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The Best Movies About Business Women  

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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 women 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
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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Family is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Taylor Schilling, Brian Tyree Henry, Bryn Vale
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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The Intern is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo
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) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White
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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The Help is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard
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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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey
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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Lucy Gallant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Lucy Gallant Charlton Heston, Jane Wyman, Thelma Ritter
Lucy Gallant is a 1955 drama film directed by Robert Parrish.
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The Ugly Truth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson
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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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Bebe Neuwirth
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a 2003 romantic comedy film, directed by Donald Petrie, starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. It is based on a short cartoon book of the same name by ...more
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What Women Want is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Mel Gibson, Marisa Tomei, Helen Hunt
What Women Want is a 2000 American romantic comedy film, written by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa and Diane Drake, directed by Nancy Meyers, and starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The film was a ...more
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It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin
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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Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B
Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York magazine's 2015 article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler. A crew of savvy ...more
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The First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn, Heather Locklear
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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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Andy Griffith
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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Little is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Regina Hall
Little is a 2019 American fantasy-comedy film directed by Tina Gordon Chism. When a tech mogul (Regina Hall) magically transforms into her younger self (Marsai Martin), her long-suffering ...more
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High Flying Bird is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg
High Flying Bird is a 2019 American sports drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. A sports agent (Andre Holland) pitches a rookie basketball client (Melvin Gregg) on an intriguing and ...more
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What Men Want is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Max Greenfield
What Men Want is a 2019 romantic fantasy-comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. A woman (Taraji P. Henson) is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge ...more
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Sunshine Cleaning is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin
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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After The Wedding is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
After The Wedding Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup
After the Wedding is a 2019 drama film directed by Bart Freundlich, and a remake of the 2006 film by Susanne Bier. Isabel (Michelle Williams), a co-founder of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to ...more
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Joy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper
Joy is a 2015 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell. A divorced mother (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes the founder and matriarch of a powerful family business
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Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen
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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Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins
Tomb Raider is a 2018 American action adventure film directed by Roar Uthaug. Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond ...more
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Truth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Lan1 added Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace
Truth is a 2015 American political docudrama film directed by James Vanderbilt, based on the memoir by Mary Mapes. Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating ...more
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Chocolat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina
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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Baby Boom is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Business Women
Diane Keaton, James Spader, Harold Ramis
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