Film The Best Movies About Old People  

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A lifetime's worth of experiences influence the dynamic characters in movies about getting old. The best movies about old people feature elderly characters taking their lives into their own hands and taking a chance before it's too late. This is a list of the top movies about aging including everything from Driving Miss Daisy to St. Vincent to Cocoon.

What films will you find on this list of the best old people movies? The Bucket List directly addresses the anxieties of aging and mortality, following Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freedman as a pair of terminally ill patients who decide to do everything they ever wanted to do before they die. Gran Torino – directed by and starring Clint Eastwood – is another good movie about getting older. Bruce Dern was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of a father on a quest to claim his sweepstakes prize in Nebraska. Other good films featured on this list include Secondhand Lions, Away From Her, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Which movie about aging is your favorite? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any great features that are missing.

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Up is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Tom Islava added Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2012 British comedy-drama film, directed by John Madden. The screenplay, written by Ol Parker, is based on the 2004 novel These Foolish Things, by Deborah ...more

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Amour is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva Amour is a 2012 French-language drama film written and directed by the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. The narrative ...more

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Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. Directed by Jon Avnet and written by Fannie Flagg and Carol ...more

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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot ...more

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood's ...more

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Away from Her is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Nina Dobrev, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis Away from Her is a 2006 Canadian film which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and also played in the Premier category at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The feature-length ...more

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The Bucket List is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes The Bucket List is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner, produced by Reiner, Alan Greisman, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson ...more

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Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same name. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as ...more

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Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine Secondhand Lions, a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tim McCanlies, tells the story of an introverted young boy who is sent to live with his eccentric great-uncles on a ...more

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Hope Springs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Meryl Streep, Steve Carell, Tommy Lee Jones Hope Springs is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, written by Vanessa Taylor, and starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. The film was ...more

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Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Ed Thompson added Gert Winckelmans, Johan De Paepe, Agni Papadeli Rossetou Cocoon is a 2007 short drama film written and directed by Jeroen Bogaert.

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Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens. The movie stars Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack ...more

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Batteries Not Included is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Jessica Tandy, Luis Guzmán, Hume Cronyn Batteries Not Included is a 1987 family-comic science fiction film directed by Matthew Robbins about small extraterrestrial living machines that save an apartment block under threat from ...more

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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Naomi Watts, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy St. Vincent is a 2014 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theodore Melfi, making his "theatrical feature film debut". The film stars Bill Murray as the title character ...more

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Nebraska is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk Nebraska is a 2013 American comedy-drama black-and-white road film directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. It stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk. The film ...more

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To dance with the white dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Christine Baranski To Dance with the White Dog is a 1990 novel by Georgia author Terry Kay, based on the experiences of his father.

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The Congress is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Robin Wright The Congress is a 2013 French-Israeli live-action/animation science fiction drama film written and directed by Ari Folman. The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on 15 May 2013. ...more

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Tokyo Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Setsuko Hara, Chishū Ryū, Kyōko Kagawa Tokyo Story is a 1953 Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu. It tells the story of an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. The film contrasts the behavior of their ...more

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Ladies in Lavender is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Natascha McElhone Ladies in Lavender is a 2004 English drama film written and directed by Charles Dance, who based his screenplay on a short story by William J. Locke.

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Learning to Drive is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer

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Wild Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin Wild Strawberries is a 1957 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman about an old man recalling his past. The original Swedish title is Smultronstället, which literally means ...more

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Iris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent Iris is a 2001 biographical film that tells the story of British novelist Iris Murdoch and her relationship with John Bayley. The film contrasts the start of their relationship, when Murdoch was ...more