Great Movies for People Over 50

Who Said There Are No Mature Faces in Film?

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While much of our popular culture is aimed at younger audiences, there are a fair number of “mature” faces in the films today.

If you are in the mood to see a movie that deals with the experiences of people over 50, this list of 10 will get you started.

About Schmidt (Rated R)
Jack Nicholson in a darkly comic performance as a man facing retirement, the death of his wife, estrangement from his daughter, and finally, coming to terms with his life.

Blood Work (Rated R)
Clint Eastwood stars as a former FBI agent, forced to retire because of a heart attack, who is called out of retirement to solve a two-year-old crime.

Calendar Girls (Rated PG-13)
Based on a true story, this funny and touching movie depicts the adventures of a group of British homemakers who decide to pose for a nude calendar to raise money for the local hospital after one of the women loses her husband to cancer. Starring Helen Mirren and a delightful cast.

Cocoon (Rated PG)
Residents in a senior community encounter aliens, who offer them the gift of eternal life. Don Ameche and Hume Cronyn lead a fine cast in this thoughtful film about the resilience of the human spirit.

Goodbye, Lenin! (Rated R)
When his socialist mother falls into a coma and recovers just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, her son tries valiantly to recreate socialist Germany because he fears the shock of the change would kill her.

This unusual, funny and poignant film deals with the reunification of a nation – and a family.

Nobody’s Fool (Rated R)
Paul Newman stars as a man who reconnects with his son – and himself – in a small town populated by interesting characters. Also stars the late Jessica Tandy in a touching performance.

Secondhand Lions (Rated PG)
This poignant comedy stars Robert Duvall and Michael Caine as gruff and eccentric brothers with mysterious pasts, who agree to let their 14-year-old nephew spend the summer.

Something’s Gotta Give (Rated PG-13)
This funny romantic comedy stars Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson as two people who meet when he is dating her daughter.

The Mother (Rated R)
After the death of her husband, an older woman finds romance with a younger man. This movie sensitively explores the challenges of moving on and enjoying life.

To Dance with the White Dog (Rated PG)
Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy star as a long-married couple. Plunged into grief when his wife dies, the husband’s spirits improve when he meets a white dog that only he can see.