Office romance: 15 films about relationships between colleagues

The love relationship between superiors and subordinates is interesting not only to their colleagues, but also to the audience, if the story transferred to the screen turned out to be entertaining. And for our selection of films about office romances, we tried to take the most interesting melodramas and comedies of different years, filmed in Europe, the USA, South Korea, and added timeless classics from the USSR.

Star Shadow (2020)

The popular rapper Name arrives with a concert in St. Petersburg, where an assassination attempt is made on the musician . In order to avoid dangerous situations, the manager hires a personal security guard for the performer – and it turns out to be the girl Sasha. Despite the graceful physique, the security guard does an excellent job with the task. After a while, Sasha and Name develop feelings for each other, which leads to serious problems for the couple.

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

Genre:  
Music, drama, melodrama, detective

Actors:  
Pavel Priluchny, Alexandra Cherkasova-Servant, Kirill Nagiev …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


Can you keep secrets? (2019)

An American film about the love of a boss and a subordinate is based on the bestseller of the same name . Emma returns from a business trip after a failed meeting. The girl is very afraid of heights, so she drinks several servings of alcohol before boarding the liner . When the plane gets into turbulence, Emma, ​​out of fear, begins to share her feelings with her neighbor, telling him all her personal secrets. The next day, it turns out that the coward’s companion was her boss, who came to check the work of the office .

Original Title :
Can You Keep a Secret?

Genre:
Melodrama, Comedy

Actors:
Alexandra Daddario, Sunita Mani, Tyler Hoechlin …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.4

Age Limits :
16+


That couple (2019)

America’s Secretary of State Charlotte Field has a unique opportunity to run for president . At one of the social events, a woman meets Fred, who had a nanny in her youth . The man is going through hard times, so Charlotte, under the influence of emotions, takes an old acquaintance as an assistant. Unexpectedly for a couple, nostalgia, seasoned with mutual sympathy, results in a strong feeling.

Original title:  
Long Shot

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Raphael …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:  
18+


What happened to Secretary Kim? (TV series, 2018)

The South Korean serial film about love at work is a comedy melodrama with a high rating. Young Lee Yong-jun is the vice-president of the family corporation and has become famous for his unbearable character. The only one who is able to withstand the bad temper of the boss is his secretary Kim Mi-so. One day, the girl decides to quit to take up her personal life, but Yong-jun misunderstands the information about the departure of her subordinate.

Original Title
Kimbiseoga wae geureolkka?

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:  
Park So-jun, Park Min-young, Hwang Chang-son …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


Between the Rows (2018)

The action of the German drama takes place under the roof of a supermarket. Christian got a job in the hope of forgetting about the criminal past – and here he met the girl of his dreams. Beautiful Marion works as a saleswoman in the department of sweets and is forced to periodically go on sick leave in order to lie down after her husband’s beatings. The hero of the film suspects the difficult situation of his beloved, but is too shy for decisive action.

Original title:
In den Gängen

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Andreas Leupold, Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurt …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Dance from here! (2013)

The British film about office and love will introduce viewers to the clumsy clerk Bruce, who is crazy about his boss. A man wants to attract the attention of a charming leader, so he takes lessons in incendiary salsa, despite being  overweight . Bruce intends to kill two birds with one stone: win the heart of the woman he loves and wipe the nose of the upstart Drew, from whom he has been ridiculed for many years.

Original title:  
Cuban Fury

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, sports

Actors:  
Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd…

Country:  
United Kingdom

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Love at your fingertips (2012)

French melodrama is not like the classic stories about office romances – in this film, the boss gives false hope to the ward, without building personal plans at her expense. Rosa moves from the province to the city and gets a job as a secretary to the handsome Louis. A man learns about an upcoming typing contest and decides to earn a prize for the company. Luis begins training Rosa, who perceives the boss’s zeal as unusual courtship.

Original title:  
Populaire

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Romain Duris, Deborah François, Berenice Bejo…

Country:  
France, Belgium

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
12+


Tenderness (2011)

After the death of her husband, Natalie plunges headlong into work, which allows the woman to quickly rise through the ranks. One day, a quiet employee Marcus enters the widow’s office, to whom no one pays attention. The plot of a French film about a romantic relationship at work takes an unexpected turn when Natalie suddenly kisses a colleague without feeling any feelings for him. The life of the heroes is changing, and no one is able to predict the denouement of a strange story.

Original title:
La délicatesse

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Audrey Tautou, Francois Damiens, Bruno Todeschini…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Romantics Anonymous (2010)

Talented confectioner Angelica takes a job at a chocolate factory owned by the shy Jean-Rene. Pathological modesty prevents the couple from taking the first step, although they have much in common. The subordinate and the boss enjoy the same music, love chocolate, and attend group therapy classes . However, even a qualified specialist cannot save lovers from the fear of changes in their personal lives.

Original title:  
Les emotifs anonymes

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Benoit Pulvoord, Isabelle Carré, Lorella Cravotta …

Country:  
France, Belgium

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
12+


Naked Truth (2009)

Thanks to her independence and business acumen, Abby Richter managed to get the position of a TV producer, but in her personal life the girl is sorely unlucky. Everything changes when the self-confident Mark Chadway with the manners of a chauvinist gets a job at the studio. Live, the presenter dispels myths about love and helps women take off their rose-colored glasses, which Abby takes with hostility. Mark decides to prove himself right to the boss – and helps in relationships with men, but a bold experiment leads to an unexpected result.

Original title:  
The Ugly Truth

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Proposal (2009)

Ambitious Canadian Margaret Tate heads a prestigious agency in the United States, but her visa is about to expire. The woman does not want to lose a good job, and the only way out is fictitious marriage . As a betrothed, Margaret chooses personal assistant Andrew, who agrees to an adventurous offer for the sake of publishing his manuscript. The couple does not have much time at their disposal to get to know each other better and not fail a serious interview at the migration service.

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+


Taste of Life (2007)

Chef Kate devotes most of his time to his career, but the death of relatives makes adjustments to his usual way of life. Zoe’s niece, who needs care and attention, is in the care of the woman. A fly in the ointment is the restaurant’s new sous chef, Nick, who decides to turn the kitchen into a battle of the best chefs. Gradually, the confrontation between the two chefs turns into a romance, although the lovers are still not ready to face the truth.

Original title:  
No Reservations

Genre:  
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:  
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:  
0+


Love with Notice (2002)

Lucy Kelson is a qualified attorney with a Harvard degree and good looks. The girl finds a dream job in a large corporation, which turns into a real nightmare. Lucy’s boss is the infantile George Wade, who needs round-the-clock care. Kelson unwittingly becomes a nanny for an overage child, but one day the lawyer’s patience bursts. Lucy announces her resignation, and George is ready to let her subordinate go on one condition: she must find a worthy replacement for herself.

Original title:
Two Weeks Notice

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt…

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Secretary (2001)

Since childhood, Lee Holloway loves to inflict physical pain on himself, so he constantly carries a special set with him. Mr. Edward Gray loves to control others and command them. The tandem of an overbearing boss and a masochistic subordinate could become an ideal duet, if not for male complexes. Edward longs for a relationship with Lee, but is afraid to show the dark side of his passionate nature.

Original title:  
Secretary

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:  
Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Jeremy Davis…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:  
16+


Office Romance (1977)

A classic of Soviet cinema is a comedy film about an office romance, dispersed into quotes. Anatoly Novoseltsev is a modest worker of the Statistical Office and a single father. After work, the man hurries home to two little tomboys. Novoseltsev dreams of a promotion, but does not know how to ask the strict boss Kalugina for a promotion. A colleague recommends paying more attention to the leader, but Anatoly’s timid courtship leads to comical situations.

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, drama

Actors:
Andrei Myagkov, Alisa Freindlich, Svetlana Nemolyaeva …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
6+


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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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