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However, I find that a number of films do focus on the concerns of people in the second half of life.
These might be quieter films that fill fewer seats than action-packed movies or rom-coms featuring twentysomethings.
Nevertheless, mature movie goers can see actors in leading roles who look like them.
So grab your popcorn bowl and remote control and enjoy the following films--listed by release date.
See last year's list: 2014 Films with Aging Themes
The Rewrite. Marisa Tomei and Hugh Grant star as student and teacher both looking to start a new chapter of their lives at midlife. Released February 13, 2015
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The further adventures of British retirees in India includes Richard Gere cast as a new arrival. Released March 6, 2015
Danny Collins. An aging rocker, played by Al Pacino, resists changing his risky behavior until he receives a letter penned by John Lennon. Released April 10, 2015
Woman in Gold. Helen Mirren plays an octogenarian working to regain lost art and a sense of justice after the crimes committed by Nazis in Germany. Released April 10, 2015
Age of Adeline. Blake Lively is Adeline, a woman lives for decades without aging past the appearance of a 29 year old. Released April 24, 2015
Iris (Apfel). This documentary celebrates the fashion icon Iris Apfel (b. 1921). Released April 29, 2015 Review
5 Flights Up. Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman star as a couple who review key scenes from their 40 year marriage. Released May 8, 2015
I'll See You in My Dreams. Blythe Danner plays a mature woman who decides to embrace the opportunities of life. Released May 15, 2015
Love & Mercy. Paul Dano and John Cuzak portray Beach Boy genius Brian Love in this biopic. Released June 19, 2015 Review
Manglehorn. Al Pacino plays a reclusive older man who is drawn out of his shell by a kind bank teller, Dawn--played by Holly Hunter. Released June 19, 2015.
Mr. Holmes. Ian McKellen portrays Sherlock Holmes in late life. The great sleuth reviews an unsolved case and in the process, he evaluates his life. Released July 24, 2015. Review
Ricki and the Flash. Meryl Streep portrays an aging rock star who left her kids to pursue a music career that never took off. Released August 7, 2015
A Walk in the Woods. Robert Redford and Nick Nolte play characters who embark on a 2,200 mile hike. Released September 2, 2015
Grandma. Lily Tomlin plays Elle, a woman nursing a recent heartbreak at the same time as her grandchild shows up, asking for help hustling $600 to pay a debt. Released September 18, 2015
The Intern. Robert De Niro stars as a man in his 70s who goes back to work for a company led by a Millennial, played by Anne Hathaway. Released September 25, 2015
45 Years. A long-married couple (Charlotte Rampling and Courtenay) face difficulties when his lover's body from decades prior is discovered. Released December 23, 2015
2014 Films with Aging Themes
Films about Aging