10 Best Bosses From Hollywood Movies

We have all had bosses that we loved to hate and wished we could do something to make things better. And sometimes when you go to the movies and look at the silver screen only to realize that the character playing a movie boss is very similar to the one you wished you had or worse the one you actually have, you cannot help but think that fact can be indeed stranger than fiction. It is true that many movies do borrow from real life to come up with the plots that they have and in some instances, people from real life do imitate the people they see in reel life. It goes both ways, but have you ever wondered what you should do if you want to be the best boss and if someone is going to tell you that here are the ten rules that should follow? We are sure you have but that is not what we are going to discuss in this article.

A good boss can actually do a lot of good to you in the sense that you can stop worrying about where you are going with a career and start focusing on enjoying your work. And a bad boss can make even an interesting job seem boring and mundane. That is why it is not surprising that many movies play on this angle and show bosses of different types and this often can be interesting and entertaining.

In this article we will look at the most impactful bosses from Hollywood movies and you can tell us if they are the best or the worst:


Working girl: In this movie Sigourney Weaver plays a finance executive who pushes her secretary to relate to her, her own pitches being made for business. That is not what makes it so impactful but the fact that she comes up with a scheme later to pitch them to others claiming these ideas as her own.


The Proposal: In this movie, Sandra Bullock forces her assistant to marry her so that she does not get deported but only after she has put him through the grind. Of course the movie takes a turn when she discovers his other life and ends up in love with him as the movie progresses.


Big: In this movie, a twelve year old gets his wish to be a grownup (played by Tom Hanks) and gets to work in a toy company. His boss Mr.McMillan, not only lets him work at his company but he also offers him a job as a toy tester.

Wall Street: Michael Douglas plays role of a Wall Street player who is known to be ruthless and believes that being greedy can be a good thing. As you can imagine, it does make him a boss to be reckoned with.


Devil Wears Prada: In this classic, Meryl Streep plays the boss Miranda Priestley who thinks nothing of making her assistant get her food, laundry, and books for her kids among other things. Her cold and icy attitude makes a snowfall look warm and cuddly.


Horrible Bosses: Played by Jennifer Anniston (of Friends fame), who is a dentist and is boss to an assistant, who she thinks nothing of harassing sexually.


All The President’s Men: In this movie Jason Robards who is the executive editor of The Washington Post encourages his writers on staff to keep digging so that they can find the truth behind the Watergate scandal.


Office Space: This one is so bad that he is good, and is played by Gary Cole who is the software company’s vice president, Bill Lumbergh. He tends to be the kind who micromanages all the work his subordinates do and keeps bogging them down with weird demands and loads of paperwork.


9 To 5: Played by Dabney Coleman, who is a sexist and lecherous boss of several movie, this movie leaves you gasping with outrage and then laughter when Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin turn the tables on him.


The Intern: The boss in the movie is young Anne Hathaway who is the CEO of the company and develops a deep friendship with the intern played by Robert De Niro, an older man who joins the company as part of a community outreach program.

Do go through the list of best or worst bosses (depending on how you look at it) and let us know what you think about them. We would also like you to tell us what you think and let us know what kind of boss you would like to have in your current or next job. And along with your selection of who you think would be a good boss to have, do tell us why you think the way you do.

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