Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Aging Films to Watch Next

Photo by Pete Zarria.
Since about 2010, I have watch about one film about aging a week.

Films I've seen include classics such as On Golden Pond and new hits such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

These I have listed and summarized in another blog post:

See another post of films about aging I HAVE seen and reviewed. 

So it's about 200 films down, and about 180 films to go.

This is a companion post that lists movies I have yet to watch.

Below is a list of films that I have NOT seen or reviewed. Yet!  If your favorite is missing, check my "viewed" films page. 
Grab a bowl of popcorn and enjoy a movie this week!  Tell me about your favorites from this list in the comments.

Alphabetical listing

10 Items or Less (2006)
35 Shots of Rum (2008)
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013) Swedish

Age of Adeline (2015)
Albert's Memorial (2009)
Alone (1998)
The Alzheimer's Project (2009)
Another Woman (1988)
Around the Bend (2004)
Ashes (2012) 
As Young as You Feel (1951)
At Middleton (2013)
Autumn Sun (1999) Spanish

Back When We Were Grown Ups (2004)
Baghban (2003) Hindi
Barn Red (2003) 
The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006) 
Best Boy (1979)
Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
Broken Flowers (2005)
The Bucket List (2007)
Butterfly (1999) Spanish
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Bright Days Ahead (2013)

The Cemetery Club (1993) 
Changing Times (2004) French
Capturing Mary (2007)
Carried Away (2009)
Certified Copy (2010)
Children of Nature (2001) 
Choke (2008)
A Christmas Memory (1997)
Common Ground (2002) Spanish
Conversacions con Mama (2004) Spanish
Crazy Heart (2009)
The Crew (2000) 
Curtain Call (1998)

Dad (1989)
Daddy's Dyin', Whose Got the Will? (1990)
Daisies in December (1995)
Danny Collins (2015)
Darling Companion (2012)
Death: A Love Story (1999)
Death at a Funeral (2007)
A Death in the Family (2002)
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006) Romany
Decoration Day (1990)
Dim Sum Funeral (2009) 
The Doctor (1991)
The Dresser (1983)
Duck (2005)
Dying at Grace (2003)

The English Teacher (2013)
Eulogy (2004)
Evening Star (1996) 
Everybody's Fine (2009)
The Eye of the Storm (2011)

The Face of Love (2013)
Fading Gigilo (2014)
A Family Thing (1995)
Fat Rose and Squeaky (2006)
Fedora (1978)
Finding Forrester (2000)
Fire in the Dark (1991) 
The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004)
Folks (1992) 
For Fun (1993) Mandarin 
Forget Me Not (2013) (German)
Foxfire (1987)

The Gathering (1997)
A Gathering of Old Men (1987)
Gideon's Daughter (2005)
The Genius of Marion (2013) 
Gertrude (1964)
Gloria (2012)
The Golden Boys (2007)
Going Home (1999)
Going in Style (1979)
The Good Life (2010) Danish
Goodnight, Mr. Tom (1998)
The Grandfather (1998) Spanish
Granny's Funeral (2012) 
The Grass Harp (1996) 
Greenfingers (2000) 
The Grey Fox (1982)
Grey Gardens (2009)
Grudge Match (2013)
Grumpy Old Men (1993) 
Grumpier Old Men (1995)

Hanging Up (2000)
Happy Tears (2009)
Harry Brown (2009)
Hello Goodbye (2008) French
Hello Lonesome (2010)
Home (1971)
Homegoings (2013)
The Humbling (2014)
Hunting Elephants (2015)

I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
If I Never See You Again (1997) Spanish
I'm Going Home (2001) French
In No Great Hurry (2013)
In Praise of Older Women (1978)
In the Courtyard (2014) French
In the Land of Women (2006) 
The Intruder (2004) French
It's All So Quiet (2015) Dutch
Izzie & Moe (1985)

Keeping Mum (2005)
Kitchen Stories (2003)
Kotch (1971)

The Last Laugh (1924)
The Last Lieutenant (1993) Norwegian
Last Orders (2002)
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000)
Late Bloomers (2011)
Le Plaisir (1952) 
Letters to Juliet (2010)
Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
The Lightkeepers (2009)
Like Someone in Love (2012) 
Local Color (2006)
Local Hero (1983)
The Long Way Home (1999)
Lonely Hearts (1982)
Love (1971) Hungarian
Love After Death (1998)

Madadayo (2000) Japanese
Madame Rosa (1977)
The Maiden Heist (2008)
Maglehorn (2015)
Magnolia (1999)
Man in the Chair (2007)
Mangelhorn (2015)
Memories of Tomorrow (2006)
Memory for Max, Clare, Ida and Company (2005)
A Moment to Remember (2004)
The Mother (2003)
Mother and Son (2000) Russian
Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990)
Mrs. Dalloway (1997)
Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love (1991) 

Neverwas (2006)
Never Too Late (1997)
Night across the Street (2012) Spanish
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
Noble Things (2008)
Nobody, Nobody but Juan (2009) Tagalog
The Notebook (2014) Hungarian (not the Sparks story)

Ocean of an Old Man (2008)
Off the Black (2006) 
Old Cats (2010)
The Old Dark Horse (1932)
The Old Man (2010) Kazakh
Old Men in New Cars (2002) Danish
On Borrowed Time (1939)
One More Time (2015)
One True Thing (1998)
Over the Hill (1992) 
Out of the Woods (2002) 

Pandora's Box (2008) Turkish
Pals (1987) 
Pat XO (2013)
Pauline and Paulette (2001) Flemish
Peace, Love and Misunderstanding (2011)
Potiche (2010)  French
Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975)
Quick Brown Fox: An Alzheimer's Story (2004)

Rabid Grannies (1988)
Rainbow Kids (1991) Japanese
A Rather English Marriage (1998)
RED 2 (2013)
Redwood Highway (2013)
Ride the High Country (1962) 
Rocket Gibralter (1988)
The Romeows (2013)
Rumor of Angels (2000)
Roujin Z (1991) Japanese 
Ruby Blue (2007) 
Run Granny Run (2007)

Saaransh (1984) Hindi Safe House (2000)
The Salt of Life (2011)
Save the Tiger (1973)
Saving Grace (2000)
Schism (2008) 
Sea People (1999)
The Sea Wolves (1981)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Shell Seekers (1989)
Sherarat (2002) Hindi
The Shootist (1976)
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (2014)
Son of the Bride (2001) Spanish
The Song of Lunch (2010) 
Speed of Life (2010)
Stand Up Guys (2010)
Station of the Forgotten (2009)
Still Dreaming (2015)
The Stone Angel (2007) 
The Stone Boy (1984)
The Story of Luke (2012)
Sundowning (2014) 
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
Surfwise (2007)

Tell Me a Riddle (1980)
Terri (2011)
This Is Where We Live (2013)
A Time to Remember (2003)
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
To Dance with the White Dog (1993)
Tosca's Kiss (1985)
Truce (2005)
Twice in a Lifetime (1985)

U Me Aur hum (2008)
An Unfinished Life (2005) 
Unhook the Stars (1996) 
Used People (1992)

Vital Signs (2009) French
Venus (2006)
Vow to Cherish (1999)

Walter (2013)
Waltzing Anna (2006)
The Way Home (2002) Korean
The Wedding Gift (1994)
The Wendell Baker Story (2005) 
The Whales of August (1987)
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Whatever Works (2009) 
Where the Money Is (2000) 
Where's Poppa? (1970) 
The Whisperers (1967)
The Wild Geese (1978)
Wilder Days (2003)
The Window (2008) Spanish
The Winter Guest (1997)
Woman in Gold (2015)
Wooly Boys (2001)

You Know My Name (1999)

And...Independent Films that might be a little tricky to find, but they look worth the effort.

Andrew Jenkins Room 335 (2006)
Kings Point (2012)
The Longest Game (2013)
The Red Suitcase
SLOMO (2013)
Showfolk (2014)

TV Shows

Viscious (2013)


Films About Aging - A-L  - See this page to find your favorite if it's not listed above.


  1. Hi, Karen,
    I'm very interested in the list you have a link to that took me to a blank page. What I'm most interested in is a film that shows the world through a seniors eyes who has dementia. What do they hear in their brain? Why are they so silent? Initiate so infrequently? Don't problem solve? What are they thinking...?

    1. Wanda: Thank you very much for pointing out the broken link. I have now fixed it. Yes, it would be good to have such a perspective. There is a little bit of that depicted in the film Lovely Still (2008) starring Martin Landeau and Ellyn Burnstyn. And an even tinier bit in Robot and Frank (2012), but you are right. The perspective is missing. Here is a list of films about people with dementia. http://thegenerationaboveme.blogspot.com/2013/02/movies-depicting-alzheimers-disease.html

  2. I never realized there were so many movies out there like this. I'm not a huge movie buff but there are some real gems on here!

  3. Wow you need lots of popcorn! I am waiting for the 100 foot journey too. My favorite movie to watch this time of year is Get Shorty. It makes me laugh every time. I didn't see it on your list.

  4. What a great list. Thanks for putting all of the work into it!

  5. The one film I expected to see on this incredible list but do not is Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - such a lovely story of old people finding a new life. I love that you are watching all of these films - this is a book in the making, you realize that, right?

    1. I agree with you on that one Sharon!

    2. That's a movie I've already seen (157 movies on aging viewed so far), and it's listed on another blog post. This post here is only a list movies I have NOT seen. Sorry about the confusion.

  6. Wow what a great list many of which I've never heard of. I live with Grumpy Old Men so I have no desire to see that one! hahaha! I can tell you that "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" is a great book! Thanks. I'm keeping this list to refer back to.

  7. what a long list! Glad you like movies because this list will take forever to get through!

  8. Gee whiz! I thought I watched a lot of movies (including independent ones) but there are SO many on here I've not seen. I'll be adding quite a few to my queue. Thank you!

  9. That's one overwhelming list! It could take a lifetime to get through them.

  10. Great list! How about Cocoon, Away From Her, It's Complicated? And be sure to see Still Alice when it comes out. So good.

    1. Lois: Yes, I've seen all those, and they are listed on a different page. http://thegenerationaboveme.blogspot.com/2012/01/films-about-aging-l.html This post is just for films I have NOT seen yet. Sorry not to make that more clear. And I've read Still Alice. Here is a page of books about dementia that I've read: fiction and nonfiction. http://thegenerationaboveme.blogspot.com/2014/06/books-about-dementia.html Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  11. I am not much of a moviegoer. I don't think I've seen a single film on your To Watch list. But I recommend Harold & Maude, if you haven't already viewed it.

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  13. This list is fantastic. I never thought there were so many to fit the category. You did a lot of great work compiling it.

  14. Magnolia - fabulous. Tom Cruise gives the performance of his career. Grey Gardens - lovely and sad - will make you want to see the original documentary if you haven't. Still Alice - terrifying portrayal of the experience of Alzheimers. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane - just fun and bizarre and great work by two of the most amazing actresses to grace the planet.