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20 Movies For People Who Are Having A Quarter-Life Crisis

20 Movies For People Who Are Having A Quarter-Life Crisis

Do you remember when you were younger and just couldn’t wait to grow up? And now, here you are, a full-fledged adult with a career, commitments, and bills. It’s not quite what you hoped for, right? This whole being an adult thing is just a little overwhelming and not that exciting. In fact, it can be pretty disappointing.

You’re not alone; almost everybody goes through this phase somewhere between their late 20s and early 30s — it’s called the quarter-life crisis. You start to feel trapped by your job or your relationship, and you just want out of it all. It can be a very confusing and painful time in your life.

Below are 20 movies that are truly inspirational that can relieve the pain and even motivate you.

1. Into the Wild

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    “When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it.”

    This is the true story of a young man going through a quarter-life crisis. He leaves home in search of adventure in the Alaskan wilderness.

    2. The Fault in Our Stars

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      “The world is not a wish-granting factory.”

      This is the heartwarming story of two teenage cancer patients who fall in love. They bond over reading the same book and set out to meet the author.

      3. Whiplash

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        “I’d rather die drunk, broke at 34, and have people at a dinner table talk about me than live to be rich and sober at 90, and nobody remembered who I was.”

        Whiplash is about the struggles of a young, talented drummer who gets into a prestigious music academy. He develops a complex relationship with his aggressive instructor, who tries to push him to greatness.

        4. 500 Days of Summer

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          “People change. Feelings change. It doesn’t mean that the love once shared wasn’t true and real. It simply just means that sometimes, when people grow, they grow apart.”

          500 Days of Summer is a romantic comedy about a girl who doesn’t believe in true love and a guy who has been waiting for true love his whole life. It’s a great reminder that no matter how bad things seem in your life, they can always get better.

          5. About Time

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            “We’re all traveling through time together, every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.”

            About Time is about a 21-year-old-man who is going through his own quarter-life crisis. When he discovers that he can travel through time, he decides to improve his love life.

            6. Garden State

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              “If you can’t laugh at yourself, life is going to seem a whole lot longer than you’d like…What do you do? You laugh, you know. I’m not saying I don’t cry, but in between, I laugh.”

              Garden State is a great movie to help you with your quarter-life crisis. It revolves around two characters who are transitioning into adulthood, dealing with death, and learning from the past.

              7. The Devil Wears Prada

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                “I love my job. I love my job. I love my job.”

                This movie is great if your quarter-life crisis was brought on by career stress. The Devil Wears Prada is the story of a girl who lands her dream job but has a difficult boss.

                8. Walking and Talking

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                  “I wonder if I’ll ever know what it’s like to not break up with someone.”

                  Walking and Talking is the perfect movie about life changes and how close friends are not always on the same path.

                  9. Almost Famous

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                    “You’ll meet them all again on their long journey to the middle.”

                    Almost Famous is all about taking risks to get what you want. Sixteen-year-old William sets out to become a rock-and-roll journalist. He ends up learning quite a bit about life along the way.

                    10. About Alex

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                      “Judgment has a way of creeping into every relationship — even the most intimate. If we’re lucky, somewhere along the way, we meet a few people who listen to us without criticism or reproach. We call those people our friends.”

                      This movie is about a group of friends who come together for the weekend. They are there to support a friend after his suicide attempt. Coming together brings back a lot of old, unresolved issues.

                      11. Beaches

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                        “What will I do without a best friend?”

                        This movie is about two best friends who support each other through the quarter-life crisis, divorce, illness, and loss.

                        12. Office Space

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                          “So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.”

                          This is another excellent movie about working in a dead-end job with a terrible boss.

                          13. Good Will Hunting

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                            “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”

                            Matt Damon plays a math genius working as a janitor at M.I.T. who goes through a quarter-life crisis.

                            14. The Graduate

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                              “It’s like I was playing some kind of game, but the rules don’t make any sense to me. They’re being made up by all the wrong people.”

                              This movie portrays the classic quarter-life crisis. Ben finishes college at the top of his class, but what is he going to do next?

                              15. Reality Bites

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                                “Welcome to the world of the emotionally mature.”

                                Friends graduate from college and have to face adulthood. Their quarter-life crises are all about looking for love and work.

                                16. Amazing Grace

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                                  “…we’re too young to realize certain things are impossible, which is why we will do them anyway.”

                                  Amazing Grace is the story of a young man who fights against the British slave trade. It’s a reminder to anyone going through a quarter-life crisis that sometimes, it can take years of difficult, painful, and depressing work to achieve lifetime goals.

                                  17. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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                                    “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”

                                    In this movie, Ben Stiller plays Walter Mitty, a man who has diligently worked at the same job for years. Unhappy and about to lose his job, he takes off on an international adventure in an attempt to find himself.

                                    18. People Places Things

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                                      “Yeah, I’m fine. I’m just having a bad life. It’ll be over eventually.”

                                      People Places Things is about a newly divorced man and how he tries to get over his ex-wife while balancing his new life, his career, and parenting.

                                      19. Young Adult

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                                        “Sometimes, in order to heal, a few people have to get hurt.”

                                        A newly divorced woman returns to her hometown while she is going through her quarter-life crisis. Things aren’t as she left them, however, and she must learn to deal with the changes.

                                        20. Silver Linings Playbook

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                                          “If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.”

                                          Silver Linings Playbook is about a man who gets divorced, spends time in a mental institution, and moves back in with his parents. He has to learn to navigate his feelings about his ex-wife and a new girl he meets.

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                                          50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                          50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                          Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                                          It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                                          It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                                          Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                                          Quotes for self-assurance

                                          1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                                            2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                                              3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                                                4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                                                  5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                                                    6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                                                      Quotes about positivity

                                                      7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                                        8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                                          9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                                            10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                                              11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                                                12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                                                  13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                                                    Quotes for work and success

                                                                    14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                                                      15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                                        16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                                          17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                                            18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                                              19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                                                20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                                                  21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                                                    22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                                                      23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                                        24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                                          25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                                            26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                                              27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                                                28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                                                  29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                                                    30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                                                      31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                                        32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                                          33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                                            34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                                              35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                                                36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                                                  37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                                                    38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                                                      39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                                        40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                                          41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                                            42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                                              43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                                                44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                                                  45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

                                                                                                                                    Quotes about money

                                                                                                                                    46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                                                      47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                                        48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                                          49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                                            50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                                              51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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