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The Greatest Man Child Movies  

Boom Dynamite
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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 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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#31 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #23 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Rankedfeaturing 'Big' Is Actually An Existential Nightmare

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Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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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#96 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #10 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmsfeaturing 'Happy Gilmore' Is Secretly A Drama About Dealing With Loss And Grief

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Tommy Boy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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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#72 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #27 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #122 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Billy Madison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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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#89 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #68 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time #16 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies

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The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Brian Walton added 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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#9 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #58 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time #95 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles ...more

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#17 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #54 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Timefeaturing 20 Things You Didn't Know About The Big Lebowski

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Ranker Video
Vince Cooley added 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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#168 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #286 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #84 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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The 40-Year-Old Virgin ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added 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 lose their virginity. It was co-written ...more

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#19 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #179 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time #286 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
premesh added 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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#29 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #4 of 59 Every Movie Coming To Netflix In January 2020featuring There's A Theory That 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' Is Actually About A Tormented Killer

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Old School is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Brian Walton added 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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#35 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #346 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time #167 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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Step Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Riot18 added 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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#28 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #57 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time #33 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Riot18 added 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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#42 of 599 The Best Animated Films Ever #63 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #76 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added 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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#24 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #68 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Crylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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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#164 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #73 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #12 of 54 The Funniest Comedy Movies About Politics

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Knocked Up is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added 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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#112 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #202 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #528 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Grandma's Boy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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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#386 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #211 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on List of Silent Movies

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Zoolander is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Brian Walton added 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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#81 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #238 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #69 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Jack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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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#181 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #99 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #1,390 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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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#194 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #284 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Due Date is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Brian Walton added 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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#10 of 32 Blockbusters With No Cultural Impact Whatsoever, Ranked #561 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #18 of 28 The Funniest Road Trip Comedy Movies

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Fun Dip is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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Our Idiot Brother is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added 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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#678 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #33 of 43 The Funniest Comedy Movies About Family #12 of 26 The Best Brother-Sister Movies Ever Made

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Mumford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Vince Cooley added 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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Failure to Launch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
Riot18 added 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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#266 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #187 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #15 of 22 The Best Romantic Comedies Streaming on Hulu

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Walk Like a Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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