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The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women 

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Updated August 17, 2019 9.2k votes 908 voters 20.7k views 24 items

Midlife crises aren't just for men anymore. In fact, some of the best films featuring people re-examining their life choices are about women. The best women's midlife crisis movies feature women taking a step back from their current work and family life to pursue new loves and unfulfilled dreams. This is a list of the top female midlife crisis features including everything from Thelma & Louise to Something's Gotta Give to The Big Chill.

What films will you find on this list of mid life crisis movies? In the whimsical movie Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) unexpectedly moves to Italy following the loss of her house and the betrayal of her cheating husband. She goes on to rediscover her own strength, love, and happiness. The Bridges of Madison County is another good film featuring a woman going through a midlife crisis. Meryl Streep finds herself in a midlife love triangle in the 2009 film It's Complicated. Other good movies on this list include The Other Woman and The Squid and the Whale.

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Thelma & Louise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Something's Gotta Give ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves, Diane Keaton

Released: 2003

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

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Death Becomes Her is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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This Is 40 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Rudd

Released: 2012

Directed by: Judd Apatow

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Under the Tuscan Sun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Kate Walsh

Released: 2003

Directed by: Audrey Wells

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The Other Woman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Nicki Minaj

Released: 2014

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra

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Eat Pray Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ryan Murphy

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It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin

Released: 2009

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

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How Stella Got Her Groov... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

Released: 1998

Directed by: Kevin Rodney Sullivan

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Must Love Dogs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Diane Lane, John Cusack, Christopher Plummer

Released: 2005

Directed by: Gary David Goldberg

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In Her Shoes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine, Toni Collette

Released: 2005

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

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Where'd You Go, Bernadet... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2018

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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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The Bridges of Madison C... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Debra Monk

Released: 1995

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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Juanita is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Adam Beach

Released: 2019

Directed by: Clark Johnson

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Puzzle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman

Released: 2018

Directed by: Marc Turtletaub

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Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2002

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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The Good Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Jennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2002

Directed by: Miguel Arteta

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The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum

Released: 1983

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

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Enough Said is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette, James Gandolfini

Released: 2013

Directed by: Nicole Holofcener

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Young Adult is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, J.K. Simmons

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jason Reitman

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Notes on a Scandal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy

Released: 2006

Directed by: Richard Eyre

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The Intervention is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
The Intervention Katie Aselton, Mark Duplass, Steve Zissis

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jay Duplass

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The Squid and the Whale ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario, Laura Linney

Released: 2005

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

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