Elderly Protagonists, Aging, etc.

by holyspacemonkey | created - 22 Sep 2013 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

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1. The Mother (2003)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A woman has a passionate affair with a man half her age, who is also sleeping with her daughter.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Anne Reid, Daniel Craig, Anna Wilson-Jones, Peter Vaughan

Votes: 3,872 | Gross: $1.06M

2. Scandalous John (1971)

G | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A crotchety old ranch owner fights to be able to live his life the way he wants to, and not the way other people--and the law--tell him he has to.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Brian Keith, Alfonso Arau, Michele Carey, Rick Lenz

Votes: 97

3. The Shootist (1976)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

77 Metascore

A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart

Votes: 20,901

4. Pauline and Paulette (2001)

PG | 78 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Pauline is a 'little girl of 66 years old'. She is intellectually disabled and been cared after by her sister Martha. When Martha dies, her two younger sisters, Paulette and Cecile have to ... See full summary »

Director: Lieven Debrauwer | Stars: Dora van der Groen, Ann Petersen, Rosemarie Bergmans, Julienne De Bruyn

Votes: 1,700 | Gross: $0.14M

5. Ladies in Lavender (2004)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

61 Metascore

Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930s Cornish seaside village.

Director: Charles Dance | Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Brühl, Freddie Jones

Votes: 10,288 | Gross: $6.76M

6. Key Largo (1948)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A man visits his war buddy's family hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 35,044

7. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 186,825

8. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

80 Metascore

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 38,157 | Gross: $20.78M

9. Amistad (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama, History

63 Metascore

In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 67,708 | Gross: $44.18M

10. I Remember Mama (1948)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Family

The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka, Philip Dorn

Votes: 4,751

11. Last Tango in Halifax (2012–2020)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Re-united after 50+ years apart, Celia and Alan decide to marry. At age 16, Alan's late wife failed to pass on a letter from Celia, his longtime crush, with an apology for missing their first date and her forwarding address. Both now have daughters with lover troubles.

Stars: Anne Reid, Derek Jacobi, Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker

Votes: 4,189

12. Beginners (2010)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and that he has a young male lover.

Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic

Votes: 85,143 | Gross: $5.79M

13. On Golden Pond (1981)

PG | 109 min | Drama

68 Metascore

Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon

Votes: 26,085 | Gross: $119.29M

14. Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy

Katharine Hepburn as Mrs. Delafield, a widow who falls in love with her Jewish doctor - to her and his children's objection.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Harold Gould, Bibi Besch, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 215

15. Grace Quigley (1984)

PG | 87 min | Comedy

Grace Quigley is nearing the end of her life, living alone in her New York apartment. One day she witnesses a murder being committed by top hit-man, Seymour Flint. She decides to blackmail ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Harvey | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Nick Nolte, Kit Le Fever, Chip Zien

Votes: 589

16. Harry and Tonto (1974)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

When his apartment building is torn down, a retired lifelong New Yorker goes on a cross country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Art Carney, Ellen Burstyn, René Enríquez, Herbert Berghof

Votes: 4,810

17. Hanging Up (2000)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

33 Metascore

A trio of sisters bond over their ambivalence toward the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them was particularly close.

Director: Diane Keaton | Stars: Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow, Walter Matthau

Votes: 11,450 | Gross: $36.05M

18. The Marriage Fool (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

A widower becomes re-charged when he meets an outgoing widow, but his son tries to block the romance.

Director: Charles Matthau | Stars: Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, John Stamos, Teri Polo

Votes: 216

19. The Odd Couple II (1998)

PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy

Oscar and Felix take a road trip to their son and daughter's wedding.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Richard Riehle, Jonathan Silverman

Votes: 8,734 | Gross: $18.91M

20. Out to Sea (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

49 Metascore

A failed gambler, intent on meeting a rich widow, tricks his widowed brother-in-law into boarding a cruise ship as dance hosts.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Dyan Cannon, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 7,546 | Gross: $27.97M

21. I'm Not Rappaport (1996)

PG-13 | 135 min | Comedy

Two old men - a white former radical, and a black retired janitor - strike up an unusual and funny friendship on a park bench in New York, where they deal with family, drug dealers, and the pitfalls of age.

Director: Herb Gardner | Stars: Walter Matthau, Ossie Davis, Amy Irving, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 1,487 | Gross: $0.22M

22. Grumpier Old Men (1995)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

46 Metascore

John and Max resolve to save their beloved bait shop from turning into an Italian restaurant, just as its new female owner catches Max's attention.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Ann-Margret, Sophia Loren

Votes: 23,005 | Gross: $69.87M

23. Grumpy Old Men (1993)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 40,986 | Gross: $70.17M

24. Incident in a Small Town (1994 TV Movie)

PG | 85 min | Drama, War

Walter Matthau and Harry Morgan star in this made-for-television drama, in which a judge in a small town discovers that the skeletons in his family closet are aired for all to see after he's named as a prime suspect in a murder.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Walter Matthau, Harry Morgan, Stephanie Zimbalist, Nick Stahl

Votes: 327

25. Dennis the Menace (1993)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

When his parents have to go out of town, Dennis stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Walter Matthau, Mason Gamble, Joan Plowright, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 53,067 | Gross: $51.27M

26. The Incident (1990 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama

Small town lawyer, Harmon Cobb, defends a Nazi prisoner of war against murder charges. Set during World War II, Cobb has to contend with the difficulties of defending the devil when the ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Walter Matthau, Susan Blakely, Robert Carradine, Peter Firth

Votes: 442

27. The Little Devil (1988)

101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

During an exorcism, father Maurice meets a little devil named Giuditta, who refuses to return to hell and decides to discover the world.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Walter Matthau, Stefania Sandrelli, Giacomo Piperno

Votes: 3,373

28. Tuesdays with Morrie (1999 TV Movie)

89 min | Biography, Drama

A journalist finds himself questioning his own life when his best friend, a dying man, offers him some very powerful wisdom and advice for coping in relationships, careers and society.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Hank Azaria, Wendy Moniz-Grillo, Caroline Aaron

Votes: 4,111

29. A Little Romance (1979)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

This 1979 romantic tale captures a young Diane Lane in her screen debut as an American teenager living in Paris, who meets and falls in love with a French teenager (Theolonious Bernard).

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Diane Lane, Thelonious Bernard, Arthur Hill

Votes: 4,884

30. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 87,356 | Gross: $46.41M

31. Get Low (2009)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.

Director: Aaron Schneider | Stars: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black

Votes: 21,529 | Gross: $9.18M

32. Polyester (1981)

R | 86 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A suburban housewife's world falls apart when she finds that her pornographer husband is serially unfaithful to her, her daughter is pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, David Samson

Votes: 6,585

33. Polyester (1981)

R | 86 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A suburban housewife's world falls apart when she finds that her pornographer husband is serially unfaithful to her, her daughter is pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, David Samson

Votes: 6,585

34. Venus (I) (2006)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside down after they meet a brash teenager.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Jodie Whittaker, Leslie Phillips, Beatrice Savoretti

Votes: 12,107 | Gross: $3.34M

35. Friend Request Pending (2012)

TV-G | 12 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

FRIEND REQUEST PENDING is a short comedy drama about the mature generation dating in our modern social networking world. It's a tale of love but more importantly life long friendship. The ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Foggin | Stars: Judi Dench, Penny Ryder, Philip Jackson, Tom Hiddleston

Votes: 814

36. A Majority of One (1961)

Approved | 156 min | Comedy, Family, Drama

A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman and widower, and a Brooklyn widow. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness, and forgiveness.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue

Votes: 941

37. The More the Merrier (1943)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Romance, War

During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines

Votes: 5,552

38. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

67 Metascore

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 167,420 | Gross: $4.53M

39. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

PG | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

72 Metascore

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 402,246 | Gross: $206.46M

40. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved | 128 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands

Votes: 6,596

41. Big Fish (2003)

PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange

Votes: 398,147 | Gross: $66.26M

42. Spellbound (1945)

Approved | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 40,555 | Gross: $7.00M

43. Quartet (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Composer Giuseppe Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean (Dame Maggie Smith), an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

Director: Dustin Hoffman | Stars: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay

Votes: 18,362 | Gross: $18.39M