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20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies 

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Updated June 25, 2019 933 votes 220 voters 19.1k views 27 items

They say you can gain a lot of perspective by walking in someone else's shoes, but switching bodies is a surefire way to develop empathy and understanding. The top age and body swap movies feature characters waking up in each other's skin, much to the delight of movie-goers. This is a list of body and age swap movies featuring everything from Big to 17 Again to 13 Going on 30.

What films will you find on this list of the best age swap comedies? Freaky Friday is a classic in the body swap genre – so enduring, in fact, that it's been remade multiple times. When a mother and her teenage daughter trade bodies, they learn a lot about the stress and struggles of each other's daily lives. Peggy Sue Got Married is another entertaining age swap movie. A pair of old friends swap bodies – and lives – in the 2011 comedy, The Change-Up. Other good films featured on this top age and body swap movies list include All of Me, Wish Upon a Star, and Dream a Little Dream.

Which of these age swap movie deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and add any titles that are missing.

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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Mark Waters

Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. It stars Lindsay Lohan as Anna Coleman and Jamie Lee Curtis as her mother. In the film their souls are ...more

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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gary Winick

13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, and directed by Gary Winick. Starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy ...more

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It's a Boy Girl Thing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Sharon Osbourne, Kevin Zegers, Brooke D'Orsay

Released: 2006

Directed by: Nick Hurran

It's a Boy Girl Thing is a 2006 romantic comedy film directed by Nick Hurran and written by Geoff Deane, starring Samaire Armstrong and Kevin Zegers and set in the United States but produced in ...more
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Big is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Penny Marshall

Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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Wish Upon a Star is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris, Lois Chiles

Released: 1996

Directed by: Blair Treu

Wish Upon a Star is a 1996 television film directed by Blair Treu, written by Jessica Barondes, and starring Katherine Heigl and Danielle Harris. It focuses on two teenage sisters that magically ...more

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Your Name is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Andrew Kendall added Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa

Released: 2016

Directed by: Makoto Shinkai

Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai. A high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo experience a strange phenomenon: they occasionally ...more

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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten, John Astin

Released: 1976

Directed by: Gary Nelson

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Dating the Enemy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Guy Pearce, Claudia Karvan, Christine Anu

Released: 1996

Directed by: Megan Simpson Huberman

Dating The Enemy is an Australian comedy about a boyfriend and girlfriend who swap bodies and have to live as each other.
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17 Again is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Zac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Perry

Released: 2009

Directed by: Burr Steers

17 Again is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Burr Steers. The film follows 37-year-old Mike who becomes a 17-year-old high school student after a chance incident. The film also features ...more

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The Change-Up is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Olivia Wilde, Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman

Released: 2011

Directed by: David Dobkin

The Change-Up is a 2011 American comedy film produced and directed by David Dobkin, written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. The film was released on ...more
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The Hot Chick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Rachel McAdams, Adam Sandler, Anna Faris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Tom Brady

The Hot Chick is a 2002 American comedy film about a teenage girl whose mind is magically swapped with that of a 30-year-old. It was directed by Tom Brady and produced by John Schneider and Carr ...more

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Vice Versa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Jane Lynch, Fred Savage, Swoosie Kurtz

Released: 1988

Directed by: Brian Gilbert

Vice Versa is a 1988 comedy film starring Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage. It is the fourth screen adaptation of the 1882 novel of the same name by F. Anstey. Three previous adaptations were ...more

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Little is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Regina Hall

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tina Gordon Chism

Little is a 2019 American fantasy-comedy film directed by Tina Gordon Chism. When a tech mogul (Regina Hall) magically transforms into her younger self (Marsai Martin), her long-suffering ...more
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Prelude to a Kiss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates

Released: 1992

Directed by: Norman René

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18 Again! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Pauly Shore, George Burns, Red Buttons

Released: 1988

Directed by: Paul Flaherty

18 Again! is a 1988 comedy film starring George Burns and Charlie Schlatter. The plot involves a grandson switching souls with his grandfather by means of an accident. This was one of a series ...more
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Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

Released: 1978

Directed by: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty

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All of Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Madolyn Smith

Released: 1984

Directed by: Carl Reiner

All of Me is a 1984 fantasy comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and starring Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin. This film is based on the novel Me Two by Edwin Davis.
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Dream a Little Dream is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Victoria Jackson

Released: 1989

Directed by: Marc Rocco

Dream a Little Dream is a 1989 teen film directed by Marc Rocco and stars Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Meredith Salenger, Jason Robards, Piper Laurie and Harry Dean Stanton. It was filmed in ...more

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Like Father Like Son is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Sean Astin, Dudley Moore, Kirk Cameron

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rod Daniel

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A Saintly Switch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Vivica A. Fox, David Alan Grier, Rue McClanahan

Released: 1999

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

A Saintly Switch is an American made for TV comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and produced in 1999 in by Walt Disney Entertainment, first exhibited on ABC's The Wonderful World of ...more
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Peggy Sue Got Married is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner

Released: 1986

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Nine Lives is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Nine Lives Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken
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The Skeleton Key is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Joy Bryant

Released: 2005

Directed by: Iain Softley

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Down to Earth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Jennifer Coolidge

Released: 2001

Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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Turnabout is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Carole Landis, Mary Astor, Adolphe Menjou

Released: 1940

Directed by: Hal Roach

Turnabout is a 1940 comedy film directed by Hal Roach and starring Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis and John Hubbard. Based on the 1931 novel of the same name by Thorne Smith, the screenplay was ...more