There are so many great movies to watch, but what makes the best movies are those stories that touch us in a personal way and help us identify with the characters we see on the silver screen. Hollywood is finally catching up with the demographics in America and producing more and more movies featuring older adults. Here’s a list of some of my favorite movies that feature characters that are (mostly) young at heart.

Re-watch classics like Driving Miss Daisy and Fried Green Tomatoes or check out a newer one from the list. Some of these movies will make you cry, some will make you think and some will make you laugh. You’re sure to find one you’ll enjoy, no matter your age. 

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The Bucket List (2007)

Genre/ Rating: Comedy/ PG13

Summary: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common, except they both have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to make a bucket list of all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die. In the process of completing the list, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find the joy in life.

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Gran Torino (2009)

Genre/ Rating: Drama/ R

Summary: Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Walt is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man, who can’t get along with either his kids or his neighbors. 

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Nebraska (2013)

Genre/ Rating: Drama/ R

Summary: After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his estranged son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Getting waylaid in the father’s hometown in Nebraska, the son tries to reconnect with his impenetrable father.

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The Intern (2015)

Genre/ Rating: Comedy/ PG13

Summary: Ben Whittaker is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

Genre/ Rating: Comedy/ PG13

Summary: When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to ‘outsource’ their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways.

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Book Club (2018)

Genre/ Rating: Comedy-Romance/ PG13

Summary: Four friends’ lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.

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The Wife (2018)

Genre/ Rating: Drama/ R

Summary: The story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition interwoven with a portrait of a marriage, 30-plus years later, a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals and mutual love.

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The Mule (2019)

Genre/ Rating: Drama/ R

Summary: Earl Stone is a man in his 80s who is broke, alone and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel! 

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Edie (2019)

Genre/ Rating: Drama/ NR

Summary: Following the death of her husband, Edie breaks free from years of his control and rebels against her daughter’s wish for her to move into assisted living by embarking on an adventure she and her father had always longed for: a trip to the Scottish Highlands to climb the world-famous Mt. Suilven.

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The Farewell (2019)

Genre/ Rating: Comedy-Drama/ PG

Summary: Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. 

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Written by and posted on behalf of Carolyn Boyer, Outreach Services Assistant Manager.