All in a Day's Work: Every Job Has a Story
Movie Recommendations

Explore the world of work with these selected films featuring different types of careers.

Business Law
Domestic help Librarianship
Education Medicine
Entertainment Military
Farming Politics and government
Food service Public safety
Journalism Sales
Labor Science

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Business (office workers, cubicle dwellers...)

The Apartment. Not Rated. 1960. DVD Comedy

Baby Boom. PG. 1987. DVD Comedy

Career Girls. R. 1997. DVD Drama

Clockwatchers. PG-13. 1997. DVD Comedy

Fear and Trembling. Not rated. 2003. DVD World (Japanese)

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Not Rated. 1967. DVD Musical

I’m All Right Jack. Not rated. 1959. DVD Comedy

In Good Company. PG-13. 2004. DVD Comedy

Jerry Maguire. R. 1996. DVD Comedy

The Closet. R. 2000. DVD World (French)

Lover Come Back. Not Rated. 1961. DVD Comedy

Margin Call. R. 2011. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

My Boss’s Daughter. PG-13. 2003. DVD Comedy

Nine to Five. PG. 1980. DVD Comedy

The Office (television series). Not rated. 2001-2002. DVD 791.4572 OFF TV

Office Space. R. 1999. DVD Comedy

The Proposal. PG-13. 2009. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy

Secretary. R. 2002. DVD Drama

That Touch of Mink. Not Rated. 1962. DVD Comedy

Two Weeks Notice. PG-13. 2002. DVD Comedy

Working Girl. R. 1988. DVD Comedy

Wall Street. R. 1987. DVD Drama

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Domestic Help (maids, housekeepers...)

The Help. PG-13. 2011. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

Mr. Mom. PG. 1983. DVD Comedy

Mrs. Doubtfire. PG-13. 1993. DVD Comedy

My Man Godfrey. Not rated. 1936. DVD Comedy

The Nanny Diaries. PG-13. 2007. DVD Comedy

The Pacifier. PG. 2005. DVD Comedy

Spanglish. PG-13. 2004. DVD Comedy

Upstairs, Downstairs (television series). Not rated. 1971-1975, 2010-. DVD 791.4572 UPS TV

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Education (teachers, tutors, governesses...)

Blackboard Jungle. Not Rated. 1955. DVD Drama

The Browning Version. Not Rated. 1951. DVD Drama

Children of a Lesser God. R. 1986. DVD Drama

The Chorus. PG-13. 2004. DVD World (French)

Dangerous Minds. R. 1995. DVD Drama

Dead Poets Society. PG. 1989. DVD Drama

The Emperor’s Club. PG-13. 2002. DVD Drama

The Forest for the Trees. Not rated. 2003. DVD World (German)

Freedom Writers. PG-13. 2007. DVD Drama

Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Not Rated. 1939. DVD Drama

Goodbye Mr. Chips. Not rated. 2002. DVD 791.4572 GOO TV

Kindergarten Cop. PG-13. 1990. DVD Comedy

The King and I. G. 1956. DVD Musical

Lean on Me. PG-13. 1989. DVD Drama

Mona Lisa Smile. PG-13. 2003. DVD Drama

Mr. Holland’s Opus. PG. 1995. DVD Drama

Music of the Heart. PG. 1999. DVD Drama

Not One Less. G. 1999. DVD World (Chinese)

The Paper Chase. PG. 1973. DVD Drama

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. PG. 1969. DVD Drama

Proof. PG-13. 2005. DVD Drama

The School of Rock. PG-13. 2003. DVD Comedy

Stand and Deliver. PG. 1988. DVD Drama

To Sir, With Love. Not Rated. 1966. DVD Drama

Up the Down Staircase. Not Rated. 1967. DVD Drama

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Entertainment (actors, dancers, musicians...)

Almost Famous. R. 2000. DVD Drama

Anchorman. PG-13. 2004. DVD Comedy

The Bad and the Beautiful. Not rated. 1952. DVD Drama

Being Julia. R. 2004. DVD Drama

The Company. PG-13. 2003. DVD Drama

Cradle Will Rock. R. 1999. DVD Drama

Episodes (television series). Not rated. 2011-. DVD 791.4572 EPI TV

Extras (television series). Not rated. 2005-2007. DVD 791.4572 EXT TV

Looking for Richard. PG-13. 1996. DVD 822.33 X6Lo

The Reckoning. R. 2004. DVD Drama

Shall We Dance? PG-13. 2004. DVD Drama

Stage Beauty. R. 2004. DVD Drama

Sunset Boulevard. Not Rated. 1950. DVD Drama

30 Rock (television series). Not rated. 2006-. DVD 791.4572 THI TV

The Turning Point. PG. 1977. DVD Drama

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Farming (farmers, migrant workers...)

Cold Comfort Farm. PG. 1995. DVD Comedy

God's Little Acre. Not rated. 1958. DVD Drama

The Grapes of Wrath. Not rated. 1940. DVD Drama

The Milagro Beanfield War. R. 1988. DVD Comedy

Picture Bride. PG-13. 1995. DVD World (Japanese)

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Food Service (cooks, chefs, servers, restaurant owners...)

Big Night. R. 1996. DVD Comedy

Frankie & Johnny. R. 1991. DVD Comedy

The Harvey Girls. Not rated. 1946. DVD Musical

It Could Happen to You. PG. 1994. DVD Comedy

Kitchen Confidential (television series). Not rated. 2005. DVD 791.4572 KIT TV

Mostly Martha. PG. 2001. DVD World (German)

Mystic Pizza. R. 1988. DVD Comedy

No Reservations. PG. 2007. DVD Comedy

Simply Irresistible. PG-13. 2003. DVD Comedy

The Spitfire Grill. PG-13. 1996. DVD Drama

Tampopo. Not rated. 1986. DVD World (Japanese)

Waitress. PG-13. 2007. DVD Comedy

Woman on Top. R. 2000. DVD Comedy

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Journalism (newspaper reporters, broadcast journalists...)

All the President's Men. PG. 1976. DVD Drama

Broadcast News. R. 1987. DVD Comedy

Call Northside 777. Not Rated. 1948. DVD Drama

The China Syndrome. PG. 1978. DVD Drama

Citizen Kane. Not Rated. 1941. DVD Drama

Conspiracy Theory. R. 1997. DVD Drama

Continental Divide. PG. 1981. DVD Drama

The Front Page. PG. 1974. DVD Comedy

Good Night, and Good Luck. PG. 2005. DVD Drama

His Girl Friday. Not Rated. 1939. DVD Comedy

I Love Trouble. PG. 1994. DVD Comedy

The Insider. R. 1999. DVD Drama

Life or Something Like It. PG. 2002. DVD Drama

The Killing Fields. R. 1984. DVD Drama

Medium Cool. R. 1969. DVD Drama

Message in a Bottle. PG-13. 1999. DVD Drama

Network. R. 1976. DVD Drama

The Newsroom (television series). Not rated. 1996-1997. DVD 791.4572 NEW TV

No Such Thing. R. 2001. DVD Drama

The Paper. R. 1994. DVD Comedy

Runaway Bride. PG. 1999. DVD Comedy

Shattered Glass. PG-13. 2003. DVD Drama

Scoop. PG-13. 2006. DVD Comedy

Sweet Smell of Success. Not Rated. 1957. DVD Drama

Teacher’s Pet. Not Rated. 1957. DVD Comedy

To Die For. R. 1995. DVD Comedy

Veronica Guerin. R. 2003. DVD Drama

The Year of Living Dangerously. PG. 1982. DVD Drama

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Labor (unions, laborers...)

American Dream. PG-13. 1990. DVD 331.892 A

Boxcar Bertha. R. 1972. DVD Drama

Bread & Roses. R. 2000. DVD Drama

Extract. R. 2009. DVD Comedy

Gung Ho. PG-13. 1986. DVD Comedy

Matewan. PG-13. 1987. DVD Drama

Metropolis. Not rated. 1927. DVD SF/Fantasy

Modern Times. G. 1936. DVD Comedy

New in Town. PG. 2009. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy

Norma Rae. PG. 1979. DVD Drama

North Country. R. 2005. DVD Drama

The Pajama Game. Not rated. 1957. DVD Musical

Salt of the Earth. Not rated. 1954. DVD Drama

Silkwood. R. 1983. DVD Drama

Swing Shift. PG. 1984. DVD Drama

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Law (lawyers, law clerks, judges...)

The Accused. R. 1988. DVD Drama

Adam’s Rib. Not Rated. 1949. DVD Comedy

Anatomy of a Murder. Not Rated, 1959. DVD Drama

…And Justice for All. R. 1979. DVD Drama

The Chamber. R. 1996. DVD Drama

A Civil Action. PG-13. 1999. DVD Drama

Class Action. R. 1991. DVD Drama

The Client. PG-13. 1994. DVD Drama

Erin Brockovich. R. 2000. DVD Drama

Evelyn. PG. 2002. DVD Drama

Fairly Legal (television series). Not rated. 2011-. DVD 791.4572 FAI TV

The Firm. R. 1993. DVD Drama

Intolerable Cruelty. PG-13. 2003. DVD Comedy

Laws of Attraction. PG-13. 2004. DVD Comedy

Music Box. PG-13. 1989. DVD Drama

The Pelican Brief. PG-13. 1993. DVD Drama

Philadelphia. PG-13. 1993. DVD Drama

Presumed Innocent. R. 1990. DVD Drama

Primal Fear. R. 1996. DVD Drama

The Rainmaker. PG-13. 1997. DVD Drama

Reversible Errors. Not Rated. 2004. DVD 791.4572 REV TV

Runaway Jury. PG-13. 2003. DVD Drama

Sutis (television series). Not rated. 2011-. DVD 791.4572 SUI TV

A Time to Kill. R. 1996. DVD Drama

To Kill a Mockingbird. Not Rated. 1962. DVD Drama

The Verdict. R. 1982. DVD Drama

Witness for the Prosecution. Not Rated. 1957. DVD Drama

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Librarianship (librarians, archivists...)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (television series). PG-13. 1997-2003. DVD 791.4572 BUF TV

Desk Set. Not rated. 1957. DVD Comedy

The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag. PG-13. 1992. DVD Comedy

The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice. Not Rated. 2008. DVD 791.4572 LIB TV

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear. Not Rated. 2004. DVD 791.4572 LIB TV

The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines. Not Rated. 2006. DVD 791.4572 LIB TV

The Mummy. PG-13. 1999. DVD Action/Adventure

The Music Man. G. 1961. DVD Musical

Party Girl. R. 1994. DVD Comedy

Shooting the Past. Not rated. 1999. DVD 791.4572 SHO TV

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Medicine (doctors, nurses, psychologists, paramedics...)

Awakenings. PG-13. 1990. DVD Drama

Bringing Out the Dead. R. 1999. DVD Drama

The Doctor. PG-13. 1991. DVD Drama

Doctor Finlay (television series). Not rated. 1993-1996. DVD 791.4572 DOC TV

Dr. T & the Women. R. 2000. DVD Comedy

ER (television series). Not rated. 1994-2009. DVD 791.4572 ER TV

Grey's Anatomy (television series). Not rated. 2005-. DVD 791.4572 GRE TV

Hawthorne (television series). Not rated. 2009-. DVD 791.4572 HAW TV

House M.D. (television series). Not rated. 2004-. DVD 791.4572 HOU TV

In Treatment (television series). Not rated. 2008-. DVD 791.4572 INT TV

Medicine Man. PG-13. 1992. DVD Action/Adventure

Mercy (television series). Not rated. 2009-2010. DVD 791.4572 MER TV

Nurse Jackie (television series). Not rated. 2009-. DVD 791.4572 NUR TV

Prime. PG-13. 2005. DVD Comedy

Scrubs (television series). Not Rated. 2001-2010. DVD 791.3472 SCR TV

Spellbound. Not Rated. 1945. DVD Drama 

Web Therapy (television series). Not Rated. 2008-. DVD 791.3472 WEB TV

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Military (officers, enlisted men...)

A Few Good Men. R. 1992. DVD Drama

An Officer and a Gentleman. R. 1982. DVD Drama

G.I. Jane. R. 1997. DVD Drama

The Hurt Locker. R. 2008. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama

Jarhead. R. 2005. DVD Drama

Mister Roberts. Not rated. 1955. DVD Comedy

Private Benjamin. R. 1980. DVD Comedy

Stripes. R. 1981. DVD Comedy

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Politics and Government (politicians, elected officials...)

The American President. PG-13. 1995. DVD Comedy

Boss (television series). Not rated. 2011-. DVD 791.4572 BOS TV

The Candidate. PG. 1972. DVD Drama

City Hall. R. 1996. DVD Drama

The Contender. R. 2000. DVD Drama

Enemy of the State. R. 1998. DVD Action/Adventure

Milk. R. 2008. DVD Drama

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Not Rated. 1939. DVD Drama

Nixon. R. 1995. DVD Drama

No Way Out. R. 1987. DVD Action/Adventure

Primary Colors. R. 1998. DVD Comedy

W. PG-13. 2008. DVD Drama

The West Wing (television series). Not rated. 1999-2006. DVD 791.4572 WES TV

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Public Safety (policemen, firefighters...)

Backdraft. R. 1991. DVD Action/Adventure

Blood Work. R. 2002. DVD Drama

The Bounty Hunter. PG-13. 2010. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy

The Closer (television series). Not rated. 2005-. DVD 791.4572 CLO TV

Cop Land. R. 1997. DVD Action/Adventure

Dark Blue. R. 2002. DVD Drama

Dirty Harry. R. 1971. DVD Action/Adventure

The Guys. PG. 2002. DVD Drama

Heat. R. 1995. DVD Action/Adventure

Hellfighters. G. 1968. DVD Action/Adventure

Inspector Lynley (television series). Not rated. 2001-2007. DVD 791.4572 INS TV

Ladder 49. PG-13. 2004. DVD Action/Adventure

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. TV-MA. 2009. DVD 791.4572 NUM TV

Paul Blart: Mall Cop. PG. 2009. DVD Comedy and Blu-ray Comedy

Prime Suspect (television series). Not rated. 1991-2003. DVD 791.4572 PRI TV

Roxanne. PG. 1987. DVD Comedy

Serpico. R. 1973. DVD Drama

Speed. R. 1994. DVD Action/Adventure

The Towering Inferno. PG. 1974. DVD Action/Adventure

Training Day. R. 2001. DVD Drama

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Sales (shop clerks, real estate agents...)

The Big Kahuna. R. 1999. DVD Comedy

Clerks. R. 1994. DVD Comedy

Death of a Salesman. Not rated. 1985. DVD 791.4572 DEA TV

Death of a Salesman. Not rated. 1966. DVD 812.52 M647de

Door-to-Door. Not rated. 2001. DVD 791.4572 DOO TV

Glengarry Glen Ross. R. 1992. DVD Drama

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. R. 2009. DVD Comedy

The Promotion. R. 2008. DVD Comedy

Shopgirl. R. 2005. DVD Drama

Watching the Detectives. Not rated. 2007. DVD Comedy
 
Workaholics (television series). Not rated. 2011-. DVD 791.4572 WOR TV

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Science (scientists, lab techs...)

The Andromeda Strain. G. 1971. DVD SF/Fantasy

Gorillas in the Mist. PG-13. 1988. DVD Drama

Journey to the Center of the Earth. Not rated. 1959. DVD SF/Fantasy

Journey to the Center of the Earth. Not rated. 1999. DVD 791.4572 JOU TV

Jurassic Park. PG-13. 1993. DVD SF/Fantasy and Blu-ray SF/Fantasy

The Man in the White Suit. Not rated. 1951. DVD Comedy

Medicine Man. PG-13. 1992. DVD Action/Adventure

Twister. PG-13. 1996. DVD Action/Adventure

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Reality television series

Alaska State Troopers (television series). Not rated. 2009-. DVD 363.209798 A

American Loggers (television series). Not rated. 2009. DVD 634.98092 A

American Pickers (television series). Not rated. 2010-. DVD 305.9363728 A

The Aviators (television series). Not rated. 2010-. DVD 797.5 A

Ax Men (television series). Not rated. 2008-. DVD 333.7515 A

Deadliest Catch (television series). Not rated. 2005-. DVD 639.56 D

The Detonaters (television series). Not rated. 2009-. DVD 690.26 D

Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe (television series). Not rated. 2005-. DVD 331.7 D

Duck Dynasty (television series). Not rated. 2012-. DVD 745.5936 D

Ghost Adventures (television series). Not rated. 2008-. DVD 133.12 G

Ghost Hunters (television series). Not rated. 2004-. DVD 133.10973 G

Ice Road Truckers (television series). Not rated. 2007-. DVD 388.324 I

NY Ink (television series). Not rated. 2011. DVD 391.65 N

Pawn Stars (television series). Not rated. 2009-. DVD 332.34 P

Storage Wars (television series). Not rated. 2010-. DVD 381.17 S

Swamp Men (television series). Not rated. 2010-. DVD 975.939 S

UFO Hunters (television series). Not rated. 2008-2009. DVD 001.942 U

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