Abstract : In this work, we study the effect of cross-linking on boundary lubricant films in aqueous media. Two strategies have been followed. First, we investigate a physical network on a cationic surfactant bilayer by coadsorption of an anionic copolymer. Secondly a tribloc copolymer film was chemically cross-linked by creating some chemical bounds between macromolecules. We study film self-assembling by Quartz Crystal Microbalance and Atomic Force Microscopy. We discuss then on the effect of cross-linking on the morphology of the film and its mechanical properties by combining AFM and Surface Force Apparatus SFAnanotribometer. We have shown that in both cases, lubricant films properties are modified and the cohesion of the adsorbed films is increased by cross-linking.