Amazon.comSure, movies are meant to help you unwind from work. But REAL SIMPLE. REAL LIFE. motivation expert Nicole Williams finds career inspiration in these (highly entertaining) big-screen flicks.
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Legally Blonde (2001)
Starring Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods and Selma Blair
Why Nicole suggests it: "When you begin to doubt your abilities, Elle is a reminder that no one can do you quite like you can. If you're trying to be like someone else, or pursuing a career that's really not for you, you'll never reach your full potential."
Working Girl (1988)
Starring Melanie Griffith as Tess McGill, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver
Why Nicole suggests it: "Tess's unique approach to climbing the corporate ladder speaks to everyone who's felt underutilized and overlooked. In some cases, it doesn't pay to play by the rules!"
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway as Andy Sachs, and Emily Blunt
Why Nicole suggests it: "The sad truth is, we all feel Andy's pain because we've all worked with difficult people -- they're everywhere! This is the ultimate tale of integrity triumphing over maliciousness. Finally -- revenge! Even if it's vicarious."
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Starring Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovich and Albert Finney
Why Nicole suggests it: " Erin teaches us to not underestimate the power of brains and too-sexy beauty combined with a little attitude."
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen
Why Nicole suggests it: "We can be as independent as we want to be, but at the end of a long, hard day, wouldn't it be nice to be called Mrs. Darcy?"
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Starring Uma Thurman as The Bride and Lucy Liu
Why Nicole suggests it: "The beautiful choreography and cinematography make this an action movie women can really sink their teeth into. The Bride kicks, um, butt with class."