20 films about career: changes, ups and downs

Movies about the start or downfall of a career, favorites of fortune or business losers, are always interesting. The younger generation will learn from a movie based on real events what to do and what not to do if there is a desire for career heights. Experienced people will be able to see on the screen the embodiment of their own ups and downs. And viewers, free from ambitious ambitions, will simply be curious to look behind the scenes of corporate stories.

Star Assistant (2020)

Meggie Sherwood’s dream of building a career in the music industry has come true – she works as an assistant to the famous singer Grace Davis. The girl performs various tasks for her boss, but she understands that she would like to be at the helm of show business herself. Acquaintance with a young talented singer of his own songs, David, becomes a chance not to be missed. Maggie goes for broke – offers the guy to produce it, claiming that he has a lot of experience in this business. What will happen when David and Grace find out the truth?

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The High Note

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Dakota Johnson, Tracy Ellis Ross, Kelvin Harrison…

Country:
USA, UK, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age Limits :
12+


Start over (2018)

A film about a woman whose work and career are held hostage by her past. Maya Vargas is a talented manager, but the lack of a university degree prevents her from climbing the corporate ladder above her current position. The programmer godson decides to help his godmother by secretly compiling a brilliant resume that has little to do with reality and sends it to large companies. Unexpectedly, Maya is invited to work in one of them, where she has to compete with the boss’s well-educated daughter.

Original title:
Second Act

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Ann Hudgens, Lea Remini …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Ladies in Black (2018)

This nostalgic melodrama is set in 1959. A young school graduate, Lisa, enters the University of Sydney, and during the holidays she decides to earn some money by getting a job as a clothes salesman in a large department store. Employees of the fashion department, headed by strict Magda, will become not only mentors and style consultants for an inexperienced girl, but also older friends. The summer spent within the walls of the department store in communication with a variety of people will serve as the start of a career for Lisa and a real school of life.

Original title:
Ladies in Black

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Actors:
Julia Ormond, Angourie Rice, Rachel Taylor, Alison McGuirr …

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
16+


Wall Street Hunter (2016)

A dramatic film about the need to choose between a career, professional success and one’s own family. Dane Jensen is one of the best headhunters in a large recruiting agency, aiming for the big boss’s chair. However, for the sake of professional growth, he has to sacrifice communication with his wife and children, who hardly see his father, who disappears at work. But life forces Dane to decide what is more precious to him when his 10-year-old son is given a fatal diagnosis .

Original title:
A Family Man

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Gerard Butler, Gretchen Mol, Alison Bri…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Intern (2015)

After the death of his wife, 70-year-old Ben Whitaker did not know how to fill the endless lonely days. Accidentally learning about a social program to attract retirees, Ben comes to get a job in an online clothing store. At first, a cool elderly trainee causes surprise and ridicule in the youth team. But gradually, his old-fashioned values ​​​​and life wisdom find application in the business and personal lives of young colleagues and company founder Jules Austin.

Original title:
The Intern

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Two Days One Night (2014)

A dramatic film about how material success at work can dehumanize people. The Belgian Sandra suffered a bout of depression, after which her colleagues voted for her dismissal. The employees weren’t cruel, but the foreman convinced them that without Sandra, they would get more annual bonuses. Her friend convinces the director to re-vote, and Sandra has only one weekend to go around the houses of colleagues and convince them to vote for her to stay at the enterprise.

Original title:
Deux jours, une nuit

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Sale …

Country:
Belgium, France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Stringer (2013)

Longtime swindler Louis Bloom tries unsuccessfully to find a job. One day, he sees amateur cameramen filming a car accident for a news program. Taking the idea into service, the hero of the film exchanges a stolen bicycle for a camera and begins a career as a stringer, selling poignant stories to television. Expanding the business, Louis hires an assistant, and then goes even further – he becomes not only an observer, but also a director of tragic plots. How far is he willing to go in his reporting zeal?

Original title:
Nightcrawler

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Frames (2013)

This modern production comedy is a perfect fit for the top career films. Representatives of a dying tribe of traveling salesmen Billy and Nick were left without work due to the development of Internet sales. In search of earnings, friends get an internship at the Google office, where the majority of employees are half their age and speak terms that are incomprehensible to old-fashioned “salespeople”. But working “in the fields” has made Billy and Nick connoisseurs of human psychology , which leads to success in new conditions.

Original title:
The Internship

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Good Morning (2010)

Energetic television personality Becky Fuller is unexpectedly fired from the program, making room for someone’s protégé. The girl decides to conquer New York, where she gets a position as a producer in a rapidly losing position in the morning show. Becky was not used to giving up, so she went for broke – she invited the TV veteran, the charismatic Mike Pomeroy, to host. This risky move offers a chance to reclaim the show’s popularity and resurrect Mike’s career. But the TV star of the past is distinguished by a feisty character that Becky has to tame.

Original title:
Morning Glory

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Actors:
Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age Limits :
16+


In the company of men (2010)

Based on the events of 2008, a film about a workaholic who lost his job and was forced to survive in new conditions. The top manager of a large corporation, Bobby Walker, leads a lifestyle appropriate to the position, having a chic house, a prestigious car and an ideal family. The crisis puts an end to his career and the “American dream” – Bobby gets laid off and is forced to give up the trappings of a beautiful life, getting a job at a construction site. The support of family and friends helps him to adequately survive this blow of fate.

Original title:
The Company Men

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Craig T. Nelson, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Proposal (2009)

Successful businesswoman Margaret Tate is powerless in the face of the migration bureaucracy – she has Canadian citizenship and is about to run out of an American visa. The fastest way to legalize is marriage, but the always busy Margaret does not have a fiancé. The choice falls on Andrew’s assistant, whose boss drank a lot of blood. The guy agrees to enter into a fictitious marriage with Margaret, but he has several conditions that the false bride may not like very much.

Original title:
The Proposal

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, drama

Actors:
Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenbergen…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


I’d like to go to heaven (2009)

A tragicomic film about careerist Ryan Bingham, who spends three hundred days a year flying. The hero has a monetary, but difficult job that threatens professional burnout – to fire employees of corporations, taking on all the negativity of shocked people. One day, Ryan has a new colleague, Natalie, who advocates a new approach to business – to fire on the Internet. It would seem that Bingham should be glad that he no longer has to wander around the country, but it was in the air that he recently met his soul mate Alex.

Original title:
Up in the Air

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Beaver to complain (2008)

A hilarious French comedy that broke the viewing record of the cult “Big Walk” in its homeland, which had been held for more than 40 years! Philippe, a postal worker in the south of France, dreams of being transferred to the Côte d’Azur, but instead goes into “exile” to the north. But contrary to popular belief, quite nice people live here, in the town of Berg, differing from the southerners only in their dialect. Philippe is fine in Berg, but he is in no hurry to inform his wife about this, so that she does not think of coming. But the faithful Julie decides to visit the “sufferer”.

Original title:
Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Anne Marivin …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Continues the list of the best movie movies, based on real events , about the beginning of the career of millionaire Chris Gardner. After parting with his wife, the hero sued custody of his five-year-old son, hoping to give him a secure existence. But Chris loses his job and housing, as a result, dad and son end up on the street, spending the night in a church, public toilets, and even in the open. But Chris does not give up on the way to his dream – to become a broker of a large brokerage firm. He manages to get there for an internship, but only one of the 20 interns will become an employee.

Original title:
The Pursuit of Happyness

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
12+


The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Modest provincial university graduate Andy Sachs gets a job in the office of a cult fashion magazine. She becomes Miranda Priestley’s assistant, inspired by the famous Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Andy does not understand anything in the fashion industry, and her boss does not give her concessions, and her colleagues are in no hurry to help her get comfortable. Will Andy’s “gray mouse” have enough motivation to survive in this world of glamor and intrigue without losing himself?

Original title:
The Devil Wears Prada

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker…

Country:
USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Fear and Trembling (2003)

The young Belgian Amelie spent the first five years of her life in Japan and as an adult she dreamed of returning to this exotic country. Such an opportunity appeared twenty years later, when Amelie applied for a translator’s vacancy in the office of a foreign corporation. The girl admired her boss, the beautiful Fubuki, but, having caught her in tears once, and showing sympathy, she acquired an implacable enemy in her face. The film about the conflict between Eastern and Western mentalities is based on the autobiography of the writer Amélie Nothombe.

Original title: Stupeur
et tremblements

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Sylvie Testu, Kaori Tsuji, Taro Suwa …

Country:
France, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Chameleon (2001)

Lone condom factory accountant Francois Pignon finds out about his layoff and decides to commit suicide by throwing himself off a balcony. The suicide is stopped by a psychologist neighbor and offers a way to avoid being fired. He also sends Pignon’s superiors a edited photo of an accountant having fun in a gay club. Not wanting to be branded as a homophobe and lose gay clients, the boss leaves Francois, and colleagues begin to consider him not boring, but intriguing. The hero will have to sweat a lot so as not to fail his legend.

Original title:
Le placard

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Daniel Auteuil, Gerard Depardieu, Thierry Lermitte …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+


Erin Brockovich (2000)

The real story of the struggle of a simple citizen against a powerful corporation. Erin Brockovich, a twice-divorced mother of three, is in dire need of money. Despite her lack of education, she takes a job with a lawyer who has failed to protect her interests in a car accident case. Erin proves herself by acquiring documents exposing a gas company poisoning nearby residents with chromium emissions into waterways. This allows the lawyers to conduct a brilliant trial, which glorified Erin herself throughout the country.

Original title:
Erin Brockovich

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Among Sharks (1994)

A newcomer to the film business, Guy gets a job as an assistant to Buddy Ackerman, the vice president of one of the companies. The Hollywood fairy tale turns into a grim reality – the boss mercilessly exploits the assistant, humiliating and insulting him. The attention of the beautiful producer to the handsome Guy turns out to be a way to get close to his boss. And Buddy himself is intriguing to take the presidency. Once in the office snake nest, Guy often imagines how he could destroy his tormentor. But what if the fantasy becomes reality?

Original title:
Swimming with Sharks

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, Michelle Forbes, Benicio Del Toro …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

The focus of the crime drama is a real estate firm of five people, where things are neither shaky nor rolly. Only the gambling Ricky Roma, performed by the brilliant Al Pacino, feels like a fish in water with clients, and regularly makes profitable deals. To intensify real estate sales, the head of the agency, John Williamson, invites the famous business coach Blake to use motivating provocations and manipulations to make notorious losers work successfully.

Original title:
Glengarry Glen Ross

Genre:
Drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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