If you are an older adult and enjoy movies, but the films they are releasing today just don’t appeal to you, then you need to focus more on good movies for older adults. Many in the retirement community gather their best friend and watch some of their favorite movies for seniors and senior citizens, so we had to collect some older adult movies that will appeal to those in their golden years. Check out this collection of the best movies for seniors and the older adult crowd.
Best Movies for Seniors
This collection of movies for older adults, or movies for old people, and movies for grandparents is a list that will appeal to not only the elderly but all ages. Those 60 plus movies range from everything from old movies to movie about older people that will resonate fond memories all around.
The Bucket List (2007)
Plot: Billionaire Edward Cole and car mechanic Carter Chambers are complete strangers, until fate lands them in the same hospital room. The ill men find they have two things in common: a need to come to terms with who they are and what they have done with their lives, and a desire to complete a list of things they want to see and do before they die. Against their doctor’s advice, the men leave the hospital and set out on the road trip of a lifetime.
Star Cast: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Alfonso Freeman
Julie & Julia (2009)
Plot: Frustrated with a soul-killing job, New Yorker Julie Powell embarks on a daring project: she vows to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Childs’ landmark cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Intertwined with Julie’s story is the true tale of how Julia Child herself conquered French cuisine with passion, fearlessness, and plenty of butter.
Star Cast: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci
As Good As It Gets (1997)
Plot: Melvin Udall is an obsessive-compulsive writer of romantic fiction who’s rude to everyone he meets, including his gay neighbor Simon, but when he has to look after Simon’s dog, he begins to soften and, if still not completely over his problems, finds he can conduct a relationship with the only waitress at the local diner who’ll serve him.
Star Cast: Jack Nicholson, Greg Kinnear, Helen Hunt
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Plot: When aging womanizer Harry Sanborn and his young girlfriend, Marin, arrive at her family’s beach house in the Hamptons, they find that her mother, dramatist Erica Barry, also plans to stay for the weekend. Erica is scandalized by the relationship and Harry’s sexist ways. But when Harry has a heart attack, and a doctor prescribes bed rest at the Barry home, he finds himself falling for Erica — who, for once, may be out of his league.
Star Cast: Jack Nicholson, Amanda Peet, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves
Gran Torino (2008)
Plot: Retired auto worker and Korean War vet Walt Kowalski fills emptiness in his life with beer and home repair, despising the many Asian, Latino and black families in his neighborhood. Walt becomes a reluctant hero when he stands up to the gangbangers who tried to force an Asian teen to steal Walt’s treasured car. An unlikely friendship develops between Walt and the teen, as he learns he has more in common with his neighbors than he thought.
Star Cast: Clint Eastwood, Scott Eastwood, Ahney Her
Victoria & Abdul (2017)
Plot: Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favour with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.
Star Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith
Going In Style (2017)
Plot: Lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Albert decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow when their pension funds become a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three men risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Star Cast: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Plot: Daisy Werthan, an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, is determined to maintain her independence. However, when she crashes her car, her son, Boolie, arranges for her to have a chauffeur, an African-American driver named Hoke Colburn. Daisy and Hoke‘s relationship gets off to a rocky start, but they gradually form a close friendship over the years, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions.
Star Cast: Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Morgan Freeman
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Plot: When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help.
Star Cast: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton
The Old Man & The Gun (2018)
Plot: At the age of 70, Forrest Tucker makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, conducting an unprecedented string of heists that confound authorities and enchant the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.
Star Cast: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Plot: Some British retirees in their golden years decide to outsource their retirement to exotic — and less expensive — India. Lured by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and imagining a life of leisure in lush surroundings, they arrive and find that the Marigold is actually a shell of its former self. Though their new home is not quite what they had imagined, the retirees find that life and love can begin again when they let go of their pasts.
Star Cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy
The King’s Speech (2010)
Plot: A historical drama of England’s Prince Albert who must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively during World War II, Elizabeth hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence.
Star Cast: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush
Forrest Gump (1994)
Plot: Slow-witted Forrest Gump has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother, he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save — his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny.
Star Cast: Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright
On Golden Pond (1981)
Plot: Cantankerous retiree Norman Thayer and his conciliatory wife, Ethel, spend summers at their New England vacation home on the shores of idyllic Golden Pond. This year, their adult daughter, Chelsea, visits with her new fiancée and his teenage son, Billy on their way to Europe. After leaving Billy behind to bond with Norman, Chelsea returns, attempting to repair the long-strained relationship with her aging father before it’s too late.
Star Cast: Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Doug McKeon, Jane Fonda
Last Vegas (2013)
Plot: Aging pals Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam have been best friends since childhood. When Billy finally proposes to his much-younger girlfriend, all four friends go to Las Vegas to celebrate the end of Billy’s longtime bachelorhood and relive their glory days. However, the four quickly realize that the intervening decades have changed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they had not imagined.
Star Cast: Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Robert De Niro
Singing in the Rain (1952)
Plot: When the transition is being made from silent films to `talkies’, everyone has trouble adapting. Don and Lina have been cast repeatedly as a romantic couple, but when their latest film is remade into a musical, only Don has the voice for the new singing part. After a lot of practise with a diction coach, Lina still sounds terrible, and Kathy, a bright young aspiring actress, is hired to record over her voice.
Star Cast: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Plot: John Gustafson and Max Goldman are two curmudgeonly neighbors who have been at each other’s throats for years. The rivalry of the former friends intensifies when Ariel comes along and provides a love interest for both of them. When Max finds out that John is experiencing family troubles and financial ruin, however, he steps in to help. Their bond is further cemented when John has a health scare and Max makes the ultimate sacrifice for his friend.
Star Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret
Book Club (2018)
Plot: Four friends’ lives are turned upside down when their book club tackles the infamous “50 Shades of Grey.” From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.
Star Cast: Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen
The Irishman (2019)
Plot: In the 1950s, truck driver Frank Sheeran gets involved with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family. As Sheeran climbs the ranks to become a top hit man, he also goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa — a powerful Teamster tied to organized crime.
Star Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Plot: George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence – who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.
Star Cast: James Stewart, Frank Capra, Donna Reed
The Holiday (2006)
Plot: Dumped and depressed, English rose Iris agrees to swap homes with similarly unlucky in love Californian Amanda for a much-needed break. Iris finds herself in a palatial Hollywood mansion while Amanda navigates the lanes of a picture-perfect English village. Soon enough, both lovelorn ladies bump into local lads perfect for a romantic comedy pick-me-up.
Star Cast: Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (2018)
Plot: In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from Oxford University — leaving Donna free to embark on a series of adventures throughout Europe. On her journeys, she makes the acquaintances of Harry, Bill and Sam — the latter whom she falls in love with, but he’s also the man who breaks her heart. In the present day, Donna’s pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother’s old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of Kalokairi. A musical comedy-drama film.
Star Cast: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Lily James
Plot: Once-popular opera diva Jean Horton creates a stir with her arrival at Beecham House, a retirement home for retired performers. No one feels the uproar more than Reginald, Jean’s ex-husband, who still stings from her long-ago infidelity. Most of the other Beecham residents are delighted, and try to convince Jean to join them in a performance of “Rigoletto.” Jean, however, knows that she is long past her prime and is reluctant to sully the memory of her once-lovely voice.
Star Cast: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly
All The President’s Men (1976)
Plot: Two green reporters and rivals working for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, research the botched 1972 burglary of the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex. With the help of a mysterious source, code-named Deep Throat, the two reporters make a connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. Despite dire warnings about their safety, the duo follows the money all the way to the top.
Star Cast: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Hal Holbrook
Plot: With the nation embroiled in still another year with the high death count of Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln (America’s most beloved Presidents) brings the full measure of his passion, humanity and political skill to what would become his defining legacy: to end the war and permanently abolish slavery through the 13th Amendment. Having great courage, acumen and moral fortitude, Lincoln pushes forward to compel the nation, and those in government who oppose him, to aim toward a greater good for all mankind.
Star Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones
Plot: Rick Blaine, who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo. Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.
Star Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid