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Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups 

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List Rules Vote up the your favorite off-kilter and twee movies made for mature audiences.

Snarky cynics, charming cheaters, and feuding families are prime subjects for great quirky movies for adults. The top quirky drama films often spotlight characters embarking on a new chapter of their lives - usually without the support of their loved ones. This is a list of the greatest dramas about quirky characters including everything from Margot at the Wedding to Young Adult to Sideways.

What films will you find on this list of the best quirky movies for adults? The Royal Tenenbaums follows a delightfully dysfunctional family as they deal with suicide, incestuous love, and a fake cancer diagnosis. Its all-star cast includes Ben Stiller, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gene Hackman, and many more. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a unique romance, thanks in part to its quirky lead characters. Other good films features on this list include Lost in Translation, Little Miss Sunshine, and Midnight in Paris.

Which of these dramas are the quirkiest movies of all? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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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Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more

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Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen
Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. It stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener, with John Malkovich ...more

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Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader
Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and directed by Jared. The film stars Jon Heder in the role of the title character, for ...more

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Amélie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett
Amélie is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in ...more

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Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard
Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy ...more

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Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel, Brian Cox
Rushmore is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson about an eccentric teenager named Max Fischer, his friendship with rich industrialist Herman Blume, and their mutual love for ...more

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Lars and the Real Girl ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson
Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. A sweet but socially awkward young man (Ryan Gosling) develops a romantic yet platonic relationship with a doll.
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Benny & Joon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy
Benny & Joon is a 1993 romantic comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer about how two eccentric individuals, Sam and Juniper "Joon", find each other and fall in love. Aidan ...more

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Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort
Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot ...more

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Midnight in Paris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston
Midnight in Paris is an American 2011 romantic comedy fantasy film written and directed by Woody Allen. Set in Paris, the film follows Gil Pender, a screenwriter, who is forced to confront the ...more

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Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray
Ed Wood is a 1994 American period comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and starring Johnny Depp as cult filmmaker Ed Wood. The film concerns the period in Wood's life when he ...more

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Punch-Drunk Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson
Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis ...more

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The Disaster Artist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen
The Disaster Artist is a 2017 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by James Franco. The film depicts the early friendship of Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) and Tommy Wiseau (James ...more

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Her is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams
Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The film's musical score was composed by Arcade Fire, with the cinematography ...more

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Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Teri Garr
Ghost World is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book of the same name by Daniel Clowes, with a screenplay cowritten by Daniel Clowes and Terry ...more

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The Life Aquatic with St... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Wes Anderson. It is Anderson's fourth feature length film, released in the U.S. ...more

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The Darjeeling Limited ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Natalie Portman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson
The Darjeeling Limited is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson, and starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman. It was written by Anderson, Schwartzman, and Roman ...more
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Beginners is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent
Beginners is a 2010 film directed by Mike Mills. "Seventy-five-year-old Hal has found love with a man half his age, and is overjoyed to be dancing to house music at the club. Oliver, his ...more
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The Art of Self-Defense ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
The Art of Self-Defense is a 2019 American dark comedy film, written and directed by Riley Stearns. A young man, Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg), who after a rough encounter on the street, ...more
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Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Adaptation is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, with numerous ...more

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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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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Ruby Sparks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
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Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, Humphrey Bogart
Ruby Sparks is a 2012 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and written by Zoe Kazan. It stars Paul Dano as an anxious novelist whose fictional character, ...more