Film Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups  

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List Rules Vote up the your favorite off-kilter 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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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 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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The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
The Royal Tenenbaums 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) 3 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Little Miss Sunshine 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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Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Rushmore 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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Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Big Fish 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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Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Being John Malkovich 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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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zi... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 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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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Harold and Maude 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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Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Ghost World 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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Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Ed Wood 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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The Disaster Artist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added The Disaster Artist 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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Midnight in Paris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Midnight In Paris 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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Lars and the Real Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Lars and the Real Girl Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 American-Canadian comedy-drama film written by Nancy Oliver and directed by Craig Gillespie. It stars Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner ...more

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Punch-Drunk Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Punch-Drunk Love 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 Darjeeling Limited is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
The Darjeeling Limited 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) 16 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Beginners 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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Withnail and I is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Withnail and I Paul McGann, Richard E. Grant, Richard Griffiths Withnail and I is a 1987 black comedy film written and directed by Bruce Robinson. Based on Robinson's life in London in the late 1960s, the plot follows two unemployed young actors, Withnail ...more

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Chungking Express is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Chungking Express Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro Chungking Express is a 1994 Hong Kong drama film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. The film consists of two stories told in sequence, each about a lovesick Hong Kong policeman mulling over ...more

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Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Lost In Translation Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It was her second feature film after The Virgin Suicides. It stars Bill Murray, Scarlett ...more

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The King of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added The King of Comedy Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Martin Scorsese The King of Comedy is an American black comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul D. Zimmerman, the film focuses on themes including ...more

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Paper Moon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Paper Moon Tatum O'Neal, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn Paper Moon is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by Paramount Pictures. Screenwriter Alvin Sargent adapted the script from the novel Addie Pray by Joe ...more

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Raising Arizona is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Raising Arizona Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter Raising Arizona is a 1987 American comedy film directed, written, and produced by the Coen brothers, and starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, ...more

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Ruby Sparks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Ruby Sparks 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

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Benny & Joon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Benny & Joon 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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I Heart Huckabees is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
I Heart Huckabees Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher, Mark Wahlberg I ♥ Huckabees is a 2004 American philosophical comedy film from Fox Searchlight. It was produced and directed by David O. Russell, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Baena. The film stars an ...more

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Her is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Her 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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Frances Ha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Frances Ha 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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Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Adaptation 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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American Splendor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
American Splendor Paul Giamatti, Josh Hutchersonm, Molly Shannon American Splendor is a 2003 American biographical comedy-drama film about Harvey Pekar, the author of the American Splendor comic book series. The film is also in part an adaptation of the ...more

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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Terms Of Endearment 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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Young Adult is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Young Adult 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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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
jaivster added Annie Hall Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Allen's manager, Charles H. Joffe, the film stars Allen as ...more

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Synecdoche, New York is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Synecdoche, New York Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American postmodern drama film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is Kaufman's directorial debut. The plot follows an ...more

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The Brothers Bloom is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
The Brothers Bloom Rachel Weisz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mark Ruffalo The Brothers Bloom is a 2008 American caper comedy film written and directed by Rian Johnson. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Ricky Jay, Rinko Kikuchi, and Robbie ...more

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Sideways is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Sideways 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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Blue Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Blue Jasmine Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K. Blue Jasmine is a 2013 American dark comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. It tells the story of a rich Manhattan socialite who falls into hard times and has to move in to her ...more

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State and Main is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
State And Main Sarah Jessica Parker, Alec Baldwin, Julia Stiles State and Main is a 2000 comedy film, written and directed by David Mamet and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Stiles, William H. Macy and Alec ...more

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Matchstick Men is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Matchstick Men Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Bruce McGill Matchstick Men is a 2003 American comedy drama film directed by Ridley Scott. Based on Eric Garcia's 2002 novel of the same name, the film stars Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, and Alison Lohman.

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Wanderlust is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Wanderlust Jennifer Aniston, Malin Åkerman, Paul Rudd Wanderlust is a 2012 American comedy film directed by David Wain, starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, as a married couple who try to escape modern society by finding themselves on a commune ...more

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In a World... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
In A World... Cameron Diaz, Eva Longoria, Geena Davis In a World... is a 2013 American comedy film written, directed and co-produced by Lake Bell. The film stars Bell as Carol Solomon, a vocal coach intent on doing voice-over work for film ...more

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Postcards from the Edge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Postcards From The Edge Meryl Streep, Annette Bening, Gene Hackman Postcards from the Edge is a 1990 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Carrie Fisher is based on her 1987 semi-autobiographical novel of the same title. The ...more

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Margot at the Wedding is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Margot At The Wedding Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Jennifer Jason Leigh Margot at the Wedding is a 2007 tragicomedy written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film premiered August 31, 2007 at the 34th Telluride Film Festival.

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Confessions of a Dangerous Min... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a 2002 biographical spy comedy film depicting the life of popular game show host and producer Chuck Barris, who claimed to have also been an assassin for the ...more

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Home for the Holidays is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Home For The Holidays Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, Holly Hunter Home for the Holidays is a 1995 comedy-drama film directed by Jodie Foster and produced by Peggy Rajski and Foster. The screenplay was by W. D. Richter based on the short story by Chris Radant. ...more

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Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups
Greenberg Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dave Franco Greenberg is a 2010 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film stars Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Greenberg was produced by ...more