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Favorite Business Movies

by Gregor Smart

While the Kirstein Business Library has a number of great business resources, don’t forget that you can learn a lot about business by going to the movies!  Here is my my top ten list of business movies on DVD.  Click on any title below to check on availability or search our catalog to find your favorite film.

 Top 10 Business Movies:

10. Horrible Bosses

For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few too many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers– permanently.

 

9. Glengarry Glen Ross 

Times are tough at the real estate firm of Premiere Properties. Shelley “the machine” Levene (Lemmon) and Dave Moss (Harris) are veteran salesmen, but only Ricky Roma (Pacino) is on a hot streak. The new Glengarry sales leads could turn everything around, but the front office is holding them back until these “losers” prove themselves.

 

8. 9 to Five 

Three female office workers combine forces to take revenge on their deceitful, egotistical, and thoroughly chauvinistic boss.

 

 

 

7.  Working Girl

A young secretary in New York named Tess McGill has the brains, looks and charm to make it big. All she needs is the right haircut, clothes and job. The opportunity arises when her classy, seductive and treacherous boss breaks a leg skiing. Tess steps into her job, her apartment and her clothes, and all sorts of witty and romantic things follow!

 

 

6. Office Space

When white-collar peon Peter Gibbons decides he’s had enough and neglects his job, he is quickly promoted to upper management.

 

 

 

5. Wall Street

An ambitious young stockbroker is lured into the illegal, lucrative world of corporate espionage.

 

 

 

 

4. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Ambitous young window cleaner J. Pierpont Finch buys a book describing how to get ahead in the business world and sets out to try the methods shown.

 

 

 

3. 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.

 

 

2. Citizen Kane

An all-powerful press magnate, Kane, dies in his fabulous castle Xanadu, his last word being “Rosebud”, which leads a reporter to seek the meaning behind the word and find the meaning of Kane. Prominant publisher, William Randolph Hearst, saw the film as a thinly disguised version of his career and attempted to suppress it.

 

 

1. Desk Set

A classic Hepburn-Tracy romance, about the head of the research department at a TV network and an absent-minded computer genius.


 

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