So, what exactly is a Rom-com? Rom-coms, also known as Romantic Comedies, is a subgenre of comedies designed to be romantic and light-hearted. A Rom-com doesn’t necessarily mean a movie. There are also television series that have been labeled romantic comedies. An example of a rom-com plot is showing how love can overcome obstacles and hardships in life.

In the past decade or more, romantic comedies for the elderly surged. These films are significant in that they star classic actresses and actors in stories that have happy endings and life-affirming messages. They are generally about showing the ability to compromise with others who also have a significant amount of baggage from the obstacles that life has thrown at them.



  • On Golden Pond

This 1981 movie starring Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, is a romantic comedy, that addresses matters such as aging and dementia. Both Ms. Hepburn and Mr. Fonda received awards for their performance in On Golden Pond.

  • Grumpy Old Men (1993)

About two life-long friends (played by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau) who begin to feud over a new woman (played by Ann-Margaret), a free-spirited art professor, who arrives in their neighborhood.

  • As Good as It Gets (1997)

Jack Nicholson plays Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive author who has little patience for human society. Throughout the film, he begins a relationship with a single mother and waitress Carol Connelly (played by Helen Hunt) who has a chronically ill son and a friendship with a gay artist.

  • Hope Springs (2012)

About a middle-aged and childless couple, Kay and Arnold Soames (played by Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones) who decide to attend a week-long counseling session to work on their relationship. Their counselor, Dr. Bernie Feld, is played by Steve Carrell (famous for his role as office manager in the hit television show, The Office).

  • Eat Pray Love (2010)

Eat Pray Love is a biographical romantic drama, based on the memoirs of Elizabeth Gilbert (played by Julia Roberts) who is newly divorced after losing everything (husband, house and successful career), Launching out on a quest of self-discovery, she travels to Italy, India and eventually Indonesia where she eventually finds the unexpected: inner peace and love.

Both Hope Springs and Eat Pray Love are movies that deal with love and how it can help you to reinvent yourself and prove that love can happen at any age.

  • It’s Complicated (2009)

This film is about Jane Alder, a successful baker in California, (played by Meryl Streep and her ex-husband, Jake Alder, a successful attorney (played by Alex Baldwin), who reignite their relationship at their son’s graduation.

  • Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

Jack Nicholson stars as a swinger who is about to enter his senior years.

After years of chasing after women younger than himself, he meets a woman who is his age (played by Diane Keaton).

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