The Best Romantic Movies About Baby Boomers in Love
By Clara Mathews~
A beautiful young woman and a handsome young man have an awkward yet funny meeting. They often can’t stand each other, and yet — less than two hours later — they are hopelessly in love.
It might seem a bit ridiculous, but that is basically the storyline for almost every romantic comedy movie ever made.
Hollywood cranks out loves stories with casts of young movie stars. But wouldn’t it be nice to see older people fall in love for a change?
It sure would! Here are a few good flicks that prove Cupid isn’t the ageist Hollywood might have us believe.
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996): Barbra Streisand plays Rose Morgan, an unmarried, middle-aged college professor who thinks her plain looks have kept her single. Jeff Bridges is Gregory Larkin, a handsome professor. They don’t love each other, but, against the advice of family and friends, they decide to enter a marriage of convenience for companionship, on just one condition: no sex. We all know where this is headed. The Oscar-nominated Bryan Adams/Barbara Streisand duet, “I Finally Found Someone,” gives away the happy ending.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012): A group of British retirees moves to India to live out their golden years. Dame Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy star as the residents of the less-than-luxurious Marigold Hotel. As they grow used to the Indian culture, people, and food, the seven seniors find friendship, adventure, and especially love.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011): Steve Carrell plays Cal, a middle-aged man thinks his wife (played by Julianne Moore) is cheating on him. Cal seeks romantic advice from a handsome young playboy (Ryan Gosling) to win back the love and attention of his wife. Meanwhile, that playboy stumbles through his own troubles with love, ultimately winding up in a delightful yet messy love triangle.
It’s Complicated (2009): In this hilarious film, directed by Nancy Meyers, Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin star as a divorced couple who spark up a crazy love affair at their son’s college graduation that complicates everyones lives.
Hope Springs (2012): Another Meryl Streep movie, this time she stars opposite Tommy Lee Jones in this romantic comedy. After 30 years of marriage, Kay and Arnold feels something is missing and commit to a long and intense counseling session to help get the magic back.
Thomas Crown Affair (1999): Rene Russo stars as the ruthless insurance investigator who always get her man — and she’s after a sexy millionaire (Pierce Brosnan) who robs art museums for fun in the stylish remake.
The Notebook (2004): An older man visits a woman with Alzheimer’s in a nursing home to tell her a love story about Noah (Ryan Gosilng), a poor boy who falls in love with the daughter (Rachel McAdams) of a local wealthy family. Will Allie marry the handsome officer or will she follow her heart and run away with Noah? The ending makes The Notebook one of the most heartwarming romantic movies of all time.
So fire up your favorite streaming service and watch these wonderful love stories that prove love can truly be lovelier for people over 50.
Clara Mathews is a Dallas-based freelance marketing copywriter, ghostwriter, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast who writes about her love of movies at JustChickFlicks.com. Find more about Clara and her love of film at JustChickFlicks.com/fyi50plus.