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Updated by Terry Johnson on Sep 04, 2017
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80's Movies That Taught Me (Almost) Everything I Need To Know About Business

I've put together a list of movies from the 80's that I've seen and lived through as an child of that decade.

These iconic movies have taught me a few things about how to run a successful business , how to brand yourself, and how to (or not) market a business.

So get ready to run over to NetFlix and learn a little something about how to run a business, 80's style.

Baby Boom (1987)

Directed by Charles Shyer. With Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Harold Ramis, Kristina Kennedy. The life of super-yuppie J.C. is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a baby from a distant relative.

Big Business (1988)

Directed by Jim Abrahams. With Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann. In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family just passing through. The dizzy nurse on duty accidentally mixes the twins unbeknown to the parents. Our story flashes forward to the 1980s where the mismatched sets of twins are about to cross paths following ...

Mr. Mom (1983)

Directed by Stan Dragoti. With Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Fred Koehler, Taliesin Jaffe. After he's laid off, a husband and wife switch roles with her returning to the work force and he becoming a stay at home dad, a role to which he doesn't have a clue.

Trading Places (1983)

Directed by John Landis. With Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche. A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Wall Street (1987)

Directed by Oliver Stone. With Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie, Franklin Cover. A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.

The Secret of My Succe$s (1987)

Directed by Herbert Ross. With Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan, Margaret Whitton. A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life.

Working Girl (1988)

Directed by Mike Nichols. With Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin. When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss's job.

Risky Business (1983)

Directed by Paul Brickman. With Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur. A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.