Movies about Alzheimer's that Touch the Heart

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The Savages

Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman play siblings in this tragic comedy about adult children caring for a parent with dementia. Laura Linney was Oscar-nominated for Best Actress, and Tamara Jenkins was Oscar-nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

With a rare combination of humility, dignity, and humor, Philip Seymour Hoffman was Golden Globe-nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for his performance as the neurotic professor who begrudgingly unites with his sister for the sake of their father.

Still Alice

In this American movie, based on Lisa Genova's 2007 bestselling book of the same name, Julianne Moore stars as Alice Howland, a professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Her husband is played by Alec Baldwin, and her children are played by Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish.  

While some critics found the movie powerful, especially since it's told by Alice herself, others criticized the movie for the way it held back, mostly when it came to touching on how this familial type of Alzheimer's may affect Alice's children.

Away from Her

In Away From Her, Julie Christie was Oscar-nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Fiona, a woman with Alzheimer's who voluntarily enters a long-term care facility to avoid being a burden on Grant, her husband of 50 years.

After a 30-day separation (recommended by the facility), Grant visits Fiona and finds that her memory of him has deteriorated and that she's developed a close friendship with another man in the facility.

Grant must draw upon the pure love and respect he has for Fiona to choose what will ensure his wife's happiness in the face of the disease.

The Iron Lady

The film is based in the present day and features flashbacks to Lady Thatcher’s early life, her rise to power and the defining events of her premiership and downfall. From the opening scene, where a confused and befuddled Lady Thatcher wanders into a corner shop to buy a pint of milk, the film begins to show Lady Thatcher battling with Dementia. 

The Notebook

The Notebook is a 2004 romantic drama film based on Nicholas Sparks' 1996 best-selling novel of the same name, This movie features James Garner as Noah, the loving husband of Allie (Gena Rowlands), who is in a nursing home due to Alzheimer's disease. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love in the 1940s.

Still Mine

‘Still Mine’ follows the story of Craig Morrison (James Cromwell), an elderly farmer trying to build a new home for him and his wife, Irene (Geneviève Bujold). The unexpected hurdles that are preventing him to go through with his plan and the novel struggles that surface with Irene’s progressing dementia demands of Craig to compromise on certain things and to let go of others.  

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