You've got three Wellness Days. Here are 10 of our favorite movies about business. Start binge-watching.
1. The Big Short – (2015) The best, most watchable movie about the events leading up to the 2008 financial crash. Based on the excellent book by Michael Lewis.
2. Wall Street – (1987) The movie that motivated thousands of college students to switch their majors to finance. And yes, this is the movie with Gordon Gekko uttering the infamous phrase, “Greed is good.”
3. The Hudsucker Proxy – (1994) A young business graduate lands his first job in the mailroom of Hudsucker Industries. When the CEO throws himself out a window, a fight for control of the board ensues. A cult classic in that nutty, dark-but-prescient Coen Brothers’ style.
4. Office Space – (1999) Truth—or satire? This is a cult classic for nailing all of the, erm, charm of working in a cubicle farm. Everyone should watch this at least once so they know from where the memes originate.
5. Glengarry Glen Ross – (1992) Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Mamet, four beleaguered real estate salesmen have two days to make a sale or else two of them will be fired. Harrowing dialogue. Starring a young Alec Baldwin and Al Pacino.
6. The Apartment – (1960) A young Jack Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter, a low-level employee at a Midtown Manhattan insurance firm. The company bosses use Lemmon’s Upper West Side apartment as a place for their extramarital trysts…and promote him up the corporate ladder for his trouble…until he decides he’s had enough. Good view into early corporate America (and a Manhattan affordable for the working man).
7. It’s a Wonderful Life – (1946) Now a Christmas classic, this legendary film starring Jimmy Stewart is really about the power of a humble savings and loan to change the fortunes of working folks and the community it builds.
8. Citizen Kane – (1941) “Rosebud!” Written and directed by Orson Welles and considered one of the best American films ever made, this tale of a rags-to-riches life is based on the life of William Randolph Hearst and several other magnates.
9. Mildred Pierce – (1945) Classic American film noir. Joan Crawford won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as a successful female entrepreneur who has trouble with her spoiled teenage daughter.
10. Field of Dreams – (1989) Yes, it’s a movie about baseball, but it’s also about the unsinkable entrepreneurial spirit of one family. Guaranteed to lift your spirits.