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Great Movies About Old Ladies 

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Updated August 1, 2019 415 votes 140 voters 16.9k views 26 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite films that feature an aging lady as a main character.

Aging women are often self-confident, wise, and often overlooked by youth-obsessed society - perhaps that's what makes them great characters in film. The top movies about older women feature characters experiencing new adventures and new romances. This is a list of the greatest old lady movies including everything from Sunset Boulevard to Driving Miss Daisy to Calendar Girls.

What films will you find on this list of the best aging women movies? In The Queen, Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) struggles in the wake of Princess Diana's death. Away From Her is another good movie about an aging woman. Judi Dench searches for her long-lost son in the 2013 film Philomena. Other good pictures featured on this list include The Joy Luck Club, Iris, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Which of these aging ladies movies movies is your favorite? Vote the best films about women over 50 up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy

Released: 1989

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and written by Alfred Uhry, based on Uhry's play of the same name. The film stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan ...more

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Arsenic and Old Lace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey

Released: 1944

Directed by: Frank Capra

Arsenic and Old Lace is a 1944 American dark comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesselring's play Arsenic and Old Lace. The script adaptation was by ...more

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Calendar Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Helen Mirren, Jay Leno, Patton Oswalt

Released: 2003

Directed by: Nigel Cole

Calendar Girls is a 2003 comedy film directed by Nigel Cole. Produced by Buena Vista International and Touchstone Pictures, it features a screenplay by Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi based on a ...more

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The Lady in the Van is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper, James Corden

Released: 2016

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

The Lady in the Van is a 2015 British comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner.
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The Best Exotic Marigold... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
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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Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt, Bud Cort

Released: 1971

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot ...more

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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell

Released: 2006

Directed by: Stephen Frears

The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's response to Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. The film was directed by Stephen Frears, written by ...more

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What Ever Happened to Ba... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

Released: 1962

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford about an actress who holds her ...more

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Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson

Released: 1950

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Sunset Boulevard—stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.—is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. It was named after the ...more

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Divine Secrets of the Ya... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Maggie Smith

Released: 2002

Directed by: Callie Khouri

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a 2002 American comedy-drama film starring an ensemble cast headed by Sandra Bullock, directed and written by Callie Khouri. It is based on Rebecca ...more

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The Joy Luck Club is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Ming-Na Wen, Andrew McCarthy, Vivian Wu

Released: 1993

Directed by: Wayne Wang

The Joy Luck Club is a 1993 American film about the relationships between Chinese-American women and their Chinese mothers. Directed by Wayne Wang, the film is based on the eponymous 1989 novel ...more

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Philomena is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Judi Dench, Michelle Fairley, Steve Coogan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Philomena is a 2013 drama film directed by Stephen Frears, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by journalist Martin Sixsmith. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, it tells the ...more
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Florence Foster Jenkins ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg

Released: 2016

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears. A New York heiress (Meryl Streep) decides to became an opera singer despite her painful lack of ...more

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Otherhood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, Felicity Huffman

Released: 2019

Directed by: Cindy Chupack

Otherhood is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Cindy Chupack, based on the novel Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe. Three Suburban moms (Felicity Huffman, Patricia Arquette, ...more
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Grey Gardens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers

Released: 1975

Directed by: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer

Grey Gardens is a 1975 American documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer also directed, and Susan Froemke was the associate producer. Although Susan Froemke is ...more

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Notes on a Scandal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy

Released: 2006

Directed by: Richard Eyre

Notes on a Scandal is a 2006 British psychological thriller-drama film, adapted from the 2003 novel of the same name by Zoë Heller. The screenplay was written by Patrick Marber and the film ...more

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Hello, My Name Is Doris ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs

Released: 2016

Directed by: Michael Showalter

Hello, My Name Is Doris is a 2016 US romantic comedy-drama film directed by Michael Showalter. A woman (Sally Field) in her 60s tries to act on her attraction to a younger co-worker (Max
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Iris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent

Released: 2001

Directed by: Richard Eyre

Iris is a 2001 biographical film that tells the story of British novelist Iris Murdoch and her relationship with John Bayley. The film contrasts the start of their relationship, when Murdoch was ...more

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Grandma is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Grandma Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden
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I'll See You in My Dream... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
I'll See You in My Dreams Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott
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The Over the Hill Band ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
The Over The Hill Band François Beukelaers, Barbara Sarafian, Jan Van Looveren

Released: 2009

Directed by: Geoffrey Enthoven

The Over the Hill Band is a 2009 comedy drama film directed by Goeffrey Enthoven and written by Chris Craps and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem.
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The Beaches Of Agn&egrav... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
The Beaches Of Agnès Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier
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Joan Rivers: A Piece of ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Kathy Griffin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is a 2010 documentary film about the life and career of comedienne Joan Rivers. It premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival at the Castro Theatre ...more
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Away from Her is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Nina Dobrev, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis

Released: 2006

Directed by: Sarah Polley

Away from Her is a 2006 Canadian film which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and also played in the Premier category at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The feature-length ...more

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Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier

Released: 2003

Directed by: François Ozon

Swimming Pool is a 2003 French-British thriller film directed by François Ozon and starring Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier. The plot focuses on a British crime novelist, Sarah ...more

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