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20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies

Updated October 29, 2020 1.4k votes 244 voters 20.8k views27 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
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    Freaky Friday

    Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2003

    Directed byMark Waters

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    13 Going on 30
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    13 Going on 30

    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson

    Released2004

    Directed byGary Winick

    13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and... more on Wikipedia
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    Your Name
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    Your Name

    Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi

    Released2016

    Directed byMakoto Shinkai

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    It's a Boy Girl Thing
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    It's a Boy Girl Thing

    Sharon Osbourne, Kevin Zegers

    Released2006

    Directed byNick Hurran

    It's a Boy Girl Thing is a 2006 romantic comedy film directed by Nick Hurran and written by... more on Wikipedia
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    Wish Upon a Star
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    Wish Upon a Star

    Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris

    Released1996

    Directed byBlair Treu

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    Freaky Friday
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    Freaky Friday

    Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten

    Released1976

    Directed byGary Nelson

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    Big
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    Dating the Enemy
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    Dating the Enemy

    Guy Pearce, Claudia Karvan

    Released1996

    Directed byMegan Simpson Huberman

    Dating The Enemy is an Australian comedy about a boyfriend and girlfriend who swap bodies and... more on Wikipedia
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    17 Again
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    17 Again

    Zac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg

    Released2009

    Directed byBurr Steers

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    The Hot Chick
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    The Hot Chick

    Rachel McAdams, Adam Sandler

    Released2002

    Directed byTom Brady

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    Heaven Can Wait
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    Heaven Can Wait

    Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty

    Released1978

    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

    Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It... more on Wikipedia
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    The Change-Up
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    The Change-Up

    Olivia Wilde, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Dobkin

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    Dream a Little Dream
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    Dream a Little Dream

    Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

    Released1989

    Directed byMarc Rocco

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    Like Father Like Son
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    Like Father Like Son

    Sean Astin, Dudley Moore

    Released1987

    Directed byRod Daniel

    Like Father Like Son is a 1987 comedy film starring Kirk Cameron and Dudley Moore. This film... more on Wikipedia
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    Peggy Sue Got Married
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    Peggy Sue Got Married

    Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey

    Released1986

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    If I Were You
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    If I Were You

    Marcia Gay Harden, Aidan Quinn

    Released2011

    Directed byJoan Carr-Wiggin

    If I Were You is 2011 comedy drama film written and directer by Joan Carr-Wiggin.

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    Little
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    Little

    Issa Rae, Marsai Martin

    Released2019

    Directed byTina Gordon Chism

    Little is a 2019 American fantasy-comedy film directed by Tina Gordon Chism. When a tech mogul... more on Wikipedia
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    A Saintly Switch
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    A Saintly Switch

    Vivica A. Fox, David Alan Grier

    Released1999

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    A Saintly Switch is an American made for TV comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and... more on Wikipedia
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    Vice Versa
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    Vice Versa

    Jane Lynch, Fred Savage

    Released1988

    Directed byBrian Gilbert

    Vice Versa is a 1988 comedy film starring Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage. It is the fourth... more on Wikipedia
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    All of Me
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    All of Me

    Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin

    Released1984

    Directed byCarl Reiner

    All of Me is a 1984 fantasy comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and starring Steve Martin and... more on Wikipedia
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    18 Again!
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    18 Again!

    Pauly Shore, George Burns

    Released1988

    Directed byPaul Flaherty

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    Chances Are
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    Chances Are

    Robert Downey Jr., Cybill Shepherd

    Released1989

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Chances Are is a 1989 romantic comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and starring Cybill... more on Wikipedia

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    Nine Lives
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    Nine Lives

    Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner
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    Prelude to a Kiss
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    Prelude to a Kiss

    Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin

    Released1992

    Directed byNorman René

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    Down to Earth
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    Down to Earth

    Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

    Down to Earth is a 2001 comedy film directed by Chris and Paul Weitz and written by Chris Rock... more on Wikipedia

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