As Walt Whitman once said: "Women sit, or move to and fro — some old, some young; The young are beautiful — but the old are more beautiful than the young."

So let's pay tribute to some of the older women in Hollywood — wiser, more assured, but still incredibly sexy. 

Hey, youth isn't all it's cracked up to be. 

*Ages below reflect ages at date of publication in 2014.


Julianne Moore, 53

While Julianne Moore is staying relevant by appearing in the next installment of "The Hunger Games," I like to remember in films like "Vanya on 42nd Street" (1994), "Magnolia" (1999), and more recently, "The Kids Are Alright" (2010) and "What Maisie Knew" (2012).


Kim Basinger, 60

After winning an Oscar in 1994 for "L.A. Confidential,"  Kim Basinger has kept active, both on- and off-screen. And if recent pictures are any indication, age hasn't affected her beauty one bit.


Sally Field, 67

Sally Field: This two-time Oscar winner was warm and endearing in 1976, and remains warm and endearing in 2014. 


Andie MacDowell, 56

Once the face of Calvin Klein, always the face of Calvin Klein. Check out two of Andie MacDowell's most iconic roles — in "Sex, Lies and Videotape" (1989) and "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994).


Holly Hunter, 56

Though best known for "Broadcast News" (1987), "The Piano" (1993), and her voiceover work, Holly Hunter's career hasn't slowed down one bit — and she looks fantastic.


Meryl Streep, 65

We don't have to explain to you who Meryl Streep is, or why she's famous, or what her best roles are — because you know already! We just want reaffirm: her (inner and outer) beauty remains intact! 


Angela Bassett, 56

Angela Bassett. Is. Still. Killing. It.  For vintage Angela, check out one of her earlier performances in "Boyz 'n the Hood" (1991) or "Malcolm X" (1992).


Sigourney Weaver, 64

She's come a long way since her breakthrough film, "Alien" (1979), where she killed a ton of nasty creatures (often in her undies), but this class act is still turning heads. 


Raquel Welch, 74

Raquel has incredible genes to thank for her ageless looks (and maybe a surgeon or two). We wager she could still fill out a swimsuit beautifully. Speaking of swimsuits, we'll never forget the impression she made in "Bedazzled" (1967).


Hellen Mirren, 69

The unwitting queen of the "Sexy Older Women" movement, Helen Mirren made a stir a few years ago when she stepped out in her bikini at age 63 and proved to the world she still had what it takes. 


Catherine Keener, 55

Nowadays, if you need an actress to play the sexy love interest of an older male lead... you call Catherine Keener. But she's been charming audiences since 1995's "Living in Oblivion."



Michelle Yeoh, 52

The lovely, graceful Michelle Yeoh found international fame in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden, Dragon" (2000), and it would appear she hasn't aged since. What's her secret — martial arts?


Mary Steenburgen, 61

While many recognize Mary Steenburgen as Doc's love interest in the tired "Back to the Future III," she really found her footing in quality movies like "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"(1993). Now she's enjoying a later career boost as a "sexy older woman." Right on.


Michelle PfEIffer, 56

No explanation necessary. She's the girl we all had a crush on in high school, and she still looks fabulous at the 35th reunion. Check out those eyes...


Emma Thompson, 55

Emma's got a sense of humor (always sexy), but behind that is a big brain and an outsize talent (even sexier). Our favorite Emma Thompson films: here.



Ellen Barkin, 60

She's still got the look that would launch a thousand ships, or a thousand of pretty much anything. Say something with that gravelly, sexy voice, Ellen. Please?


Susan SArandon, 67

Most of us first fell for her in the over-the-top "Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975). Happily, this sassy, fiery-maned beauty has been with us ever since. Her best films, here.


Jane Seymour, 63

Looks like Dr. Quinn, medicine woman, has a cure for aging as well. Jane Seymour, best remembered as Roger Moore's first Bond Girl, also scored in 1982's "The Scarlet Pimpernel." Tell us your secret, Jane.