Top Ten Movies to Quit By

Quitting isn’t easy. Here are some films to get you in the mood.

| September-October1996

Throwing in the towel, calling it a day, taking your ball and going home. No matter how you describe it, quitting ain’t easy. Here are some movies to get you in the mood. 

1. Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk, 1954)
If callow playboy Rock Hudson can become a world-famous eye surgeon just to restore the sight of the woman he’s accidentally blinded, surely you can quit that temp job and finish your graphic design degree.

2. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin, 1957)
This aggressive, deluxe comedy excoriates American corporate culture in a way that only a film starring Tony Randall and Jayne Mansfield can, and it asks, “What happens when they won’t let you quit?”

3. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
What does your boss really want from you? Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine find out the hard way when they’re forced to take their work home with them until they break.

4. Psycho (1960) and Marnie (1964)
Both of these Alfred Hitchcock films begin with women stealing from their bosses and taking it on the lam. What drives them to it? As if you didn’t know.

5. Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey, 1962)The movie that asks the question “Can you quit your job if you’re already dead?”