1. The Crowd
This 1928 silent film was perhaps the first careful examination of a corporate office as an aesthetic
One of the earliest executive offices on film is also one of the most strikingly imagined.
3. Skyscraper Souls
Based upon the novel Skyscraper by Faith Baldwin, this 1932 movie follows the stories of several people working in the fictional Seacoast National Bank Building, illustrating how life in the office can indeed become one’s entire life.
4. Baby Face
In this controversial classic, Barbara Stanwyck literally sleeps her way up an insurance company, and causes the great depression!
5. The Best of Everything
The steno pool in this movie influenced the iconic sets of Mad Men.
6. The Apartment
Jack Lemmon climbs the corporate ladder by allowing several of his bosses to borrow his apartment for extramarital affairs. Office politics at their worst - or best - lead to Lemmon landing Shirley MacLaine, one of his bosses’ old flings.
7. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Gregory Peck stars in this analysis of corporate life and its multitude of stresses.
8. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Features a fair bit more singing than the typical corporate office.
9. All The President’s Men
The office of the Washington Post as depicted in this film becomes a character in itself, working both for and against Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as they struggle to break the Watergate story.
10. 9 to 5
The ultimate office rebellion - as staged by three of the most memorable actresses of all time.
11. Working Girl
The modern computerized office finds its way onto the big screen, joining movies like Wall Street in showing how technology can (or can’t) change the places we work.
12. Office Space
Even though it’s 15 years old, this Mike Judge masterpiece of disillusionment and despair remains the definitive look at the contemporary life of a cube dweller, with its essential dynamics of sociopathic middle managers running the lives of bored but multitasking keyboard-clackers.
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