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The Greatest Man Child Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 1.6k votes 174 voters 18.7k views

List RulesUpvote 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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    The 40-Year-Old Virgin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    The 40-Year-Old Virgin

    Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings

    Released2005

    Directed byJudd Apatow

    The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed... more on Wikipedia
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    Tommy Boy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Tommy Boy

    Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe

    Released1995

    Directed byPeter Segal

    Tommy Boy is a 1995 American road comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by Bonnie and... more on Wikipedia

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    Mallrats is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Mallrats

    Ben Affleck, Shannen Doherty

    Released1995

    Directed byKevin Smith

    Mallrats is a 1995 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith. It is... more on Wikipedia
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    Old School is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Old School

    Elisha Cuthbert, Snoop Dogg

    Released2003

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    This movie is so funny. And all of the characters are either in states of regression or arrested development
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    Knocked Up is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Knocked Up

    Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes

    Released2007

    Directed byJudd Apatow

    Knocked Up is a 2007 American romantic comedy film co-produced, written, and directed by Judd... more on Wikipedia
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    Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Black Sheep

    Julie Benz, Gary Busey

    Released1996

    Directed byPenelope Spheeris

    Black Sheep is a 1996 comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris, written by Fred Wolf and... more on Wikipedia
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    Step Brothers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Step Brothers

    Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen

    Released2008

    Directed byAdam McKay

    Step Brothers is a 2008 American buddy slapstick comedy film starring Will Ferrell and John C.... more on Wikipedia
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    Jack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Jack

    Jennifer Lopez, Robin Williams

    Released1996

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Jack is a 1996 American comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Jennifer Lopez,... more on Wikipedia

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    Big is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Due Date is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Due Date

    Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2010

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    Due Date is a 2010 American comedy road film directed by Todd Phillips, co-written by Alan R.... more on Wikipedia

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    Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Happy Gilmore

    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller

    Released1996

    Directed byDennis Dugan

    Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Robert... more on Wikipedia
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    Billy Madison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Billy Madison

    Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi

    Released1995

    Directed byTamra Davis

    Billy Madison is a 1995 American family comedy film directed by Tamra Davis. It stars Adam... more on Wikipedia

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    Our Idiot Brother is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Our Idiot Brother

    Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2011

    Directed byJesse Peretz

    Our Idiot Brother is a 2011 American comedy-drama film directed by Jesse Peretz and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Grandma's Boy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Grandma's Boy

    Jonah Hill, David Spade

    Released2006

    Directed byNicholaus Goossen

    Grandma's Boy is a 2006 American comedy stoner film produced by Adam Sandler's production... more on Wikipedia

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    Walk Like a Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Walk Like a Man

    Christopher Lloyd, Cloris Leachman

    Released1987

    Directed byMelvin Frank

    Walk Like a Man is a 1987 comedy film about a young man who finally returns to his... more on Wikipedia
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    Failure to Launch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Failure to Launch

    Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released2006

    Directed byTom Dey

    Failure to Launch is a 2006 American romantic comedy film. In the movie a 35-year-old man... more on Wikipedia
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    Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Peter Pan

    June Foray, Bobby Driscoll

    Released1953

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

    Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based... more on Wikipedia

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    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

    Released1998

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and... more on Wikipedia

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    Fun Dip is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Fun Dip

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    Eight Crazy Nights is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Eight Crazy Nights

    Adam Sandler, Tyra Banks

    Released2002

    Directed bySeth Kearsley

    Eight Crazy Nights is a 2002 American adult animated musical comedy film directed by Seth... more on Wikipedia

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    Mumford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Mumford

    Zooey Deschanel, Kelly Monaco

    Released1999

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    Mumford is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    The Hangover

    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper

    Released2009

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film, co-produced and directed by Todd Phillips and... more on Wikipedia
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    Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1988

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow... more on Wikipedia

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    Zoolander is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Man Child Movies
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    Zoolander

    Natalie Portman, Paris Hilton

    Released2001

    Directed byBen Stiller

    Zoolander is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Ben Stiller and, starring Stiller and... more on Wikipedia

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