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The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves

Updated May 28, 2020 2.6k votes 231 voters 10.1k views79 items

List RulesVote up the best movies in which someone takes the time to completely reinvent him or herself—whether for good or evil.

This list contains information on the best movies about characters reinventing themselves, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best reinvention films come in many forms. Some good reinventing yourself movies are about people finding religion while other good films about reinvention are about higher learning. Many of the best movies about reinventing yourself have won awards.

What films will you find on this top reinventing yourself movies list? American Beauty has to be near the top. After getting fired from a job he hates, Lester Burnham (played by Kevin Spacey) decides to revert back into a youthful existence of smoking weed, working at a drive-thru, and driving a sports car. Larry Crowne is another good movie that features a character reinventing himself.

In the 1983 comedy Trading Places, a rich broker and a street hustler switch lives and learn how the other half lives. Other good films about reinvention featured on this list include Clueless, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Chef. Do you have a favorite movie about characters reinventing themselves? Give the best films a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening
    American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive...  more
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    Mulan

    Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen
    Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney...  more
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz
    Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert...  more
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner
    Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar...  more
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    13 Going on 30

    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson
    13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and...  more
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio
    Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of...  more
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    Hook

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman
    Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter...  more
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving
    The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by...  more
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    Inside Out

    Amy Poehler, Diane Lane
    Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter....  more
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    The Mummy

    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser
    The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film directed by Stephen Sommers, and a loose...  more
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio
    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G....  more
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    Last Holiday

    Queen Latifah, LL Cool J
    Last Holiday is a 2006 American comedy film starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang....  more
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    Warm Bodies

    Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich
    Warm Bodies is a 2013 drama horror romance film written by Jonathan Levine and Isaac Marion...  more
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    Thor: Ragnarok

    Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston
    Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after...  more
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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando
    The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the...  more
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe
    Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by...  more
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    Save the Last Dance

    Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles
    Save the Last Dance is a 2001 American film produced by MTV Films, directed by Thomas Carter...  more
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    Complete Unknown

    Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon
    Complete Unknown is a 2016 American-British drama mystery thriller film directed by Joshua...  more
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    Miss Congeniality

    Sandra Bullock, William Shatner
    Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy film directed by Donald Petrie, written by Marc Lawrence,...  more
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    The Intern

    Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway
    The Intern is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Nancy Meyers. Seventy-year-old...  more
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    The Mask

    Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey
    The Mask is a 1994 American fantasy slapstick action comedy film based on a series of comic...  more
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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel
    The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an...  more
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    Wild

    Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern
    Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick...  more
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    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant
    Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is...  more
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    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
    Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by...  more