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The Best Movies About Business Women 

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Updated June 2, 2020 173 votes 52 voters 5k views 44 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite women in business films.

With more and more women in high-ranking positions at large companies, there's never been a better time for a women in business movies list. These top movies all feature workaholic characters who are high-level executives, small business owners, and flourishing entrepreneurs. Whether it's something as simple as a young woman trying to keep her pie shop afloat in Waitress, or building a business empire in Joy, these women face all sorts of challenges.

Business leaders are discovering that there are strong economic incentives for hiring more women in addition to social justice incentives. Simply put: businesses that hire more women in leadership positions make more money, according to the World Economic Forum. That means there are sure to be more new movies about strong independent career-oriented women, women reinventing themselves, workaholic women, and female executives.

So vote up the greatest women in business movies, and don't forget to add any that are missing!

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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Meryl Streep

Released: 2006

Directed by: David Frankel

The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same name. This screen adaptation stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who ...more

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The Intern is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo

Released: 2015

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

The Intern is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Nancy Meyers. Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and ...more

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The Proposal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White

Released: 2009

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

The Proposal is a 2009 American romantic comedy film set in Sitka, Alaska. Directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Peter Chiarelli, the film features Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in the ...more

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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1988

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike Nichols. It tells the story of a Staten Island-raised secretary, Tess McGill, working in the mergers ...more

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The Help is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 2011

Directed by: Tate Taylor

The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film is about ...more

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Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Taylor Schilling, Brian Tyree Henry, Bryn Vale

Released: 2019

Directed by: Laura Steinel

Family is a 2018 American comedy film written and directed by Laura Steinel. An emotionally stunted senior vice president hedge fund manager, Kate Stone (Taylor Schilling) is charged with ...more
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How to Lose a Guy in 10 ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Bebe Neuwirth

Released: 2003

Directed by: Donald Petrie

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a 2003 American romantic comedy film directed by Donald Petrie. An advice columnist (Kate Hudson) and an advertising executive (Matthew McConaughey) find ...more

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It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin

Released: 2009

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

It's Complicated is a 2009 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars Meryl Streep as a successful bakery owner and single mother of three who starts a secret ...more

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The Ugly Truth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson

Released: 2009

Directed by: Robert Luketic

The Ugly Truth is a 2009 American romantic comedy film starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. The film was released in North America on July 24, 2009 by Columbia Pictures.

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Lucy Gallant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Lucy Gallant Charlton Heston, Jane Wyman, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1955

Directed by: Robert Parrish

Lucy Gallant is a 1955 drama film directed by Robert Parrish.
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Sunshine Cleaning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christine Jeffs

Sunshine Cleaning is a 2008 comedy-drama film starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Directed by Christine Jeffs and written by Megan Holley, the film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival ...more
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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gary Winick

13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, and directed by Gary Winick. Starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy ...more

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Baby Boom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Diane Keaton, James Spader, Harold Ramis

Released: 1987

Directed by: Charles Shyer

Baby Boom is a 1987 comedy film starring Diane Keaton. The film also launched a subsequent television show, running from 1988 to 1989. The original music score was composed by Bill Conti and the ...more

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Chocolat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina

Released: 2000

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Chocolat is a 2000 American-British romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Joanne Harris, and was directed by Lasse Hallström. Adapted by screenwriter Robert Nelson ...more

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Knocked Up is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Katherine Heigl

Released: 2007

Directed by: Judd Apatow

Knocked Up is a 2007 American romantic comedy film co-produced, written, and directed by Judd Apatow. The films stars Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann. It follows the ...more

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Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen

Released: 1945

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Mildred Pierce is a 1945 American drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson and Zachary Scott and featuring Eve Arden, Ann Blyth and Bruce Bennett, in a film ...more
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Mr. Mom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Teri Garr

Released: 1983

Directed by: Stan Dragoti

Mr. Mom is a 1983 American comedy film directed by Stan Dragoti and written by John Hughes about Jack Butler, a stay-at-home dad. It stars Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Jeffrey Tambor, Ann Jillian, ...more

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9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Colin Higgins

9 to 5 is a 1980 American comedy film written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins, directed by Higgins, and starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman. The film ...more

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P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

Released: 2007

Directed by: Richard LaGravenese

P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. It ...more

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Sliding Doors is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn, John Hannah

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Howitt

Sliding Doors is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Howitt and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah, while also featuring John Lynch, Jeanne ...more

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Stranger than Fiction is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah

Released: 2006

Directed by: Marc Forster

Stranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy-drama-fantasy film directed by Marc Forster, written by Zach Helm, and starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, ...more

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The Associate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Whoopi Goldberg, Allison Janney, Eli Wallach

Released: 1996

Directed by: Donald Petrie

The Associate is a 1996 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Eli Wallach, Timothy Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Austin Pendleton and Lainie Kazan. The film is a remake of the 1979 French film ...more

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The First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn, Heather Locklear

Released: 1996

Directed by: Hugh Wilson

The First Wives Club is a 1996 comedy film, based on the best-selling 1992 novel of the same name by Olivia Goldsmith. Narrated by Diane Keaton, it stars Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler as ...more

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Up Close & Personal ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Lan1 added Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Redford, Stockard Channing

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jon Avnet

Up Close & Personal is a 1996 American romantic drama film directed by Jon Avnet, and starring Robert Redford as a news director and Michelle Pfeiffer as his protegée, with Stockard ...more

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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Andy Griffith

Released: 2007

Directed by: Adrienne Shelly

Waitress is a 2007 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, who also appears in a supporting role. The film debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and went into ...more

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