TOP 10 LIST: How Hollywood depicts the autumn of our lives

senior movies

If you’re lucky, or have really nice friends, you may have heard, “You look GREAT! Are you reverse aging?” While we know that can’t really happen, the movie Benjamin Button had everyone scratching their heads about the possibility.

What is true, however, is that now – more than ever – getting older doesn’t mean the end of doing activities that you love.

For those currently going through this stage of life, or those who plan to someday – which, God willing, is ALL of us – here are a few movies aimed at seniors (or at least those who have officially qualified for their AARP memberships) that are worth seeing.


Do you believe in magic, or um, aliens? When residents of a retirement community sneak into the pool at a nearby vacant home, they find themselves energized with unusual powers emitting from aliens in cocoons resting at the bottom of the pool. Sounds like a strange plot, sure, but it’s a great flick. Cast includes Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Brian Dennehy, Maureen Stapleton and Jessica Tandy, and was directed by Ron Howard.

5 Flights Up

Starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, this movie depicts an aging couple wrestling with a desire to move because their fifth-floor condo has become too burdensome to manage, while realizing how much a part of their lives the condo and neighborhood are. Other financial hardships emerge along the way, leaving the pair to wonder, “Where do we go from here?”

Something’s Gotta Give

An aging womanizer (portrayed by Jack Nicholson) who only dates women much younger than he, falls in love with a woman his own age (again, played by Diane Keaton) that happens to be the mother of his previous fling. The result is a funny, rollercoaster love-after-50 story.

The Bucket List

What would you do if you found out you only had months to live? In The Bucket List, two terminally-ill men (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson) escape from their reality with the goal of fulfilling their to-do list before leaving this world.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Benjamin Button was born as an elderly man and reverse ages throughout the movie, leaving him with no one to care for him. Starring Brad Pitt.

Harold and Maude

In this dark, romantic comedy, a 20-something finds himself changed after meeting a lively 80-something with whom he becomes romantically involved. The movie was first released in 1971, so perhaps you’ve already seen it a time or two, but it holds up even 45 years later.

Harry and Tonto

A grumpy old widower (played by Art Carney) embarks on an episodic cross-country journey that actually reflects all aspects of life, from sex and scandal to depression and dementia.

On Golden Pond

In this classic, a couple deals with what could possibly be a last birthday spent together. Stars include Katharine Hepburn, Dabney Coleman, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda.

Grumpy Old Men

A lifelong feud between two neighbors gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street. This hilarious comedy, which can truly be appreciated by audiences of all ages, stars Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann Margaret.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

In this comedy, British retirees opt to spend their retirement in exotic India.

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