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Lights, Camera, Retire! Best Movies for Seniors

While the epic adventure movies and raunchy comedies of Hollywood have their appeal, sometimes you want something a little quieter, with more depth and possibly even with a main character who has more than a few days experience outside a classroom. Our list of movies for seniors fits the bill and includes all the drama, love and comedy of those other movies, but with seasoned stars and a look at all that is still wonderful and possible as we age. Read on to find your next favorite movie.

Secondhand Lions (2003 – Comedy/Drama)

Michael Caine and Robert Duvall play eccentric great-uncles to Haley Joel Osment’s character, who has been sent to live with them after his mother hatches a plan to get her hands on the uncles’ fortune. Caine and Duvall are cantankerous yet caring characters who tell wild stories of their younger years and provide a far better home than their young nephew has ever had before.

Get Low (2010 – Comedy/Drama/Mystery)

This comedy stars veteran actors Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray and Robert Duvall. Both hilarious and thought-provoking, this all-star cast brings to life the real-life legend and folktale of a secretive man, who in the 1930s planned his own funeral party and held it…while he was still very much alive and able to attend!

Gran Torino (2009 – Drama)

Clint Eastwood has been a household name for decades and his screen magnetism only seems to get stronger as he stars in and directs this film about surly Korean War veteran whose new neighbor happens to be a Southeast Asian teen. When the teen attempts to steal his prized possession, a 1972 Gran Torino, as part of a gang initiation, Eastwood refuses to quietly give up his car and sets out to reform the teen in his own hardened way.

About Schmidt (2002 – Comedy/Drama)

Jack Nicholson plays Warren Schmidt, an insurance actuary, who has just finished his career and plans to travel. Shortly after his last day on the job, his wife, whom he was set to travel with, passes away. This leads to a trip in a rambling Winnebago to his estranged daughter’s wedding. On the way, he learns far more about himself and life than he ever expected to.

The Bucket List (2007 – Comedy/Adventure)

Terminal illness and a hospital stay bring together Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson who decide to travel around the world together. During their legend-like journey, they fulfill wishes from their bucket list, a list of things that they want to do before they kick the bucket.

Late Bloomers (2012 – Drama)

William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini prove that romance is not just for the young in this romantic drama about two people who have built a life together, but are now drifting apart as they react differently to aging. While Rossellini’s characters works to make their lives easier and more adapted to their advancing age, Hurt refuses to acknowledge his changing abilities and, instead, joins an architecture competition with participants far younger than himself.  Both Hurt and Rossellini attract attention from much younger suitors as they work to find their new role and place in life.

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