15 Movies for the Working Stiff

These films find the funny in office life, the bad in the business world and more.
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Office Space (1999)

Ron Livingston is an unhappy office worker who’s girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston) is cheating on him. After his bleep-hole boss downsizes his company, he and two fired employee-friends hatch a plan to finally get what they’re owed. If you’ve ever felt like a useless cog in a cubicle, then this cult classic will make your sad heart sing. From the creator of Beavis and Butthead, Mike Judge. Buy it here.
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Clockwatchers (1997)

Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Toni Collette and Alanna Ubach star as outcast office temps who befriend each other-until their co-workers accuse them of theft, and the finger-pointing pulls them apart. Buy it here.
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Secretary (2002)

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a submissive, self-harming secretary who has an S&M-inspired affair with her boss (James Spader) in this bizarre but worth-watching cult classic. Buy it here.
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Working Girl (1988)

Tess McGill, a hard-working secretary from Staten Island (played by Melanie Griffith), is trying to rise the ranks of the business world. When her idea-stealing boss (Sigourney Weaver) is out of the office with a broken leg, she seizes the opportunity to make a name for herself. While she’s at it, she wins over the heart of the Big Bad Boss’s boyfriend (Harrison Ford). Buy it here.
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Jerry Maguire (1996)

"SHOW ME THE MONEY!" Go ahead, scream it like Cuba Gooding, Jr. But, really, this film is about bringing heart to the job-and to life-above all else. Tom Cruise is at his finest as the title character, a sports agent who drops out of the rat race after a sweaty, middle-of-the-night epiphany. Joining him in his pursuit of ideals is Reneé Zellweger, the woman who loves him for the man he wants to be . . . and the man he almost is. Buy it here.
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The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Miranda Priestly, icy editor of the fictional fashion mag Runway, was sharp enough to earn her an Oscar nomination. Anne Hathaway holds her own as Priestly’s naive and unfashionable (but not for long) assistant. Buy it here.
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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Alec Baldwin wreaks havoc on the professional lives of four real estate salesman when he provides them with client leads and tells them that only the two top sellers will keep their jobs. The all-star cast includes Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin and Kevin Spacey. Adapted by David Mamet from his eponymous play. Buy it here.
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Erin Brockovich (2000)

Julia Roberts tells the true story of Erin Brockovich, a single mother who gets a job as a file clerk at a law firm-and goes on to launch a class-action suit against Pacific Gas & Electric, a company that had been improperly dumping a deadly toxic waste, causing health issues among residents in the area. Buy it here.
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Modern Times (1936)

Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed and starred in this film about a factory worker who has a bit of a breakdown while working on an assembly line. For a silent film, it packs quite the commentary about American industrialization and the Great Depression. Buy it here.
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His Girl Friday (1940)

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell are Walter Burns and Hildy Johnson, a divorced couple working together at a Chicago newspaper. When Hildy, Walter’s star reporter, announces she’s leaving the paper and remarrying, he assigns her one last story-and hijinks ensue. Buy it here.
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Network (1976)

"I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore." This is Peter Finch’s famous line as Howard Beale, a laid-off television new anchor who tells America what he really thinks-as in, life is "bullshit"-in his last two weeks on air. His rants earn him his own show, but things don’t look up from there. Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall also star. Buy it here.
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Falling Down (1993)

Michael Douglas is an out-of-work engineer who loses his cool in gridlock traffic and goes on a crazy spree, busting up a convenience store with a bat, taking on gang members in central L.A., and worse. It’s alarming, considering our unemployment rate… Buy it here.
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Nine to Five (1980)

Three women (played by Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton) band together to get back at their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" boss. (Do you have Dolly’s title song stuck in your head yet?) Buy it here.
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Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

A single mom (Amy Adams) struggles to send her son to private school on a house cleaner’s wage, so she decides to start a more lucrative crime-scene-cleanup business with her younger sister (Emily Blunt), who’s prone to losing jobs. Buy it here.
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Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)

Jim Carrey is Dick, a guy who gets laid off shortly after being promoted. Téa Leoni is Jane, his wife who quit her own job because she thought her husband had hit it big. When the unemployed couple spiral into poverty, they turn to crime to pay the bills. Buy it here. *FOR A SLIDESHOWS OF OUR FAVORITE REINVENTION MOVIES, CLICK HERE.*
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