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The Best Movies With Life in the Title 

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Updated June 8, 2020 478 votes 121 voters 22.5k views

List Rules Vote up your favorite movie with life in the name.

Have you ever noticed how many movies there are with life in the name? From animated comedies like A Bug's Life to cinema classics such as Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, this list ranks the best movies with life in the title, regardless of genre or rating. What is your favorite movie with life in the name? This is kind of an odd way to categorize movies, but that's also why it's so fun! There are probably one or two movies with life in the title that you instantly think of, but you might be surprised how many others there are too as you scroll through this list.

This ranked poll of films with life in the title includes movies like It's a Wonderful Life, A Bug's Life, and Life of Brian. Don't forget that this list is interactive, meaning you can vote the film names up or down depending on much you liked each movie that has the word life in it.
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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1946

Directed by: Frank Capra

It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren ...more

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In This Our Life is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel

Released: 1942

Directed by: John Huston

In This Our Life is a 1942 American drama film, the second to be directed by John Huston. The screenplay by Howard Koch is based on the 1941 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title by ...more
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Imitation of Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
John Wayne, Lana Turner, Sandra Dee

Released: 1959

Directed by: Douglas Sirk

Imitation of Life is a 1959 American romantic drama film directed by Douglas Sirk, produced by Ross Hunter and released by Universal International, starring Lana Turner and John Gavin. It was ...more

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Life Stinks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Mel Brooks, Lesley Ann Warren, Jeffrey Tambor

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Life Stinks is a 1991 comedy-drama directed by and starring Mel Brooks. It is one of the few Mel Brooks comedies that is not a parody, nor at any time does the film break the fourth wall. It ...more

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The Odd Life of Timothy ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Jennifer Garner, Common, David Morse

Released: 2012

Directed by: Peter Hedges

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a 2012 American fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Peter Hedges. A magical pre-adolescent boy (CJ Adams) uses his personality and naïveté to have ...more

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The Secret Life of Walte... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Boris Karloff, Danny Kaye, Ann Rutherford

Released: 1947

Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a 1947 Technicolor comedy film, loosely based on the short story of the same name by James Thurber. The film stars Danny Kaye as a young daydreaming proof ...more
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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by ...more

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A Dog's Life is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin

Released: 1918

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

A Dog's Life is a silent film written, produced and directed by Charlie Chaplin. This was Chaplin's first film for First National Films. Chaplin plays opposite an animal as "co-star". ...more
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Imitation of Life is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Claudette Colbert, Rochelle Hudson, Warren William

Released: 1934

Directed by: John M. Stahl

Imitation of Life is a 1934 American drama film directed by John M. Stahl. The screenplay by William Hurlbut, based on Fannie Hurst's 1933 novel of the same name, was augmented by eight ...more
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The Life and Death of Co... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook, John Laurie

Released: 1943

Directed by: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is a 1943 romantic drama war film written, produced and directed by the British film making team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger under the production ...more
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The Private Life of Henr... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1933

Directed by: Alexander Korda

The Private Life of Henry VIII is a 1933 United Kingdom historical film directed and co-produced by Alexander Korda and starring Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Merle Oberon and Elsa Lanchester. ...more
12
Monty Python's The Meani... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1983

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, also known as The Meaning of Life, is a 1983 British musical sketch comedy film written and performed by the Monty Python troupe, and directed by one of its ...more

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Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

Released: 1979

Directed by: Terry Jones

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Here is Your Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Max von Sydow, Allan Edwall, Gunnar Björnstrand

Released: 1966

Directed by: Jan Troell

Here's Your Life is a 1966 Swedish drama film directed by Jan Troell, based on the second of Eyvind Johnson's semi-autobiographical series of four novels Romanen om Olof, about a working-class ...more
15
Hôtel Terminus: Th... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Jeanne Moreau, Klaus Barbie, Claude Lanzmann

Released: 1988

Directed by: Marcel Ophüls

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16
The Fog of War: Eleven L... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title

Released: 2003

Directed by: Errol Morris

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara is a 2003 American documentary film about the life and times of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara ...more

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The Simple Life of Noah ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Mary-Louise Parker, Sidney Poitier, Dianne Wiest

Released: 1999

Directed by: Gregg Champion

The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn is a 1999 made-for-television film, first broadcast on 9 May 1999 on CBS. This movie stars Sir Sidney Poitier as the title character, a rural Georgia carpenter, ...more
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Whose Life Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes, Bob Balaban

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Badham

Whose Life Is It Anyway? is a 1981 film adapted by Brian Clark and Reginald Rose from a 1972 television movie and Clark's play of the same title. The film is directed by John Badham and stars ...more
19
Gonzo: The Life and Work... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title

Released: 2008

Directed by: Alex Gibney

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is a 2008 documentary film directed by Alex Gibney. It details Hunter S. Thompson's landmark writings on music and politics. Friends and family ...more
20
After Life is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Susumu Terajima, Kyōko Kagawa, Sadao Abe

Released: 1999

Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda

After Life, known in Japan as Wonderful Life, is a 1998 film by Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda starring Arata, Oda Erika and Terajima Susumu.
21
A Bittersweet Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yeong-cheol, Shin Min-ah

Released: 2005

Directed by: Kim Jee-woon

A Bittersweet Life is a 2005 South Korean action film directed by Kim Jee-woon. When a high-ranking enforcer refuses to execute a hit ordered by his boss, he becomes the number one target.
22
A Double Life is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Shelley Winters, Ronald Colman, Edmond O'Brien

Released: 1947

Directed by: George Cukor

A Double Life is a 1947 film noir which tells the story of an actor whose mind becomes affected by the character he portrays. The movie starred Ronald Colman and Signe Hasso. It was directed by ...more
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A Life Less Ordinary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor, Holly Hunter

Released: 1997

Directed by: Danny Boyle

A Life Less Ordinary is a 1997 American-British black comedy film directed by Danny Boyle, written by John Hodge. It stars Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo, Ian Holm and ...more

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A Stolen Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Walter Brennan

Released: 1946

Directed by: Jack Gage, Curtis Bernhardt

A Stolen Life is a 1946 drama film starring Bette Davis, who also produced, and directed by Curtis Bernhardt. The supporting cast includes Glenn Ford, Dane Clark, Walter Brennan, Charles ...more
25
Franz Kafka's It's a Won... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies With Life in the Title
Richard E. Grant, Ken Stott, Phyllis Logan

Released: 1993

Directed by: Peter Capaldi

Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life is a short comic film for BBC Scotland. Written and directed by Peter Capaldi, it stars Richard E. Grant as Franz Kafka and co-stars Ken Stott. The title ...more