Top 10 workplace movies of all time

Boss/employee relations, speaking truth to power, and David vs. Goliath struggles dominate this author’s list.

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Movies are a timeless tradition—whether you’re out at the theater, snuggled up at home, or increasingly, on the move. (When was the last time you took a plane ride or train ride and didn’t see someone watching a movie?)

Movies allow us to escape from our lives and become involved in someone else’s story, if only for two hours.

I was talking with Dr. Marla Gottschalk about workplace movies, and we both thought it would be fun to showcase the best workplace and business-related American movies of all time on LinkedIn, the online home for all things workplace and career-related. Now, I’m no movie critic—I’m just an entrepreneur, writer, and, like so many of us, a movie lover. But here are my top 10, along with a clip, quote, and few words about each:

10. “9 to 5” (1980)

This hilarious comedy stars Dabney Coleman as a very bad boss, and Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton as the employees who exact revenge on him. The movie is a sobering reminder of how women have been treated at many companies.

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