08/22/2014 03:13 pm ET Updated Aug 22, 2014

8 Movie Characters Who Prove Older Really Does Mean Wiser

When it comes to movie roles, older characters often get the short end of the stick. It's rare to find a film with a leading lady or a superhero over the age of 50. But sometimes, these characters get the opportunity to shine the brightest when it comes to offering insightful, inspirational advice.

After all, it's only an experienced soul that could share these words of wisdom:

Albus Dumbledore, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004)


Grandpa Edwin, "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006)

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Somerset, "Se7en" (1995)


Mrs. Gump, "Forrest Gump" (1994)

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Maude, "Harold and Maude" (1971)

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Ed Bloom, "Big Fish" (2003)

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Stephen, "The Last Kiss" (2006)

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Ninny Threadgoode, "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991)