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The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves

Updated May 28, 2020 2.3k votes 215 voters 8.6k 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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    The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett

    Released1999

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller written for the screen and... more on Wikipedia
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    Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert... more on Wikipedia
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    Up is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

    Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia
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    Hook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Hook

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1991

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter... more on Wikipedia
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    Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of... more on Wikipedia
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    13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    13 Going on 30

    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson

    Released2004

    Directed byGary Winick

    13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    The Mummy

    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

    Released1999

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers... more on Wikipedia
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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel

    Released2002

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an... more on Wikipedia
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    Warm Bodies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Warm Bodies

    Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich

    Released2013

    Directed byJonathan Levine

    Warm Bodies is a 2013 drama horror romance film written by Jonathan Levine and Isaac Marion... more on Wikipedia
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    Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Inside Out

    Amy Poehler, Diane Lane

    Released2015

    Directed byPete Docter

    Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter.... more on Wikipedia
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    Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Save the Last Dance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Save the Last Dance

    Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles

    Released2001

    Directed byThomas Carter

    Save the Last Dance is a 2001 American film produced by MTV Films, directed by Thomas Carter... more on Wikipedia
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    The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

    The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's... more on Wikipedia
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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G.... more on Wikipedia
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    Wild is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Wild

    Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern

    Released2014

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

    Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick... more on Wikipedia
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    The Mask is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    The Mask

    Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey

    Released1994

    Directed byChuck Russell

    The Mask is a 1994 American fantasy slapstick action comedy film based on a series of comic... more on Wikipedia
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    Last Holiday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Last Holiday

    Queen Latifah, LL Cool J

    Released2006

    Directed byWayne Wang

    Last Holiday is a 2006 American comedy film starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

    Released1972

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Can't Buy Me Love

    Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey

    Released1987

    Directed bySteve Rash

    Can't Buy Me Love is a 1987 teen comedy feature film starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda... more on Wikipedia
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    Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

    Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film directed by Doug... more on Wikipedia
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    Miss Congeniality is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Miss Congeniality

    Sandra Bullock, William Shatner

    Released2000

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy film directed by Donald Petrie, written by Marc Lawrence,... more on Wikipedia
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    Now, Voyager is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Now, Voyager

    Bette Davis, Claude Rains

    Released1942

    Directed byIrving Rapper

    Now, Voyager is a 1942 American drama film starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, and Claude... more on Wikipedia
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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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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 Wikipedia
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    Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Character Reinventing Themselves
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    Working Girl

    Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford

    Released1988

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike... more on Wikipedia
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