Entertainment 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies  

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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
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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Big is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins
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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17 Again is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Zac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Perry
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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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo
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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Sharon Osbourne, Kevin Zegers, Brooke D'Orsay
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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Olivia Wilde, Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman
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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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
Freaky Friday is a 1976 American fantasy comedy film directed by Gary Nelson and starring Barbara Harris as Ellen Andrews, Jodie Foster as her daughter Annabel, and John Astin as her husband, ...more

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The Hot Chick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Rachel McAdams, Adam Sandler, Anna Faris
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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Sean Astin, Dudley Moore, Kirk Cameron
Like Father Like Son is a 1987 comedy film starring Kirk Cameron and Dudley Moore. This film has a similar premise to but is not a direct remake of the 1976 classic Disney film Freaky Friday. ...more

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Wish Upon a Star is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris, Lois Chiles
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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Guy Pearce, Claudia Karvan, Christine Anu
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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Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie
Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It is the second film adaptation of Harry Segall's stageplay of the same name, preceded by Here Comes ...more

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Dream a Little Dream is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Victoria Jackson
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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Little is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Regina Hall
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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Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Madolyn Smith
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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Jane Lynch, Fred Savage, Swoosie Kurtz
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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18 Again! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Pauly Shore, George Burns, Red Buttons
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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Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates
Prelude to a Kiss is a 1992 American romantic fantasy film directed by Norman René and starring Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan and Sydney Walker. The screenplay by Craig Lucas is based on his ...more

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Peggy Sue Got Married is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner
Peggy Sue Got Married is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola starring Kathleen Turner as a woman on the verge of a divorce, who finds herself transported back to ...more

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Nine Lives is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Nine Lives Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken

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Robert Downey Jr., Cybill Shepherd, Mary Stuart Masterson
Chances Are is a 1989 romantic comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and starring Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey, Jr., Ryan O'Neal, and Mary Stuart Masterson. The original music score was ...more

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Down to Earth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Jennifer Coolidge
Down to Earth is a 2001 comedy film directed by Chris and Paul Weitz and written by Chris Rock and Louis C.K. It is the third film adaptation based on Harry Segall's stageplay Heaven Can Wait, ...more

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Vivica A. Fox, David Alan Grier, Rue McClanahan
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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If I Were You is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Marcia Gay Harden, Aidan Quinn, Leonor Watling
If I Were You is 2011 comedy drama film written and directer by Joan Carr-Wiggin.

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The Skeleton Key is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies
Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Joy Bryant
The Skeleton Key is a 2005 American supernatural horror film starring Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joy Bryant. The film centers on a young hospice nurse who ...more