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Great Movies About Old Ladies  

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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
Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same name. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as ...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
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
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 Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson
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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The Lady in the Van is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper, James Corden
The Lady in the Van is a 2015 British comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner.
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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
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
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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Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
William Holden, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson
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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What Ever Happened to Baby Jan... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, 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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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Si... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Maggie Smith
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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Otherhood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, Felicity Huffman
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) 12 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Brooks Hyers
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) 13 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy
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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Florence Foster Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
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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I'll See You in My Dreams is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Philomena is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Judi Dench, Michelle Fairley, Steve Coogan
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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The Joy Luck Club is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Ming-Na Wen, Andrew McCarthy, Vivian Wu
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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Iris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent
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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The Over the Hill Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
The Over The Hill Band François Beukelaers, Barbara Sarafian, Jan Van Looveren
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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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Kathy Griffin
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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The Beaches Of Agnès is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
The Beaches Of Agnès Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier
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Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier
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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Hello, My Name Is Doris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs
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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Grandma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Grandma Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden
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The Stone Angel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies About Old Ladies
Ellen Page, Ellen Burstyn, Kevin Zegers
The Stone Angel is a 2007 Canadian drama film written and directed by Kari Skogland. The screenplay is based on the 1964 novel of the same title by Margaret Laurence.