Updated 11/30/2020; Original post 1/18/2017

For me, this list is an opportunity to revisit movies and possibly learn from them. After all, Hollywood itself is a workplace.

Yes, the movies are colored with the window glaze of Hollywood, but for those who need a visual example of bullies behaving badly (and how the issues were addressed) in the workplace – this is a starting list. 

The last few years have been exhaustive with workplace incivility, harassment, and bullying – frequently reported and represented in the media, politics, and in our workplaces.  The fact is adults who bully exist in our workplaces across all industries, job roles and responsibilities.

What can we learn from these movies?

I’m sure, if you have ever held a job, or currently have a job, you will find a movie scene that you can relate to.   Maybe you can also identify a tactic you can adapt to your work situation.

Let’s get started…

Below are 13 movies (and some honorable mentions) where bullying, incivility and workplace issues are the focus of the movies. Although some may be considered comedies, there is serious issues discussed. Use the guidebook as you review this movies to study what works (and what doesn’t).


Hollywood’s View, Bullies in the Workplace

13 Movies Highlighting the Issues + Solutions

Knowing you need to effectively deal with bully doesn’t get them to stop the behavior. It’s what happens after you decide to address the behavior. Download your guidebook to some of Hollywood’s honored films across multiple decades of workers, environments and issues. Watch the movies to reveal issues and behaviors within the teams and the workplace. Review what works (or doesn’t), create a action plan, and change your workday interactions for the better… TODAY!

13. The Internship (2013)

12. The Help (2011)

11. Up in the Air (2009)

10. Bamboozled (2007)

9. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

8. Click (2006)

7. Employee of the Month (2006)

6. Waiting… (2005)

5. In Good Company (2004)

4. Boiler Room (2000)

3. Tommy Boy (1995)

2. Working Girl (1988)

1. Disclosure (1994)

Honorable Mention Movies

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest | (1975) 
  • 9 to 5 | (1980)
  • Back to the Future | (1985)
  • Big Bully | (1996)
  • Joe Somebody | (2001)
  • Living the Dream | (2006)
  • Imagine That | (2009)
  • The Proposal | (2009)
  • Burnt | (2015)
  • Carole Matthiew | (2016)

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