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Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups

Updated April 21, 2020 2.4k votes 294 voters 18.3k views51 items

List RulesVote 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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    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
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    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama... more on Wikipedia
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    Little Miss Sunshine
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

    Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut... more on Wikipedia
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    The Royal Tenenbaums
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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Released2001

    Directed byWes Anderson

    The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and... more on Wikipedia
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    Amélie
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    Amélie

    Audrey Tautou, Spencer Tracy

    Released2001

    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

    Amélie is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with... more on Wikipedia

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    Being John Malkovich
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    Being John Malkovich

    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt

    Released1999

    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and... more on Wikipedia
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    Napoleon Dynamite
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    Napoleon Dynamite

    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder

    Released2004

    Directed byJared Hess

    Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Big Fish
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    Big Fish

    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor

    Released2003

    Directed byTim Burton

    Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
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    Lost In Translation
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    Lost In Translation

    Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray

    Released2003

    Directed bySofia Coppola

    Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia... more on Wikipedia
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    Rushmore
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    Rushmore

    Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel

    Released1998

    Directed byWes Anderson

    Rushmore is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson about an eccentric teenager... more on Wikipedia
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    Lars and the Real Girl
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    Lars and the Real Girl

    Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer

    Released2007

    Directed byCraig Gillespie

    Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. A sweet but... more on Wikipedia

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    Midnight In Paris
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    Midnight In Paris

    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard

    Released2011

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Midnight in Paris is an American 2011 romantic comedy fantasy film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Harold and Maude
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    Harold and Maude

    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt

    Released1971

    Directed byHal Ashby

    Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
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    The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

    Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray

    Released2004

    Directed byWes Anderson

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed, co-written,... more on Wikipedia

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    Ed Wood
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    Ed Wood

    Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released1994

    Directed byTim Burton

    Ed Wood is a 1994 American period comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Benny & Joon
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    Benny & Joon

    Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore

    Released1993

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

    Benny & Joon is a 1993 romantic comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer about how two... more on Wikipedia

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    Punch-Drunk Love
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    Punch-Drunk Love

    Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released2002

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas... more on Wikipedia
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    Sideways
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    Sideways

    Sandra Oh, Virginia Madsen

    Released2004

    Directed byAlexander Payne

    Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Disaster Artist
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    The Disaster Artist

    James Franco, Dave Franco

    Directed byJames Franco

    The Disaster Artist is a 2017 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by James... more on Wikipedia
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    The Darjeeling Limited
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    The Darjeeling Limited

    Natalie Portman, Bill Murray

    Released2007

    Directed byWes Anderson

    The Darjeeling Limited is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson, and starring Owen... more on Wikipedia
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    Ghost World
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    Ghost World

    Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi

    Released2001

    Directed byTerry Zwigoff

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

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    The Art of Self-Defense
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    The Art of Self-Defense

    Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola

    Released2019

    Directed byRiley Stearns

    The Art of Self-Defense is a 2019 American dark comedy film, written and directed by Riley... more on Wikipedia
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    Her
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    Her

    Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde

    Released2013

    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and... more on Wikipedia

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    I Heart Huckabees
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    I Heart Huckabees

    Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    I ♥ Huckabees is a 2004 American philosophical comedy film from Fox Searchlight. It was... more on Wikipedia

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    Frances Ha
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    Frances Ha

    Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver

    Released2012

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

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    Pride
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    Pride

    Bill Nighy, Imelda Stanton

    Released2014

    Directed by Matthew Warchus