Best in Film - Mid-Life Crisis

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1. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.4
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86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 923,385 | Gross: $130.10M

2. Office Space (1999)

R | 89 min | Comedy

7.8
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68 Metascore

Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu

Votes: 216,191 | Gross: $10.82M

3. Fatal Attraction (1987)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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67 Metascore

A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer, Ellen Latzen

Votes: 62,023 | Gross: $156.65M

4. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.9
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53 Metascore

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein

Votes: 203,972 | Gross: $219.20M

5. Thelma & Louise (1991)

R | 130 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.4
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88 Metascore

Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen

Votes: 112,851 | Gross: $45.36M

6. 10 (1979)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

6.0
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A Hollywood composer goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Dudley Moore, Bo Derek, Julie Andrews, Robert Webber

Votes: 13,267 | Gross: $74.87M

7. Manhattan (1979)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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83 Metascore

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy

Votes: 115,527 | Gross: $45.70M

8. Groundhog Day (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

8.0
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72 Metascore

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 499,703 | Gross: $70.91M

9. Sideways (2004)

R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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94 Metascore

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

Votes: 161,643 | Gross: $71.50M

10. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

PG | 105 min | Drama

7.8
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77 Metascore

Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

Votes: 109,283 | Gross: $106.26M

11. Young Adult (2011)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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71 Metascore

Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser

Votes: 69,091 | Gross: $16.31M

12. The Descendants (2011)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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84 Metascore

A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause

Votes: 216,361 | Gross: $82.58M

13. Lost in Translation (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama

7.8
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89 Metascore

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Votes: 352,776 | Gross: $44.59M

14. Network (1976)

R | 121 min | Drama

8.1
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88 Metascore

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Votes: 118,013

15. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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66 Metascore

Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak

Votes: 60,522 | Gross: $71.52M

16. The Squid and the Whale (2005)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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82 Metascore

Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg

Votes: 66,534 | Gross: $7.36M

17. Lolita (1962)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Gary Cockrell

Votes: 76,287 | Gross: $9.25M

18. The Wrestler (2008)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sport

7.9
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81 Metascore

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

Votes: 268,309 | Gross: $26.24M

19. Falling Down (1993)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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56 Metascore

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 146,626 | Gross: $40.90M

20. All That Jazz (1979)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
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Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking

Votes: 21,919 | Gross: $37.82M

21. Unfaithful (2002)

R | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

6.7
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63 Metascore

A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, Erik Per Sullivan

Votes: 69,279 | Gross: $52.80M

22. The Incredibles (2004)

PG | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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90 Metascore

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Votes: 535,501 | Gross: $261.44M

23. Extract (2009)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

6.2
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61 Metascore

Joel, the owner of an extract plant, tries to contend with myriad personal and professional problems, such as his potentially unfaithful wife and employees who want to take advantage of him.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, Mila Kunis

Votes: 40,322 | Gross: $10.81M

24. Back to School (1986)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

6.6
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68 Metascore

To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.

Director: Alan Metter | Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Keith Gordon

Votes: 23,553 | Gross: $91.26M

25. (1963)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

8.1
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo

Votes: 89,365 | Gross: $0.05M

26. Death Becomes Her (1992)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.5
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When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 87,858 | Gross: $58.42M

27. Old School (2003)

R | 88 min | Comedy

7.1
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54 Metascore

Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell, Jeremy Piven

Votes: 196,253 | Gross: $75.59M

28. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 716,714 | Gross: $191.80M

(Shared with "Toy Story" 2 & 3)

29. 17 Again (2009)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.4
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48 Metascore

Mike O'Donnell is ungrateful for how his life turned out. He gets a chance to rewrite his life when he tried to save a janitor near a bridge and jumped after him into a time vortex.

Director: Burr Steers | Stars: Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon

Votes: 158,033 | Gross: $64.17M

30. This Is 40 (2012)

R | 134 min | Comedy, Romance

6.2
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59 Metascore

Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow

Votes: 111,459 | Gross: $67.54M

31. High Time (1960)

103 min | Comedy, Musical

6.2
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Widower and hamburger restaurateur Harvey Howard decides to go to college at 51 years of age. Resisting the easy path, he insists on not receiving preferential treatment, and lives in a ... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Bing Crosby, Fabian, Tuesday Weld, Nicole Maurey

Votes: 470