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The Best Movies About Older People Falling in Love, Ranked

Updated March 27, 2021 13.3k votes 2.7k voters 189.7k views54 items

List RulesVote 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

    Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves
    904
    274

    Released2003

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    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 Keaton...  more
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    It's Complicated

    Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey
    672
    267

    Released2009

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    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 affair...  more
  • 3

    Grumpy Old Men

    Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah
    561
    239

    Released1993

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    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. Directed by...  more
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    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt
    593
    267

    Released1997

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    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!

    Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep
    632
    327

    Released2008

    Directed byPhyllida Lloyd

    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, with...  more
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    The American President

    Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox
    136
    41

    Released1995

    Directed byRob Reiner

    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. Fox...  more
  • 7

    The Bridges of Madison County

    Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep
    400
    275

    Released1995

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    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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    Lanna C. S. Moraes added

    The Intern

    Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway
    111
    51

    Released2015

    Directed byNancy 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 run by...  more
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    Logan2011 added

    On Golden Pond

    Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn
    215
    137

    Released1981

    Directed byMark Rydell

    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 Best...  more
  • 10

    Meet the Fockers

    Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand
    188
    120

    Released2004

    Directed byJay Roach

    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 Danner...  more
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    smolbean added

    Our Souls at Night

    Robert Redford, Jane Fonda
    140
    104

    Directed byRitesh Batra

    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)....  more
  • 12

    Shall We Dance?

    Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon
    51
    19

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Chelsom

    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....  more
  • 13

    The Age of Adaline

    Blake Lively, Harrison Ford
    119
    88

    Directed byKasra Farahani

    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 J....  more
  • 14

    Enough Said

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette
    40
    15

    Released2013

    Directed byNicole Holofcener

    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 Falcone....  more
  • 15

    Hope Springs

    Meryl Streep, Steve Carell
    264
    245

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    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 released on...  more
  • 16

    French Kiss

    Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline
    266
    284

    Released1995

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    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
  • 17

    Love Is All You Need

    Pierce Brosnan, Stina Ekblad
    29
    15

    Released2012

    Directed bySusanne Bier

    Love Is All You Need is a 2012 Danish romantic comedy film directed by Susanne Bier and starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm....  more
  • 18

    Desk Set

    Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy
    22
    13

    Released1957

    Directed byWalter Lang

    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 play...  more
  • 19

    Senior Moment

    Christopher Lloyd, William Shatner
    14
    4

    Released2021

    Directed byGiorgio Serafini

    Senior Moment is a 2021 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Giorgio Serafini. After drag racing his vintage convertible around Palm Springs, a retired NASA test pilot loses his license....  more
  • 20

    The Tomorrow Man

    John Lithgow, Blythe Danner
    21
    13

    Released2019

    Directed byNoble 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 a...  more
  • 21

    The Courtship of Eddie's Father

    Ron Howard, Stella Stevens
    16
    8

    Released1963

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    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
  • 22

    Just Getting Started

    Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones
    17
    13

    Directed byRon 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 put...  more
  • 23

    5 Flights Up

    Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton
    58
    71

    Released2014

    Directed byRichard Loncraine

    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. The film is...  more
  • 24

    Endings, Beginnings

    Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan
    8
    5

    Released2020

    Directed byDrake Doremus

    Endings, Beginnings is a 2020 American romantic drama film directed by Drake Doremus. Daphne (Shailene Woodley) finds herself adrift in life following a break-up and finds herself torn between two...  more
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    Shirley Valentine

    34
    42
    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 transforming...  more