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The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis 

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February 18, 2020 676 votes 37 voters 52 items

It's pretty common for both men and women to temporarily freak out when they hit a certain age. That's why it's a good thing that there are so many midlife crisis movies. These films not only shed light onto the reasons why people have these freak outs, they also provide viewers with a sense of understanding. If they've been made, then clearly someone else knows what it's like to hit the mid-point in life and wonder if you've met your full potential.

Films about finding yourself come in two varieties. There are the ones that are specifically about having a midlife crisis. City Slickers, Lost in Translation, and 10 are quintessential examples. Others are about something else on the surface, yet have characters going through the whole self-reflection thing. Movies of this sort include Thelma & Louise, Father of the Bride, and Fatal Attraction. In other words, a midlife crisis is what drives the protagonist, even if the plot isn't entirely about that.

Midlife reinvention movies are often comedies, because if you can't laugh about these things, you're doomed to be crushed by them. But there are several that are strictly dramatic. Many of cinema's greatest directors have tackled the subject, including Federico Fellini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Woody Allen, and Ridley Scott. And in case you think female directors don't touch the subject, just remember that Nancy Meyers has made two pictures of this nature: It's Complicated and Something's Gotta Give.

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sam Mendes

American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive (Kevin Spacey) has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best ...more
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How Stella Got Her Groov... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

Released: 1998

Directed by: Kevin Rodney Sullivan

How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, adapted from Terry McMillan's bestselling novel of the same title. The film stars Angela Bassett, ...more
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The Weather Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Nicholas Hoult

Released: 2005

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

The Weather Man is a 2005 American comedy-drama film, directed by Gore Verbinski. Written by Steve Conrad, it stars Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine and Hope Davis, and tells the story of a ...more
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Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and written by Dan Fogelman. It stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma ...more
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Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris

Released: 2003

Directed by: Sofia Coppola

Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, and Fumihiro Hayashi. The ...more
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City Slickers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Jake Gyllenhaal, Billy Crystal, Danielle Harris

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ron Underwood

City Slickers is a 1991 American western comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby and Jack Palance, with supporting roles by Patricia Wettig, ...more
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Last Tango in Paris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Last Tango in Paris Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud, Catherine Breillat

Released: 1972

Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci

Last Tango in Paris is a 1972 Franco-Italian romantic drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci which portrays a recent American widower who begins an anonymous relationship with a young ...more
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This Is 40 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Rudd

Released: 2012

Directed by: Judd Apatow

This Is 40 is a 2012 American spin-off comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Judd Apatow. It is a stand-alone sequel to the 2007 film Knocked Up and stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. ...more
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10 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Dudley Moore

Released: 1979

Directed by: Blake Edwards

10 is a 1979 romantic comedy film directed, produced and written by Blake Edwards, and starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Robert Webber, Dee Wallace, and Bo Derek, in her first major film ...more
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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

Released: 1993

Directed by: Harold Ramis

Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. A derisive weatherman (Bill Murray) finds himself reliving the same day over and over again after reporting a small ...more
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8 1/2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée

Released: 1963

Directed by: Federico Fellini

8 1⁄2 (Italian title: Otto e mezzo) is a 1963 Italian surrealist comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini. Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni), a famous Italian film director who suffers ...more
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Thelma & Louise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott. It stars Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, two friends who embark on a road ...more
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Wild Hogs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
John Travolta, Marisa Tomei, Martin Lawrence

Released: 2007

Directed by: Walt Becker

Wild Hogs is a 2007 biker comedy road film directed by Walt Becker and starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. It was released nationwide in the United States and ...more
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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alexander Payne

Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and directed by Payne. A film adaptation from Rex Pickett's novel of the same name, Sideways follows two ...more
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Wonder Boys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas

Released: 2000

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

Wonder Boys is a 2000 Romantic comedy film directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Steve Kloves. An international co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and ...more
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Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

Released: 1979

Directed by: Woody Allen

Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen and produced by Charles H. Joffe. The screenplay was written by Allen and Marshall Brickman. Allen co-stars as a ...more
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Brad's Status is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen, Jenna Fischer

Directed by: Mike White

Brad's Status is a 2017 American comedy film directed and written by Mike White. A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel ...more
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Old Dogs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
John Travolta, Robin Williams, Ann-Margret

Released: 2009

Directed by: Walt Becker

Old Dogs is a 2009 American ensemble comedy film directed by Wild Hogs '​s Walt Becker and starring John Travolta and Robin Williams with an ensemble supporting cast played by Kelly Preston, ...more
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Grown Ups is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Salma Hayek, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock

Released: 2010

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

Grown Ups is a 2010 American buddy comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan, and written by Adam Sandler, who also stars in this film. Besides Sandler, the film co-stars Kevin James, Chris Rock, ...more
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Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short

Released: 1991

Directed by: Charles Shyer

Father of the Bride is a 1991 American comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, George Newbern, Martin Short, B.D. Wong and Kieran Culkin. It is a remake of the 1950 ...more
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Book Club is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bill Holderman

Book Club is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bill Holderman. Four lifelong friends (Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton) have their lives forever changed after ...more
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Town & Country is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Charlton Heston

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Chelsom

Town & Country is a 2001 film starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Garry Shandling and directed by Peter Chelsom. It is a romantic comedy in which Beatty plays an architect, ...more
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Tag is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Hannibal Buress

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jeff Tomsic

Tag is a 2018 comedy film directed by Jeff Tomsic, based on a story published in The Wall Street Journal. A group of ex-classmates meet up and organize a game of tag that finds them traveling ...more
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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski

Released: 1987

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

This film is a 1987 American psychological thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, and Anne Archer. The film centers on a married Manhattan man who has a ...more
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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters

Released: 1962

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov, about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl. The ...more