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The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women  

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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
Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott. It stars Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, two friends who embark on a road ...more
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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
Something's Gotta Give is a 2003 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers for Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. It stars Jack Nicholson and Diane ...more
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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
This film is a 1992 American black comedy-fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and scripted by David Koepp and Martin Donovan. Starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn and Isabella ...more
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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
This Is 40 is a 2012 American spin-off comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Judd Apatow. It is a stand-alone sequel to the 2007 film Knocked Up and stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. ...more
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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
Under the Tuscan Sun is a 2003 American romantic comedy drama film written, produced, and directed by Audrey Wells and starring Diane Lane. Based on Frances Mayes' 1996 memoir Under the Tuscan ...more
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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
The Other Woman is a 2014 American romantic comedy film directed by Nick Cassavetes and written by Melissa Stack. The film stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, ...more
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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
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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It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin
It's Complicated is a 2009 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars Meryl Streep as a successful bakery owner and single mother of three who starts a secret ...more
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Eat Pray Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem
Eat Pray Love is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert, based on Gilbert's best-selling memoir of the same name. Ryan Murphy co-wrote and ...more
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, adapted from Terry McMillan's bestselling novel of the same title. The film stars Angela Bassett, ...more
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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
Must Love Dogs is a 2005 romantic comedy film based on Claire Cook's eponymous 2002 novel. Starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, it is the third film directed and written by Gary David Goldberg ...more
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Juanita is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Adam Beach
Juanita is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Clark Johnson, based on the novel Dancing on the Edge of the Roof by Sheila Williams. Fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban ...more
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In Her Shoes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine, Toni Collette
In Her Shoes is a 2005 American comedy-drama film based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer Weiner. It is directed by Curtis Hanson with an adapted screenplay by Susannah Grant and stars ...more
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The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Debra Monk
The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American romantic drama film based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Robert James Waller. It was produced by Amblin Entertainment and Malpaso ...more
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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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Puzzle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman
Puzzle is a 2018 American drama film directed by Marc Turtletaub, based on the 2010 Argentine film. Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), taken for granted as a suburban wife and mother, discovers a passion ...more
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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
Unfaithful is a 2002 American thriller drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Chad Lowe, Dominic Chianese and Olivier Martinez. It was adapted by Alvin Sargent ...more
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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
The Good Girl is a 2002 comedy-drama film directed by Miguel Arteta from a script by Mike White, and stars Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal and John C. Reilly.
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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
The Big Chill is a 1983 American comedy-drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and ...more
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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
Enough Said is a 2013 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. The film stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette and Ben ...more
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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
Young Adult is a 2011 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman, from a screenplay written by Diablo Cody, and starring Charlize Theron. Reitman and Cody worked together previously on ...more
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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
Notes on a Scandal is a 2006 British psychological thriller-drama film, adapted from the 2003 novel of the same name by Zoë Heller. The screenplay was written by Patrick Marber and the film ...more
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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
The Intervention is a 2004 short film written by Mark Duplass and 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
The Squid and the Whale is a 2005 American arthouse comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Wes Anderson. It tells the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in ...more