She's the go-to example of how Hollywood marginalizes women of a certain age. Whereas male movie stars are consistently paired with love interests 10 or 20 years their junior see: Gump at the age of Tom Hanks is merely 10 years younger than she is. Men get increasingly younger romantic partners; women have to play mothers. Field plays Doris, who finds herself smitten with John Fremont Max Greenfield , the new guy in her office.
Bereft by the recent loss of her mother, for whom she cared her entire life, Doris passionately attempts to figure out how she could possibly win John. It turns out her zany wardrobe is a hit in Williamsburg, and the two end up becoming friends. Advertisement Doris may be a bit clueless, but the movie doesn't deny Field her sexuality.
At one point, hipsters at a concert assume that John is sleeping with her. Sure, Doris is sort of dotty, and she certainly has no idea how to seduce a man, but she's still seen as desirable. Robinson is hot in The Graduate, but she's also portrayed as a boy-crazy lady who ruins lives. Cinematic women who engage in affairs with younger men are often sexy, but also broken in some way or another.
Though the woman has the upper hand in terms of age, she is often a conquest for the virile dude. We won't spoil whether or not Doris and John end up together, but ahead we look at some other movies featuring the age gap you're not used to seeing.
Like the other people in his town, he's fascinated by her. This one's for you. In this rom-com, Julianne Moore plays an English teacher in a small Pennsylvania town whose life is shook up when her favorite student from years ago, Jason Michael Angarano , returns to town. They team up to produce one of Jason's plays.
And then — wham, bam, feelings! Clair Bayfield Hugh Grant. Clair supports Florence as she pours her huge inheritance into her dreams of learning to sing, even though she has no talent. He clearly loves her, but also spends each evening with another woman, whom he loves too. The women know about each other. Clair's "arrangement" is fascinating to watch play out. This is the movie of a crush, and the extreme, endearing measures Doris takes to keep John in her life.
A retired courtesan, Charlotte Kathy Bates , enlists the help of her former colleague, Lea Michelle Pfeiffer , in teaching her son the ways of the bedroom. His addiction to porn has rendered it impossible for Jon to have real relationships with women.
All that changes when he meets two women: Then, Julia discovers that Tom is using their torrid love affair to further his own acting ambitions.
What's a masterful actress to do? She befriend's Tom's young girlfriend, and plots revenge. Advertisement Load Video The Mother Seeking something to revitalize her life, May, a depressed widow, finds herself in the arms Darren, a handsome handyman half her age.
Darren Daniel Craig also happens to be married, and cheating on his wife with May's daughter. She's a washed-up silent film star who ensnares a screenwriter William Holden and leads him to a fatal demise.
Sunset Boulevard is a wonderful movie, but Norma both embodies and represents how Hollywood sees older women. Once past their prime, they are grotesque. But, like Norma before her, Mrs. Robinson also turns vicious as she tries to keep Benjamin from her daughter Elaine Katharine Ross.
The bizarre tale is about the romance between a wild-child year-old Ruth Gordon and a young man Bud Cort who stages suicides. They both like going to funerals. So much about this relationship could be off-putting, but it's ultimately sweet.
At a bar, he meets a gorgeous older woman, Ellen Jacqueline Bisset , who surprisingly takes an interest in him. Then the movie takes an icky turn. By its end, Ellen's checked herself into the hospital for psychiatric treatment, while Jonathan and Skip have had it out and made up.
Advertisement Load Video Bull Durham Susan Sarandon has two lovers in this baseball movie, in which she plays the older woman as hot sage. One is the more age-appropriate Kevin Costner, the world-weary minor-league catcher; the other is Tim Robbins, the upstart pitcher.
Robbins and Sarandon, who were married for more than 20 years, met on this film. Stella is conflicted over his age and faces the judgment of her friends back home. She is purely an object of teen male fantasy. She goes on a road trip with them after finding out her husband has cheated on her. Throughout the entire trip, the audience ultimately learns, she's grappling with the notion that she's dying of cancer. Saddled with an unhappy marriage, Justine engages in an affair with new employee Holden Jake Gyllenhaal.
This is yet another example of the trope in which an older woman uses a younger man to revitalize her spirit. But tragedy is in the cards for these two. Basically, if a teenager is the type who name-drops Voltaire, middle-aged ladies will be all over him.
Then Keanu Reeves romances Keaton. The movie, however, preaches that age-appropriate love interests are best: She asks her younger lover to read to her.
But she has many secrets. She was a concentration camp guard and is illiterate. Nightcrawler flips that switch.