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31 of the Best Movies About Retirement

It’s movie time! Topics like aging, finding love later in life, and retirement have given us some wonderful movies over the years. Read on to get a peek behind the curtain and learn about some of our favorites, most of which are available on popular streaming services.  

Comedies About Retirement & Aging

As Young as You Feel (1951)

This is a comedy about a man who poses as his parent company’s president after being pushed into retirement.

Harold and Maude (1971)

A tale of two opposites separated by age and disposition who find happiness in each other.

Dad (1989)

A son who returns home to care for his sick father learns to see his dad in a new and profound light.

Grumpy Old Men (1993)

A classic movie about a trio of … you guessed it.

Grumpier Old Men (1995)

The follow-up to “Grumpy Old Men” features funnier jokes and even grumpier men.

About Schmidt (2002)

After the passing of his wife and the impending marriage of his daughter to a man he despises, a retired insurance salesman’s plans for life are changed forever.

Secondhand Lions (2003)

A 14-year-old boy moves in with his mysterious, wealthy, and eccentric uncles.

The Bucket List (2007)

Before they “kick the bucket,” two terminally ill men attempt to complete everything on their lifetime to-do list. This film features Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

A British film about pensioners (aka retirees) who take a trip to India.

Quartet (2012)

This film is directed by Dustin Hoffman and centers on a senior living community for retired musicians.

Poms (2019)

Poms revolves around a group of senior cheerleaders. It’s as zany as it sounds.

80 for Brady (2023)

A group of senior friends set out on a quest for Super Bowl tickets in the hopes they’ll meet Tom Brady.

Dramas and Romance Movies About Seniors

Judy (2019)

Judy Garland is portrayed by Renée Zellweger, 30 years after “The Wizard of Oz” gave her her first big break as a world star. 

The Truth (2019)

In spite of brief memory lapses, an aging French actress remains a major force in the world of the arts.

Our Souls at Night (2017)

A widow and a widower, longtime neighbors, discover a surprising connection.

Elsa & Fred (2014)

This film stars Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer as two people who discover it’s never too late to find love.

Late Bloomers (2011)

This movie is about the challenges seniors face as they transition into retirement.

The Artist (2011)

An actor on the cusp of retirement in Hollywood reflects on his life and falls in love.

On Golden Pond (1981)

Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn struggle with what might be their final birthday spent together in this timeless classic.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Starring Brad Pitt, this fantasy is about a man who’s born old and ages in reverse.

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Tales of women of all ages finding support in one another.

Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)

Visiting an ailing professor, a once-gifted student learns about the meaning of life.

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

A lady’s man (Jack Nicholson) falls for a playwright as he nears retirement age.

The Notebook (2004)

This movie recounts the decades-long relationship between two people in love.

Documentary Movies about Retirement & Seniors

Freezer Geezers (2009)

This documentary follows Ray Tuller, an 83-year-old hockey coach, as he leads his team to victory in the over-75 hockey league.

Young@Heart (2007)

A documentary about a Massachusetts-based chorus of seniors that performs covers of songs by unexpected artists.

Cyber Seniors (2014)

With the help of youthful mentors, seniors who are decidedly not computer savvy learn about the internet.

Some Kind of Heaven (2020)

A documentary about a sprawling and controversial community in Florida called The Villages.

Tea with the Dames (2018)

Renowned British actors play friends spending a weekend in the countryside reflecting and exchanging amusing ideas about love, aging, and the arts.

Other Movies for Seniors

Cocoon (1985, SciFi)

Retirees discover a pool of possibly alien origin that acts like a fountain of youth.

Up (2009, Adventure/Animated)

A curious and quirky little boy enters the world of a cranky old man and helps restore his enthusiasm for life.

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