The Middle (age)

Films and show that deal with middle age. Mid-life adventures. Mid-life romances. Mid-life crises. Sometimes called the sandwich generation - often caught between taking care of kids and taking care of parents. Still seeking love, success, fulfillment or simple understanding. All genres. All-Time. Alphabetically.
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1.
The African Queen (1951)
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In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
2.
All About Eve (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
 
3.
The American President (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. President and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception", and sparks fly anyway. (114 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
4.
Another Year (2010)
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A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends. (129 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
5.
Arbitrage (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. (107 mins.)
 
6.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
7.
The Banger Sisters (2002)
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Lavinia and Suzette, former rock groupies and best friends, reconnect after twenty years; one is still as wild as ever, while the other has adopted a more conservative lifestyle. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Dolman
 
8.
Barney's Version (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky. (134 mins.)
 
9.
Between Friends (1983 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two middle-aged women with nothing in common meet by accident and develop a close friendship while continuing to deal with their own lives. (100 mins.)
Director: Lou Antonio
 
10.
The Big C (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A suburban mother faces her cancer diagnosis while trying to find humor and happiness as well. (30 mins.)
 
11.
Box of Moon Light (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides... (112 mins.)
Director: Tom DiCillo
 
12.
Bull Durham (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him. (108 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
13.
Cairo Time (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A romantic drama about a brief, unexpected love affair that catches two people completely off-guard. (90 mins.)
Director: Ruba Nadda
 
14.
The Closer (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city's toughest, most sensitive cases. (46 mins.)
 
15.
Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger. (99 mins.)
Director: Daniel Mann
 
16.
Damage (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery. (111 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
17.
Death Becomes Her (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
18.
The Descendants (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
19.
Desk Set (1957)
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Two extremely strong personalities clash over the computerization of a television network's research department. (103 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
20.
Dodsworth (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A retired auto manufacturer and his wife take a long-planned European vacation only to find that they want very different things from life. (101 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
21.
The Dollmaker (1984 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of... (142 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
22.
Educating Rita (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny... (110 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
23.
Elling (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet... (89 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
 
24.
Emotional Arithmetic (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Semi-retired university professor David Winters and his wife and former student Melanie Winters née... (99 mins.)
Director: Paolo Barzman
 
25.
(1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
26.
Everybody's Fine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (99 mins.)
Director: Kirk Jones
 
27.
A Fine Romance (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
British sitcom about the simple relationship between Mike and Laura, two fairly unlikely individuals who come together and form an unmarried union... (30 mins.)
 
28.
The First Wives Club (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women. (103 mins.)
Director: Hugh Wilson
 
29.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother. (116 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
 
30.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
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The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend the alien race and Earth from a reptilian warlord. (102 mins.)
Director: Dean Parisot
 
31.
The Game (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality. (129 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
32.
Grand Canyon (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles... (134 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
33.
Grown Ups (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend. (102 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
 
34.
Handsome Harry (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An ex-Navy man carrying out the last wish of a dying shipmate renews contact with old friends to break the code of silence around a mysterious, long-buried crime. (94 mins.)
Director: Bette Gordon
 
35.
Harry & Son (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Harry Keach has been widowed for two years and works as a demolition crane operator on a demolition crew. (120 mins.)
Director: Paul Newman
 
36.
Heartbreakers (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A mother and daughter con team seduce and scam wealthy men. (123 mins.)
Director: David Mirkin
 
37.
Howards End (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman. (140 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
38.
Husbands (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together... (131 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
39.
Imaginary Heroes (2004)
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The Travis family façade is destroyed by an event incomprehensible to them -- an event which will open... (111 mins.)
Director: Dan Harris
 
40.
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. (106 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
 
41.
Larry Crowne (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college. (98 mins.)
Director: Tom Hanks
 
42.
Last Chance Harvey (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In London for his daughter's wedding, a rumpled man finds his romantic spirits lifted by a new woman in his life. (93 mins.)
Director: Joel Hopkins
 
43.
Lolita (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet. (153 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
44.
Lolita (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter. (137 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
45.
The Man Who Sued God (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, a lawyer who became a fisherman from frustration. When his one piece of property... (97 mins.)
Director: Mark Joffe
 
46.
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
47.
Men of a Certain Age (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A group of college buddies in the throes of middle age keep their friendship going long after they've graduated. (60 mins.)
 
48.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse. (92 mins.)
Director: Bharat Nalluri
 
49.
A Month by the Lake (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year... (92 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
 
50.
The Morning After (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A washed up, alcoholic actress who is prone to blackouts wakes up next to a murdered man. Did she kill him and, if not, is she in danger? (103 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
51.
Mother Is a Freshman (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In order to afford her daughter's college tuition, a woman enrolls herself at the same school aided by a rare large bursary but they both fall in-love with the same cute English professor. (81 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
52.
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (126 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
53.
Murphy's Romance (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch... (107 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
54.
The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A divorced mom tries to keep pace with everyone around her. (22 mins.)
 
55.
The Newsroom (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor. (55 mins.)
 
56.
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A doctor who is traveling to see his estranged son sparks with an unhappily married woman at a North Carolina inn. (97 mins.)
Director: George C. Wolfe
 
57.
Nobody's Fool (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A stubborn man past his prime reflects his life of strict independence and seeks more out of himself. (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
58.
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
 
59.
Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Unassuming and single thirty-three year old Tillie Shlain is at that phase of her life of being known... (100 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
60.
Political Animals (2012 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A divorced, former First Lady, is currently serving as the Secretary of State. She deals with State Department issues, while trying to keep her family together. (360 mins.)
 
61.
Rachel, Rachel (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rachel is a 35 year old school teacher who has no man in her life and lives with her mother. When a man from the big city returns and asks her out, she begins to have to make decisions about her life and where she wants it to go. (101 mins.)
Director: Paul Newman
 
62.
The Rainmaker (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Lizzie Curry is on the verge of becoming a hopeless old maid. Her wit and intelligence and skills as... (121 mins.)
Director: Joseph Anthony
 
63.
The Remains of the Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer. (134 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
64.
Renaissance Man (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A failed businessman is hired by the army to teach a group of underachieving recruits in order to help them pass basic training. (128 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
65.
Robin and Marian (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
66.
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An aging actress travels to Rome with her husband; after he suddenly dies during the flight, she begins a passionate affair with a young gigolo. (103 mins.)
Director: José Quintero
 
67.
The Savages (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father. (114 mins.)
Director: Tamara Jenkins
 
68.
Shadowlands (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer, and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S. (131 mins.)
 
69.
Shirley Valentine (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg... (108 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
70.
Sideways (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
71.
Smart People (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Into the life of a widowed professor comes a new love and an unexpected visit from his adopted brother. (95 mins.)
Director: Noam Murro
 
72.
Snow Cake (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident. (112 mins.)
Director: Marc Evans
 
73.
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (128 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
 
74.
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. (81 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
 
75.
Stanley & Iris (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A struggling widow falls in love with an illiterate short-order cook whom she teaches to read and write in her kitchen each night. (104 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
76.
The Starter Wife (2007 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The ex-wife of a Hollywood studio boss restarts her life after their divorce. (276 mins.)
 
77.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. (122 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
78.
Summertime (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy. (99 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
79.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
80.
Unfaithful (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling. (124 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
81.
Up in the Air (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
82.
The Upside of Anger (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When her husband unexpectedly disappears, a sharp-witted suburban wife and her daughters juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas and family dynamics. (118 mins.)
Director: Mike Binder
 
83.
The Verdict (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. (129 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
84.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
85.
Win Win (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
86.
The Woman in the Window (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder. (107 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
87.
Wonder Boys (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in. (107 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson