The Best 'I Quit' Moments from the Movies ...


When most of quit we generally do it respectfully: handing in a formal letter and working out our notice period. But sometimes, don't you wish you could make a real drama of it, create a scene and do something that will become legendary in the organization in years to come? Take your cue from the best "I quit" scenes in the movies.

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Jerry Maguire

If you’re going to quit, you might as well go out with a bang, right? Well that is certainly how Tom Cruise’s speech goes, producing one of the most memorable rants in film history!

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Working Girl

This 80s classic starring Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver and Harrison Ford contains one of the best quitting scenes ever. It brings the audience a lot of satisfaction just at the right time.

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Bridget Jones’s Diary

Who can forget Bridget’s hilarious lines to her disgustingly womanizing boss from the publishing company that decides she can no longer work at for a single second?

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Half Baked

This stoner movie might not be to everybody’s taste, but it sure does contain one of the funniest fast food job quitting scenes you will ever see involving burgers and customer’s faces!

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The Truman Show

You can’t get more memorable and stylish than Jim Carrey’s exit from his own life and giant reality show in this amazing film about a man who doesn’t realize his entire existence is a fake.

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The Truman Show is a 1998 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir and starring Jim Carrey. The film tells the story of Truman Burbank, a man who is unaware that his life is the subject of a reality television show broadcast around the world. The movie follows Truman's journey as he gradually discovers the truth about his life and attempts to escape from the show.

The film was a critical and commercial success, earning numerous awards and nominations. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Ed Harris. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

The movie is often seen as an allegory for modern society, with Truman's life representing the struggles of modern life and the media's obsession with celebrity and reality television. The film's "I quit" moment is when Truman finally realizes the truth about his life and decides to take control of his own destiny. He makes a daring escape from the show's set, leaving behind the world that had been created for him.


Cruel Intentions

Sean Patrick Thomas’ character has a really triumphant ‘SCREW YOU!’ moment in this 90s classic. He’s not so much quitting a job as quitting a period in his life, but it’s still great to watch.

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Office Space

Office Space is filled to the brim with job dissatisfaction, but my personal favorite moment is when Jennifer Aniston’s character has finally had enough of her dead end waitressing gig.

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American Beauty

This acclaimed movie from 1998 features a great quitting scene as Kevin Spacey’s character finally leaves his boring office job of 14 years.

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Reality Bites

You can’t help but cheer when Winona Ryder’s character removes herself from her horrible boss, using very imaginative and funny means to get the task done!

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Brown Sugar

Taye Digg’s character tries to quit multiple times through this hip-hop movie, and when he finally realizes money isn’t everything, it’s a great moment for the audience.

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The Devil Wears Prada

It’s a really triumphant moment when Anne Hathaway’s character finally realizes she is worth more than the abuse she gets at her job and tosses her cell phone in to a gorgeous Parisian fountain!

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Sandy doesn’t quit a job in Grease, but what she does quit is her old, reluctant self to transform in to the spandex wearing babe at the end of the movie! She has a great little song reprise to finally say “Goodbye to Sandra-Dee”.

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Fight Club

Fight Club is one of the most unique films in the last twenty years, and Ed Norton’s character quitting by beating himself up is really something to behold!

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Breaking Away

Breaking Away might hold the record for the fastest job quit in cinema, with Jackie Earl Haley’s character making it through a whole 30 seconds before he has had enough!

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Burn after Reading

John Malkovich gives a zany and unpredictable performance in Burn After Reading, and though you don’t get to see all of his quitting scene, your imagination runs wild!

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Lost in America

It’s Albert Brook’s character’s decision to quit his soul-destroying job that sparks the entire plot of this great movie, proving that sometimes hard decisions help you to find yourself.

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After quitting his job as a taxi driver, Bill Murray’s character begins a new life as part of the US army!

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Out of Sight

As a former highflying criminal, George Clooney’s character takes great offence to a menial security job and lets his feelings be known!

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Poor Tony Montana, if only he hadn’t quit his cozy job at the fast food truck, he might never have got in to so much trouble!

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Your heart has to go out to the man who puts his role as a husband and father before a potential promotion.

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Two Weeks Notice

if you ever thought about walking off with office supplies along with your cactus, picture of Brad Pitt and heart-shaped sticky notes, Sandra Bullock's scene will give you leave to let rip about all your frustrations.

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I've never quit in such a dramatic fashion but I know of one job where I really wished I had. Tell us about your experiences.

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These are hysterical!!! And the movies are classic.

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