The Best Work-Life Movies of the '90s

November 10, 1999
The 1990s have been a decade of work/life awareness, from finally appreciating the family to cracking under pressure. And this awareness has been reflected in the movies that Hollywood has been pushing out. Here are some of the work/life movies we have most enjoyed.

When you're done, add your own favorite movies.

Regarding Henry


A powerful and emotional Harrison Ford movie about work/life balance and family. Take your attorney to see it.

The Silence of the Lambs


Jodie Foster's work takes over her life. Creepiness takes over ours.

City Slickers


The one movie here about escaping from work; Billy Crystal is sick of his gig selling radio time. Funny, good acting and a good message.

Glengarry Glen Ross


Notice to employer: This movie not to be used as a sales training video.

Falling Down


One of Michael Douglas' many work/life movies, this was about an L.A. man on a rampage after his job pushes him to the end of his rope.

The War Room


Fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary about life working on The Slick One's first campaign victory. Stars James Carville and George Stephanopoulos.

Swimming With Sharks


Frank Whaley tries to climb the ladder of success by playing Hollywood assistant to abusive employer Kevin Spacey.



Starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, whose family relationships suffer while trying to do his job.

American Beauty


Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening show you what can happen to a family that suffers from work/life imbalance in the 'burbs.

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