We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 business and entrepreneur movies released from 1980-1990. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Working Girl (1988) 85% at Rotten Tomatoes
A struggling secretary pushes ahead in her career after he boss breaks her leg in a skiing accident. She’s about to make the deal of her career when her boss recovers and returns to find out what she’s done.
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver
9. Wall Street (1987) 78% at Rotten Tomatoes
A young stockbroker uses insider trading tips to coerce corporate raider Gordon Gekko into mentoring him. All goes well until his greed puts his own father’s livelihood in danger.
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie
8. 9 to 5 (1980) 84% at Rotten Tomatoes
Franklin Hart is a horrible boss. He’s a bigot, sexist, and constantly villainizes his staff, especially the females. His assistant and two coworkers end up kidnapping him in his own home and increasing the company’s profits and productivity.
Director: Colin Higgins
Starring: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton
7. The Secret of My Success (1987) 55% at Rotten Tomatoes
Brantley Foster’s dreams of being a successful New York businessman are foiled on his first day when the company he works for is taken over by a rival. He gets a job in his uncle’s mail room and invents an imaginary executive whose identity he assumes.
Director: Herbert Ross
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan
6. Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) 84% at Rotten Tomatoes
Preston Tucker dreams of producing the best cars ever made and begins production on the 1948 Tucker Sedan, all while fighting the big automakers and the SEC.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Martin Landau
5. Tin Men (1987) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes
Ernest Tilly and Bill Babowsky are competing door-to-door aluminum siding salesmen who crash their Cadillacs into each other and embark in a fierce rivalry that culminates in them both being investigated for fraudulent sales practices.
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Barbara Hershey
4. Trading Places (1983) 86% at Rotten Tomatoes
Wealthy brothers Randolph and Mortimer Duke make a $1 wager on whether replacing their star trader Louis with street hustler Billy Ray will make a real difference in their lives.
Director: John Landis
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy
3. Used Cars (1980) 76% at Rotten Tomatoes
A used car salesman borrows $10,000 from his boss to fund a mayoral run, but his boss’s brother who runs the car lot across the street has other ideas.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham
2. Night Shift (1982) 95% at Rotten Tomatoes
A morgue attendant is stuck working the night shift, and when the prostitute neighbor loses her pimp, he and his partner convert the morgue into a brothel for extra cash.
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, Shelley Long
1. Gung Ho (1986) 33% at Rotten Tomatoes
When a Japanese firm buys a large American car manufacturer, Hunt Stevenson’s job is to teach the workers how to abide by the new Japanese work ethic.
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt