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10 Great Movies set in an Office

Sweeping landscapes and grand stately homes get many moments of glory on the big screen but that doesn’t mean a commercial property can’t be the star of a film too. Here’s a list of our top ten movies set in an office environment. (If you need to find the perfect backdrop for a new blockbuster or just want to find a building that meets your office space requirements take a look at the offices to buy and let on our site.)

9 to 5 (1980). Directed by Colin Higgins and starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin as three secretaries taking revenge on their sexist, bullying boss. It has a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 82%, a great theme tune and was way ahead of its time portraying the transformation of the office with flexible hours and child care.

Working Girl (1989). Directed by Mike Nicholls, starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. The film tells the story of Tess McGill trying to get ahead in a Wall Street company. This one scores 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, also contains an award winning theme song, and I absolutely did not choose this feature film because Harrison Ford takes his shirt off!

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The film is based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort and tells of his rise and falls with another Wall Street firm. It scores a 79% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was ranked 78 on the BBC’s 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century

Horrible Bosses (2011). Directed by Seth Gordon, starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx. The film follows three friends who set out to murder their bosses. It has achieved a score of 69% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m sensing a theme with bosses…

The Devil Wears Prada (2006). Directed by David Frankel, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Streep plays a fashion magazine editor (another boss from hell) and Hathaway her aspiring assistant. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 76%.

Disclosure (1994) directed by Barry Levinson, starting Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. The film is based on Michael Crichton novel and is an erotic thriller about sexual harassment and power. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 58%.

Wall Street (1987). Directed by Oliver Stone and stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, and Daryl Hannah. The movie is about Bud Fox, played by Sheen, and his involvement with Gordon Gekko played by Douglas who won an Academy Award for Best Actor. 78% is the score on Rotten Tomatoes. Not sure I agree with the “Lunch is for wimps” quote. I do like a sandwich!

The Social Network (2010). Directed by David Fincher, staring Jesse Eisenberg portraying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. It is rated a massive 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and has received much critical acclaim.

American Psycho (2000). Directed by Mary Harron (our only female director in this list) and starring Christian Bale and is a horror comedy which I must confess I’m too much of a wimp to actually watch. It rates 68%.

Die Hard (1988) Directed by John McTiernan, staring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman. I’ve saved the best to last. My personal favourite. It’s named one of the best action movie of all time, gets a 93% approval rating …and yes it absolutely does count as a Christmas movie.

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