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15 Good Netflix Movies For Seniors You Can Watch With Your Grandparents

Updated July 24, 2020 643 votes 162 voters 20.6k views15 items

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What are the best Netflix movies for seniors? Finding Netflix movies for old people can be tricky. Movies have changed a lot over the past few decades, and seniors may not be ready or willing to accept all the new advancements that have come with filmmaking. With all the leaps and bounds made with special effects and technology, we're seeing things on screen that were simply unimaginable in the 1950's. Because of this, a lot of elderly people crave the movies from the good ol' days. While seniors are known to love the classics, we think that there's some newer films that are worthy of their time. And since they're all available on Netflix, seniors can watch these films from the comfort of their homes. 

This list has some great Netflix movies for the elderly, including a hand-picked mix of period dramas and comedies starring senior actors. You'll find Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Robert DeNiro, and other experienced actors in these quality movies. For example, the stellar performances from The Irishman's seasoned cast definitely make it worth a watch. Keep reading to learn more about these good Netflix movies for seniors. Vote up the movies that you love the most!

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  • Tom Hooper's historical drama The King's Speech is a widely-recognized masterpiece of cinema. It even won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2011. Colin Firth plays Prince Albert, the successor to the English throne. However, Albert has a speech impediment that prevents him from communicating with elegance or grace. His wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) hires a speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) to help him surpass his shortcomings. 

    Seniors who appreciate the finer movies in life will be extremely satisfied by The King's Speech

    • Actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Geoffrey Rush
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Tom Hooper
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  • As Good as It Gets
    Photo: As Good As It Gets / TriStar Pictures

    James L. Brooks' romantic comedy is sure to tickle the fancies of seniors. It stars Jack Nicholson as Melvin, a romance novelist with OCD, who falls for Carol (Helen Hunt), a waitress and single mother with a chronically-ill son. Both performances would win them the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Actress, respectively. Nicholson was 60 when he played the role. 

    The path to love is never easy, and Melvin and Carol have to go through a series of obstacles before they can mend their complicated relationship. Eventually, Melvin learns that old habits can be fixed at any time in life. 

    • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz, Cuba Gooding Jr., Maya Rudolph
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: James L. Brooks
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  • Driving Miss Daisy
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    Jessica Tandy plays Daisy Werthan, an elderly Jewish widow who seeks to maintain her independence in as many ways possible — including driving her own car. But when she totals her car, her son Boolie (Dan Aykroyd) makes the executive decision to get Daisy a chauffer, an African-American man named Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman). The movie follows the eventual friendship that grows between them over the years. 

    Driving Miss Daisy has a charmingly simple premise, while never skimping on emotions or sentiment. It's a truly mature film, making it a perfect pick for older adults who can enjoy its subtle nuances. 

    • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Bruce Beresford
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  • Julie & Julia
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    Acting queen Meryl Streep stars in this appealing comedy-drama alongside Amy Adams. Streep plays Julia Child, a chef who, against the odds, publishes a book of French recipes for American housewives in the 1950's. In 2002, aspiring writer Julie Powell escapes her hatred of her deadend job by deciding to create all 524 recipes from the book in just one year. She documents all her experiences in a blog, which begins to gain momentum after (several) failed attempts.

    Seniors will enjoy Julie & Julia's ability to weave the past into the present, concocting surprisingly sweet results.

    • Actors: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Jane Lynch, Stanley Tucci, Mary Lynn Rajskub
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Nora Ephron
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