10 Movies That Celebrate and Affirm Older Women

10 Movies That Celebrate and Affirm Older Women

MenoLabs News | Fri, Jun 11, 2021

Hollywood is notorious for celebrating youth. It can be disheartening when ‘desirable women’ are only portrayed as younger women.

However, many filmmakers do see older women in movies as the sexy, strong, beautiful creatures they truly are. If you need a little pick-me-up, grab your favorite beverage and snuggle up for one of these movies about older women. 

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1.  Juanita

Fed up with her dead-end hospital job and needy adult children, Juanita buys a bus ticket and heads to Montana.

She ends up in a little town called Paper Moon. There she meets Jess, a chef who refuses to cook anything other than French food.  

As their friendship evolves, Juanita learns to look at life through a different lens and discovers what it means to truly live in peace.

2.  Gloria Bell

Gloria, a free-spirited empty-nester in Los Angeles, spends her nights living it up on the dance floor at a single’s bar. She is looking to have fun, but at the same time, struggles with the fact that she is getting older.

Gloria has a one-night stand that eventually becomes more, but as the relationship hits obstacles, she is left wondering if she even wants a man in her life.

Gloria reminds women to enjoy the parts of themselves that they let go of when the responsibilities of family and careers took over.

3.  Frankie

Frankie only has a few months to live, so she takes her family to Portugal for one last family vacation.  

It doesn’t go as planned, however, because her family members each have their own struggles.

Frankie’s story is one of being comfortable with who you are, coming to terms with a life well-lived, and saying goodbye. 

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4.  The M Word

Moxie, a children’s star on a struggling television station, launches a documentary about menopause.  

But her life is turned upside down by a network executive from New York. The two start a secret romance, while constantly butting heads as Charlie sets about doing his job.

This film normalizes menopause and empowers women to speak comfortably about their experiences. 

5.  The Book Club

Four women spent the last forty years bonding over their book club meetings.  

But when they read Fifty Shades of Grey together, they are inspired to make changes in their own lives, from finding new romance to rekindling old ones.

6.  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Seven retirees meet for the first time on a flight to India.  Hoping to solve all of their problems, they traded in their former lives for a life of luxury at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

The group quickly learns that it is less than luxurious.

As they adjust to their new reality, the retirees learn that new life and love is possible when you are willing to let go of your past.

7.  Sisters

Adult sisters Kate and Maura are called home before their childhood home is sold. 

So, to say goodbye, the sisters decide to throw one last raging party.  

But it gets completely out of control.

Through it all, the sisters discover that no matter where you go or what you become, who you are never changes.

8.  Miss You Already

Two best friends, Millie and Jess, face life-changing events.  

Millie, wife, and mother, learns she has breast cancer and fatal brain tumors.  Jess, on the other hand, has been trying to have a baby.

Both events are hard on the friends’ relationship, which suffers as they care for each other.

But they stand by each other through it all.

9.  Then She Found Me

April, a 39-year-old teacher, desperately wants a child.  But her husband left her right before her adoptive mother passed away.

She falls in love again, with Frank, a middle-aged divorced father of two, but still finds her ex irresistible.  On top of it all, a woman claiming to be her biological mother enters the scene.

Facing a midlife crisis, April has to decide what she really wants out of life. 

10.  Something’s Gotta Give

Erica is a very successful woman who believes she is past her prime.  Harry is a self-professed player who particularly likes younger women.

When Erica’s daughter brings Harry home for the weekend, Harry has a heart attack. He is left in Erica’s care.

The two fall in love.  However, Harry is not sure he can leave his former life behind. And Erica seems to have captured the attention of the young doctor in charge of Harry’s treatment.

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