Taking advantage of the premiere of The Old Guard, we review some films about immortality that show that it is a curse.

Do not deny it, surely you have ever thought how great it would be to see you young forever or live for years and years. However, the cinema has taught us that it is actually not a good idea. Taking advantage of the premiere of The Old Guard, let’s talk about films about immortality.

Movies about immortality

The Old Guard (2020)

This newly released film is based on a graphic novel of the same name. Follow a group of immortal warriors who have managed to live through the centuries. But best of all, it stars Charlize Theron, who once again proves that she is a goddess in action movies ( Atomic Blonde , Mad Max Fury Road ) and who leads this group of mercenaries.

They gained immortality without even asking for it and took advantage of it. However, as the actor Chiwetel Ejioford, who participates in the film, told us, the characters here explore a very interesting side of immortality. “(They show that) in a way it’s exhausting, it’s tiring to see humanity make the same mistakes over and over again and are consumed by conflict; and because of that, they are so exhausted and deteriorated”, commented the actor.

And it is that this group participated in great moments in the history of humanity to stop its extinction. That is why not everything is pessimistic with these characters, because “finally they find optimism and hope and the desire to have an impact and change the future and that is what drives them to continue,” added Ejioford.

Death Suits You (1992)

Many times it is not about living forever, but about maintaining your beauty and youth for all eternity. Among the films about immortality that portray this idea, you can find this film by Robert Zemeckis ( Back to the Future ).

Starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis, in it you can see two women create a deadly rivalry. And it is that both are obsessed with looking young and that is why they fall into the clutches of a potion.

Although it turns out to work, they soon realize its effects are more of a curse. If you’ve never seen it, look it up, it’s a pretty funny black comedy.

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

One of the clearest examples of eternal life are vampires. However, for this list of movies about immortality we chose this classic starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and a young Kristen Dunst.

And it is that the character of this actress is the one that shows the most how horrible it is to live forever. Claudia is a girl who condemns herself to be treated like a girl for the rest of her life. And it is that the years pass and she becomes a woman trapped in the body of someone 10 years old.

The Imaginary World of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

The last tape made by the actor Heath Ledger is one of the films about immortality that are worth it. And it is that this issue of living forever is not the center; however, it is an essential part of the plot.

Doctor Parnassus owns a very particular theater and circus company. However, he hides a big secret, since he sold his soul to the devil to live forever. But now that the devil wants to collect his services by obtaining the soul of his daughter Valentina.

Parnassus is not willing to make that sacrifice and to save her he uses an outsider named Tony. He will travel through parallel worlds to save Valentina.

Highlander (1986)

One of the most famous Eternal Warriors is Connor MacLeod, better known as Highlander. And it is that this film from the 80s is not only a must to talk about films about immortality, but also, it is already a cult classic.

The story centers on Connor, who belongs to a group of immortal men who survive through the centuries to settle as a relic dealer in New York.

However, this quiet life does not last long, as another immortal warrior appears who wants to kill him to get “the Prize”, a skill with great powers.

The Fountain of Life (2006)

Romance is also a genre that enters into immortality movies and that is perfectly demonstrated by Darren Aronofsky ( Requiem for a Dream , The Black Swan ).

In it you will see how a man (Hugh Jackman) travels through time and seeks immortality to save the woman he loves (Rachel Weisz).

On this journey, man understands that the concept of eternity is not so simple. Also, he understands more questions about love, life and death.

Adaline’s Secret (2015)

If you’re left wanting more romance, another must-watch immortality movie is Adaline’s Secret . It may be one of the least famous on the list, but it’s worth it and it features Blake Lively and Harrison Ford.

Adaline is a 29-year-old woman who, after an accident, gains eternal youth. However, the years go by and she leads a solitary life keeping her immortality a secret. She until she, after eight decades, meets Ellis Jones, a man for whom she is willing to do anything.

Deadpool 2 (2018)

Wade Wilson knew how to take advantage of his immortality and regenerative ability. However, at the beginning of this sequel he discovers that it is horrible if the woman he loves dies and he cannot join her in the afterlife.

The truth is that this is one of the funniest immortality movies. And it is that the protagonist with his black humor and love for blood, shows us the macabre and even fun side of fighting without fear of anything.