40 Movies You Should Watch If You're Turning 30 This Year

Good Will Hunting
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So you're turning the big 3-0. What's the big deal? Just kidding. It is a big deal. You're finally leaving your devil-may-care years and entering an uncharted territory of adulthood. Sure, it may seem scary, but you've still got decades upon decades ahead of you. If you're anxious about welcoming a brand new era in your life, we've listed down a roundup of films you have to watch, all brimming with life lessons that might come in handy in your thriving thirties. Enjoy!

Legally Blonde
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Legally Blonde (2001)

On the surface, Legally Blonde seems to be just another chick flick, but it's more than that. It's a story about woman empowerment and how anyone can achieve anything if you just put your mind to it. 

Where to stream or rent: Amazon

500 Days of Summer
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500 Days of Summer (2009)

As stated in the intro, 500 Days of Summer is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, that it is not a love story. It tells you a lot about relationships — how your happiness shouldn't be dependent on someone else, and how you can't force someone to be with you if they don't want to.

Where to stream or rent: HBO, Amazon

Pulp Fiction
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Pulp Fiction (1994)

Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, Pulp Fiction will take you on an epic adventure and introduce you to a slew of larger-than-life characters.

Where to stream or rent: Amazon

When Harry Met Sally (1989)
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When Harry Met Sally (1989)

A poignant and hilarious tale about two buddies, it makes you wonder if a man and a woman can ever be just friends. Want to know the answer? Watch the movie.

Where to stream or rent: Amazon

Good Will Hunting
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Good Will Hunting (1997)

A Matt Damon and Ben Affleck-penned film, Good Will Hunting is a soul-crushing yet uplifting story that will make you realize the importance of taking chances and venturing beyond your comfort zone. 

Where to stream or rent: Amazon

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

When their relationship heads south, Joel and Clementine decide to erase their memories of each other, only to realize that they're not quite ready to let go just yet.

Where to stream or rent: Amazon

Ruby Sparks
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Ruby Sparks (2012)

A different kind of love story, Ruby Sparks is about a novelist struggling with his writing who creates a character he thinks will love him, then is startled when he finds out that she's turned into a living, breathing person.

Where to stream or rent: Amazon

What's Eating Gilbert Grape
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

This movie is about a young man who just wants to be a good person. Serving as the head of the household at such a young age, Gilbert Grape struggles to serve the best interests of his family and maintain a life of his own. It's simple, yes, but Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio's performances will blow you away.

Where to stream or rent: Amazon

The Graduate
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The Graduate (1967)

Ever wondered why "Mrs. Robinson" is referenced so much in pop culture? Watch this film to find out.

Where to stream or rent: Amazon

The Breakfast Club
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The Breakfast Club (1985)

Even if you're way beyond your high school years, you'll find yourself relating to each character of The Breakfast Club. The film highlights the premise that everyone has their own fair share of struggles, no matter how they present themselves to the world.

Where to stream or watch: Amazon

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NICOLE CORD-CRUZ

Nicole is a project manager and occasional freelance writer making her way through her twenties. She's a firm believer in the Oxford comma and has a great affinity for milk tea. Looking into trying your first boba cup? Ask her for a recommendation. Currently based in Los Angeles, California, you can find her either aggressively pinning or planning her itinerary for her next trip.

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