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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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Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 1 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. Directed by Jon Avnet. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship ...more
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Up is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Bucket List is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Amour is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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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Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Wild Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Away from Her is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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Nebraska is listed (or ranked) 15 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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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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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Tokyo Story is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 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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Hope Springs is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Learning to Drive is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Learning to Drive Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer
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The Upside is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman
The Upside is a 2017 American comedy drama film directed by Neil Burger, based on the 2011 French film The Intouchables. A paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston) strikes up an unlikely ...more
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The Last Laugh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Old People
Richard Dreyfuss, Chevy Chase, Andie MacDowell
The Last Laugh is a 2019 comedy film directed by Greg Pritikin. A former stand up comedian (Richard Dreyfuss) who retired from the spotlight 50 years ago reunites with his former manager (Chevy ...more
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Ana Brun, Margarita Irún, Anna Ivanova
The Heiresses (a.k.a. Las herederas) is a 2018 Paraguayan drama film directed by Marcelo Martinessi. Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irún) were brought up in wealthy families in ...more
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The Congress is listed (or ranked) 25 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