Love Over 50: Our Favorite Onscreen Couples

Want to fall in love again for Valentine’s Day? Check out these movies starring lovebirds of a certain age—they’ll get you in the mood

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Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero in “Letters to Juliet” (2010)

On a search for her long-lost love, Redgrave’s character is helped along by her grandson and a young friend. When she finally reconnects with her former flame after 50 years (OK, he coincidentally rides in on horseback—but plot is not the appeal here), the couple picks up right where they left off.

 

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Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in “It’s Complicated” (2009)

Giving new meaning to the popular Facebook relationship status, Streep and Baldwin play a couple that gets divorced, only to begin an affair 10 years after they’ve broken up. It doesn’t work out, but Streep’s character still manages to find love apart from her ex-husband.

 

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Diane Keaton and Stephen Collins in “Because I Said So” (2007)

Keaton stars as pushy mom, Daphne, trying to set up her last single daughter. Having been unsuccessful with men in her past, Daphne is intent upon (read: obsessed with) preventing her daughter from making the same romantic missteps. But the tables turn on Daphne, when she unexpectedly finds a great guy—for herself.

 

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Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson in “Something’s Gotta Give” (2003)

Keaton and Nicholson make a hilarious pair as the dueling Erica and Harry—he a not-to-be-trusted womanizer, she a successful playwright who’s the mother of a 20-something daughter whom Harry is dating. Though at first they seem like natural enemies, the two are eventually attracted, and find the love they never would have admitted they were looking for. 

 

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Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau in “Hello, Dolly!” (1969)

Babs is Dolly, a fun-loving turn-of-the-century matchmaker who decides to snag one of her clients—the wealthy Horace, played by Walter Matthau—for herself. Once he tumbles to her plan, Horace rudely rejects her—only to realize that his life would be empty without her.

 

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First Published Mon, 2013-02-11 17:43

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