Greatest Business movies ever

While some are (correctly) complaining that Forbes’ list of the ten greatest business movies is strangely anti-business, my main beef is that too many of the movies named are boring. Here is the list:

Citizen Kane, The Godfather: Part II, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Godfather, Network, The Insider, Glengarry Glen Ross, Wall Street, Tin Men, Modern Times.

You could have had a computer do the picking and come up with the same dry choices. Sure, Modern Times is a classic, but be honest, it’s all but unwatchable for current-day audiences. And yes, yes, Citizen Kane, but couldn’t we just concede that one to the “Best Movie Ever” crowd and use the slot for something else?

Here are a few additions & changes, in no particular order:

  • Joe versus the Volcano (first twenty minutes)
  • The Hudsucker Proxy (or almost anything by the Coen brothers)
  • A Shock to the System
  • Big (especially the parts deconstructing creativity in companies)
  • Working Girl (which even sports a sympathetic female businessperson)