Days of Old (age)by peterdi315 | created - 11 Sep 2012 | updated - 16 Oct 2012 | Public
Some of the best films/shows depicting the (not always) golden years. Sometimes funny, often sad and occasionally even graceful. How people cope with aging loved ones or aging themselves. Stories full of life, love, adventure, mystery, drama and occasionally death. Often realistically told, other times less so. All-Time. Alphabetically.
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1. About Schmidt (2002)
R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 113,508 | Gross: $65.02M
2. Age-Old Friends (1989 TV Movie)
87 min | Comedy
John Cooper is in a retirement home. There are strict rules for the residents, but he refuses to fall into passivity. He flirts constantly with Nurse Wilson and spends time with his best ... See full summary »
3. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.
4. As Summers Die (1986 TV Movie)
87 min | Drama
The plot centers around a large area of land owned by an old black lady, Elvira Backus. It had been given to her by her one time employer and secret father of her two children, a southern ... See full summary »
5. Atlantic City (1980)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs, and danger.
6. Away from Her (2006)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama
A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.
Votes: 19,837 | Gross: $4.57M
7. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When two brothers organize the robbery of their parent's jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Votes: 86,885 | Gross: $7.08M
8. Beginners (2010)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.
Votes: 80,413 | Gross: $5.79M
9. Bernard and Doris (2006)
TV-14 | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
The story of the twilight years of tobacco billionairess Doris Duke and her relationship with her gay butler, to whom she left her entire fortune.
10. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Votes: 81,403 | Gross: $46.41M
13. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Romance
Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.
Votes: 60,519 | Gross: $71.52M
14. Broken Flowers (2005)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.
Votes: 88,021 | Gross: $13.74M
16. The Browning Version (1994)
R | 97 min | Drama
Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British public school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,663 | Gross: $0.46M
17. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Elvis and JFK, both alive and in a nursing home, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.
Votes: 41,261 | Gross: $2.00M
18. The Bucket List (2007)
PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 202,685 | Gross: $93.47M
19. Calendar Girls (2003)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation.
Votes: 20,807 | Gross: $31.04M
20. Camilla (1994)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama
Vincent and Freda Lopez are a young married Toronto couple who both indulge in the arts, Vince as an artist and Freda as a musician/composer. Their marriage is not as secure as it may seem ... See full summary »
Votes: 883 | Gross: $0.25M
21. Cocoon (1985)
PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.
Votes: 49,146 | Gross: $76.11M
22. Cocoon: The Return (1988)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery
The old age pensioners that left at the end of the first film come back to Earth to visit their relatives. Will they all decide to go back to the planet where no one grows old, or will they be tempted to stay back on Earth?
Votes: 13,228 | Gross: $18.92M
23. Crazy Heart (2009)
R | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.
Votes: 74,829 | Gross: $39.46M
24. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Votes: 507,039 | Gross: $127.51M
26. Decoration Day (1990 TV Movie)
PG | 100 min | Drama
A cantankerous widower (Garner) who is virtually living the life of a recluse is forced to rejoin his community when his Godchild (Skaggs) gets in trouble and a childhood friend (Cobbs), a ... See full summary »
29. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
PG | 99 min | Drama
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.
Votes: 81,987 | Gross: $106.59M
30. Driving Miss Daisy (1992 TV Movie)
30 min | Comedy
Failed series pilot based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play and multi-Academy Award-winning film. Was aired on CBS during the summer of 1992.
31. Elegy (I) (2008)
R | 112 min | Drama, Romance
Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life -- which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood" -- thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.
Votes: 20,478 | Gross: $3.58M
32. The Enchanted Forest (1945)
Passed | 78 min | Drama, Family
A little boy lost in the woods is found and raised by Old John, a hermit, who teaches the boy about life in general and nature in particular.
33. The Evening Star (1996)
PG-13 | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Continuing the story of Aurora Greenway in her latter years. After the death of her daughter, Aurora struggled to keep her family together, but has one grandson in jail, a rebellious ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,666 | Gross: $12.77M
34. Everybody's Fine (2009)
PG-13 | 99 min | Adventure, Drama
A widower who realized his only connection to his family was through his wife sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children.
Votes: 53,776 | Gross: $8.86M
35. The Eye of the Storm (2011)
Not Rated | 114 min | Drama
Elizabeth Hunter controls all in her life - society, her staff, her children; but the once great beauty will now determine her most defiant act as she chooses her time to die.
Votes: 1,368 | Gross: $0.08M
38. Folks! (1992)
PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
A slightly self absorbed yuppie takes in his parents including his senile father, after their home burns down. But his personal and professional life fall apart soon after.
Votes: 2,189 | Gross: $6.13M
39. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama
A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.
Votes: 57,275 | Gross: $82.42M
40. Get Low (2009)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Mystery
A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.
Votes: 20,212 | Gross: $9.18M
41. Ghost Story (1981)
R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Two generations of men find themselves haunted by the presence of a spectral woman. When the son of one of the elderly men returns to his hometown after his brother's mysterious death, they attempt to unravel her story.
Votes: 6,356 | Gross: $23.37M
42. Ginger and Fred (1986)
PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama
Amelia and Pippo are reunited after several decades to perform their old music-hall act (imitating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) on a TV variety show. It's both a touchingly nostalgic ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,935 | Gross: $0.84M
43. Where's Poppa? (1970)
R | 82 min | Comedy
When New York attorney Gordon Hocheiser meets Louise Callan, the girl of his dreams, he schemes to eliminate his aging, senile mother, even though he promised his late father that he'd ... See full summary »
47. Grace Quigley (1984)
PG | 87 min | Comedy
Grace Quigley is nearing the end of her life, living alone in her New York apartment. One day she witnesses a murder being committed by top hit-man, Seymour Flint. She decides to blackmail ... See full summary »
48. Gran Torino (2008)
R | 116 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 625,211 | Gross: $148.10M
50. Grumpy Old Men (1993)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.
Votes: 37,737 | Gross: $70.17M
51. Grumpier Old Men (1995)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance
John and Max resolve to save their beloved bait shop from turning into an Italian restaurant, just as its new female owner catches Max's attention.
Votes: 21,128 | Gross: $69.87M
52. Guarding Tess (1994)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama
A former U.S. First Lady wants a particular Secret Service agent to head her bodyguard detail, even though he can't stand her.
Votes: 13,779 | Gross: $27.05M
53. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé.
Votes: 32,633 | Gross: $56.70M
54. Hanging Up (2000)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
A trio of sisters bond over their ambivalence toward the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them was particularly close.
Votes: 10,798 | Gross: $36.05M
56. Harry and Tonto (1974)
R | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
When his apartment building is torn down, a retired lifelong New Yorker goes on a cross country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto.
57. Harry Brown (2009)
R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.
Votes: 78,234 | Gross: $1.82M
58. Heidi (1937)
Approved | 88 min | Drama, Family, Musical
A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.
59. Heidi (1993– )
G | 193 min | Drama, Family
After charming her reclusive grandfather and falling in love with the beautiful mountain he calls home, Heidi is uprooted and sent to Frankfurt where she befriends Klara, a young girl confined to a wheelchair.
60. Homebodies (1974)
PG | 96 min | Comedy, Horror
When a quiet group of pensioners learn that their homes are to be torn down to make way for a block of flats, they decide to take action. What starts as an attempt to discourage the ... See full summary »
61. Hope Springs (2012)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.
Votes: 37,078 | Gross: $63.54M
62. The Hours (2002)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance
The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.
Votes: 110,729 | Gross: $41.68M
64. I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
PG-13 | 135 min | Comedy
Old Nat Moyer is a talker, a philosopher, and a troublemaker with a fanciful imagination. His companion is Midge Carter, who is half-blind, but still the super of an apartment house. When ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,384 | Gross: $0.22M
65. In the Valley of Elah (2007)
R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.
Votes: 63,594 | Gross: $6.78M
66. Inherit the Wind (1960)
Not Rated | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History
Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.
67. Invictus (2009)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Votes: 134,624 | Gross: $37.49M
68. The Iron Lady (2011)
PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.
Votes: 90,958 | Gross: $30.02M
69. Iris (I) (2001)
R | 91 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Votes: 15,653 | Gross: $1.29M
70. Is Anybody There? (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Drama
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 »
Votes: 4,307 | Gross: $2.02M
71. Jack (1996)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Because of an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, a boy enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man.
Votes: 50,141 | Gross: $58.62M
72. Kotch (1971)
GP | 113 min | Comedy, Drama
Wanting to avoid settling in a nursing home, Joseph Kotcher, a retired salesman, is obliged to leave his son's family. He embarks on a road trip during which he strikes up a friendship with... See full summary »
75. Le chat (1971)
86 min | Drama
Courbevoie (France), 1971. Julien Bouin, a former typographist, and his wife Clemence, who used to perform in a circus, hardly talk to each other in their small house, soon to be demolished... See full summary »
76. My Father's Guests (2010)
Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy
Lucien Paumelle has been a human rights activist for decades and his relatives are not astonished when he announces that he is determined to help illegal immigrants by giving them shelter ... See full summary »
77. The Lion in Winter (1968)
PG | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 25,210 | Gross: $0.02M
78. Love Among the Ruins (1975 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance
An aging actress is being sued for breach of promise. She hires as her lawyer a man who was an ex-lover and is still in love with her, although she doesn't know it. She realizes that the ... See full summary »
80. Maadadayo (1993)
134 min | Drama
Following World War II, a retired professor approaching his autumn years finds his quality of life drastically reduced in war-torn Tokyo. Denying despair, he pursues writing and celebrates his birthday with his adoring students.
Votes: 4,166 | Gross: $0.05M
81. Madame Sousatzka (1988)
PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Music
Renowned Russian piano teacher Irina Sousatzka gets a new student - Bengali piano prodigy Manek. They are both immigrants in the UK and bond quickly. When Manek's single mother's business fails, he must make a career decision.
Votes: 1,171 | Gross: $3.55M
83. The Maiden Heist (2009)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime
A comedy centered on three museum security guards who devise a plan to steal back the artworks to which they have become attached after they are transferred to another museum.
84. A Majority of One (1961)
Approved | 156 min | Comedy, Family, Drama
A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman and widower, and a Brooklyn widow. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness.
86. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
Votes: 34,355 | Gross: $2.65M
89. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
PG-13 | 126 min | Drama
Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children.
Votes: 2,495 | Gross: $7.70M
90. Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951)
Unrated | 87 min | Comedy
An urbane, sharp-tongued expert on how to stay young interrupts a lecturing tour to prove his theory at a dilapidated old people's home. To the despair of his agent and the alarm of the ... See full summary »
91. Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (1986 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy
Katharine Hepburn as Mrs. Delafield, a widow who falls in love with her Jewish doctor - to her and his children's objection.
92. My Fellow Americans (1996)
PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy
Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives.
Votes: 13,016 | Gross: $22.29M
95. The Notebook (2004)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance
A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.
Votes: 441,298 | Gross: $81.00M
96. Old Gringo (1989)
R | 119 min | Adventure, History, Romance
When school teacher Harriet Winslow goes to Mexico to teach, she is kidnapped by Gen. Tomas Arroyo and his revolutionaries. An aging American, Ambrose "Old Gringo" Bierce also in Mexico, ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,588 | Gross: $3.57M
97. The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
Not Rated | 86 min | Adventure, Drama
An old Cuban fisherman's dry spell is broken when he hooks a gigantic fish that drags him out to sea. Based on Ernest Hemingway's story.
98. On Golden Pond (1981)
PG | 109 min | Drama
Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.
Votes: 23,645 | Gross: $119.29M
99. On Golden Pond (2001 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama
Ethel and Norman Thayer are an old couple living "On Golden Pond". Their daughter, Chelsea, is 42 years old, and has never been married. She is dating a 45 year old dentist, and brings him ... See full summary »
100. Out to Sea (1997)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance
A failed gambler, intent on meeting a rich widow, tricks his widowed brother-in-law into boarding a cruise ship as dance hosts.
Votes: 6,860 | Gross: $27.97M