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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


# Movies Directors Lists
16 4 Months, 3 Weeks and   Flick Chart
17 5 Centimeters Per Second   Flick Chart
A Time to Live, a Time to Die (1985)
19 About a Boy   Flick Chart
20 Adventures of Power   Ranker
21 American Teen   Ranker
An Autumn Afternoon (1963)
23 ARIA the Animaton   Goboiano
24 Aviya’s Summer   Reddit
25 Away We Go   Flick Chart
26 Azumanga Daioh   Goboiano
27 Before Sunrise   Tatacliq
28 Big Fish (2003) Tim Burton IMDB
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (2011)
The Cinemaholic
30 Boyhood   Flick Chart
Byousoku 5 Centimeter (2007)
The Cinemaholic
32 Certified Copy   Flick Chart
33 Chibi Maruko-chan   Goboiano
34 Chocolat (2000) Lasse Hallström IMDB
35 Chungking Express   Reddit
36 Clerks   Reddit
37 Corrina, Corrina (1994) Jessie Nelson IMDB 2
Daily Lives of High School Boys
39 Departures   Ranker
40 Eat Pray Love (2010) Ryan Murphy IMDB
41 Eighth Grade   Flick Chart
42 Fluke (1995) Carlo Carlei IMDB 2
43 Forrest Gump (1994) Robert Zemeckis IMDB 2
Four Weddings and a Funeral
  Flick Chart
45 Frances Ha   Flick Chart
46 Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) Jon Avnet IMDB 2
47 Fruits Basket (2001)   Anime Impulse
48 Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu   Goboiano
49 Genshiken   Goboiano
50 Gingitsune   Goboiano
51 Good Morning   Flick Chart
52 Good Will Hunting   Tatacliq
Great Teacher Onizuka (1999)
The Cinemaholic
54 Hanasaku Iroha   Goboiano
55 Happy-Go-Lucky   Flick Chart
56 Hidamari Sketch   Goboiano
57 Honey and Clover   Goboiano
I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying
59 Ichigo Mashimaro   Goboiano
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
61 Julie & Julia (2009) Nora Ephron IMDB
62 Juno   Tatacliq
63 Keiko (1979)   Reddit
64 Kimi to Boku   Goboiano
65 Kiniro Mosai   Goboiano
66 La La Land (I) (2016) Damien Chazelle IMDB
67 Last Chance Harvey   Ranker
68 Last Holiday (2006) Wayne Wang IMDB
69 Late Spring (1949)   Reddit
70 Like Water for Chocolate (1992) Alfonso Arau IMDB
Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!
72 Lost In Translation   Tatacliq
73 Lucky Star   Goboiano
74 Mama’s Boy   Ranker
75 Mamma Mia! (2008) Phyllida Lloyd IMDB
76 Manchester by the Sea   Flick Chart
77 Meet Joe Black (1998) Martin Brest IMDB
78 Minami-ke   Goboiano
79 Minna no Ie (2001)   Reddit
80 Mushishi (2005)  
The Cinemaholic
81 My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) Joel Zwick IMDB
82 My Blueberry Nights   Ranker
83 My Life in Ruins (2009) Donald Petrie IMDB
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
85 Natsume’s Book of Friends   Goboiano
Nebraska from Alexander Payne
87 Nichijou   Goboiano
88 Now and Then (1995) Lesli Linka Glatter IMDB 2
89 Once   Flick Chart
90 One Week Friends   Goboiano
91 Ore Monogatari   Anime Impulse
92 Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) Guillermo del Toro IMDB
93 Pani Poni Dash!   Goboiano
94 Practical Magic (1998) Griffin Dunne IMDB
95 Pride & Prejudice (2005) Joe Wright IMDB
96 Raising Victor Vargas   Reddit
97 Sabrina (1995) Sydney Pollack IMDB
Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo (2012)
The Cinemaholic
99 Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei   Goboiano
100 School Rumble   Goboiano
101 Servant x Service   Goboiano
102 Shirokuma Cafe   Goboiano
103 Silver Spoon   Goboiano
104 So Ra No Wo To   Goboiano
105 Son of Rambow   Ranker
106 Spanglish   Ranker
107 Steel Magnolias (1989) Herbert Ross IMDB 2
108 Still Life (1974)   Reddit
109 Street Without End (1934)   Reddit
110 Suburbia   Reddit
111 Sweet Bean   Reddit
112 Sweet Lorraine   Ranker
Take Care, Red Riding Hood (1970)
114 Tamako Market   Goboiano
115 Tari Tari   Goboiano
116 The Band’s Visit   Ranker
117 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) John Madden IMDB
118 The Boys from Fengkuei   Reddit
119 The Darjeeling Limited   Tatacliq
120 The Day After (2017)   Reddit
121 The End of Summer (1961)   Reddit
122 The Help (2011) Tate Taylor IMDB 2
123 The Holiday (2006) Nancy Meyers IMDB
124 The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Lasse Hallström IMDB
125 The Intern (I) (2015) Nancy Meyers IMDB
126 The Last Word (2017) Mark Pellington IMDB
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  Anime Impulse
128 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) John Madden IMDB
129 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Ben Stiller IMDB
130 The War (1994) Jon Avnet IMDB 2
131 The Way (I) (2010) Emilio Estevez IMDB
132 The Wrestler   Flick Chart
133 Tokyo Story (1953)   Reddit
134 Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun   Anime Impulse
135 Toradora!   Anime Impulse
136 Tortilla Soup   Ranker
137 Umberto D.   Flick Chart
138 Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Audrey Wells IMDB
139 Vicky Cristina Barcelona   Tatacliq
140 Waitress   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?
144 Working Girl (1988) Mike Nichols IMDB
145 Working!!   Goboiano
146 Yellow Earth   Reddit
147 YuruYuri   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