So many Hollywood movies focus on people under 40.
It’s as if those of us over 60 don’t exist . . . or have fulfilling, interesting lives.
Indie movies do a much better job of representing diversity . . . regarding age, sexual orientation, ethnicity and many other things.
Those of us over 60 want to see more movies we can relate to.
When I’m flipping through new releases on Netflix and other streaming networks, I’m always on the lookout for movies I can relate to.
- Movies that don’t stereotype people over 60 (or near 60).
- Movies that have heart.
- Movies that have some depth, but also entertain.
- Movies that show people our age as whole people.
All of the movies I’ve selected below were released within the last few years. I’ve seen them all and highly recommend them.
Even if you don’t think you want to watch movies like this on a date, I think most women over 60 (and lots of men) will find them worth watching.
Two of the movies feature actors and stories about people over 70. You may not be there yet (I’m not), but movies like this will inspire and ease the anxiety many of us have about growing older and dating over 60.
One of them is a powerful documentary.
Four of the movies contain a rarity: well-played sex scenes involving people over 60 (or close to 60).
Look around for these movies on Netflix or Amazon, or even at your local public library. Sit back and enjoy!
7 Romantic, Meaningful or Fun Movies For Singles Over 60
1. The Lovers (2017)
Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a long-married couple who have drifted apart, and are both having affairs. Something causes them to reunite and rekindle the romance between them.
The dialog and situations in this comedy/drama are realistic and completely believable, and the acting is superb.
Starring Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins (two of my favorites), this movie also centers on a long-married couple. He patiently deals with her bouts of depression and toxic negativity.
This 4-part mini-series can be dark, but Cosmo and I found it riveting.
Look for Bill Murray in the final one or two episodes. The scene in which he and Frances McDormand go to dinner for their first date is a knockout.
3. Wild Oats
Eva (Shirley MacLaine) mistakenly receives a 5 million dollar life insurance check when her husband dies. She uses it to take her best friend (Jessica Lange) on a 5-star vacation and big adventure, that includes romance.
Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Tom Courtenay reside at a home for retired musicians at which they’re about to perform in the annual concert celebrating Verdi’s birthday. Into the scene burst Jean (Maggie Smith), an irksome diva who was married to one of the residents.
Directed by Dustin Hoffman, the movie has both funny and endearing moments. Very entertaining.
Don’t be put off if you’re not a fan of classical music. Not much of this movie has to do with the music itself.
Joan Collins plays a forgotten Hollywood star who forces her friendship on mild-mannered Pauline Collins and convinces her to accompany her on a trip from London to France to attend her ex-lover’s funeral.
Together they have their share of trials and tribulation, romance comes into the picture, and Pauline taps into strengths she never knew she had.
Lily Tomlin is Grandma to Julia Garner who faces an unplanned pregnancy. She turns to her grandmother who for years has been estranged from her daughter, Marcia Gay Harden.
Not at all the stereotypical grandmother we’re so used to seeing in movies, Lily’s Grandma has just gotten over the break-up with her girlfriend. She and her granddaughter pay visits to old friends in their quest to come up with $600 before sundown.
This Netflix original documentary looks back at a 1977 book of photography showing women of note in various fields, mostly the arts, who experienced an awakening, “shedding the cultural restrictions of their childhoods and embracing their full humanity”.
The documentary takes us through candid interviews today with some of the women in the book including Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin and Judy Chicago, “tackling topics ranging from identity, abortion, race, childhood and motherhood”.
You may think a movie like this will not appeal to men. Cosmo and I watched it a few weeks ago, and he found much of what the women said relatable to his own life.
After you watch any of these movies, leave a comment here and let me know whether or not you liked them.