Age Before Beauty: The Top 10 Movies Ranked By Oldest Cast Member Age

As young people spend less and less of their time hitting the multiplexes and more and more of their time BitTorrenting movies to their whoozamawhatchits, Hollywood has (wisely) decided to make more movies aimed at people who don’t know the difference between a Kindle Fire and the kindle you use to make a fire. This weekend’s Last Vegas is a prime example of that release strategy; by casting near-geriatric leads like Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline, the studio is clearly targeting an audience that’s more familiar with Social Security than social media. This got us thinking: What films have the oldest median age of their primary castmembers?


You can find the answer in our handy infographic! (via Microsoft Excel)

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So, how did we arrive at our results?

First, we racked our brains to come up with films that starred a whole mess of old fogeys. Then, we took all of the leads of those movies, found out their ages at the time of said movie’s release, and then calculated the median age of those castmembers to come up with our rankings. Here are those figures listed out, in case you want to check our math.

FILM: AMOUR (2012)
CASTMEMBERS: Emmanuelle Riva (85), Jean-Louis Trintignant (82)
MEDIAN AGE: 83.5

FILM: GOING IN STYLE (1979)
CASTMEMBERS: George Burns (83), Lee Strasberg (78), Art Carney (61)
MEDIAN AGE: 78

FILM: COCOON (1985)
CASTMEMBERS: Don Ameche (77), Jessica Tandy (76), Hume Cronyn (74), Wilford Brimley (51)
MEDIAN AGE: 75

FILM: AWAY FROM HER (2006)
CASTMEMBERS: Gordon Pinset (76), Olympia Dukakis (75), Julie Christie (61)
MEDIAN AGE: 75

FILM: BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2011)
CASTMEMBERS: Judi Dench (77), Maggie Smith (77), Tom Wilkinson (63), Bill Nighy (62)
MEDIAN AGE: 70

FILM: THE BUCKET LIST (2007)
CASTMEMBERS: Jack Nicholson (70), Morgan Freeman (70)
MEDIAN AGE: 70

FILM: LAST VEGAS (2013)
CASTMEMBERS: Morgan Freeman (76), Robert De Niro (70), Michael Douglas (69), Kevin Kline (66)
MEDIAN AGE: 69.5

FILM: MY FELLOW AMERICANS (1996)
CASTMEMBERS: Jack Lemmon (71), James Garner (68)
MEDIAN AGE: 69.5

FILM: SPACE COWBOYS (2000)
CASTMEMBERS: James Garner (72), Clint Eastwood (70), Donald Sutherland (65), Tommy Lee Jones (54)
MEDIAN AGE: 67.5

FILM: GRUMPIER OLD MEN (1995)
CASTMEMBERS: Walter Matthau (75), Jack Lemmon (70), Sophia Loren (61), Ann-Margaret (54)
MEDIAN AGE: 65.5

FILM: RED 2 (2013)
CASTMEMBERS: Morgan Freeman (76), Anthony Hopkins (76), Helen Mirren (68), John Malkovich (60), Bruce Willis (58), Catherine Zeta-Jones (44)
MEDIAN AGE: 64