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29 Nightmare Movie Bosses & The Career Lessons They Taught Us

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    There's nothing like laughing your head off at a crazed tyrant of a boss as you roll into the weekend and try to forget about your own crazed tyrant of a boss. Tomorrow marks the premiere of The Boss, the workplace-centered comedy in which Melissa McCarthy's brassy Michelle Darnell seeks the help of her former assistant, Claire (Kristen Bell), to claw her way back to the top. As expected, hilarity ensues.

    There's plenty more where that came from. Hollywood has given us plenty of evil employers to jeer at, rooting for their downfalls while imagining that it's us, not Melanie Griffith, who finally scores the fancy office with a personal assistant. Forget rom-coms. Isn't it more fulfilling to see a micro-manager get their comeuppance? Don't we all wish we could do the "take this job and shove it" move? Aren't we all just one snotty memo away from cranking up the Geto Boys and bashing the office printer with a baseball bat?

    From Gordon Gekko to Miranda Priestly, we've rounded up some of the worst bosses in film history. For better or worse, they've each taught us a thing or two about workplace power plays. Read on as we break it down.





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    The Boss: Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), The Apartment (1960)

    The Employee: C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon)

    The Issue: Expecting Baxter to let him use his apartment to seduce the apple of his eye, Miss Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine).

    The Lesson: Tell your bosses to consult the Hilton.

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    The Boss: Franklin Hart, Jr. (Dabney Coleman), 9 to 5 (1980)

    The Employees: Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda), Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin) and Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton)

    The Issue: Being a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" ought to do it.

    The Lesson: Recruit your fellow girlbosses. Document everything.

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    The Bosses: Randolph & Mortimer Duke (Ralph Bellamy & Don Ameche), Trading Places (1983)

    The Employee: Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Akroyd)

    The Issue: Framing an employee for theft and ruining his life out of sheer boredom.

    The Lesson: Trust no-one, and avoid working for fat cats who treat humans like Legos.

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    The Boss: Gordan Gekko (Michael Douglas), Wall Street (1987)

    The Employee: Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen)

    The Issue: Espousing "greed is good," pursuing a deal that would put Bud's father out of work, and general shadiness.

    The Lesson: Don't break the law. Never betray your family.

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    The Boss: Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), Working Girl (1988)

    The Employee: Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith)

    The Issue: Taking credit for Tess' work.

    The Lesson: Own your work, and put ideas in writing!