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Horrible movie bosses, ranked

These on-screen managers, bosses, and CEOs are seriously the worst -- especially, as it turns out, the ones in tech.
By Julia Hays, Writer on
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Who is the baddest boss of them all? Time to find out...

Is Jesse Eisenberg's Mark Zuckerberg the worst boss moviedom has ever seen? Actually, no. There is one who is way worse... and he's in tech, too. Wait 'til you see who's No. 1.

(Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments.)

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2 of 20 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

19. J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) from Spider-Man

Every other media outlet recognizes Spider-Man as a hero, but this editor-in-chief prefers to launch a smear campaign against the web-slinger. Beyond his disregard for good journalism, this bad boss has a rep for micromanaging employees, not remembering their names -- and smoking cigars at the office.

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3 of 20 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

18. Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) from Working Girl

Taking credit for your secretary's ideas? So not cool. This stockbroker boss did just that.

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4 of 20 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

17. Samuel L. Jackson (Richmond Valentine) from Kingsman: The Secret Service

This tech tycoon's SIM cards basically lead to a super-violent massacre. He may be a computer genius and business mogul, but he's also straight-up evil.

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5 of 20 Warner Home Video

16. Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) from Ocean's Eleven

This slick mogul operates three luxury casinos in Las Vegas and is a seemingly professional and nice guy. His downfall? He puts his money before his lady (Julia Roberts) whereas her ex, Danny Ocean (George Clooney), prioritizes love over riches.

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6 of 20 Warner Home Video

15. Professor Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) from the Harry Potter series

A Ministry of Magic bureaucrat is installed at Hogwarts, and once in power, uses abusive punishments on students. Her sadistic streak earns her the title of one bad boss.

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7 of 20 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

14. Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman) from Nine to Five

A sexist bigot of a boss who harasses women and takes credit for their ideas, Franklin M. Hart Jr. is such a nightmare to work for that his employees eventually kidnap him. And it's not seen as all that big of a crime.

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8 of 20 MPI Home Video

13. Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) from In The Loop

Want to be belittled, cursed at, insulted and verbally threatened, all before your morning coffee? Then this director of communications is the manager for you.

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9 of 20 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

12. Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) from RoboCop

This executive at Omni Consumer Products is ruthless -- he'll do whatever it takes to replace Old Detroit's police force with robots. He even hires an assassin to take out his competition.

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10 of 20 DreamWorks Home Entertainment

11. Les Grossman (Tom Cruise) from Tropic Thunder

When you're not busy staring at the gold chains tangled in chest hair, you're probably busy being called a "f--kstick" by this abrasive Hollywood bigwig. His only redeeming quality? Those hilarious dance moves.

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11 of 20 New Line Home Video

10. Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) from the Austin Powers series

He has a few loyal henchman, but if you get on his bad side, this evil leader will throw you into hot lava... or worse. Plus, let's face it, there's no opportunity for advancement. He already has his No. 2.

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12 of 20 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

9. Montgomery Burns (Harry Shearer) from the Simpsons Movie

This power-hungry rich man is the most influential person in Springfield. Unfortunately, that's not a good thing. The power plant owner will do anything to acquire more wealth, including making life hell for his underlings.

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13 of 20 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

8. Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars franchise

Even Darth Vader has to answer to upper-level management. This Sith Lord has created a company culture of giving promotions to evil overlords, and he tears families apart.

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14 of 20 Walt Disney Home Video

7. Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) from The Muppet Christmas Carol

Every version of the classic Charles Dickens character keeps one thing intact: Scrooge is one horrible person to work for. This interpretation of the iconic role seems extra mean, considering he keeps a cold office, pays low wages, and offers sparse vacation time to someone as cute as Kermit.

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15 of 20 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

6. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) from The Devil Wears Prada

The editor-in-chief of Runway magazine is cold, sarcastic and encourages office backstabbing. She doesn't hesitate to fire people for nearly any reason, and sometimes, she doesn't even need one.

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16 of 20 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

5. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) from Wall Street

He's dishonest. He's corrupt. He gives entire speeches about greed. This manipulative manager is a corporate raider who will do anything to get ahead, from breaking the law to taking others down with him.

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4. Blake (Alec Baldwin) from Glengarry Glen Ross

Blake is sent by the owners of a real estate firm to "motivate" their salesmen. He proceeds to verbally abuse them and pit them against each other. The options are to do whatever is takes to win or to get canned.

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18 of 20 Paramount Home Entertainment

3. Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) in The Wolf of Wall Street

Fraud and scams are the name of the game when you're working with Belfort. And all that money the office makes will go toward drinking, drugs, and debauchery, of course.

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19 of 20 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

2. Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) from The Social Network

This depiction of the Facebook founder paints him as antisocial, arrogant, and callous, a person not to be collaborated with and someone who got into the game just to complain about a woman who dumped him.

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20 of 20 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

1. Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole) from Office Space

It's his utter realism that makes him so terrible. This corporate office drone annoys the people below him by harping about paperwork and making them work weekends. His passive-aggressive nature and habit for micromanaging are the thing of nightmares.

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