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The Best Comedies About the Workplace  

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List Rules Vote up the funniest comedy movies about jobs, co-workers, and working - whether in an office, a restaurant, or even on the road.

Terrible bosses, annoying customers, and oddball coworkers make these funny movies about working some of the most hilarious films of any genre. The best workplace comedies feature laugh-out-loud screenplays and unforgettable relationships, along with characters striving to reach new career goals. This is a list of the best comedies about jobs featuring everything from Horrible Bosses to Be Kind Rewind to Working Girl.

What films will you find on this list of the top workplace comedy movies? Kevin Smith's instant classic Clerks appears here. This offbeat 1994 film, following cashiers and the customers who shop at their establishments, helped to spark the independent movie craze of the era. Office Space is another one of the funniest movies about work ever made. The Devil Wears Prada follows a young writer trying to make a name for herself in the competitive world of fashion. Other good films featured on this roundup of the best workplace comedies include Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Barbershop, and Swimming with Sharks.

Do you have a favorite movie about work? Take a look at this list and give the best films a thumbs up to make sure they end up in the top spots.

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Office Space is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Jennifer Aniston, John C. McGinley, Mike Judge
Office Space is a 1999 American comedy film written and directed by Mike Judge. The film satirizes the everyday work life of a typical mid-to-late-1990s software company, it focuses on a handful ...more
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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
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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Horrible Bosses is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell
Horrible Bosses is a 2011 American black comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, written by Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, based on a story by Markowitz. It stars ...more
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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd
Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. It tells the story of an upper-class commodities broker and a homeless street ...more
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Super Troopers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Lynda Carter, Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan
Super Troopers is a 2001 comedy film directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, written by and starring the Broken Lizard comedy group. Marisa Coughlan, Daniel von Bargen and Brian Cox co-star while Lynda ...more
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The Proposal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
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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Clerks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier
Clerks is a 1994 American black-and-white comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also appears in the film as Silent Bob. Starring Brian O'Halloran as Dante Hicks and Jeff Anderson ...more
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron B... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, or simply Anchorman, is a 2004 comedy film directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, starring Will Ferrell, and written by McKay and Ferrell. The ...more
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Waiting... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Ryan Reynolds, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Anna Faris
Waiting... is a 2005 American comedy film starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, and Justin Long. It was written and directed by Rob McKittrick. McKittrick wrote the screenplay while working as a ...more
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Tommy Boy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, Bo Derek
Tommy Boy is a 1995 American road comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by Bonnie and Terry Turner, produced by Lorne Michaels, and starring former Saturday Night Live castmates and close ...more
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9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin
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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Paul Blart: Mall Cop is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Kevin James, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale
Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a 2009 American family-action comedy film directed by Steve Carr and co-written by Kevin James, who stars as the title character, Paul Blart. Filming began in February ...more
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Barbershop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar
Barbershop is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Tim Story, produced by State Street Pictures and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on September 13, 2002. Starring Ice Cube, Cedric the ...more
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The Internship is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Will Ferrell, Rose Byrne, Vince Vaughn
The Internship is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, written by Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern, and produced by Vaughn and Levy. The film stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in ...more
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Empire Records is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Tobey Maguire
Empire Records is a 1995 American coming-of-age film that follows a group of record store employees over the course of one exceptional day. The employees try to stop the store from being sold to ...more
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Employee of the Month is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Jessica Simpson, Andy Dick, Dane Cook
Employee of the Month is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Greg Coolidge, written by Don Calame, Chris Conroy, and Coolidge, and starring Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson and Dax Shepard. The ...more
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Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Keith David
Men at Work is a 1990 American black comedy film written and directed by Emilio Estevez, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Charlie Sheen, Leslie Hope and Keith David. The film ...more
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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
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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Two Weeks Notice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Norah Jones
Two Weeks Notice is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Marc Lawrence. A lawyer (Sandra Bullock) decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss (Hugh Grant), so she walks out on
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Broadcast News is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Jack Nicholson, John Cusack, Holly Hunter
Broadcast News is a 1987 romantic comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by James L. Brooks. The film concerns a virtuoso television news producer, who has daily emotional breakdowns, ...more
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His Girl Friday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
His Girl Friday is a 1940 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, from an adaptation by Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur of the play The Front Page by Hecht and ...more
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Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Zach Galifianakis
Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by ...more
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Gung Ho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Michael Keaton, John Turturro, Clint Howard
Gung Ho is a 1986 Ron Howard comedy film, released by Paramount Pictures, and starring Michael Keaton and Gedde Watanabe. The story portrayed the takeover of an American car plant by a Japanese ...more
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Extract is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Kristen Wiig
Extract is a 2009 American comedy film written and directed by Mike Judge. The film stars Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Dustin Milligan, J. K. Simmons, and Ben Affleck. This was said ...more
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Observe and Report is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comedies About the Workplace
Anna Faris, Seth Rogen, Ray Liotta
Observe and Report is a 2009 American dark comedy film written and directed by Jody Hill, starring Seth Rogen, Anna Faris and Ray Liotta.