Apr 30

Movies about The Aging Process & Healthy Aging

The Geezer Flicks List began in November 2006, with contributions from many of AS TIME GOES BY blog

. I have not seen them all and they are not personal recommendations, but most, according to contributors, meet the criteria that were set up when the list began:

  • Films about being old or growing old
  • Films with elder characters that are respectfully portrayed and well-acted
  • Films that may not be about aging overall, but include good scenes about or with elders
  • Films that add to our understanding of or celebrate what getting older is really like

They are sorted alphabetically by Title (year release) Genre, and each title links to its page in the Internet Movie Database where volumes of information can be found about each film.

Additionally, Ziv Schteinberg keeps a list of movies about aging that are available on DVD.

Availability or not on DVD is not noted on the list here.

Geezer Flicks is a dynamic, growing source of films that treat elders and getting old with dignity, respect and, frequently, humor. It becomes more valuable if it is kept up to date, so your suggestions of older films that have been overlooked here and new films as they are released is actively sought. Please send them to: ronni AT ronnibennett DOT com.

[Last updated as of 12 October 2008. Documentaries are in their own section at the bottom of the page as are Non-English Language Films.]



About Schmidt (2002) Comedy/Drama
After Life (2005) Comedy
Antonia (1995) Comedy/Drama
Assisted Living (2003) Comedy/Drama
Atlantic City (1980) Crime Drama
NEW Aurora Borealis (2005) Drama
Autumn Spring (2003) Comedy
Away From Her (2006) Drama
The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club (2005) Comedy/Drama
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) Horror/Comedy

NEW The Bucket List (2007) Comedy/Drama
Calendar Girls (2003) Comedy/Drama
Checking Out (1995) Comedy
The Crew (2000) Comedy/Drama
The Dead (1987) Drama
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005) Drama
Do You Remember Love (1985 – TV) Drama
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Comedy/Drama
Enchanted April (1992) Drama

NEW The Evening Star (1996) Comedy/Drama
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) Comedy/Drama
The Gin Game (1981 – TV) Drama
Gods and Monsters (1998) Drama
Grumpy Old Men (1993) Comedy
Guarding Tess (1994) Comedy/Drama
Harold and Maude (1971) Comedy/Drama
Harry and Tonto (1974) Comedy/Drama
The History Boys (2006) Comedy/Drama
The Holiday (2006) Comedy/Romance

Ikiru (1952) Drama
Il Postino (1994) Comedy/Drama
I’m Going Home (2001) Comedy/Drama
I’m Not Rappaport (1996) Comedy
In Her Shoes (2005) Comedy/Drama
In Good Company (2004) Comedy/Drama
Innocence (2000) Drama
In the Line of Fire (1993) Suspense
Iris (2001) Drama/Biography
Keeping Mum (2005) Comedy

Kitchen Stories (2003) Comedy/Drama
Ladies in Lavender (2004) Drama
The Last Lieutenant (1993) Drama
Last Orders (2001) Drama
The Lion in Winter (1968) Drama
NEW Lonely Hearts (1982) Drama
Make Way For Tomorrow (1937) Drama
NEW Man of Flowers (1983) Drama
The Memory of a Killer (2003) Crime Drama
Miracle at Sage Creek (2005) Western

A Month By the Lake (1995) Comedy/Drama
The Mother (2003) Drama
Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005) Comedy/Drama
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005) Comedy/Drama
Murder Ahoy (1964) Mystery
Murder at the Gallop (1963) Mystery
Murder Most Foul (1964) Mystery
Murder She Said (1961) Mystery
The Notebook (2004) Drama
Notes on a Scandal (2006) Drama

Oh, God (1977) Comedy
On Golden Pond (1981) Drama
The Other Side of the Street (2005) Thriller
NEW Pather Panchali (1955) Drama
Pauline & Paulette (2001) Comedy/Drama
Providence (1977) Drama
The Remains of the Day (1993) Drama
Requiem for a Dream (2000) Crime Drama
The Road Home (1999) Drama
Robot Stories (2003) Sci-Fi

Rocket Gibralter (1988) Drama
Rocky Balboa (2006) Drama
Rooster Cogburn (1975) Western/Comedy
Saraband (2003) Drama
NEW The Savages (2007) Comedy/Drama
Schultze Gets the Blues (2003) Comedy/Drama
Secondhand Lions (2003) Comedy/Drama
Seconds (1966) Sci-Fi/Drama
The Seven Samurai (1954) Drama
Shadowlands (1993) Biography/Drama

Shirley Valentine (1989) Comedy
The Shootist (1976) Western/Drama
The Simian Line (2000) Western/Drama
Something’s Gotta Give (2003) Comedy/Drama
A Song for Martin (2001) Drama
The Son of the Bride (2001) Comedy/Drama
Space Cowboys (2000) Action Comedy
The Straight Story (1999) Drama
Strangers in Good Company (1990) Drama
The Sunshine Boys (1975) Comedy

NEW Tea With Mussolini (1999) Comedy/Drama
Terms of Endearment (1983) Drama
That’s Life (1986) Comedy/Drama
Tokyo Story (1953) Drama
Tough Guys (1986) Comedy
NEW Traveling North (1987) Comedy/Drama
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Drama
The Trip to Bountiful (1985) Drama
Turning Point (1977) Drama
Tuesdays With Morrie (1999) Drama

Twilight (1998) Crime Drama
Umberto D. (1952) Drama
An Unfinished Life (2005) Drama
Used People (1992) Comedy/Drama
Venus (2006) Comedy/Drama
The Way Home (2002) Drama
Waking Ned Devine (1998) Comedy
NEW A Woman’s Tale (1991) Drama
The World’s Fastest Indian (2005) Drama/Biography
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993) Drama
Yi Yi (2000) Drama


Ballets Russes (2005)
Brother’s Keeper (1992)
Exit (2005)
NEW Goodnight, We Love You (2004)
Nine Good Teeth (2003)
Number Our Days (1976)
The Open Road: America Looks at Aging (2005)
Ram Dass: Fierce Grace (2001)
NEW Surfing For Life (1999)
Sunset Story (2003)


Les Petites Vacances (2006) Comedy/Drama


Have you seen any of these?  Would love to hear your review.

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Apr 30

Celebrities Aging Gracefully

I just finished watching “The Iron Lady” with the magnificent Meryl Streep. What an amazing model of how to age gracefully.  It got me thinking about other celebs who have been in the limelight lately and I thought I’d share some of them here with you.  Add your own favorites please.

Thank God that not every celeb succumbs to the prevailing “pro-youth” pressures. The music and entertainment businesses can, in fact, be excellent places to look for examples of men and women who are reaching out and embarassing the aging process with enthusiasm and grace.


Helen Mirren

Modesty and a healthy dose of humor are keys to Mirren aging so gracefully. When a gym  gave her Body of the Year, she told the women of The View that she just sucked in her stomach.

“It was a beautiful thing that these fitness people did, I have to say,” she said. “I think it was recognition of the fact that you don’t have to be perfect.”


And then there is Lauren Becall

The iconic actress, who is in her late 80s, has been honest about some of the physical challenges of aging, but is notable for her continued zest for work and for her craft.

In her book By Myself and Then Some, Bacall writes: “The need to work remains — movies, theatre, TV — I don’t care really. As long as it’s good — interesting — new — I love new — it will take me out of myself and into someone else. Always a pleasure.”


And weighing in for the males:
George Clooney

The actor, who is 50,told Parade that he emulates actors like Paul Newman, who he thinks “handled growing old onscreen” well.

“I find that as you get older, you start to simplify things in general,” he told that publication. “By the time you get a subscription to AARP, which I just got, you have some idea of who your friends are, at least.”


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Apr 26

Healthy Aging – Maia and Jane’s stories

Thanks to Maggie for pointing out this video – Let’s find more like this!

We need positive examples of healthy aging to inspire us as we grow.


One of my teachers just turned 79.  I wanted to share her reflections on her birthday and on aging in general:

Happy Days

by janeclaypool


I enjoyed a perfect birthday. I am very happy I was born in April and I have especially enjoyed it since “they” named April 22 the official Earth Day. I know it has more to do with Spring and blooming flowers than me, but it feels personal. Then there were all the flowers, cards, messages and gifts from family and friends to remind me that my presence here on Planet Earth does make a difference.

Mother Earth and I are One – we are in perfect accord. I stop and smell the flowers, I smile at the blue skies, and I visit the ocean often. Like RW Emerson and the other Transcendentalists, I find God in Nature.

Did you know that more people are born in April than any other month? We are closer to our animal nature than we might like to think. We pop out and announce our presence with gusto, just like little sheep or goats. We are on the same schedule as the spring flowers and go through the same process of youth, maturity and old age as they do.

In my heart, I am the same person that I was at age 11, 18, 35, 50 or 65 but this was birthday #79. That makes me old and I notice it physically. However, I find the ageless Jane is a very active part of my emotional and spiritual nature. I am One with all the different ages of Jane.

Memory is part of what makes me different from those little goats and sheep. Since I am human, I can think about the past and the present as well as the future.

I have memory and I am capable of thought and belief. I think and believe that I am one with a Power For Good that is eternal and greater than my physical body. I am One with Life.

Birthdays are great days for reflection and as I have aged, I have become more reflective. This year felt very special to me, partly because I have more time and partly because writing this blog has made me pay more attention to my life.

My birthday seemed perfect in so many ways and I did focus on the many blessings of the day. There were some surprises but no disappointments. I was surprised my coffee maker died but I was happy that I had an answer when my daughter asked the proverbial birthday question. “I want a new coffee pot,” I answered. “I want one just like the old one  – with no fancy buttons – just on and off.

So I got a coffee pot and everyone was happy! I also got to choose a restaurant for lunch after church. When the Greek restaurant had a sign on the door that said, “Never on Sunday,” I got a second choice and that was Mexican. I probably would have gone for Chinese if I had to come up with three wishes but two were enough.

Today, my house looks like a florist’s shop. The church sent flowers home with me. My nephew gave me an orchid. A friend who lives a long way off sent me a big lovely bouquet by telegraph. I love flowers and have taken up drawing them as a new expression of my art hobby.

Perhaps the best gifts of all were the ones from my artistic friends. Leah Oviedo gave me her new book about building your own affirmations. It is filled with delightful illustrations and ideas suitable for young adults. To see her book, go to writewhatyour know.wordpress.com

My friend Jo sent me a set of note cards that featured her brilliant photographs. I will probably keep them all because they seem too precious to use.

My brother John sent me a new link to his enlarged website. I love the way he has developed into a serious (if non-traditional) outside artist. You can see some of his work by checking out  theartistjohn.com … but be warned that it is neither sweet nor pretty. It may startle you and/or make you think.

I started out as an art teacher many years ago and I’m now illustrating a book with my friend, Gina Ogden. Although I’ve always been interested in art, this is an entirely new venture for me. They say it is good for the elderly to do new things and I guess doing the drawings for a pillow book about love and sex is a new thing.

Old age is more than a time to recite your health problems or count your money. It is a time to do new things and more importantly, it is a time to reflect on the blessings in your life. I took Sunday afternoon and evening to reflect on some of mine. If you are reading this post, you are a blessing in my life and I am grateful for you.

One of the gifts of maturity has been to see how well people actually do over the long haul. About twenty years ago, I began to see that my friends and family really were like the characters in novels. They may have struggled through heroic trials and tribulations, but they achieved a great deal. I have learned that you should never give up.

I have learned many lessons in life. One is that perseverance pays off. Another is that the aging process brings a lot of joy. I count my blessings nearly every day and I am truly grateful for how well most things have turned out in my life.

If you were one of the many people who sent me a birthday greeting, thank you. If you didn’t then next year will be even better because I’ll be entering an exciting new decade. Imagine that – I once dreamed of being grown up and now I am. Isn’t life amazing?

Ask yourself

How do I feel about age?

Am I grateful for my life so far?

What are ten things I am grateful for?


janeclaypool | April 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

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Apr 26

Inspirational Quotes on Aging

We’ve all been given way too many messages about aging that haven’t been very helpful. I decided to gather some quotes that offer a more positive approach. If you haven’t subscribed to this blog yet, you just might want to now. (see the box on the side asking for your email?) – They’ll be lots of great info coming your way when you do.

For now:

Let these quotes on aging inspire you

The following is a collection of inspirational senior quotes and quotes on aging that are sure to cause a pause for reflection.

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
~Frank Lloyd Wright

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
~Henry Ford Quotes

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art.
~Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
~Thomas B. Aldrich

Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
~Muhammad Ali Quotes

When our memories outweigh our dreams, we have grown old.
~Bill Clinton

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
~C.S. Lewis Quotes

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

~Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.
-Daniel Francois Esprit Auber-

If I’d known how old I was going to be I’d have taken better care of myself.
-Adolph Zukor-

If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.
– James A. Garfield-

Grow old with me the best is yet to come.
-Robert Browning-

A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.
-Lydia M. Child-

How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.
-John Burroughs-

Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.
-George William Curtis-

People are always asking me when I’m going to retire. Why should I? I’ve got it two ways – I’m still making movies, and I’m a senior citizen, so I can see myself at half price.
~George F.Burns

Sure I’m for helping the elderly. I’m going to be old myself someday.
~Lilian Carter

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
~ Mark Twain

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Apr 23

Redefining Beauty at Any Age

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I’m excited to share this with you. The video is expressing my vision – to change the way the world looks at midlife and aging. This is a great start – Thanks MAC cosmetics (The glitter I wear on my eyes comes from them!)

We’ve all been given the message that once you hit 40, you are ‘over the hill’ – and there’s still a lot of agism that exists in our world. Most of the magazines show you how to look younger. Even doctors are calling themselves ‘anti-aging.’  I don’t know about you, but I’m not anti-aging. I’m all for it – and especially for the wisdom and grace that comes not only as you age, but also in the aging process itself.  Let’s hear what you think about this video and about the celebration of aging. Please comment below.

women in ads


When M.A.C. Cosmetics used 90-year-old Iris Apfel to promote its January collection, the makeup sold out in a few days. Media mogul Donny Deutsh and author Valerie Ramsey discuss why companies are celebrating “real” women in ads.

>>> have heard it before. 60 is the new 50, 50 is the new 40. here’s an idea. what if finally, 60 is the new 60? amy robach is here to explain. good morning.

>> good morning. we live in a society that put as premium on youth and beauty . it may be changing to something more realistic with women saying they only want to look like one person — themselves. beauty may be only skin deep but we have always loved showing it off. the quest for youth has almost become a national past time. but have we finally said enough is enough and are hollywood and madison avenue finally listening?

>> we have had an insane love affair with youth. youth is beautiful and wonderful. but there’s lots more. life doesn’t stop when you’re 30.

>> reporter: or when you’re in your 90s. that’s right. iris apfel is the new face of m.a.c. cosmetics, an overnight sensation , 90 years in the making.

>> do you think women in america are tired of being represented by ridiculously young women ?

>> well, i hope they are. if they’re not it’s their own fault.

>> reporter: m.a.c. chose iris as a response to customers looking for real representation .

>> for m.a.c. to use a 90-year-old woman says we are not afraid of saying a woman at any age can be really, really beautiful.

>> reporter: and they are not alone. cosmetic companies are turning to older women who are redefining beauty like 54-year-old cover girl ellen degeneres .

>> some models look so mad.

>> reporter: or diane keaton , a beauty icon at 66.

>> my skin’s pretty amazing. you know what? we’re worth it.

>> reporter: magazines are seeing the worth as well. news stands are seeing a boom in baby boomers on the cover. in january, vogue chose meryl streep , at 62, their oldest cover girl in the history of the magazine.

>> i think the media is finally beginning to get it right. but it didn’t happen overnight.

>> reporter: psychologist vivian diller says they have been reacting to the baby boomer ‘s movement through middle age .

>> we saw things changing when beauty became homogenized and women said they don’t want to look like over lly puffed up frozen faces.

>> reporter: it’s not just advertiser. hollywood is seeing a movement toward the authenticity of aging.

>> now we are seeing beauty that’s more appropriate for one’s age. they are not trying to look younger. they’re trying to look the best they can for their age.

>> reporter: even if that means embracing a wrinkle or two.

>> i think it’s pitiful that people lie about their age. what’s wrong with getting older? if you’re lucky enough to get old you should celebrate it.

>> reporter: maybe you, too, could be a beauty icon at 90.

>> m.a.c.’s iris apfel collection hit stores in january and sold out in days. hopefully iris is inspiring women all over the world to be their own beauty icon. ann?

>> valerie ramsey is 72 years old and a model and the author of “gracefully, looking and being your best at any age.” donny deutsch is the chairman of the advertising company deutsch inc. good morning.

>> good morning.

>> is there a reason to understand why madison avenue made the change? is it a trend?

>> it is. it’s a fantastic trend. there is a huge bubble, men and women , moving through the population, the boomers. they have all the money. we are the most selfish generation, men or women . the rolling stones at 70 are the hot rock band. women will say no, no, no, this is what beauty is now. it’s that huge bubble moving through. number two, we have seen through all the housewives shows that plastic surgery doesn’t look good. we have had pioneers of plastic surgery walking through. you’re beautiful. you’re gorgeous and more gorgeous because you look real.

>> thank you.

>> madison avenue is following the money.

>> following the money. you were at the beginning of this. we saw a photograph of you in amy’s piece. you do wonderful work. but you were a discovered model something like nine years ago.

>> yes, at the age of 63. so unexpected.

>> you had another life, other jobs. you were in public relations and somebody discovered you.

>> yeah.

>> in terms of what donny was saying, you say in europe there was an openness to women who were older in ad campaigns.

>> right.

>> what are you finding?

>> that’s even become more of a trend now, i think. i say it because i was just recruited by a new modeling agency in paris that’s just opened up to represent men and women 40 to 85 actually. because there’s been such a boom there. having been signed by wilhemina models here at 72, that’s representative of what’s going on in the united states as well. there is just more demand.

>> how is this going to play out, donny? what are we going to start seeing? we heard about meryl streep on the cover in her 60s. she’s young.

>> three of the last were academy award winners. sandra bullock , meryl streep , helen mirren , women who are not kids. you are defining the power of the mass spending. what a great thing.

>> as long as the money is there. let’s get real.

>> it will continue.

>> if women buy things — for example, we heard about the lipstick at m.a.c. that iris is promoting and it’s selling out. when the money goes there it will continue. if the money stops it goes back.

>> won’t stop for 10, 15 years. that’s where this populous is moving. it’s the same reason — this will sound crazy — we have viagra. this generation said, no, no, my potency is not going away.

>> how did we talk about women and now it’s about you?

>> i can’t believe i keep putting this guy on the air. that’s a valid — you understand.

>> i agree completely.

>> anything more you want to say about it?

>> we as a generation aren’t going to allow ourselves to age. i’m so happy for madison avenue . i’m saying this as a man. it is so much more beautiful. don’t do this. this is more beautiful.

>> thank you.

>> as you look at this and from your perspective what is your message to women who are suddenly feeling this relief? we know that when women are only seeing young women in campaigns it puts pressure on the young people . and on ourselves.

>> right.

>> ultimately it is corrosive. what do you think?

>> i think younger women are looking at women like us and seeing that we are real, that we are continuing to be involved, that we have something very, very dynamic to offer to the world and that the real beauty comes from, i would say, above all from confidence and from having courage to be ourselves , from the wisdom that we have acquired within ourselves over the years, from vibrancy, excitement, about being involved in life. and it’s when all of those things are on the inside and shine through on the outside, that’s what real beauty is all about.

>> you make me want to cry. thank you. we’re going to give you hand for that.


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Apr 19

What’s on your bucket list?

Have you answered the question yet? It’s really another way of asking the age-old questions – Who am I? Why am I here? and What’s the Meaning of my life? No small task. But one that is vital if you wish to have a successful midlife transition and a healthy aging process.
Why wait until you are about to die to find out why you lived? Most people are too busy existing to figure out what they really want out of life. But, if you are reading this, perhaps you are not one of them. Good for you!

George Bernard Shaw once wrote “True Joy of Life

This is the true joy of life.
The being used for a purpose
Recognized by yourself as a mighty one.
The being a force of nature
Instead of a feverish, selfish
Little clod of ailments and grievances
Complaining that the world will not
Devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life
Belongs to the whole community
And as long as I live,
It is my privilege to do for it
Whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly
Used up when I die,
For the harder I work the more I live.
I rejoice in life for its own sake.
Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
Which I’ve got hold of
For the moment
And I want to make it burn
As brightly as possible before
Handling it on to future generations.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll keep this subject going and I’d love to hear your thoughts. How many of you have a bucket list? How did you go about creating it? Is it something you are truly working through? Is it what is giving your life meaning? If not, why not?


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