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20+ Great Movies Where Characters Swap Ages or Bodies

Updated October 29, 2020 1.4k votes 251 voters 21.9k 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 Friday1
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    Freaky Friday

    Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2003

    Directed byMark Waters

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  • 13 Going on 302
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    13 Going on 30

    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson

    Released2004

    Directed byGary Winick

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  • Your Name3
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    Your Name

    Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi

    Released2016

    Directed byMakoto Shinkai

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  • It's a Boy Girl Thing4
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    It's a Boy Girl Thing

    Sharon Osbourne, Kevin Zegers

    Released2006

    Directed byNick Hurran

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  • Wish Upon a Star5
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    Wish Upon a Star

    Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris

    Released1996

    Directed byBlair Treu

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  • Big6
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    Freaky Friday

    Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten

    Released1976

    Directed byGary Nelson

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  • 17 Again8
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    17 Again

    Zac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg

    Released2009

    Directed byBurr Steers

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  • Dating the Enemy9
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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
  • The Change-Up10
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    The Change-Up

    Olivia Wilde, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Dobkin

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  • Vice Versa11
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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
  • Dream a Little Dream12
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    Dream a Little Dream

    Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

    Released1989

    Directed byMarc Rocco

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  • Peggy Sue Got Married13
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    Peggy Sue Got Married

    Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey

    Released1986

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • All of Me14
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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
  • Prelude to a Kiss15
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    Prelude to a Kiss

    Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin

    Released1992

    Directed byNorman René

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  • The Hot Chick16
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    The Hot Chick

    Rachel McAdams, Adam Sandler

    Released2002

    Directed byTom Brady

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  • The Skeleton Key17
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    The Skeleton Key

    Kate Hudson, John Hurt

    Released2005

    Directed byIain Softley

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  • Like Father Like Son18
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    Like Father Like Son

    Sean Astin, Dudley Moore

    Released1987

    Directed byRod Daniel

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  • 18 Again!19
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    18 Again!

    Pauly Shore, George Burns

    Released1988

    Directed byPaul Flaherty

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  • Nine Lives20
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    Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner
  • Little21
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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
  • Heaven Can Wait22
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    Heaven Can Wait

    Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty

    Released1978

    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

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  • A Saintly Switch23
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    A Saintly Switch

    Vivica A. Fox, David Alan Grier

    Released1999

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

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  • Chances Are24
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    Chances Are

    Robert Downey Jr., Cybill Shepherd

    Released1989

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

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  • If I Were You25
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    If I Were You

    Marcia Gay Harden, Aidan Quinn

    Released2011

    Directed byJoan Carr-Wiggin

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