Great Movies for People Over 50

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Millennials aren't the only age group frequenting the movies. The need to be entertained spans the ages. Like—who doesn't love stepping out of a theater feeling like the story spoke your truth? Still, with much of popular culture aimed at young audiences these days, sometimes it's hard for the older generation to feel that pull. Luckily, there are a number of films that please a more mature audience. From classics to comedies, our list contains some favorites.

About Schmidt (Rated R)

Jack Nicholson plays Warren Schmidt, a man facing retirement, the death of his wife, and estrangement from his daughter all at the same time. This dark comedy unveils Schmidt's coming to terms with his own life's path, with some self-discovery thrown in along the way.

Apocalypse Now (Rated R)

It's 1970, Vietnam, and all the draftees want to do is surf and do drugs. This classic film, inspired by the novel Heart of Darkness, chronicles Captain Willard's (Martin Sheen) hunt for AWOL Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) in the Cambodian jungle. This must-see classic showcases great cinematography and was nominated for eight Academy Awards.

Calendar Girls (Rated PG-13)

This funny yet touching movie depicts the adventures of a group of British homemakers who pose for a nude calendar to raise money for their local hospital. Based on a true story, this delightful cast—starring Helen Mirren—makes us laugh, cry, and cheer for them and their scantily clad fundraiser.

Cocoon (Rated PG)

Residents of a Florida senior living community stumble upon alien "pods" in the residents' swimming pool. These pods offer "fountain of youth" capabilities that force them to choose between life everlasting and their own mortality. Don Ameche and Hume Cronyn lead a fine cast in a thoughtful film about the resilience of the human spirit.

Good Bye, Lenin! (Rated R)

When his socialist mother falls into a coma—only to recover just after the fall of the Berlin Wall—her son, Alex (Daniel Brühl), tries valiantly to keep her in good health by recreating socialist Germany. This unusual, funny, and poignant film deals with the reunification of both a nation and a family.

Kramer vs. Kramer (Rated PG)

Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep made this story of divorce famous by detailing the unhappiness of a couple and their fight for their son's custody. A true classic drama, Kramer vs. Kramer makes you pick sides, and then empathize with the other one, all in one sitting. 

Secondhand Lions (Rated PG)

This poignant family-friendly film stars Robert Duvall and Michael Caine as gruff and eccentric brothers with mysterious pasts. When Walter, their 14-year-old grand nephew, gets dumped on them one summer, it forces the pair to rediscover the impulsive spirit of their youth through a series of comedic flashbacks.

Something’s Gotta Give (Rated PG-13)

A romantic tale of a womanizer, his young girlfriend, and her aging mother showcases the talents of both Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Two complete opposites, this couple unexpectedly falls in love after Nicholson suffers a heart attack and Keaton takes on the role of nursing him back to health.