If you like to see transitions of identity and self-confidence that can occur in middle-aged individuals you should definitely watch our picks for the best Midlife Crisis movies.

The following ranking focuses on movies that deal with the psychological crisis brought about by events that highlight a person’s growing age, inevitable mortality, and possibly shortcomings of accomplishments in life.


10. City Slickers (1991)

City SlickersTop 10 Midlife Crisis Movies 2 is a 1991 American western comedy film, directed by Ron Underwood and starring Daniel Stern, Billy Crystal, Jack Palance, and Bruno Kirby. The three friends go on a two-week life-changing trip. They encounter a lot of hurdles within their emotions and begin realizing what they need working on. Cattle driving also taught them about their physical health and understanding of their overall being. This movie portrays the male bound and support system in not so subtle shades.

Western, Comedy | Director: Ron Underwood

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9. The Family Man (2000)

The Family ManTop 10 Midlife Crisis Movies 3 is a 2000 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Brett Ratner, written by David Diamond and David Weissman, and starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni. The film hosts a curious theme of interlinking chances. It’s a tale of one man in two manifestations. The person introduced earlier on is our lead center of attention. The movie revolves around his journey towards making drastic decisions towards his future. There is a lot of to and fro in the movie.

Romance, Comedy, Drama | Director: Brett Ratner

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8. The Beaver (2011)

The BeaverTop 10 Midlife Crisis Movies 4 is a 2011 comedy-drama film directed by Jodie Foster and written by Kyle Killen. It stars Mel Gibson, Foster, Anton Yelchin, and Jennifer Lawrence. The movie is a very relatable tale of an exhausted husband, who finds himself alone and broken in spirits. Just then a puppet becomes his power source to project his best version, while relating to the world outside and saves him for a while. There is humour and there are questions raised. Our lead character evolves into a man loved by all.

Comedy, Drama | Director: Jodie Foster

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7. A Serious Man (2009)

A Serious ManTop 10 Midlife Crisis Movies 5 is a 2009 black comedy-drama film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Set in 1967, the film stars Michael Stuhlbarg, who portrays Larry Gopnik, a midwestern physics teacher, who watches his life unravel over multiple abrupt incidents. He tries seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he appears to stay sinking. It is a constant push in layers after layers in Jewish and generally in society. Larry pushes himself to understand more even after continuously failing.

Comedy, Drama | Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

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6. JCVD (2008)

Top 10 Midlife Crisis Movies 6Directed by the French Tunisian film director Mabrouk el Mechri, this 2008 action-crime-comedy has Jean-Claude Van Damme, Valérie Bodson, and Hervé Sogne in the lead roles. The criminal story revolves around Jean-Claude Van Damme, semi-fictionalized character playing himself, who finds himself in the middle of a post office heist. We watch him fight the biggest fight of his life against himself as he’s seen looking back at the times he has lived!

Comedy, Crime, Action | Director: Mabrouk el Mechri

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5. Manhattan (1979)

ManhattanTop 10 Midlife Crisis Movies 7 has always been Woody Allen’s muse and this 1979 American romantic comedy film produced by Charles H. Joffe bears the name of the city. The screenplay was written by Allen and Marshall Brickman. Allen co-stars as a twice-divorced 42-year-old comedy author, who dates a 17-year-old Girl. He, however, falls in love with his best friend’s mistress, portrayed by Diane Keaton. This movie uses its backdrop very beautifully in relating to the social norms. Meryl Streep and Anne Byrne additionally star.

Comedy, Romance | Director: Woody Allen

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4. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love.Top 10 Midlife Crisis Movies 8 is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, written by Dan Fogelman, and starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei. It follows the story of a deeply tormented man, who is at the beginning of a divorce. He ends up soul searching and discovering what first got attracted his wife towards him. Meanwhile, his very handsome mentor Ryan, an easy womanizer evolves into a person falling into passionate love with a charming young woman.

Comedy, Romance | Director: Glenn Ficarra

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3. Falling Down (1993)

Falling DownTop 10 Midlife Crisis Movies 9 is a 1993 thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith. The film stars Michael Douglas within the lead role of William Foster, a divorced and jobless former defense engineer, who becomes annoyed with the various flaws he sees in society and begins to psychologically and violently fight against them. Michael has had it to the brim and now he is plucking out all that he sees as threatening. The movie moves along increasing the darkness within William.

Crime, Thriller | Director: Joel Schumacher

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2. Lost in Translation (2003)

Lost in TranslationTop 10 Midlife Crisis Movies 10 is a beautiful story of a cultural shock. Published in 2003, the romantic comedy-drama was written and directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Bill Murray as aging actor Bob Harris, and college graduate Charlotte played by Scarlett Johansson. The renowned actor discovers what it is to be like an average traveller in a country where no one speaks what he will perceive. There is an expected reluctance in our actor; till he develops a sweet friendly relationship with a fellow American. They start searching for the answers to their very intricate queries together.

Romance, Comedy, Drama | Director: Sofia Coppola

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1. American Beauty (1999)

American BeautyTop 10 Midlife Crisis Movies 11 is a 1999 American drama film written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes in his directorial debut. Starring Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari and Annette Bening, the movie gives a satirical look into American society in the late nineties. However, a closer look depicts the tale with much more subtleties of a mid-life crisis and recognition of personal growth respectively in men and women.

Drama | Director: Sam Mendes

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