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The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood  

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Being an adult can be hard, but there is humor to be found in the realistic, day-to-day drama of life. The best dramedies about adulthood balance that fine line between conflict and comedy. This is a list of the top movies about facing reality as an adult including everything from Jerry Maguire to Lost in Translation to While We're Young.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about adulthood? Maybe your personal vote would go to American Beauty. This 1999 film follows Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) as he goes through a sometimes funny, sometimes tragic midlife crisis, and his teenage daughter Jane (Thora Birch) falls in love with the new neighbor. As Good As It Gets is another critically acclaimed dramedy about adulthood. In the 2000 film High Fidelity, Rob Gordon (John Cusack) seriously examines bygone romantic relationships in order to move past his latest heartbreak. Other good films featured on roundup of great movies about being an adult include Broadcast News, Spanglish, and Dan in Real Life.

It's up to you to decide which film about adulthood deserves the top spot on this list. Give your favorites a thumbs up, and please add any great dramas that are missing.

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari
American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive (Kevin Spacey) has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best ...more
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High Fidelity is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
John Cusack, Jack Black, Tim Robbins
High Fidelity is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack and Iben Hjejle. The film is based on the 1995 British novel of the same name by Nick ...more
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The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray
The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and co-written with Owen Wilson. The film stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, ...more
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As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz
As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and produced by Laura Ziskin. It stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic, homophobic, racist, ...more
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Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris
Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, and Fumihiro Hayashi. The ...more
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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette
Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more
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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles ...more
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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church
Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and directed by Payne. A film adaptation from Rex Pickett's novel of the same name, Sideways follows two ...more
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Dan in Real Life is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Emily Blunt, Steve Carell, Dane Cook
Dan in Real Life is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Hedges, starring Steve Carell, Alison Pill, Juliette Binoche, Dianne Wiest, John Mahoney and Dane Cook.
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About Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb
About Schmidt is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, starring Jack Nicholson in the title role. It is very loosely based on the 1996 novel of the same title by Louis ...more
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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow
Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more
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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger
Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger. It was ...more
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Frances Ha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen
Frances Ha is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by Noah Baumbach and written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig. Gerwig also plays the title role. The film premiered at the Telluride Film ...more
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World's Greatest Dad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Morgan Murphy
World's Greatest Dad is a 2009 American black comedy film written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. It stars Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, and Alexie Gilmore. The film was released on July 24 ...more
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The Apartment is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray
The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder's next movie after Some ...more
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Blindspotting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar
Blindspotting is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Carlos López Estrada. With only three days of probation left, Collin (Daveed Diggs) witnesses a police shooting that tests his ...more
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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, based on the memoir by John Callahan. After nearly losing his life, a slacker (Joaquin Phoenix) ...more
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The Farewell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin
The Farewell is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. Over the objections of her parents, a Chinese-American woman named Billi (Awkwafina) returns to China after ...more
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Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling
Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and written by Dan Fogelman. It stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma ...more
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Alfie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Sienna Miller, Jude Law, Marisa Tomei
Alfie is a 2004 British/American comedy film based on the 1966 British film of the same name, starring Jude Law as the title character, originally played by Michael Caine. The film was written, ...more
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The Ice Storm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Katie Holmes, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver
The Ice Storm is a 1997 American drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Rick Moody. The film features an ensemble cast of Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey ...more
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When We Were Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
While We're Young Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver
When We Were Young is a 1989 television film directed by Daryl Duke, and written by Richard and Esther Shapiro.
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Spanglish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Adam Sandler, Sarah Hyland, Téa Leoni
Spanglish is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written and directed by James L. Brooks, and starring Adam Sandler, Paz Vega, and Téa Leoni. It was released in the United States on ...more
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Never Goin' Back is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Kyle Mooney
Never Goin' Back is a 2018 American drama film directed by Augustine Frizzell. High school dropouts Angela (Maia Mitchell) and Jessie (Camila Morrone) dream of escaping their waitressing jobs at ...more
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Stranger than Fiction is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dramedies About Real Adulthood
Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah
Stranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy-drama-fantasy film directed by Marc Forster, written by Zach Helm, and starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, ...more