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List Rules Upvote and add the best movies featuring men who haven't grown up.

There something slightly off putting yet hilarious about men who refuse to grow up, and in these Peter Pan Syndrome movies, they make for great comedy fodder. These are the greatest arrested development movies, wherein the main character must grow up and come to terms with being an adult. Also known as most Adam Sandler movies. I've always found it interesting that most overage coming of age movies are also romantic comedies, signaling in some way that all a guy needs to want to grow up is a good woman. Hmmm. I left this list open, so feel free to add any I miss and vote up or down your favorites.
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Big is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Happy Gilmore Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Robert Simonds. It stars Adam Sandler as the title character, an unsuccessful ice hockey player who discovers ...more

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Billy Madison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Billy Madison Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley Billy Madison is a 1995 American family comedy film directed by Tamra Davis. It stars Adam Sandler in the title role, along with Bradley Whitford, Bridgette Wilson, Norm Macdonald, and Darren ...more

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Tommy Boy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Tommy Boy Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, Bo Derek Tommy Boy is a 1995 American road comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by Bonnie and Terry Turner, produced by Lorne Michaels, and starring former Saturday Night Live castmates and close ...more

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The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Brian Walton added The Hangover Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film, co-produced and directed by Todd Phillips and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It is the first film of The Hangover trilogy. The film stars ...more

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Vince Cooley added Mallrats Ben Affleck, Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani Mallrats is a 1995 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith. It is the second film in the View Askewniverse series and prequel to 1994's Clerks. As in the other View ...more

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The 40-Year-Old Virgin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added The 40-Year-Old Virgin Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings, Steve Carell The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Judd Apatow, about a middle-aged man's journey to finally have sex. It was co-written by its ...more

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
premesh added Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more

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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner crime comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los ...more

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Old School is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Brian Walton added Old School Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell This movie is so funny. And all of the characters are either in states of regression or arrested development Old School is a 2003 American comedy film released by DreamWorks Pictures and The Montecito Picture Company and directed by Todd Phillips. The story was written by Court Crandall, and the film ...more

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Step Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Riot18 added Step Brothers Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Mary Steenburgen Step Brothers is a 2008 American buddy slapstick comedy film starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. The screenplay was written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, from a story written by them ...more

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Knocked Up is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added Knocked Up Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Katherine Heigl Knocked Up is a 2007 American romantic comedy film co-produced, written, and directed by Judd Apatow. The films stars Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann. It follows the ...more

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass. It tells the story of an abrasive and selfish yuppie, Charlie Babbitt, who ...more

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Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Black Sheep Julie Benz, Gary Busey, David Spade Black Sheep is a 1996 comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris, written by Fred Wolf and starring Chris Farley and David Spade. The film portrays a political contest in which a candidate for ...more

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Riot18 added Peter Pan June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the ...more

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Grandma's Boy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Grandma's Boy Jonah Hill, David Spade, Rob Schneider Grandma's Boy is a 2006 American comedy stoner film produced by Adam Sandler's production company Happy Madison. The film stars Allen Covert, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film. The film ...more

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Jack is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Jack Jennifer Lopez, Robin Williams, Diane Lane Jack is a 1996 American comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Jennifer Lopez, Fran Drescher, Bill Cosby, and Brian Kerwin. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Williams ...more

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Zoolander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Brian Walton added Zoolander Natalie Portman, Paris Hilton, Heidi Klum Zoolander is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Ben Stiller and, starring Stiller and Owen Wilson. The film contains elements from a pair of short films directed by Russell Bates and ...more

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Fun Dip is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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Failure to Launch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Riot18 added Failure to Launch Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey Failure to Launch is a 2006 American romantic comedy film. In the movie a 35-year-old man lives in the home of his parents and shows no interest in leaving the comfortable life his parents, ...more

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Our Idiot Brother is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added Our Idiot Brother Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, Rashida Jones Our Idiot Brother is a 2011 American comedy-drama film directed by Jesse Peretz and starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer. The script was written by Evgenia ...more

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Due Date is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Brian Walton added Due Date Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx Due Date is a 2010 American comedy road film directed by Todd Phillips, co-written by Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, and Adam Sztykiel, and starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. The ...more

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Mumford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added Mumford Zooey Deschanel, Kelly Monaco, Martin Short Mumford is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is set in a small town where a new psychologist gives offbeat advice to the neurotic residents. Both the ...more

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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Arthur Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, John Gielgud Arthur is a 1981 comedy film written and directed by Steve Gordon. The film stars Dudley Moore as the eponymous Arthur Bach, a drunken New York City millionaire who is on the brink of an ...more

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Walk Like a Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Walk Like a Man Christopher Lloyd, Cloris Leachman, Howie Mandel Walk Like a Man is a 1987 comedy film about a young man who finally returns to his high-society family after having been raised by wolves. The film is the last one to be directed by Melvin ...more

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Brian Walton added Eight Crazy Nights Adam Sandler, Tyra Banks, Rob Schneider Eight Crazy Nights is a 2002 American adult animated musical comedy film directed by Seth Kearsley and produced, co-written by and starring Adam Sandler, in his first voice-acting role. Unlike ...more