There is something special about sitting down comfortably with some popcorn to watch a good movie with a few friends during the festive season; especially if the movie makes you laugh, lifts your spirits and inspires you.
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Very few things in life are as entertaining as a good movie. There is something special about sitting down comfortably with some popcorn to watch a good movie with a few friends; especially if the movie makes you laugh, lifts your spirits and inspires you.

The interpretation of a good movie varies from person to person. Some want a happy ending, or a triumph against all odds, a lesson in spiritual values, others want to laugh until they cry! Fortunately, there are movies to suit all tastes.

Here is a list of feel-good movies both old and new to enjoy with the elderly.

Old & New Movies for the Elderly

Cool Runnings (1993)
Four Jamaican bobsledders dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, despite never having seen snow. Based on a true story! #comedy
African Queen (1951)
In WWI Africa, a riverboat captain and a strait-laced missionary spend most of their time fighting each other rather than the Germans. #adventure
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Max and John are neighbors and former friends. Their rivalry intensifies when a love interest for both of them moves into the house across the street. #comedy
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Harry Potter, an eleven-year-old orphan, discovers that he is a wizard. As he enters a world of magic, he finds trouble awaiting him. #adventure #fantasy
On Golden Pond (1981)
A cantankerous retiree has an estranged relationship with his daughter. When he and his wife agree to care for her new boyfriend's son, an unexpected relationship blooms. #drama
The Parent Trap (1961)
Identical twins are separated after their parents divorce. They discover each other at a summer camp and decide to switch places in an effort to reunite their parents. #comedy #family
Bright Eyes (1934)
Society snobs get more than they bargained for when they take in their late housekeeper's orphaned daughter. Shirley Temple at her best! #comedy #musical
Walk the Line (2005)
The story of American music legend Johnny Cash and his rise to fame with hits such as "A Boy Named Sue" and "Ring of Fire". #musical #drama
The King’s Speech (2010)
King George VI tries to overcome his stammering problem with the help of a speech therapist. An extraordinary friendship devleops. #drama #history
Casablanca (1942) 
During WWII, a nightclub owner in Casablanca agrees to help his former lover and her husband get out of the country. #romance #war
The Magnificent Seven (1960) Seven gunfighters are hired by Mexican peasants to liberate their village from bandits.
#western #thriller
 The King and I (1956)
A widowed Welsh mother accepts a job as a live-in governess and English tutor to the King of Siam's children. #musical #romance
The Pink Panther (1963)
A clumsy detective is on the trail of a notorious jewel thief planning to steal a diamond called 'The Pink Panther'. #comedy #slapstick
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. #comedy #heist
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) An unhappy housewife befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells. #drama #comedy
Shine (1996)
A gifted pianist struggles through his dysfunctional childhood. Years later, he suffers a mental breakdown but manages to return as a legend. #drama #romance
My Fair Lady (1964)
A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to take a lowly flower girl under his care and make her presentable to society. #musical #romance
Oddball (2015)
An eccentric chicken farmer trains his dog to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their town. #family #adventure
The Sound of Music (1965)
An aspiring nun is sent as a governess to take care of seven motherless children. Soon her jovial and loving nature tames their hearts. #musical #family
Billy Elliot (2000)
Little Billly's life is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class. Unfortunately, his father things ballet is for sissies. #dance #drama
The Odd Couple (1970)
One is neat, one is a slob. Both are divorced and need a place to stay. The arguments are endless but funny; it's like watching your parents fight. #comedy
The Princess Bride (1987)
A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love.They must battle the evils of the kingdom to be reunited with each other. #family #adventure
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
A family decide to travel across the country when their daughter wants to participate in a beauty pageant, unaware of what the journey has in store for them. #comedy #drama
Mary Poppins (1964)
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father. #musical #family
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)When a struggling writer meets Holly, an eccentric but beautiful socialite, he falls hopelessly in love with her. #romance #comedy The Addams Family (1991)
When an evil doctor learns about an eccentric family's missing relative, she hires an imposter to masquerade as him so that she can loot the family. #comedy #family
The Wizard of Oz
When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. #fantasy #musical

More Movies to Enjoy with the Elderly

Wild (2014)
Awakenings (1990)
Pay It Forward (2000)
Me, Myself and Irene (2000)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Duck Soup (1933)
The Family Man (2000)
42nd Street (1933)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
Gidget (1959)
The Descendants (2011)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Tootsie (1982)
Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Roman Holidays (1953)
The Full Monty (1997)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Gran Torino (2008)
Anne of Green Gables (1985)
Annie (1982)
Singing in the Rain (1952)
Strictly Ballroom (1992)(1992)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
Grease (1978)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Sullivan's Travels(1941)
Pollyanna (1960)
Oklahoma (1955)
Elvis Presley (any movie)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Annie Hall (1977)
Mama Mia (2008)
Meet me in St Louis (1944)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
An America in Paris (1951)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Shirley Temple (any movie)
West Side Story (1961)
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Shadowlands (1993)
Out of Africa (1985)
Philomena (2013)
Quartet (2012)
All the President’s Men (1976)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Harold & Maude (1971)
The Bucket List (2007)
Harry & Tonto (1974)
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

TV Shows

Downton Abbey
Everybody Loves Raymond
Little House on the Prairie
Lassie
As Time Goes By
Pride & Prejudice
The Vicar of Dibley
Fawlty Towers
Planet Earth
Mommy Bear
Life (BBC documentaries on nature)
Jeopardy (and other game shows)

Christmas Themed Movies

It's a Wonderful Life
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Elf
Miracle on 34th Street
White Christmas
The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue
Home Alone (any of them)
It happened one Christmas
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
A Christmas Story
Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Musical DVDs

The Seekers (Farewell Concert)
Peter, Paul & Mary
Roy Orbison (Black & White Night)
Jesus Christ Superstar
Camelot
Andre Rieu (any DVD)
Les Miserables
Cats
Cat Stevens (Tea for the Tillerman)
Il Divo (At the Coliseum)
Tony Bennett (Wonderful World)
Luciano Pavarotti (The Duets)
Joe Cocker (Respect Yourself Live)
The Beach Boys (Lost Concert)
The Very Best of Richard Clayderman
Glen Campbell

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Michelle Martin 23rd May 2020
Does showing a movie to residents infringe on copyright laws?
Thank you for a great list and great ideas.
Susan 25th May 2020 Activity Director
Hi Michelle
As long as you are not making a profit or showing illegal movies it is perfectly fine to show them and doesn’t infringe on any copyright laws
Gail 12th May 2020 Extended Care Assistant
I’ve been running a movie afternoon on Saturdays with appropriate snacks and ice creams that I bring around on a trolley.
We’ve watched Paddington and Paddington 2, Ladies in Black as well as classics like Sound of Music and My Fair Lady etc. this week we will be watching the “ Oddball” movie.
We chat and reminisce about issues that come up during and after the movie.
Talita 18th May 2020
Thanks for sharing these titles Gail! Recommendations are so helpful!
Susan 1st Jan 2020 Activity Director
Thanks for the information
Movies are a good idea when you don’t have staff there
Rebecca 1st Jan 2020
Hi there- In Ohio showing a movie is an activity---FYI
Kim 18th Dec 2018 Registered Nurse
Hi Sherlene, can't speak the U.S. but in Australia they certainly are as it provides the opportunity for the Residents to reminisce , socialise and to have fun. Your interim needs to pull their head in and let you do the job your paid to do. Good luck. And at this time of year, the Home Alone movies are a hoot. Merry Christmas.
Sherlene 11th Dec 2018 Activities Coordinator
Thank you for all the great activity ideas! I have a question "is showing movies not considered an activity? The reason I ask is that we have an interim administrator who has come in trying to change my Activity calendar. She said that showing a movie is not considered an activity by regulations in Va. Is this accurate information? Can someone please tell me if this is so?
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