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Great Movies About Old Ladies

Updated July 7, 2020 583 votes 170 voters 20.8k views28 items

List RulesVote 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 Daisy1
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    Driving Miss Daisy

    Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1989

    Directed byBruce Beresford

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  • Calendar Girls2
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    Calendar Girls

    Helen Mirren, Jay Leno

    Released2003

    Directed byNigel Cole

    Calendar Girls is a 2003 comedy film directed by Nigel Cole. Produced by Buena Vista...  more

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  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel3
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    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    Judi Dench, Maggie Smith

    Released2011

    Directed byJohn Madden

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  • Arsenic And Old Lace4
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    Arsenic And Old Lace

    Cary Grant, Peter Lorre

    Released1944

    Directed byFrank Capra

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  • The Lady In The Van5
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    The Lady In The Van

    Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper

    Released2016

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

    The Lady in the Van is a 2015 British comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner....  more
  • The Queen6
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    The Queen

    Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen

    Released2006

    Directed byStephen Frears

    The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's...  more

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  • Sunset Boulevard7
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    Sunset Boulevard

    William Holden, Buster Keaton

    Released1950

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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  • Harold And Maude8
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    Harold And Maude

    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt

    Released1971

    Directed byHal Ashby

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  • What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?9
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    What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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  • Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood10
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    Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood

    Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd

    Released2002

    Directed byCallie Khouri

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  • Philomena11
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    Philomena

    Judi Dench, Michelle Fairley

    Released2013

    Directed byStephen Frears

    Philomena is a 2013 drama film directed by Stephen Frears, based on the book The Lost Child of...  more
  • Iris12
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    Iris

    Kate Winslet, Judi Dench

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Eyre

    Iris is a 2001 biographical film that tells the story of British novelist Iris Murdoch and her...  more
  • Hello, My Name Is Doris13
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    Hello, My Name Is Doris

    Sally Field, Max Greenfield

    Released2016

    Directed byMichael Showalter

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  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel14
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    Released2015

    Directed byJohn Madden

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2015 comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, and...  more
  • The Beaches Of Agnès15
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    The Beaches Of Agnès

    Agnès Varda, André Lubrano
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    Otherhood

    Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett

    Released2019

    Directed byCindy Chupack

    Otherhood is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Cindy Chupack, based on the novel...  more
  • Notes On A Scandal17
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    Notes On A Scandal

    Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Eyre

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  • The Whales of August18
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    The Whales of August

    Bette Davis, Vincent Price

    Released1987

    Directed byLindsay Anderson

    The Whales of August is a 1987 film based on a play by David Berry and stars Bette Davis and...  more
  • Grandma19
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    Grandma

    Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner
  • Florence Foster Jenkins20
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    Florence Foster Jenkins

    Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant

    Released2016

    Directed byStephen Frears

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  • The Joy Luck Club21
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    The Joy Luck Club

    Ming-Na Wen, Andrew McCarthy

    Released1993

    Directed byWayne Wang

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  • The Over The Hill Band22
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    The Over The Hill Band

    François Beukelaers, Barbara Sarafian

    Released2009

    Directed byGeoffrey Enthoven

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    I'll See You in My Dreams

    Blythe Danner, Martin Starr
  • Grey Gardens24
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    Grey Gardens

    Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale

    Released1975

    Directed byAlbert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer

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  • Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work25
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    Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work

    Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers

    Released2010

    Directed byRicki Stern, Annie Sundberg

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