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The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves  

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List Rules Vote 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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Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis
Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer based on ...more
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Whiplash is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller
Whiplash is a 2014 American drama film directed by Damien Chazelle. A promising young drummer (Miles Teller) enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored ...more
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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Tom Islava added Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach
Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more
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Larry Crowne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston
Larry Crowne is a 2011 American romantic comedy film starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. The film was produced and directed by Hanks, who co-wrote its screenplay with Nia Vardalos. The story ...more
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Last Holiday is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Alicia Witt
Last Holiday is a 2006 American comedy film starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang. Latifah plays a humble store assistant, Georgia, who is told that she has a rare brain condition, ...more
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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more
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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson
(19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When ...more
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Complete Unknown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates
Complete Unknown is a 2016 American-British drama mystery thriller film directed by Joshua Marston. As a man (Michael Shannon) contemplates moving to a new state with his wife, an old flame ...more
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Just Friends is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, Amy Smart
Just Friends is a 2005 American romantic comedy and Christmas film directed by Roger Kumble, and starring Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein and Christopher Maquette. The plot ...more
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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Cassie Burke added Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Meryl Streep
The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same name. This screen adaptation stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who ...more
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Back to School is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison
Back to School is a 1986 comedy film starring Rodney Dangerfield, Keith Gordon, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Terry Farrell, William Zabka, Ned Beatty, Sam Kinison, and Robert Downey, Jr. It was ...more
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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Tom Islava added Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana
Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more
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Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Tom Islava added Paul Michael Glaser, Chaim Topol, Molly Picon
Fiddler on the Roof is a 1971 American musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison. It is an adaptation of the 1964 Broadway musical of the same name, with music composed ...more
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Don Jon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt
Don Jon is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Produced by Ram Bergman and Nicolas Chartier, the film stars Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett ...more
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Maggie's Plan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Bill Hader
Maggie's Plan is a 2015 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rebecca Miller. Maggie's (Greta Gerwig) plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John (Ethan ...more
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig
Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater, based on the novel by Maria Semple. After her anxiety-ridden mother (Cate Blanchett) disappears, ...more
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Fearless is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Nathan Jones
Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia in Chinese, and as Jet Li's Fearless in the United Kingdom and in the United States, is a 2006 Chinese-Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Ronny Yu and ...more
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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
Tom Islava added John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman
Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The lives of two mob hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), a boxer (Bruce Willis), a gangster's wife (Uma ...more