Grumpy Old Movies: Great Moments in 'Get Off My Lawn' Cinema

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These films' aging protagonists range from lovably cranky to downright mean.

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Fresh from his spirited/baffling two-act with an empty chair at last month's Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood is back in theaters this week with Trouble with the Curve, in which he apparently plays an old-school baseball scout who's had it up to here with you damn kids and your money-ballin' and whatnot. "A computer can't tell if a kid's got instincts," he growls in the trailer, in the general direction of poor Matthew Lillard, playing the obligatory role of the smug young hotshot who must be shown what's-what by the old pro.

Yep, Clint's in full-on old coot mode in Trouble with the Curve, the last example of what's best defined as a "grumpy old man" movie—in which a gent of advanced age grunts and snarls and yells at the whippersnappers, and usually ends up demonstrating how it's done (whatever each movie's "it" may be). Below, 10 more movies that want you to get the hell of their lawn.

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Jason Bailey is the film editor at Flavorwire, and has also written for Slate, Salon, and the Village Voice.

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