Best Movies The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly  

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List Rules Movies that feature the elderly only

Old people just rock. Some of the best films showcase the wonderfully rich characters of the elderly. Which films that heavily feature the elderly are the best?

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Up is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
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 Straight Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Farnsworth The Straight Story is a 1999 biographical drama film directed by David Lynch. The film was edited and produced by Mary Sweeney, Lynch's longtime partner and co-worker. She co-wrote the script ...more

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Tonz Otto added Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy ...more

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On Golden Pond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda On Golden Pond is a 1981 American drama film directed by Mark Rydell. The screenplay by Ernest Thompson was adapted from his 1979 play of the same title. Henry Fonda won the Academy Award for ...more

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Nebraska is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
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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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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Grumpy Old Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Jack Lemmon Grumpy Old Men is a 1993 American romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret, with Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis and Buck Henry. ...more

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Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
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) 9 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
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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About Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb About Schmidt is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, starring Jack Nicholson in the title role. It is very loosely based on the 1996 novel of the same title by Louis ...more

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Get Low is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek "Taking a leading role for the first time in several years, American legend Robert Duvall gives a performance of wisdom and nuance in Get Low. Complemented by a first-rate cast that ...more

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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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Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
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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Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey Arsenic and Old Lace is a 1944 American dark comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesselring's play Arsenic and Old Lace. The script adaptation was by ...more

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The Bucket List is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
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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Red is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech ...more

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Helen Mirren, Jay Leno, Patton Oswalt Calendar Girls is a 2003 comedy film directed by Nigel Cole. Produced by Buena Vista International and Touchstone Pictures, it features a screenplay by Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi based on a ...more

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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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johndav added 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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The Intern is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Lanna C. S. Moraes added Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo The Intern is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Nancy Meyers. Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and ...more

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Rebecca De Mornay, Geraldine Page, John Heard The Trip to Bountiful is a 1985 film starring Geraldine Page, John Heard, Carlin Glynn, Richard Bradford and Rebecca De Mornay. Geraldine Page won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her ...more

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Youth in Oregon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Maurey Loeffler added Youth in Oregon Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate Youth in Oregon is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed by Joel David Moore. A man is tasked with driving his embittered 80-year-old father-in-law cross country to be legally euthanized in ...more

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Maurey Loeffler added Robert Redford All Is Lost is a 2013 survival drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Robert Redford as a man lost at sea. Redford is the only cast member, and the film has very few ...more

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Maurey Loeffler added Ann-Margret, Mimi Rogers, Jeffrey Tambor Lucky is a 2011 drama film written and directed by Avie Luthra.

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What They Had is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster What They Had is a 2018 American drama film directed by Elizabeth Chomko. When her Alzheimer's-suffering mother wanders into a blizzard on Christmas Eve, Bridget Ertz (Hilary Swank) travels back ...more

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AmateurCinefile added Ellen Burstyn, Larry Hagman, Geraldine Fitzgerald Harry and Tonto is a 1974 road movie written by Paul Mazursky and Josh Greenfeld and directed by Mazursky. It features Art Carney as Harry in an Academy Award-winning performance. Tonto is his ...more

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AmateurCinefile added Memmo Carotenuto, Maria-Pia Casilio, Lamberto Maggiorani Umberto D. is a 1952 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. Most of the actors were non-professional, including Carlo Battisti, who plays the title role of Umberto Domenico ...more

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BryanK.Macklowe added George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg Going in Style is a 1979 caper film written and directed by Martin Brest. It stars George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg and Charles Hallahan. The casino scenes were shot at the Aladdin Hotel ...more

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Maurey Loeffler added Sharon Stone, Bill Murray, Jessica Lange Broken Flowers is a 2005 French-American comedy-drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and produced by Jon Kilik and Stacey Smith. The film focuses on an aging "Don Juan" who ...more

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amy-linder added Sandra Bullock, Robert Duvall, Shirley MacLaine Wrestling Ernest Hemingway is a 1993 drama-romance film directed by Randa Haines and written by Steve Conrad, starring Richard Harris, Robert Duvall, Sandra Bullock, Shirley MacLaine, and Piper ...more

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johndav added Claudia Cardinale, Jeanne Moreau, Michael Lonsdale Gebo and the Shadow is a 2012 Portuguese-French drama film directed by Manoel de Oliveira. It is based on a play by Raul Brandão. It was shown at the 69th Venice International Film ...more

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johndav added 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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johndav added Chunibala Devi, Tulsi Chakraborty, Karuna Banerjee Pather Panchali is a 1955 Bengali drama film directed by Satyajit Ray and produced by the Government of West Bengal, India. It is based on Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay's 1929 Bengali novel of the ...more

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johndav added Blanche Jacques Perrin, Michel Simon, Georges Wilson

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johndav added 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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Trouble with the Curve is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Amy Adams, Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake Trouble with the Curve is a 2012 sports-drama film directed by Robert Lorenz and starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, and John Goodman. The film revolves ...more

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Hope Springs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
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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Maurey Loeffler added Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam Little Big Man is a 1970 American revisionist Western directed by Arthur Penn and based on the novel Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. It is a picaresque comedy about a white male child raised by ...more

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An Unfinished Life is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
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Still Mine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
James Cromwell, Geneviève Bujold, Campbell Scott Still Mine is a 2013 Canadian romantic drama film. Under the title Still, the film had a limited release at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival; it had a general release on May 3, 2013. ...more

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Something's Gotta Give is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves, Diane Keaton Something's Gotta Give is a 2003 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers for Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. It stars Jack Nicholson and Diane ...more

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Last Vegas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas Last Vegas is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline. The film was released to theaters on November 1, ...more

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AmateurCinefile added Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden Robot & Frank is a 2012 film written by Christopher D. Ford and directed by Jake Schreier.

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Quartet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies Featuring the Elderly
Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly Quartet is a 2012 British comedy-drama film based on the play Quartet by Ronald Harwood, which ran in London's West End from September 1999 until January 2000. It was filmed late in 2011 at ...more