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Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups

Updated April 23, 2021 2.6k votes 320 voters 20.0k views103 items

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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 Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama...  more

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    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy
    Amélie is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with...  more

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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston
    Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut...  more

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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin
    The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and...  more

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    Being John Malkovich

    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt
    Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and...  more

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    Napoleon Dynamite

    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder
    Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and...  more

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    Big Fish

    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor
    Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by...  more

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    Lost In Translation

    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray
    Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia...  more

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    Lars and the Real Girl

    Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer
    Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. A sweet but...  more

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    Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel
    Rushmore is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson about an eccentric teenager...  more

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    Midnight In Paris

    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard
    Midnight in Paris is an American 2011 romantic comedy fantasy film written and directed by...  more

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    Harold and Maude

    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt
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    The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

    Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray
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    Benny & Joon

    Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore
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    Punch-Drunk Love

    Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas...  more

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    Ed Wood

    Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker
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    The Disaster Artist

    James Franco, Dave Franco
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    Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep
    Adaptation is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by...  more

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    The Art of Self-Defense

    Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola
    The Art of Self-Defense is a 2019 American dark comedy film, written and directed by Riley...  more
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    Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer
    Beginners is a 2010 film directed by Mike Mills. "Seventy-five-year-old Hal has found love...  more
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    The Darjeeling Limited

    Natalie Portman, Bill Murray
    The Darjeeling Limited is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson, and starring Owen...  more
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    Ghost World

    Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi
    Ghost World is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic...  more

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    Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde
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    Frances Ha

    Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver
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    Kung Fu Hustle

    Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah
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