Over the years, corporate America has appeared in numerous movies. In some cases, characters work for real-life companies. In other cases, movies are based on real-life events — sometimes without the featured company’s cooperation. Here are 10 examples of corporations in starring roles.
— “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947): An old man who claims to be Santa Claus works at Macy’s department store.
— “One, Two, Three” (1961): This comedy follows a Coca-Cola Co. executive in West Berlin during the Cold War.
— “All the President’s Men” (1976): Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford play real-life Washington Post reporters who uncover a scandal that ultimately forces President Richard Nixon to resign.
— “You’ve Got Mail” (1998): This romantic comedy prominently features AOL Inc. and its mail service. The characters played by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are fierce business rivals, but fall in love after communicating over the Internet.
— “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” (1999): In the second Austin Powers movie, one of Dr. Evil’s honchos reveals that he has invested in Starbucks and pushes further investments as more lucrative than world domination. Dr. Evil’s headquarters on top of Seattle’s Space Needle bears the Seattle-based company’s logo.
— “The Insider” (1999): CBS Corp.’s “60 Minutes” runs an expose on the tobacco industry after getting a whistleblower to talk. Based on a true story.
— “Erin Brockovich” (2000): Julia Roberts plays a single mother whose investigations lead to a major environmental case against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Based on a true story.
— “Where The Heart Is” (2000): A pregnant teen played by Natalie Portman is abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart and hides out there as she rebuilds her life with the help of strangers.
— “The Social Network” (2010): This movie traces the founding of Facebook Inc. by Mark Zuckerberg and the legal battles he had with fellow Harvard students who claimed he stole their idea. Based on a true story.
— “The Internship” (2013): Characters played by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson lose their jobs in the wristwatch industry and become interns at Google Inc.