Cameron Howe, a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan’s rogue PC project.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty– Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell– A moving and hilarious tale of a marriage on the brink, and one woman’s chance to either save it or make sure it never happens.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson– Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues, the author has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. Check out the movie adaptation of Steve Jobs’ biography, featuring Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs.
Summaries taken from catalog.ccls.org.