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The Best Slice Of Life Movies Of All-Time

“What are the best Slice Of Life Films ever made?” We looked at 147 of the top Slice Of Life films and ranked them so we could answer that very question!

The top 15 films, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Slice Of Life” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 125+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 15 Best Slice Of Life Movies

15 .) A Good Year (2006) directed by Ridley Scott

 A Good Year (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Ranker

Failed London banker Max Skinner inherits his uncle’s vineyard in Provence, where he spent many childhood holidays. Upon his arrival, he meets a woman from California who tells Max she is his long-lost cousin and that the property is hers.

14 .) The Terminal (2004) directed by Steven Spielberg

 The Terminal (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

Viktor Navorski is a man without a country; his plane took off just as a coup d’etat exploded in his homeland, leaving it in shambles, and now he’s stranded at Kennedy Airport, where he’s holding a passport that nobody recognizes. While quarantined in the transit lounge until authorities can figure out what to do with him, Viktor simply goes on living – and courts romance with a beautiful flight attendant.

13 .) The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) directed by Gabriele Muccino

 The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 2
  • Tatacliq

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

12 .) Spanglish (2004) directed by James L. Brooks

 Spanglish (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

Mexican immigrant and single mother Flor Moreno finds housekeeping work with Deborah and John Clasky, a well-off couple with two children of their own. When Flor admits she can’t handle the schedule because of her daughter, Cristina, Deborah decides they should move into the Clasky home. Cultures clash and tensions run high as Flor and the Claskys struggle to share space while raising their children on their own, and very different, terms.

11 .) The Last Picture Show (1971)

 The Last Picture Show (1971)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Reddit

High school seniors and best friends, Sonny and Duane, live in a dying Texas town. The handsome Duane is dating local beauty, Jacy, while Sonny is having an affair with the coach’s wife, Ruth. As graduation nears, both boys contemplate their futures. While Duane eyes the army and Sonny takes over a local business, each boy struggles to figure out if he can escape this dead-end town and build a better life somewhere else.

10 .) Jerry Maguire

 Jerry Maguire

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Tatacliq

Jerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent: willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for himself. Then, one day, he suddenly has second thoughts about what he’s really doing. When he voices these doubts, he ends up losing his job and all of his clients, save Rod Tidwell, an egomaniacal football player.

9 .) Clannad (2007)

 Clannad (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Anime Impulse
  • The Cinemaholic

Clannad is set in a high-school located in some Japanese town. Okazaki Tomoya is a third-year student who doesn’t take his studies seriously. Always late for class, he’s seen as a delinquent by the rest of his classmates who are busy preparing for their entrance examinations. Needless to say, he hasn’t too many close friends either.

8 .) Chef (2014) directed by Jon Favreau

 Chef (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Tatacliq

When Chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner, he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.

7 .) Begin Again (2013) directed by John Carney

 Begin Again (2013)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Tatacliq

A long lost music producer finds a singer-songwriter right about the moment he has given up all hope on life.

6 .) Tokyo Godfathers

 Tokyo Godfathers

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Ranker

One Christmas Eve three people, a middle-aged alcoholic named Gin, a former drag queen Hana and a dependent runaway girl Miyuki, discover an abandoned newborn while looking through the garbage.

5 .) As Good As It Gets

 As Good As It Gets

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • Ranker
  • Tatacliq

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast.

4 .) Hyouka (2012)

 Hyouka (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Anime Impulse
  • Goboiano
  • The Cinemaholic

Oreki Houtarou gets a job at a swimming pool. Episode 11.5, an OVA bundled with the third volume of the manga.

3 .) K-On! (2009)

 K-On! (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Anime Impulse
  • Goboiano
  • The Cinemaholic

Rock n’ Roll may never die, but the Sakuragoaka Girl’s High School Light Music Club might not be here to stay unless would-be drummer Ritsu Tainaka can find three more members to replace the graduated seniors. Determined to see that the beat goes on, Ritsu can get a little help from her friend Mio Akiyama on bass, and together they might be able to convince choir-inclined Tsumugi Kotobuki to join on the keyboards. But even then, they’ll still need a hero, preferably of the juke-box variety with stars in her eyes. Instead they find Yui Hirasawa, who’s looking for a club to join and who’s never held a guitar in her life. But when Yui does pick up a beat-up six-string, it feels good in her hands, and it doesn’t take long to understand that maybe she’s finally found a place where she belongs. Because you can’t stop the music when four girls share a dream, even if it’s something as crazy as someday playing at the famous Budokan. It’s going to be a long and winding road, but if they find their passion and follow their muse, they could go anywhere in K-ON!

2 .) Usagi Drop (2011)

 Usagi Drop (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Anime Impulse
  • Goboiano
  • The Cinemaholic

Daikichi learns that his recently deceased grandfather has an illegitimate daughter with an unknown mother. The girl’s name is Rin and she is just 6 years old. Everybody in Daikichi’s family looks at the girl as an embarrassment and wants no part of her. Daikichi, annoyed by his family’s attitude, decides to raise Rin by himself. Even though Daikichi himself has no experience raising a child and is still single. The movie is based on Yumi Unita’s popular manga series “Usagi Drop”.

1 .) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) directed by Lasse Hallström

 What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • IMDB 2
  • Ranker
  • Reddit

Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.


The 125+ Additional Best Slice Of Life Movies


164 Months, 3 Weeks and Flick Chart
175 Centimeters Per Second Flick Chart
A Time to Live, a Time to Die (1985)
19About a Boy Flick Chart
20Adventures of Power Ranker
21American Teen Ranker
An Autumn Afternoon (1963)
23ARIA the Animaton Goboiano
24Aviya’s Summer Reddit
25Away We Go Flick Chart
26Azumanga Daioh Goboiano
27Before Sunrise Tatacliq
28Big Fish (2003)Tim BurtonIMDB
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (2011)
The Cinemaholic
30Boyhood Flick Chart
Byousoku 5 Centimeter (2007)
The Cinemaholic
32Certified Copy Flick Chart
33Chibi Maruko-chan Goboiano
34Chocolat (2000)Lasse HallströmIMDB
35Chungking Express Reddit
36Clerks Reddit
37Corrina, Corrina (1994)Jessie NelsonIMDB 2
Daily Lives of High School Boys
39Departures Ranker
40Eat Pray Love (2010)Ryan MurphyIMDB
41Eighth Grade Flick Chart
42Fluke (1995)Carlo CarleiIMDB 2
43Forrest Gump (1994)Robert ZemeckisIMDB 2
Four Weddings and a Funeral
 Flick Chart
45Frances Ha Flick Chart
46Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)Jon AvnetIMDB 2
47Fruits Basket (2001) Anime Impulse
48Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu Goboiano
49Genshiken Goboiano
50Gingitsune Goboiano
51Good Morning Flick Chart
52Good Will Hunting Tatacliq
Great Teacher Onizuka (1999)
The Cinemaholic
54Hanasaku Iroha Goboiano
55Happy-Go-Lucky Flick Chart
56Hidamari Sketch Goboiano
57Honey and Clover Goboiano
I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying
59Ichigo Mashimaro Goboiano
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
61Julie & Julia (2009)Nora EphronIMDB
62Juno Tatacliq
63Keiko (1979) Reddit
64Kimi to Boku Goboiano
65Kiniro Mosai Goboiano
66La La Land (I) (2016)Damien ChazelleIMDB
67Last Chance Harvey Ranker
68Last Holiday (2006)Wayne WangIMDB
69Late Spring (1949) Reddit
70Like Water for Chocolate (1992)Alfonso ArauIMDB
Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!
72Lost In Translation Tatacliq
73Lucky Star Goboiano
74Mama’s Boy Ranker
75Mamma Mia! (2008)Phyllida LloydIMDB
76Manchester by the Sea Flick Chart
77Meet Joe Black (1998)Martin BrestIMDB
78Minami-ke Goboiano
79Minna no Ie (2001) Reddit
80Mushishi (2005) 
The Cinemaholic
81My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)Joel ZwickIMDB
82My Blueberry Nights Ranker
83My Life in Ruins (2009)Donald PetrieIMDB
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
85Natsume’s Book of Friends Goboiano
Nebraska from Alexander Payne
87Nichijou Goboiano
88Now and Then (1995)Lesli Linka GlatterIMDB 2
89Once Flick Chart
90One Week Friends Goboiano
91Ore Monogatari Anime Impulse
92Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)Guillermo del ToroIMDB
93Pani Poni Dash! Goboiano
94Practical Magic (1998)Griffin DunneIMDB
95Pride & Prejudice (2005)Joe WrightIMDB
96Raising Victor Vargas Reddit
97Sabrina (1995)Sydney PollackIMDB
Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo (2012)
The Cinemaholic
99Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Goboiano
100School Rumble Goboiano
101Servant x Service Goboiano
102Shirokuma Cafe Goboiano
103Silver Spoon Goboiano
104So Ra No Wo To Goboiano
105Son of Rambow Ranker
106Spanglish Ranker
107Steel Magnolias (1989)Herbert RossIMDB 2
108Still Life (1974) Reddit
109Street Without End (1934) Reddit
110Suburbia Reddit
111Sweet Bean Reddit
112Sweet Lorraine Ranker
Take Care, Red Riding Hood (1970)
114Tamako Market Goboiano
115Tari Tari Goboiano
116The Band’s Visit Ranker
117The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)John MaddenIMDB
118The Boys from Fengkuei Reddit
119The Darjeeling Limited Tatacliq
120The Day After (2017) Reddit
121The End of Summer (1961) Reddit
122The Help (2011)Tate TaylorIMDB 2
123The Holiday (2006)Nancy MeyersIMDB
124The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)Lasse HallströmIMDB
125The Intern (I) (2015)Nancy MeyersIMDB
126The Last Word (2017)Mark PellingtonIMDB
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
 Anime Impulse
128The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)John MaddenIMDB
129The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)Ben StillerIMDB
130The War (1994)Jon AvnetIMDB 2
131The Way (I) (2010)Emilio EstevezIMDB
132The Wrestler Flick Chart
133Tokyo Story (1953) Reddit
134Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun Anime Impulse
135Toradora! Anime Impulse
136Tortilla Soup Ranker
137Umberto D. Flick Chart
138Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)Audrey WellsIMDB
139Vicky Cristina Barcelona Tatacliq
140Waitress Ranker
We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day (2011):
The Cinemaholic
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
When Did You Last See Your Father?
144Working Girl (1988)Mike NicholsIMDB
145Working!! Goboiano
146Yellow Earth Reddit
147YuruYuri Goboiano


9 Best Slice Of Life Film Sources/Lists

Source Article
Anime Impulse Top 10 Slice of Life & Comedy Anime
Flick Chart The Best Slice Of Life Movies of All Time
Goboiano 35 of the Best Slice of Life Anime to Relax With
IMDB My feel good / slice of life movie list
IMDB 2 Top 12 Slice of Life Movies
Ranker Best PG-13 Slice Of Life Story Movies
Reddit Best “slice of life” movies? : movies
Tatacliq 10 Slice of Life Movies to Prepare You for Dear Zindagi
The Cinemaholic 12 Best Slice of Life Anime of All Time

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