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The Best Movies About Business Women

Updated June 2, 2020 297 votes 79 voters 7.6k views44 items

List RulesVote 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
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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    The Intern
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    The Intern

    Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway

    Released2015

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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    The Proposal
    18
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    The Proposal

    Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2009

    Directed byAnne Fletcher

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    13 Going on 30
    8
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    13 Going on 30

    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson

    Released2004

    Directed byGary Winick

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    Family
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    Family

    Taylor Schilling, Brian Tyree Henry

    Released2019

    Directed byLaura Steinel

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    Working Girl
    9
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    Working Girl

    Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford

    Released1988

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    The Help
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    The Help

    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain

    Released2011

    Directed byTate Taylor

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    Hustlers
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    Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez

    Released2019

    Directed byLorene Scafaria

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    Like a Boss
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    Like a Boss

    Salma Hayek, Rose Byrne

    Released2020

    Directed byMiguel Arteta

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    Joy
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    Joy

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

    Released2015

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

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    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
    8
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    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

    Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2003

    Directed byDonald Petrie

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    It's Complicated
    5
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    It's Complicated

    Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey

    Released2009

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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    What Men Want
    5
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    What Men Want

    Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    What Men Want is a 2019 romantic fantasy-comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. A woman... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Little
    5
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    Little

    Issa Rae, Marsai Martin

    Released2019

    Directed byTina Gordon Chism

    Little is a 2019 American fantasy-comedy film directed by Tina Gordon Chism. When a tech mogul... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    The Ugly Truth
    5
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    The Ugly Truth

    Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Luketic

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    Lucy Gallant
    5
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    Lucy Gallant

    Charlton Heston, Jane Wyman

    Released1955

    Directed byRobert Parrish

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    Sunshine Cleaning
    2
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    Sunshine Cleaning

    Amy Adams, Emily Blunt

    Released2008

    Directed byChristine Jeffs

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    Baby Boom
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    Baby Boom

    Diane Keaton, James Spader

    Released1987

    Directed byCharles Shyer

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  • 19
    Chocolat
    4
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    Chocolat

    Johnny Depp, Judi Dench

    Released2000

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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    Knocked Up
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    Knocked Up

    Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes

    Released2007

    Directed byJudd Apatow

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    Mildred Pierce
    2
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    Mildred Pierce

    Joan Crawford, Eve Arden

    Released1945

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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    Mr. Mom
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    Mr. Mom

    Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1983

    Directed byStan Dragoti

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    9 to 5
    1
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    9 to 5

    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton

    Released1980

    Directed byColin Higgins

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    P.S. I Love You
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    P.S. I Love You

    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank

    Released2007

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

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    Sliding Doors
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    Sliding Doors

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Howitt

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