Top 10 Films about Ageing

films about ageing

Ageing is a fact of life, but until it happens to you it can be difficult to fully understand what it’s like. Can you imagine yourself in 10 years? 20? What about 40 years from now? What about your partner or family members?

To gain some insight into the experience of ageing, aged care workers or those studying to work in aged care may benefit from watching movies on the topic. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 films about ageing to help you understand a little more about the inevitable process of getting older.

Top 10 Films about Ageing 

1. The Straight Story (1999)
An old man makes a long journey by lawn-mover tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother.

2. Amour (2012)
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

3. Umberto D (1952)
An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

5. Quartet (2012)
At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents. 

6. Tokyo Story (1953)
An old couple visits their children and grandchildren in the city, but the children have little time for them.

7. Wild Strawberries (1957)
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.

8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

9. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in.

10. Gran Torino (2008)
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski’s prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

(Film descriptions from IMDB)

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