8 Heartwarming Movies About Retirement You Should Watch Tonight
Grab a cozy sweater and a glass of wine, it's time to retire... to the movies!
8 Movies About Retirement To Watch Now
We've written a lot of wonderful articles about retirement. From fun things to do once you're free from work to the best states to move to if you want to avoid property tax; retirement is already on the mind.
And while we still have a few (so many) more years to retire peacefully, these movies about retirement can help us rest easier. From heartfelt reminders to live your life with the ones you love, to accepting aging with grace and dignity, they will entertain you. And maybe you can just laugh at these funny movies with old people.
Sit back and relax, hey maybe with a cocktail or two. Retirement might be around the corner.
1. Something's Gotta Give
This movie deals with retirement in a different way. Rather than following characters who have just retired, Something's Gotta Give showcases a character who is facing life changes, and maybe even retirement. Jack Nicholson plays a playboy who dates much younger women. When he has a heart attack, he must reconsider his hedonistic life choices, both professionally and personally. This movie is fun for all ages, as queen Nancy Meyers of storytelling for an older female demographic.
Starring: Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Keanu Reeves.
2. The Bucket List
This one might be a little darker than usual but it still deals with the next (or often, final) stage in life. When two terminally ill patients, Billionaire Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) and car mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman), who decide to fulfill their "bucket list". The two men (aka hilarious retired comedians) bond over life, love, and loss and the movie is a special reminder to take nothing for granted.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, and Sean Hayes.
Another sad option but powerfully heartwarming. Ninety-year-old Carl Frederiksen starts the adventure of his life with help from Russell. The opening scene might make you bawl uncontrollably but without it, we wouldn't fully understand Carl's sense of adventure and passion for exploration. Up! will remind all of us to stay curious, and hold our loved ones close.
Starring: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, and Jordan Nagai.
4. Gran Torino
Recent widow and Korean War veteran, Walt Kowalski is a grumpy old man. But when his neighbor tries to steal his Gran Torino, he strikes up a relationship with the Hmong Vang Lor family. Walt comes around and changes his racist ways just in time to save the day at the end of the film.
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, and Christopher Carley.
5. Is There Anybody There?
This heartfelt movie follows a Edward, a young boy who grows up in a retirement home. His obsession with death and afterlife leads him to a friendship with dementia patient, Clarence and the sweetest friendship ensues.
Starring: Michael Caine, Bill Milner, and David Morrissey.
6. Calendar Girls
Retired women gone wild. Sorta. When a group of women agree to pose semi-nude for a calendar that will raise funds for Leukemia, humor ensues. This charming movie proves that you can do anything at any age, if you set your mind to it.
Starring: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, and John Alderton.
7. On Golden Pond
Retirement and relationships starring Henry and Jane Fonda! What else do you need out of a movie? Henry Fonda plays Norman Thayer, a retired professor who doesn't have much pep in his step. With help from Jane Fonda, her fiancé, and his son, Norman is reminded to live life positively and surround yourself with family members and love.
Starring: Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and Jane Fonda.
This might not be your retirement story but it is fun. When Bruce Willis, a former spy, must come out of retirement, he's met with guns, blood, and terrorists. It's a fun movie, so fun they made a sequel. Will you be Retired and Extremely Dangerous with your 401k? I hope not!
Starring: Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, and Morgan Freeman.