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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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The American President is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Meet the Fockers is listed (or ranked) 7 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 Intern is listed (or ranked) 8 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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On Golden Pond is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The Age of Adaline is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Shall We Dance? is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Asher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Ron Perlman, Famke Janssen, Peter Facinelli
Asher is a 2018 drama film directed by Michael Caton-Jones. An aging hitman (Ron Perlman) is forced to redeem himself after his last job goes sideways.
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The Courtship of Eddie's Fathe... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Ron Howard, Stella Stevens, Shirley Jones
The Courtship of Eddie's Father is a 1963 romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Glenn Ford as a widowed father, with a young son to care for, played by Ronny Howard. It ...more
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The Tomorrow Man is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Enough Said is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette, James Gandolfini
Enough Said is a 2013 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. The film stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette and Ben ...more
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Desk Set is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Joan Blondell
Desk Set is a 1957 American romantic comedy film directed by Walter Lang and starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The screenplay was written by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron from the ...more
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Love Is All You Need is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Pierce Brosnan, Stina Ekblad, Trine Dyrholm
Love Is All You Need is a 2012 Danish romantic comedy film directed by Susanne Bier and starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm.
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Just Getting Started is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo
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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Married Life is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked
Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper
Married Life is a 2007 American drama period film directed by Ira Sachs. The screenplay by Sachs and Oren Moverman is based on the 1953 novel Five Roundabouts to Heaven by John Bingham. Cast ...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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Private Life is listed (or ranked) 22 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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French Kiss is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Hope Springs is listed (or ranked) 24 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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What They Had is listed (or ranked) 25 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