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The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women

Updated August 17, 2019 10.1k votes 913 voters 21.7k views24 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.

Which midlife crisis movie do you like the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and share some of your favorite scenes in the comments section.

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    Thelma & Louise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Thelma & Louise

    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon

    Released1991

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    This Is 40 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    This Is 40

    Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2012

    Directed byJudd Apatow

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    Under the Tuscan Sun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Under the Tuscan Sun

    Diane Lane, Sandra Oh

    Released2003

    Directed byAudrey Wells

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    The Other Woman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    The Other Woman

    Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton

    Released2014

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett

    Released1998

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

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    Must Love Dogs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Must Love Dogs

    Diane Lane, John Cusack

    Released2005

    Directed byGary David Goldberg

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    In Her Shoes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    In Her Shoes

    Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine

    Released2005

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    Juanita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Juanita

    Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood

    Released2019

    Directed byClark Johnson

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    The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    The Bridges of Madison County

    Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep

    Released1995

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Puzzle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Puzzle

    Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan

    Released2018

    Directed byMarc Turtletaub

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    Something's Gotta Give is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Something's Gotta Give

    Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves

    Released2003

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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    Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Unfaithful

    Diane Lane, Richard Gere

    Released2002

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Where'd You Go, Bernadette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup

    Released2018

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    The Good Girl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    The Good Girl

    Jennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel

    Released2002

    Directed byMiguel Arteta

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    Death Becomes Her is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Death Becomes Her

    Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore

    Released2011

    Directed byJohn Requa, Glenn Ficarra

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    It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    It's Complicated

    Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey

    Released2009

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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    Eat Pray Love is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Eat Pray Love

    Julia Roberts, James Franco

    Released2010

    Directed byRyan Murphy

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    The Big Chill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    The Big Chill

    Glenn Close, Kevin Kline

    Released1983

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

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    Enough Said is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Enough Said

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette

    Released2013

    Directed byNicole Holofcener

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    Notes on a Scandal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Notes on a Scandal

    Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Eyre

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    The Intervention is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    The Intervention

    Katie Aselton, Mark Duplass

    Released2004

    Directed byJay Duplass

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    The Squid and the Whale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    The Squid and the Whale

    Anna Paquin, Alexandra Daddario

    Released2005

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

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    Young Adult is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About a Midlife Crisis in Women
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    Young Adult

    Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt

    Released2011

    Directed byJason Reitman

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