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The Best Movies About Retirement 

Ranker Film
Updated August 8, 2019 165 votes 27 voters 35 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite movies about retiring, retirement, and retirement communities.

It should come as no surprise that there are retirement movies. As great actors get older, they naturally start to gravitate towards stories about older people, and what's one thing that older people do? They retire.

Take Jack Nicholson, who has starred in multiple movies about older, retired men, movies like As Good As It Gets and About Schmidt. He's still a huge box office draw, so it's no surprise that new movies about retirement keep getting made. They also span every genre, there are dramas and comedies such as Just Getting Started which is about a retirement community run by an ex-defense attorney.

That's why we've put together this list of the best retirement movies. Whether you're looking for a fun, romantic romp like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, or a nuanced, understated drama like Gran Torino, there's something for you here.

So vote up the top retirement movies and don't forget to add any that aren't on the list!

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Red is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren

Released: 2010

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

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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Going in Style is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin

Directed by: Zach Braff

Going in Style is a 2017 American heist comedy film directed by Zach Braff. It is remake based on the 1979 film of the same name and stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Joey King, ...more
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About Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb

Released: 2002

Directed by: Alexander Payne

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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The Best Exotic Marigold... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Madden

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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Up is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

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 Five People You Meet... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Jon Voight, Jeff Daniels, Ellen Burstyn

Released: 2004

Directed by: Lloyd Kramer

The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a 2004 film directed by Lloyd Kramer.
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Is Anybody There? is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Michael Caine, Larry David, David Morrissey

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Crowley

Is Anybody There? is a 2008 British drama film starring Michael Caine and directed by John Crowley. It was written by Peter Harness and produced by David Heyman, Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf. ...more
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Mr. Holmes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada

Released: 2015

Directed by: Bill Condon

Mr. Holmes is an upcoming crime drama mystery film directed by Bill Condon, based on the 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind written by Mitch Cullin. The film stars Sir Ian McKellen as ...more
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Tuesdays With Morrie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement

Released: 1999

Directed by: Mick Jackson

Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir by American writer Mitch Albom. The story was later recreated by Thomas Rickman into a TV movie of the same name directed by Mick Jackson, which aired on ...more
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Ag... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ol Parker

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a 2018 jukebox musical romantic comedy film directed by Ol Parker, and a sequel to the 2008 film. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) learns more about how her mother fronted ...more
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Just Getting Started is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo

Directed by: Ron Shelton

Just Getting Started is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Ron Shelton. An ex-FBI agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the witness protection program (Morgan Freeman) must ...more
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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Naomi Watts, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy

Released: 2014

Directed by: Theodore Melfi

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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Wrestling Ernest Hemingw... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Sandra Bullock, Robert Duvall, Shirley MacLaine

Released: 1993

Directed by: Randa Haines

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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The Intern is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo

Released: 2015

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

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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The Artist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell

Released: 2011

Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius

The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film. It was written, directed, and co-edited by Michel Hazanavicius, produced by Thomas Langmann and ...more
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Arthur Christmas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy

Released: 2011

Directed by: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook

Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ...more
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Red 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

Released: 2013

Directed by: Dean Parisot

Red 2 is an American action comedy film and sequel to Red. It was inspired by the limited comic book series of the same name, created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, and published by the DC ...more
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The Bucket List is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

Released: 2007

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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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A Man Called Ove is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
A Man Called Ove Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg
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The Quiet Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

Released: 1952

Directed by: John Ford

The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen. The screenplay by Frank ...more
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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman

Released: 1992

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw who takes on ...more
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Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine

Released: 2003

Directed by: Tim McCanlies

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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Lost in America is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
Albert Brooks, Garry Marshall, Julie Hagerty

Released: 1985

Directed by: Albert Brooks

Lost in America is a 1985 comedy film directed by Albert Brooks and co-written by Brooks with Monica Johnson. The film stars Brooks alongside Julie Hagerty as a married couple who decide to quit ...more
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The Old Man and the Gun ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
The Old Man and the Gun Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek

Released: 2018

Directed by: David Lowery

The Old Man and the Gun is a 2018 American crime film directed by David Lowery, based on the 2003 New Yorker article by David Grann. The true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his ...more
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The Tomorrow Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Retirement
John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil

Released: 2019

Directed by: Noble Jones

The Tomorrow Man is a 2019 American drama film, written and directed by Noble Jones. A man (John Lithgow) preparing for the apocalypse meets and falls in love with a woman (Blythe Danner) who is ...more