32 great films about growing old – from heartwarming rom-coms to cult classics

Films about getting older aren’t too few and far between, but it’s rarer to find a narrative that features a positive, empathetic portrayal of middle and older age, especially when it comes to female characters.

However, there have been films which explore the complexities of growing older and the ups and downs of old age. Filmmakers such as Nancy Meyers and Nora Ephron have focused on the lives of middle-aged women in particular throughout their filmographies, while comedies such as The Bucket List and The First Wives Club have provided touching and hilarious depictions of getting older.