Best Movies for Seniors to Watch During Retirement

A Senior Couple Spending Quality Time by Watching Classic MoviesSitting down to watch a good movie with some popcorn and your favorite drink is an excellent way to enjoy some quality time. It is more special if the movie makes you laugh and inspires you. This is why, at The Holiday Retirement, we provide a wide range of fun-filled entertainment options for our residents. Our retirement home has a Mini Movie Theater in one of our Recreation Rooms. Here, you can watch HD movies projected onto a 92” screen and enjoy the fantastic surround sound system.

Based on years of experience catering to the needs of older adults, we’ve put together a list of the best movies for seniors that you may enjoy watching. Check them out and see what appeals to you, and make time to watch with friends, loved ones, or on your own.

Modern Movies for Seniors

Making time to do the things you enjoy once you’ve retired is important. These modern movies are an enjoyable way to spend a few hours and are full of laughter, inspiration, heartfelt moments, and chances to reminisce.

Ford vs. Ferrari – A great watch for sports buffs, this movie stars Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby, the first American race car driver to win Le Mans.

Pain and Glory – Salvador Mallo, a film director, finds his salvation through recovering and recounting his past.

Diane – A realistic depiction of the everyday life of a woman searching through the wreckage of her life to find redemption.

Gloria Bell – Between concerns about retirement and her adult children’s troubled paths, this movie depicts how Gloria Bell makes her way through middle age.

The Irishman – A captivating crime film based on the 2004 nonfiction book by Charles Brandt, I Heard You Paint Houses.

Late Night – When Katherine’s show’s ratings decline, the network tells her she is at risk of being replaced. While trying to save her job, she rediscovers her passion for honesty.

Judy – A biographical drama film based on the life of Judy Garland, starring Renee Zellweger as the title character.

The Farewell – It is a funny, emotional, and moving depiction of complicated family dynamics when they discover that their beloved grandmother has a short time left to live.

Downton Abbey – A historical drama movie with captivating themes carried over from the television series of the same name.

Tea with the Dames – A documentary following Dames Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins, and Joan Plowright as they spend a weekend in the country reminiscing.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again – A musical, romantic comedy film about how relationships forged in the past affect the present.

The Wife – The secrets, betrayals, and love experienced by an older couple over their nearly forty years of marriage.

What They Had – With laughter and tears, What They Had portrays the pain of Alzheimer’s’ and how it affects the family dynamic.

The Old Man & the Gun – A biography, starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek, about how a career criminal pulls off a prison escape in his 70s.

A Man Called Ove – An adaptation of a popular book, this Oscar-nominated movie tells the story of Ove, an isolated and short-tempered man who develops an unlikely friendship with his new neighbors.

Logan – One of the movies from the X-Men franchise. Logan must fight back against dark forces and villains from his past on a live-or-die mission.

Coco – An animated feature by Walt Disney Pictures. This is a vibrant, heartwarming coming of age film that questions family, culture, life, and death.

Lost in Paris – This charming comedy about one woman’s journey to find her missing aunt is full of colors, picturesque scenes, and entertainment.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – An entertaining story of a group of British seniors that plan to live out their golden years in India at the Marigold Hotel.

It’s Complicated – Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin have terrific chemistry in this film about a divorced couple that finds themselves attracted to each other once again.

Last Vegas – Like “The Hangover” for the older crowd, this comedy tracks an older boys’ trip to Sin City and stars Hollywood greats Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, and Kevin Kline.

Classic Movies for Seniors

This selection of movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood and beyond is always sure to please any audience.

Casablanca – The 1942 landmark romance starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Gone With the Wind – A 1939 star-studded Civil War film with Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.

The Wizard of Oz – Judy Garland’s timeless 1939 musical with some of the most-loved movie songs.

The Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola’s genre-defining Mafia series of the 1970s starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino

To Kill a Mockingbird – A 1962 coming-of-age film with a career-defining performance by Gregory Peck.

Vertigo – A 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart.

Star Wars – The first of fantastical space trilogies offered by George Lucas in 1977 that broke many box-office records.

Lawrence of Arabia – A breathtakingly gorgeous 1962 biopic with an Oscar-winning performance by Peter O’Toole.

It’s a Wonderful Life – Frank Capra becomes a household name with this story of an average Joe (James Stewart) whose life is saved by an angel.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – One of many fine performances by Jack Nicholson as a crazy-sane mental patient in 1975.

Ben-Hur – The 1959 Charlton Heston classic that tells the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur and the famed chariot race.

The Bridge on the River Kwai – Based on a true event, this 1957 war drama follows a British commander leading a perilous effort in Burma.

Jaws – Steven Spielberg’s terrifying 1975 film starring Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss and a giant man-eating shark.

Some Like It Hot – The satirical 1959 classic about two jazz musicians on the lam with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.

High Noon – Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly add romance to this much-lauded 1952 Western.

Roman Holiday – Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck’s old-fashioned courtship story was nominated for ten Oscars in 1953.

The Adventures of Robin Hood – The 1938 swashbuckling epic with Errol Flynn in his classic role as the prince of thieves.

Viewing Options:

  • Watch these movies and more at The Holiday Retirement’s private Movie Theatre 
  • Digital Versions, Blu-Rays & DVDs available at Amazon, Vudu, or Netflix

Enjoy Your Golden Years at The Holiday Retirement Homes

Senior Couple Watching a Movie TogetherIf you are looking for a comfortable and caring retirement home, the staff at The Holiday Retirement will welcome you with open arms. We will ensure you enjoy your independent lifestyle while having the care and attention you need to live a stress-free and healthy life.

Give us a call at 1-860-233-8202 to learn more about the services and amenities we provide at our retirement residences in West Hartford, Connecticut. You can also take a virtual tour of our facility to see what living with us is like.

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