Movie Quotes about Bad Bosses

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There are multiple ways to talk about bosses, with emojis, foreign languages...and of course famous movie show some love (or lack there of)

I know sometimes you just want to express yourself and get real nasty about your boss, but you’re as eloquent as an elephant. Seems like a labored metaphor? Show me a well-spoken elephant and I’ll eat my words. None the less, what better way to talk smack about your boss than saying something written by a professional author and then dedicated to the silver screen…there isn’t and don’t even try. Here are some great movie quotes about bosses.

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1. Dictator boss

Your boss is an insufferable dictator, he wants you to be available at all ungodly hours and subject to his beck and call…so what do you have to say to the dictator boss?

“They may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!"

Braveheart, 1995

2. The hands-off boss

This boss doesn’t know anyone’s names, some of the new people don’t even know what he looks like (which has turned in a running gag, where the interns think Mr. Murphy the doorman is the CEO and freak out every time they come into the building). This is a great set up…you do yours, and you're left alone…until a crisis ensues that can only be diffused by a member of upper management. How do you express that?

“I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."

Taken, 2008

3. The collaborator

This type of boss is rare; this is the type of boss that gets his/her hands dirty, is in the trenches with you…that works just as hard as you…they are invaluable to the team effort and the achievement of goals. Without them you are only half of your best self.

"You complete me."

Jerry Maguire, 1996

4. The motivator

This is the boss that is basically your own personal cheerleader; they are constantly validating you, complementing you and patting you on the back and no matter how horrible you are you not only appreciate it but you strive to be better because of it.

"You make me want to be a better man."

As Good as It Gets, 1997

5. The 'strategist'

See the quotation marks around the word…there’s Reason. This is the type of boss that pivots so frequently and changes policies so rapidly that he/she might as well be…something that pivots and changes policies often…I’m a loss for a decent simile. None the less, just when you think that they have enacted their most unintelligent policy to date, they take a hard left and surprise you with their stupidity.

"Just when I think you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do somethin' like this -- and totally redeem yourself! Ha Ha!"

Dumb & Dumber 1994

6. The destroyer of souls

This is a surprisingly frequent occurring type of boss. Using micromanaging, cripplingly unfair policies and habitually belittling his/her employees they suck up joy quicker than a commercial about disabled puppies that are adopted by starving orphans that live in a country so polluted only its toxicity grows. This is the destroyer of motivation and souls! So when they want you to do something…how do you react…what do you say beyond: “oh bother I drooled on myself again”?

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn"

Gone With The Wind 1939

7. The unethical

There are a lot of people that say they have worked for unethical bosses, the caveat here is that your are ok with it. Not only do you condone it, you want to be part of it…or a banker.

"Ever since I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster. To me that was better than being president of the United States. To be a gangster was to own the world." (sidenote: to illustrate my point, replace “gangster” with “banker” and that sentence remains wholly unchanged)

Henry Hill/Ray Liotta in Goodfellas 1990

8. Captain of a sinking ship

I’m sure we’ve seen this a couple of times, the man that has given up and accepted the fact that their company is going under. Though they try desperatley to salvage as much as they can, it’s too little, too late.

"Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"

Margo Channing/Bette Davis in All about Eve (1950)

9. The salesperson

This boss loves to sell people hope, to tell them they’ll get bonuses, promotions and better wages if the company does well…and he/she actually does give them something…but just enough to keep his employees going, never too much and never what they were promised….and when you mimic him:

"Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it's contained."

President Snow/Donald Sutherland in The Hunger Games 2012

10. The ex

This is probably peoples’ favorite type of boss…after dealing with one or all of these bosses (well except maybe the motivator and the collaborator) your horrible boss becomes just a memory…an ex…so how do you tell them? Well you ask them if they like apples…and when they apprehensively say “yes I do” you slam your resignation letter on their desk and say in the best Boston accent you can:

"How do you like them apples?"

Will Hunting/Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting (1997)

Are there any other movie quotes you can use to describe your boss? Let us know in the comment section below.