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Great Movies for Seniors: A Recommendation List

Movies and shows have changed a lot over the years which can make satisfying older adults more difficult. With unlimited content available through the many popular streaming platforms, it can be hard to narrow down options or find movies that will appeal to the older generation. But movies and shows can help keep us all entertained and can allow for some time to relax. To help provide this experience here is a list of some of the best shows and movies for seniors on a variety of platforms.

TV Shows – Our Top Recommendations:


2 seasons of episodes are available on Netflix to help satisfy the game show need when it arises.

Great British Baking Show

Amateur bakers gather to compete in a 10 week bake off competition to be the best. This show is available on Netflix with 8 complete collections. If this one is a real hit try The Great British Baking Show: Master Class next!

Grace and Frankie

A comedy show with 6 seasons of entertainment regarding the unlikely friendship of two elderly women available on Netflix.

The Kominsky Method

2 seasons of entertainment and laughs about acting coach Sandy Kominsky and his best friend and Normal Newlander navigate getting older through comedy, available on Netflix.

I Love Lucy

Sometimes the classics can’t be beat, 6 seasons of Lucy, Ricky, Ethel and Fred are available on Hulu.

Downton Abbey

A historical drama based in early 20th century UK, with six seasons available on Amazon.

Movies for Seniors: Our Top Recommendations

Driving Miss Daisy

A widow’s son seeks to maintain her independence as much as possible, but after a car accident her son hires a chauffeur. A story of friendship developing over the years available on Amazon.

Julie and Julia

Meryl Streep and Amy Adams cook their way through Julia Child’s 524 recipe cook book in a year. A sweet and creative movie that is sure to leave you hungry, available on Netflix.

I’ll See You in My Dreams

Longtime widow Blythe Danner begins a new chapter and realizes it’s never too late to begin or continue loving life. This drama/comedy got 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and is available on Amazon Prime.

Saving Mr. Banks

An inspiring story starring Tom Hanks, telling the story about the creation of the movie Mary Poppins through Walt Disney’s eyes. Available for viewing on Netflix.

The Last Laugh

Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss star in a comedy with a retired talent manager encouraging an old comedian friend to get back in the business. Guaranteed to get a few laughs and available on Netflix

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

For the old western movie lovers, 19th century post Civil War Era cowboy movie available on Netflix.

Streaming movies provides the opportunity to take a break at any time and relax when it is convenient. These shows and movies have a wide range of genres and streaming platforms with something for everyone to enjoy. This list will provide safe and relaxing entertainment for seniors during the pandemic.

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