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10 Movies That Will Make You Want to Quit Your Job

If you’re going to have a dull night at home, you might as well make it a FUN dull night. We copied the descriptions from IMDB, but chose the top 10 ourselves – the ones we think most fuel the urge to ditch soul-sucking jobs. Or will at least inspire some daydreams.

Into the Wild

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Esc: Don’t fight the system. Leave the system altogether. None of us have the guts to behave like that. We’re all too conservative?! (Rob)

The Beach

Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss – excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

 Esc: The book is better. But the scenery in the movie is incredible – even though, if you actually go Thailand now, it’s sad how environmentally-raped Maya beach has become from all the tourism. Probably thanks to this movie and book. Whose popularity are probably further fuelled by blog posts like this. (Adele)

The Motorcycle Diaries

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life’s calling.

Esc: Why is the open road so bloody seductive? (Rob)

Revolutionary Road

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Esc: Insanely depressing… but in an almost cathartic way. (Adele)

Eat Pray Love

A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself”.

Esc: Again, the book’s better… not sure why even just mentioning this film makes the guys I know cringe, and the girls happily sigh. (Adele)

Office Space

Comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Esc: Watched this when I was a kid, and still found it funny back then. Burger from Sex and the City’s in it. (Adele)

American Beauty

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter’s attractive friend.

Esc: Same depression-inducing level as Revolutionary Road – kinda makes you want to avoid the suburbs. (Adele)

Lost in Translation

A movie star with a sense of emptiness, and a neglected newlywed meet up as strangers in Tokyo, Japan and form an unlikely bond.

Esc: Not really sure what all the fuss was about, with this movie. But felt we should include it. (Adele)

Jerry Maguire

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him.

Esc: HELP ME HELP YOU! I love the resignation scene. What everyone wishes they could do but never will. (Rob)

The Corporation

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Esc: Seems that none of us have actually watched this all the way to the end. Oops. Esc movie night perhaps… 

  • Jean-Guillaume

    I would also add the all-time classic “A Good Year” from Ridley Scott with Russel Crowe. Seems particularly fitting for Escape the City!
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401445/

  • http://www.alastairhumphreys.com Alastair Humphreys

    Can I also recommend Man On Wire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIawNRm9NWM

  • http://www.josavill.com Jo Savill

    Julie & Julia is totally missing from this list – a movie that helps you believe you can make a career from your passions!

    The Social Network is also missing – an awesome story about creating your own thing and being wildly successful!

  • Adele

    Ahh – all great suggestions. Julie & Julia always makes me SO hungry, but – bingo – a lot of our Esc members seem to want to pursue food passions! I smell a follow-up blog post: 10 MORE Movies That Will Make You Want to Quit Your Job. Thanks so much – have a great weekend guys.

  • Gabriella Cziba

    Great list. I would definitely add one of my favourite films: The Fight Club (by David Fincher, appr 10-12 years before the Social Network), though it was more about escaping consumer society, not just simply office life…

  • http://www.nobordersmagazine.org Rachele

    I just watched Outsourced and A Map for Saturday and I think they’d fit in this list!

  • Adele

    Thanks so much for your comments everyone! Made my job today a lot easier – you can see the follow up blog post here…. http://blog.escapethecity.org/categories/7-more-movies-that-will-make-you-want-to-quit-your-job/

  • Haydn Welch

    The Big Blue…….Sometimes escapes don’t have to be too far. Just a little deeper.

  • Roger

    Also “Joe versus the Volcano”