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The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis

February 18, 2020 931 votes 39 voters52 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.

Vote up the best movies about a midlife crisis from the list below. 

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    American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

    American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett

    Released1998

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Weather Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    The Weather Man

    Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    The Weather Man is a 2005 American comedy-drama film, directed by Gore Verbinski. Written by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Lost in Translation

    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray

    Released2003

    Directed bySofia Coppola

    Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore

    Released2011

    Directed byJohn Requa, Glenn Ficarra

    Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    City Slickers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    City Slickers

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Billy Crystal

    Released1991

    Directed byRon Underwood

    City Slickers is a 1991 American western comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    This Is 40 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    This Is 40

    Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2012

    Directed byJudd Apatow

    This Is 40 is a 2012 American spin-off comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Judd... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    10 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    10

    Julie Andrews, Bo Derek

    Released1979

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    10 is a 1979 romantic comedy film directed, produced and written by Blake Edwards, and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Last Tango in Paris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Last Tango in Paris

    Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud

    Released1972

    Directed byBernardo Bertolucci

    Last Tango in Paris is a 1972 Franco-Italian romantic drama film directed by Bernardo... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. A derisive... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Thelma & Louise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Thelma & Louise

    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon

    Released1991

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Sideways is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Sideways

    Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen

    Released2004

    Directed byAlexander Payne

    Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Wild Hogs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Wild Hogs

    John Travolta, Marisa Tomei

    Released2007

    Directed byWalt Becker

    Wild Hogs is a 2007 biker comedy road film directed by Walt Becker and starring Tim Allen,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Wonder Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Wonder Boys

    Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes

    Released2000

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    Wonder Boys is a 2000 Romantic comedy film directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Steve... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Brad's Status is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Brad's Status

    Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen

    Directed byMike White

    Brad's Status is a 2017 American comedy film directed and written by Mike White. A father... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Old Dogs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Old Dogs

    John Travolta, Robin Williams

    Released2009

    Directed byWalt Becker

    Old Dogs is a 2009 American ensemble comedy film directed by Wild Hogs '​s Walt Becker and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Manhattan

    Meryl Streep, Woody Allen

    Released1979

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen and produced... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Grown Ups is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Grown Ups

    Salma Hayek, Adam Sandler

    Released2010

    Directed byDennis Dugan

    Grown Ups is a 2010 American buddy comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan, and written by Adam... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Father of the Bride

    Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

    Released1991

    Directed byCharles Shyer

    Father of the Bride is a 1991 American comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Tag is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Tag

    Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner

    Released2018

    Directed byJeff Tomsic

    Tag is a 2018 comedy film directed by Jeff Tomsic, based on a story published in The Wall... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Town & Country is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Town & Country

    Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Chelsom

    Town & Country is a 2001 film starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Garry... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Book Club is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Book Club

    Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen

    Released2018

    Directed byBill Holderman

    Book Club is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bill Holderman. Four lifelong friends... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Husbands is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    Husbands

    Peter Falk, John Cassavetes

    Released1970

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    Husbands is a 1970 film written and directed by John Cassavetes. This ensemble film, which... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    The Big Chill

    Glenn Close, Kevin Kline

    Released1983

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    The Big Chill is a 1983 American comedy-drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Tom... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    While We're Young is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Having A Midlife Crisis
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    While We're Young

    Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts

    Released2014

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

    While We're Young is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Noah Baumbach. A New York-based... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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