The Top 5 Movie Sales Quotes of All Time

Ahh, the wisdom that Hollywood brings to aspiring salespeople. In all seriousness, a thing or two can be learned about the world of business and sales simply from watching a few of the classics, such as Jerry Maguire or Boiler Room. Below are five of TeleArk’s favorite movie quotes that inspire us to up our own sales game:

1. “Show Me the Money.” – Rod Tidwell, Jerry Maguire (2006)

Short, simple, to the point. In the all-time classic business film Jerry Maguire, Maguire gains a new philosophy on business and life, and goes from having it all to losing it all. His only client left, Rod Tidwell, has Maguire screaming this phrase at the top of his lungs in his quiet office. Talk about client commitment.

2. “Winning isn’t everything …it’s the only thing.” – Steve Williams, Trouble Along the Way (1953)

Although these words can be attributed to many figures (such as Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi), it originated from the 1953 film Trouble Along the Way when coach Steve Williams noted that the only way to save St. Anthony’s College was to have a winning football team. Thus, winning was the only thing that could save the fate of the school. Similarly, in the sales world, sometimes the only thing that will save you or your company is winning certain deals and sales, which must start with winning leads.

3. “Sell me this pen.” – Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

This scene is the perfect example of how to convince someone else to buy something— by reminding them of what they need, or lack, to complete a certain task. When Jordan Belfort, the clever and cunning entrepreneur that later becomes the “wolf” of Wall Street, asks fellow stock salesman Brad to sell him a pen, Brad simply replies by saying, “I want you to do me a favor. Will you write your name down on that napkin for me?” “I don’t have a pen.” “Exactly! Supply and demand, my friend.”

4. “There is no such thing as a no sale call. A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you a reason he can’t. Either way, a sale is made. The only question is who is gonna close? You or him? Jim Young, Boiler Room (2000)

In this classic story of business success versus morality, brokerage firm co-founder Jim Young explains to college dropout Seth Davis that there will always be a winner and loser to each and every sales call— one person that’s able to sell their perspective more successfully than the other. The essence of successful selling is to ensure that you give your client an offer that not even their strongest of hesitations could keep them from buying.

5. “A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing.” – Blake, Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Perhaps the most well-known sales quote of all time originated from the sinister and harsh Blake from Glengarry Glen Ross, who was called in to intimidate a company’s sales team into performing at their best. While Blake may have said it in a less-than-inspiring way, this quote can now be found on everything from coffee mugs, to clocks, to even baby’s shirts.

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