Who are the worst movie bosses? Who is your favourite among the unlovables?

The fellows of 18Months helped us to compile our personal top 5 list of horrible cinematographic “chefs”. Can you find yours?

Does your boss look like one of these?

In an ideal world we would all have great bosses ready to understand our needs. Unfortunately though this is not the usual on the menu and most of the time work relationships aren’t easy or fun as we would love them to be.  Hollywood movies have been able to draw accurately our daily job environment and to represent in both a funny and truly way what is hiding behind office’s plain desks and screens. Moreover, some movies bring on the big screen quite unscrupulous bosses that, let’s face it, everybody loves to hate.

Looking back to the latest releases on big screen, we made a chart to crown the top 5 worst bosses of the movie history!

1. Miranda Priestly – The Devil Wears Prada

Surely Meryl Streep made a majestic performance in this movie (as always, right?), making the boss character even more hideous than you can imagine. Miranda Priestly is a fictional character based on Anna Wintour, Vouge USA’s director since 1998, and she represents the intimidatory chief that nobody is willing to have: despotic, hard to please and tactless. Upstanding business woman, we will always remember her monologue on the cerulean sweater and her ice-cold look.

2. J. Jonah Jameson – Spiderman

Peter Parker works for the Daily Bugle, a fictional New York City tabloid newspaper, to hide his secret superhero identity and carry on a “normal life”. Well, in this “normality” we guess he didn’t count the scary director J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons acts brilliantly in the director’s guise), a greedy non-stop screaming man, abusing of his power and always ready to manipulate the truth to sell more sensationalist newspapers. We bet that the poor Peter Parker is under pressure: two full-time jobs, one of each in a leotard uniform, and a mad boss to manage!

3. Cruella De Vil – One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Cruella De Vil, if she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will!  Only the idea to have her as a boss is scary, indeed. She is eccentric, materialist, insensible and overbearing. Skinny and tall, with her bi-color hair she screams order and insults. How can anybody be productive surrounded by such a psychological terror? Plus: she is ready to kill small puppies!

4. Gordon Gekko – Wall Street

Gordon Gekko’s mantra is “greed is good”. The character is interpreted by Michael Douglas and for sure it is and unscrupulous role. Gordon is the classic self-made man who wants to be the best in everything and he doesn’t hesitate to control and manipulate people around him to get what he wants. Another mantra of his? “If you want a friend, get a dog”! Lovely, right?

5. All the bosses of “Horrible bosses”

Quite a literal title for this black comedy movie released on 2011 starring a great cast (Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, only to name few). There is the psychopathic master manipulator, the sexual harassment blackmailer and the corrupted and incompetent boss who believes he’s God on earth. Ok, let’s admit it, they’re the worst you can get, but a lot of shades of those characters are in our everyday life bosses! The solution? Kill the bosses (like the employees choose to do in the movie)? Of course not!

Watching these movies we have learned the lesson and now we suggest you some tips (either than homicide) to manage and survive these awful bosses.

The main thing is:

  • Do always your researches and keep yourself well informed before you speak, especially in front of an intimidating boss.

  • If you have trust in what you are saying, stay faithful to your idea and defend your belief.

  • Take the time to analyse the situation, move up the issues and solve them before you have an inconvenience.

  • Stay positive, professional, make yourself essential to the eyes of your boss.

(This article originally appeared on Copernico Magazine)