They say life begins at 40…but why not start living the life before you reach 40 and watch these fun, heartwarming and powerful movies?
Here are 60 of the must-watch movies that women who are nearly in their 40s have grown to be very familiar with and are worth-watching.
1. The Godfather
Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
What’s it about: The ageing patriarch of an organised crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Why women should watch it: This powerful movie is about family, friends and money — loving your family, keeping your friends, and organising your money.
2. Reservoir Dogs
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen
What’s it about: After a simple jewellery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Why women should watch it: Simply because…it’s full of men…hot hot men!
3. The Shawshank Redemption
Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
What it is about: Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Why women should watch it: It could teach women about courage and determination to survive even in the most hopeless cases, having self-worth and dignity.
4. American Beauty
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch
What’s it about: A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.
Why women should watch it: It’s about insecurities in one’s self and relationships and how to deal with these.
5. Kill Bill
Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah
What’s it about: The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her – a team she was once part of.
Why women should watch it: Never mess with a betrayed angry mumma.
Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
What’s it about: A man juggles searching for his wife’s murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.
Why women should watch it: It shows how people are willing to risk their lives to fight for the one they love.
7. Bridget Jones’s Diary
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
What’s it about: A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.
Why women should watch it: The film tells women to love and be comfortable in your own skin.
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne
What’s it about: Competition between the maid of honour and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride’s best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.
Why women should watch it: This fun movie could be your guide to actually being a good bridesmaid and a friend most of all.
9. Gone Girl
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
What’s it about: With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.
Why women should watch it: The movie highlights the importance of trust in a relationship.
10. Into the Wild
Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener
What’s it about: After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Why women should watch it: Sometimes, finding your soul and purpose in life can be found in the simplest of things.