Romance The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the top romantic films about 50+ year old adults who have already loved and lost - and are ready to fall in love again.

Middle age romance between older people in the movies can often be richer than young love. Adult couples have had more time to realize their own romantic needs — and more time to gain complicated, and entertaining baggage. The best movies about older couples find the lead characters discovering new things about themselves and each other. This is a list of the best mature couple romance movies including everything from Mamma Mia! to What Women Want to The Bridges of Madison County.

What romantic comedies will you find on this list of the best mature love stories? Maybe you'll vote As Good As It Gets to the very top. Both Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt took home Oscars for their roles in this unlikely love story directed by the great James L. Brooks. Last Chance Harvey – starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson – is another great movie about older couple romance. Meryl Streep found herself in a love triangle with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in the 2009 movie It's Complicated. Other good films featured here include Hope Springs, The Love Punch, and Danny Collins

Which of these romcoms deserves the number one spot on this list? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorite flicks a thumbs up, and please add any great films that are missing.

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Something's Gotta Give is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
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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It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin
It's Complicated is a 2009 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars Meryl Streep as a successful bakery owner and single mother of three who starts a secret ...more
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Grumpy Old Men is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
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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As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz
As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and produced by Laura Ziskin. It stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic, homophobic, racist, ...more
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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan
Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA, ...more
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Meet the Fockers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman
Meet the Fockers is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Jay Roach and the sequel to Meet the Parents. The film stars Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe ...more
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The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Debra Monk
The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American romantic drama film based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Robert James Waller. It was produced by Amblin Entertainment and Malpaso ...more
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On Golden Pond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Logan2011 added 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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French Kiss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno
French Kiss is a 1995 American romantic comedy film directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. Written by Adam Brooks, the film is about a woman who flies to France to ...more
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The American President is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
marajanerogers added Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas
The American President is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Aaron Sorkin. The film stars Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. ...more
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The Intern is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
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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The Age of Adaline is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn
The Age of Adaline is a 2015 American romance fantasy film about a woman (Blake Lively) who stops aging after an accident at the age of 29. It was directed by Lee Toland Krieger and written by ...more
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Hope Springs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
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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The Prince of Tides is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, George Carlin
The Prince of Tides is a 1991 romantic drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name. The film stars Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. It tells the story of the narrator's struggle to ...more
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Our Souls at Night is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
smolbean added Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Matthias Schoenaerts
Our Souls at Night is a 2017 American drama film directed by Ritesh Batra. A widow (Jane Fonda) tries to make a connection with her widower neighbor (Robert Redford).
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The Kids Are All Right is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo
The Kids Are All Right is a 2010 American comedy-drama film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. A hit at 2010 Sundance, it opened in limited release on ...more
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The Face of Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
marajanerogers added The Face of Love Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams
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And So It Goes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins
And So It Goes is a 2014 American romantic comedy drama film directed by Rob Reiner. After his wife dies, a realtor (Michael Douglas), who is only absorbed in his own life, is suddenly ...more
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5 Flights Up is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
5 Flights Up Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Cynthia Nixon
5 Flights Up, previously entitled Ruth & Alex and Life Itself, is a 2014 comedy film directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Charlie Peters, starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton. ...more
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Private Life is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Kayli Carter
Private Life is a 2018 American drama film directed by Tamara Jenkins. An author (Kathryn Hahn) is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her ...more
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What They Had is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
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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Shirley Valentine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
sharon.anderson added
Shirley Valentine is a one-character play by Willy Russell. Taking the form of a monologue by a middle-aged, working class Liverpool housewife, it focuses on her life before and after a ...more
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The Tomorrow Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil
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
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Shall We Dance? is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere
Shall We Dance? is a 2004 American film that is a remake of the award-winning 1996 Japanese film of the same name. The film made its US premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
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Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Zach Galifianakis
Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by ...more