I’m hard a twork writing another book, so this is a replay of the blog I wrote for the Romance in Paradise blog last week.
Something we all relate to is cinema and love stories, and
recently having seen Larry Crowne – the new Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts movie, I realized that more than a few movies these days star older couples. So I decided to go back over time and post a list of older heroines (over forty) in fun or super romantic stories, in honor of my new book – One for the Road.
One movie I didn’t include in this list is Julie and
Julia, staring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, because the film’s focus was on the main character’s blog and how she cooked each of Julia Child’s recipes in a one year period. However, I found the secondary story of Julia Child and her husband to be sweet and poignant. They truly shared a deep and lasting, AND physical love. I loved that movie!
Another movie that showed passion between an older couple was The Last Station starring Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy, and Helen Mirren as his wife. Though she pushed the envelope on sanity, it was clear they had a lasting and passionate love for each other.
Now, without further adieu, here’s … LYNNE MARSHALL’S TOP TEN ROMANTIC MOVIES FEATURING OLDER COUPLES (Listed chronologically)
- Adam’s Rib (Classic 1949)
featuring Katharyn Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as married lawyers pitted
against each other in a court case involving adultery. He defends the adulterous husband, she defends the lover, and the case overflows to their happy home life.
- The African Queen (Classic 1951)
Katharyn Hepburn plays a prim missionary spinstress to Humphrey Bogart’s
gin soaked riverboat captain. (Drama)
- The Desk Set (Classic 1957)
Katharyn Hepburn and Spencer Tracy – The broadcasting network librarian
(Hepburn) is pitted against the inventor of a computer (Tracy) which
threatens to make many company jobs obsolete. Once again, Hepburn and Tracy discover they’re a perfect match. (Romantic Comedy)
- Love Among the Ruins, 1975 Starring a very mature couple – Sir Laurence Olivier and Katharyn Hepburn. Aging grande dame of the London theater (Hepburn) is accused by a young man of seducing and then abandoning him. She retains the services of the greatest barrister in Britain (Olivier), who turns out to be a former suitor still in love with her. (Drama)
- Terms of Endearment 1983 Jack Nicholson plays ex-astronaut Garrett Breedlove and Shirley McLaine plays his next door neighbor, Aurora. The movie spans thirty years and along with the mother/daughter relationship, features the rocky romance between the next door neighbors, where the ne’re-do-well astronaut proves he is able to love over the long haul. (Heavy drama with light moments)
- Shadowlands, 1993 Debra Winger plays a forty-something divorcee who finds love and devotion with a middle aged University professor named C.E. Lewis, played by Anthony Hopkins. (Drama)
- What Women Want 2000 – Mel Gibson (before his fall from grace and at his prime) and Helen Hunt. Alpha male Nick almost electrocutes himself and as a result is able to hear women’s thoughts. He uses it to his advantage on the job
and with Darcy, and even as they grow closer and develop feelings for each
other, he betrays her. Proving he has a heart, after being responsible for Darcy losing her job, he sacrifices his own job for her. (Romantic Comedy)
- Something’s Got to Give 2004 – Jack Nicholson and Dianne Keaton, the fifty and sixty-something couple, both facing transitions in life, find love though being complete opposites. (Romantic Comedy)
- Mama Mia 2009 – Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan portray the long estranged couple. Summonsed to Greece by Sophie, an old girlfriend’s daughter, Harry arrives for a birthday party. Who of the three special guests is Sophie’s father? Thanks to several diary entries, a long-ago, but never forgotten love gets rekindled. (Musical Comedy Romance)
- It’s Complicated 2010 – Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin – Divorced for ten years, Jake and Jane still have feelings for each other.
They have an affair and enjoy the naughty excitement. Good guy Adam, the architect hired to remodel Jane’s home, has genuine feelings for Jane. Will she come to her senses and realize true love, the kind that lasts, isn’t always about bells and whistles? (Romantic-ish Comedy)
- So there you have it, my list. Now I’d love to hear about your favorite love story featuring a more mature couple. Leave a comment, please?
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