You may find yourself in a situation that requires you to choose a flick to entertain some senior guests. Or if you are a senior retiree, you may want to take a peek and see what we can recommend here. With the big majority of newer films being made to cater to younger generations, movies nowadays simply seem to be computer generated action scenes with no real story or teen issues that you no longer connect with. Here are the movies seniors enjoy watching and should be on a “must see” list of every person in the world who has not seen them yet.
Here are the movies that seniors enjoy watching (should be on a “must see” list)
If you have seen it, you know just how magical this 1942 masterpiece is. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star in a movie that many believe is the greatest movie of all time. Without further ado, you should see it even today.
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh are actors with perfect chemistry who had set the bar for romance really high. A movie made in a time when they didn’t have to be as sensitive with their audiences. This movie is centered around the South after it was torn by the American Civil War. The charm and beauty of this movie have captivated audiences for almost eighty years.
“It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.” ― Anthony Burgess
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Another masterpiece by Victor Fleming. A movie that a lot of people, even today, know everything about. Judy Garland in her most famous role plays Dorothy who was taken into a land of magic and dangers. The story will captivate you and their singing will give you goosebumps. Maybe it will force you to think about your own childhood and the childhood dreams.
The story of betrayal and heroism made immortal by Charlton Heston. It had an inconceivable budget of 15 million dollars and took home 11 Academy Awards. The story follows Judah Ben-Hur as he was sent into galleys and has to find his way out in search of revenge. It also speaks of the conflicts between the Romans and the Jews in a beautiful fashion. Just don’t mistake it for the rebooted version.
It’s Complicated (2009)
Although not nearly a masterpiece as other movies, sometimes you just need to watch a film that is not only warm and sweet but will not strain your brain much. In that case, this 2009 romantic comedy is a great fit. It talks about divorce and rediscovery of lost love. An added benefit is that you get another excuse to see a Meryl Streep movie.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Watch Errol Flynn in his most famous role. He is daring, charming, quick-witted and brave. This 1938 movie is everything one could ask for when it comes to a retelling of a Robin Hood story.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Watch Peter O’Toole and Alec Guinness portray their famous roles in a story about hardships of the first World War. This movie has always been described using grandiose superlatives that fit it perfectly. It is epic, beautiful, and daring. However, younger audiences should prepare themselves for this movie. It is almost 4 hours long. For the ones in retirement, you have all the time in the world for this long entertainment.
I hope no one thought we would skip one of the biggest hits since the beginning of cinematography. A movie far ahead of its time with wonderful effects, story and cast. A chance to watch late Carry Fisher in her iconic role is not to be skipped even if you have already seen the movie multiple times. One can never get enough of the Star Wars. Not to mention that they are, once more, very popular and present a perfect opportunity for bonding between people of different ages.
Some Like it Hot (1959)
Marilyn Monroe should be enough of an explanation for anyone who asks why they should watch this movie. It tells a story about two jazz musicians on the run from a mafia trying to leave Chicago. Their only one way is to join an all-girl band. All this leads to a great comedy. Even after almost 60 years, the movie still connects to the current world.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
This Oscar-winning movie will pull at anyone’s heartstrings. It rightfully received Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Robin Williams) and Best Original Screenplay (Affleck and Damon). It was also nominated for 7 others. As you watch it, the movie feels so incredibly real that you can’t help but develop a connection with these characters. We highly recommend it.