Over the Hill!

by brickley220 | created - 27 Jul 2011 | updated - 15 Nov 2011 | Public

I know that you youngsters think you know it all but all you are doing is annoying us wrinklies who do. Here are some titles for the more discerning and mature audience. It is a Work in Progress so feel free to submit suggestions (but not 'Drop Dead Fred' as that is too close to reality).

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1. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner, Strother Martin

Votes: 6,949 | Gross: $3.50M

Old timer gets dumped by his evil younger henchmen. But he gets the last laugh and the girl as well.

2. Ride the High Country (1962)

Approved | 94 min | Western

7.6
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An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr

Votes: 10,110

We all know it as 'Ride the High Country'. No wonder old men get grumpy! How's the hernia Bob?

3. The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Mystery

7.2
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The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body...

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 27,575

Captain Wiles finds out that you can teach an Old Sea Dog some New Tricks.

4. Notorious (1946)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

8.0
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A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern

Votes: 79,505 | Gross: $10.46M

Alexander Sebastian finds out the hard way that "There is no fool like an old fool" especially when it involves a beautiful woman.

5. Hobson's Choice (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson

Votes: 5,166

Henry Hobson did run the most successful shoe shop in Salford until his daughter married the trade secret in the cellar.

6. Ryan's Daughter (1970)

GP | 206 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Christopher Jones

Votes: 7,104 | Gross: $30.85M

It takes the Village Simpleton to teach the School Master the real meaning of love.

7. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.5
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A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 157,268

Although she was past her best Norma could still knock the young men dead in the aisles.

8. Double Indemnity (1944)

Not Rated | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.3
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An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 110,669 | Gross: $5.72M

Walter and Phyllis think that they have out foxed the Insurance Company but they had forgotten the old foxhound - Barton Keyes.

9. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig

Votes: 124,455 | Gross: $75.51M

Chingachgook really loses his rag when his son is killed and cancels Magua's All American Pension Plan, permanently.

10. Heat (1995)

R | 170 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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76 Metascore

A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and their professional lives.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight

Votes: 475,811 | Gross: $67.44M

Neil McCauley ignores his own advice for a long and happy retirement when he finds someone that he is not prepared to drop in thirty seconds.

11. About Schmidt (2002)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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85 Metascore

A man upon retirement, embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates

Votes: 112,671 | Gross: $65.02M

Warren's retirement plans go for a burton when his wife suddenly expires prematurely. What are the odds of that happening?

12. The Bucket List (2007)

PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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42 Metascore

Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Beverly Todd

Votes: 200,587 | Gross: $93.47M

Edward and Carter discover that there is more to life than working for a living.

13. Secondhand Lions (2003)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.6
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52 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

Director: Tim McCanlies | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick

Votes: 46,036 | Gross: $41.41M

Garth and Hub show great nephew Walter lots of Old Dog (and Lion) tricks when he comes to stay for a while.

14. The Lion in Winter (1968)

PG | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.

Director: Anthony Harvey | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle

Votes: 24,849 | Gross: $0.02M

King Henry II has the wife and the family to visit for Christmas 1183. Even his mistress's brother pops in for a friendly chat and everyone wants a piece of the cake.

15. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.7
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The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 37,753 | Gross: $27.28M

Ebenezer is the pillar of the community and he knows it; but can he get into the Christmas Spirit with some help from his furry friends?

16. Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

8.2
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85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 308,131 | Gross: $101.16M

William Munny is short of money and cannot make ends meet, but the Schofield Kid comes up with a nice earner. However they have to get past Little Bill Daggett, the local Sherriff and it will not end well.

17. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.5
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67 Metascore

Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted, at a cost, when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 52,338 | Gross: $63.77M

They say that women prefer the older man with that little something extra, but there's the Devil to pay when Daryl Van Horne arrives in this sweet little New England backwater.

18. Open Range (2003)

R | 139 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.5
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67 Metascore

A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Diego Luna, Abraham Benrubi

Votes: 57,920 | Gross: $58.33M

Boss and Charley are just minding their own business and their cattle when a wicked and greedy Cattle Baron forces them to defend themselves. They are just too old to learn how to back down from a fight.

19. Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

R | 130 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett McGill, Moses Gunn

Votes: 33,273 | Gross: $42.72M

One more job to do before Gunny Highway leaves the Corps. He is good at fixing hearts and minds but please don't bully or bore him.

20. Something's Gotta Give (2003)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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66 Metascore

A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet

Votes: 97,387 | Gross: $124.73M

Harry is too much of a Swinger to settle down and become a sensible, senior citizen. Then he meets his girlfriend's mother Erica and that may just change his heart and his mind.

21. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 616,717 | Gross: $148.10M

Widower Walt has retired from the assembly line to find that his family and neighbours have changed. It takes a stranger to motivate him into committing his life to the community.

22. Harry Brown (2009)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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55 Metascore

An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.

Director: Daniel Barber | Stars: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley, Charlie Creed-Miles

Votes: 77,784 | Gross: $1.82M

Ex-Royal Marine Harry has just lost his wife when his best mate is butchered by the local bully boys. The PC Police cannot prosecute so the pensioner pursues a perilous plan to punish the pernicious pests.

23. Is Anybody There? (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama

6.8
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54 Metascore

Set in 1980s seaside England, this is the story of Edward, an unusual ten year old boy growing up in an old people's home run by his parents. Whilst his mother struggles to keep the family ... See full summary »

Director: John Crowley | Stars: Michael Caine, Bill Milner, Anne-Marie Duff, Ralph Riach

Votes: 4,281 | Gross: $2.02M

Widowed Wizard ends up in a Rest Home full of aged characters and one youngster who is preoccupied with dead people. What can these two possibly have in common? The answer is magic!

24. Flawless (2007)

PG-13 | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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57 Metascore

Set in 1960 London, where a soon to retire caretaker convinces a glass-ceiling constrained American executive to help him steal a handful of diamonds from their employer, the London Diamond Corporation.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Lambert Wilson, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 20,634 | Gross: $1.20M

Hobbs might just be a Janitor with a plan to enhance his pension or has he got another Agenda?

25. The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.8
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68 Metascore

The story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle, which helped him set the land speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Iain Rea, Tessa Mitchell

Votes: 46,829 | Gross: $5.13M

Burt realises his dream and takes his motorbike to Bonneville where he can go flat out. Pensioner Power!!!