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Great Movies About Old Ladies

Updated March 27, 2021 783 votes 202 voters 27.5k views30 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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    Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd
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    19

    Released1989

    Directed byBruce 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 Freeman,...  more
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    Cary Grant, Peter Lorre
    33
    6

    Released1944

    Directed byFrank 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 Julius...  more
  • 3
    Helen Mirren, Jay Leno
    34
    10

    Released2003

    Directed byNigel 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 true...  more
  • 4
    Judi Dench, Maggie Smith
    30
    8

    Released2011

    Directed byJohn 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 Moggach,...  more
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    Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen
    31
    11

    Released2006

    Directed byStephen 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
  • 6
    Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper
    26
    10

    Released2016

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

    The Lady in the Van is a 2015 British comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner....  more
  • 7
    William Holden, Buster Keaton
    25
    14

    Released1950

    Directed byBilly 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
  • 8
    Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd
    21
    9

    Released2002

    Directed byCallie 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 Wells'...  more
  • 9
    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford
    24
    14

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert 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 crippled...  more
  • 10
    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt
    23
    16

    Released1971

    Directed byHal 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 that...  more
  • 11
    Ming-Na Wen, Andrew McCarthy
    14
    5

    Released1993

    Directed byWayne 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 by...  more
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    Judi Dench, Michelle Fairley
    18
    14

    Released2013

    Directed byStephen 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 true...  more
  • 13

    Queen Bees

    Ellen Burstyn, James Caan
    12
    10

    Released2021

    Directed byMichael Lembeck

    Queen Bees is a 2021 American comedy film directed by Michael Lembeck. While her house undergoes repairs, fiercely independent senior Helen temporarily moves into a nearby retirement community, where...  more
  • 14

    Grandma

    Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner
    16
    15
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    WBTJ addedJudi Dench, Maggie Smith
    4
    1

    Released2015

    Directed byJohn Madden

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2015 comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, and the sequel to the 2011 film. As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy -...  more
  • 16

    The Beaches Of Agnès

    Agnès Varda, André Lubrano
    11
    10
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    Edith Bouvier Beale, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale
    13
    12

    Released1975

    Directed byAlbert 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 often...  more
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    WBTJ addedBette Davis, Vincent Price
    5
    1

    Released1987

    Directed byLindsay Anderson

    The Whales of August is a 1987 film based on a play by David Berry and stars Bette Davis and Lillian Gish as elderly sisters. Also in the cast were Ann Sothern as one of their friends, and Vincent...  more
  • 19

    Senior Moment

    Christopher Lloyd, William Shatner
    1
    0

    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

    I'll See You in My Dreams

    Blythe Danner, Martin Starr
    10
    8
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    Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant
    11
    10

    Released2016

    Directed byStephen 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 singing...  more
  • 22
    Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett
    7
    5

    Released2019

    Directed byCindy 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, Angela...  more
  • 23
    Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench
    10
    11

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard 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 was...  more
  • 24
    Sally Field, Max Greenfield
    6
    7

    Released2016

    Directed byMichael 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 Greenfield)....  more
  • 25
    Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance
    3
    6

    Released2003

    Directed byFrançois 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 Morton, who...  more