Top 10 movies that deal with Adults at end-of-life
Top 10 Movies that deal with Adults at end-of Life
#10 The Last Days of Extraordinary Lives & Serving LifeThese two documentaries start off the list because of their unconventional residents. Sunset Story is documentary drama set in an unusual rest home – one for retired radicals. This documentary tells the story of two of the residents, Irja (81) and Lucille (95). “Sunset Story doesn’t shy away from the sadness of old age; it reveals two elderly women’s lives in an unusually authentic and surprisingly moving way.” Serving Life is narrated and executive produced by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker this documentary chronicles the work of inmates at a Louisiana prison who volunteer at the jail’s hospice, caring for dying inmates.
#9 Twilight Zone – The Movie The Twilight Zone: The Movie – This 1983 film made the list because of the segment 2 story, Kick the Can, directed by Steven Spielberg. An old man named Mr. Bloom (Scatman Crothers) has just moved into Sunnyvale Retirement Home. He listens to the other residents as they reminisce about their youth (except for one grumpy patient). Mr. Bloom believes that just because theyre old doesnt mean they cannot enjoy life anymore, and that feeling young has to do with your attitude, not your age. Will playing kick-the-can that night bring back more than their memories, or is it just a game? It is based on an old twilight zone episode.
#8 Away From Her This 2008 film earned Julie Christie an Oscar nomination. It follows the story of Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and his emotional journey after moving his Alzheimers-stricken wife (Julie Christie) to a nursing facility.
#7 Terms of Endearment This 1983 James L. Brooks directed drama follows widowed Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), including their relationship at the end-of life. It won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (MacLaine), Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson).
#6 Harold and Maude This comedic cult-favorite from 1971 is about a death- obsessed teen named Harold (Bud Cort) who meets Maude (Ruth Gordon), a geriatric widow at a funeral, and the unconventional bond that forms between them. Directed by Hal Ashby.
#5 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button This 2008 Oscar-nominated story directed by David Fincher tells the story of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) -- a man who was born old but grows younger as the years go by -- Cate Blanchett co- stars.
#4 Beginners Watch Christopher Plummer (was in Sound of Music) in his 2012 Oscar-nominated role in Beginners. This drama tells the story of Oliver (Ewan McGregor), a graphic artist coming to grips with his father’s (Christopher Plummer) news that not only does he have terminal cancer, he is also gay.
#3 The Notebook 2004 - This adaptation of Nicholas Sparkss best-selling novel is a perennial favorite over Valentine’s day. (James Garner) reads from a notebook while he visits a woman in a nursing home (Gena Rowlands), telling her the story of their lives hoping that she will remember again.
#2 Bucket List Bucket List (2007) – This movie tells the story of Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) and Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman), two terminally ill men who bust out of the cancer ward with a plan to experience life to the fullest before they kick the bucket.
#1 Philadelphia Tom Hanks received the Oscar for his performance in this 1993 drama about a Philadelphia attorney (Tom Hanks) who is fired because of his homosexuality and his HIV-positive status.
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