Terminal Illnesses Movies

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1. Away from Her (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Julie Christie, Michael Murphy, Gordon Pinsent, Stacey LaBerge

Votes: 20,594 | Gross: $4.57M

2. In a Better World (2010)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Markus Rygaard, Wil Johnson

Votes: 36,658 | Gross: $1.01M

3. Terms of Endearment (1983)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Votes: 49,733 | Gross: $108.42M

4. My Life (1993)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

A terminally ill man prepares for his death.

Director: Bruce Joel Rubin | Stars: Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Bradley Whitford, Queen Latifah

Votes: 9,815 | Gross: $27.48M

5. Hawks (1988)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

Two terminally ill patients in a hospital yearn for relief from their predicament. With little or no friends, they form an uneasy alliance and plot an escape for one last wild time.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Anthony Edwards, Janet McTeer, Camille Coduri

Votes: 923

6. Magnolia (1999)

R | 188 min | Drama

77 Metascore

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 270,939 | Gross: $22.46M

7. Marvin's Room (1996)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama

68 Metascore

After 20 years caring for her father, woman with cancer now must re-connect with her trashy sister and nephews she's never met after being diagnosed. Her love helps the angry teen nephew, and her sister learns to relate to people.

Director: Jerry Zaks | Stars: Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro

Votes: 23,648 | Gross: $12.78M

8. Six Weeks (1982)

PG | 107 min | Drama

A wealthy cosmetic tycoon and her 12-year-old daughter who's dying from leukemia, strike up a sentimental friendship with a California politician. Since the girl has only six weeks or less ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: Dudley Moore, Mary Tyler Moore, Katherine Healy, Shannon Wilcox

Votes: 726 | Gross: $6.67M

9. Cries & Whispers (1972)

R | 91 min | Drama

When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Harriet Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin

Votes: 26,068

10. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

Two teenage cancer patients begin a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.

Director: Josh Boone | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern

Votes: 317,506 | Gross: $124.87M

11. 50/50 (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 301,931 | Gross: $35.01M

12. Erin Brockovich (2000)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin, Dawn Didawick

Votes: 159,600 | Gross: $125.60M

13. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman

Votes: 113,356 | Gross: $6.74M

14. My Sister's Keeper (2009)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Family

51 Metascore

Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Walter Raney

Votes: 85,203 | Gross: $49.20M

15. Sweet November (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Romance

27 Metascore

A workaholic executive, and an unconventional woman agree to a personal relationship for a short period. In this short period she changes his life.

Director: Pat O'Connor | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jason Isaacs, Greg Germann

Votes: 80,648 | Gross: $25.29M

16. Stuck in Love. (2012)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.

Director: Josh Boone | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Nat Wolff

Votes: 79,157 | Gross: $0.08M

17. Stepmom (1998)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

A terminally ill woman has to settle on her former husband's new lover, who will be their children's stepmother.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone

Votes: 56,133 | Gross: $91.14M

18. Keith (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Natalie has it all: yearbook editor, scholarship to college, star athlete, reigning social queen. Then Keith enters her life. Secretive and enigmatic, he slowly lures her from her comfort ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Kessler | Stars: Elisabeth Harnois, Jesse McCartney, Margo Harshman, Ignacio Serricchio

Votes: 34,046

19. Life as a House (2001)

R | 125 min | Drama

45 Metascore

When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jena Malone

Votes: 41,777 | Gross: $15.65M

20. Now Is Good (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance

A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.

Director: Ol Parker | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Josef Altin, Jeremy Irvine, Paddy Considine

Votes: 31,443

21. My Life Without Me (2003)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo, Leonor Watling

Votes: 23,192 | Gross: $0.40M

22. The Ultimate Gift (2006)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Family, Romance

49 Metascore

A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.

Director: Michael O. Sajbel | Stars: Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail Breslin, Bill Cobbs

Votes: 16,564 | Gross: $3.44M

23. Miss You Already (2015)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine

Votes: 15,711 | Gross: $1.16M

24. Dying Young (1991)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood ... See full summary »

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colleen Dewhurst

Votes: 13,864 | Gross: $33.67M

25. Love Is All You Need (2012)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

A hairdresser, who has lost her hair to cancer, finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding, and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Molly Blixt Egelind, Sebastian Jessen

Votes: 12,298 | Gross: $1.63M

26. Wit (2001 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama

A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald

Votes: 8,337

27. A Christmas Tale (2008)

Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

The troubled Vuillard family is no stranger to illness, grief, and banishment, but when their matriarch requires a bone-marrow transplant, the estranged clan reunites just in time for Christmas.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Consigny

Votes: 6,261 | Gross: $1.06M

28. Letters to God (2010)

PG | 110 min | Drama, Family

31 Metascore

A young boy fighting cancer writes letters to God, touching lives in his neighborhood and community and inspiring hope among everyone he comes in contact. An unsuspecting substitute postman... See full summary »

Directors: David Nixon, Patrick Doughtie | Stars: Tanner Maguire, Jeffrey Johnson, Robyn Lively, Lisa Curtis

Votes: 4,463 | Gross: $2.85M

29. The Guitar (2008)

R | 95 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The life of a woman is transformed after she is diagnosed with a terminal disease, fired from her job and abandoned by her boyfriend. Given two months to live, she throws caution to the wind to pursue her dreams.

Director: Amy Redford | Stars: Saffron Burrows, Isaach De Bankolé, Paz de la Huerta, Mia Kucan

Votes: 2,820

30. Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (2004)

138 min | Drama, Romance

While searching for his fiancee Ritsuko, Sakutarou rediscovers through flashbacks the void deep within him caused by the events from his high school days.

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Ko Shibasaki, Masami Nagasawa, Mirai Moriyama

Votes: 2,632

31. Chronic (2015)

R | 93 min | Drama

69 Metascore

A home care nurse works with terminally ill patients.

Director: Michel Franco | Stars: Tim Roth, David Dastmalchian, Sarah Sutherland, Elizabeth Tulloch

Votes: 2,619 | Gross: $0.01M

32. That Good Night (2017)

92 min | Drama

Ralph, a once-famous screenwriter, is in his seventies and terminally ill. He has two final missions: to be reconciled to his son, Michael, and, secretly, to ensure he is not a burden to his wife, Anna, as he goes "into that good night".

Director: Eric Styles | Stars: John Hurt, Sofia Helin, Max Brown, Erin Richards

Votes: 234

33. My Life as a Dog (1985)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama, Comedy

A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén, Melinda Kinnaman

Votes: 17,100 | Gross: $8.35M

34. Restless (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Ryo Kase, Schuyler Fisk

Votes: 16,782 | Gross: $0.16M

35. Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

Five loosely intertwined stories of the emotional issues facing individual middle-aged Angelenas are presented. In "This Is Dr. Keener", physician Elaine Keener is spending the day taking ... See full summary »

Director: Rodrigo García | Stars: Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockhart, Kathy Baker

Votes: 6,258

36. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

80 Metascore

The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent Gardenia, Phil Foster

Votes: 5,013

37. The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Rémy Girard, Dorothée Berryman, Stéphane Rousseau, Marie-Josée Croze

Votes: 27,049 | Gross: $3.43M

38. Sweet Jane (1998)

83 min | Drama, Romance

Jane, an HIV-positive heroin addict, meets Tony, a young AIDS victim with no family, and the two form a bond.

Director: Joe Gayton | Stars: Samantha Mathis, Barbara Pilavin, Kimberly Scott, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 513 | Gross: $0.00M

39. Kings & Queen (2004)

Unrated | 150 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

Parallel storylines tell the current state of affairs for two ex-lovers: Nora's a single mother who comes to care for her terminally ill father; holed in up in mental ward, Ismael, a brilliant musician, plots his escape.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin | Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Geoffrey Carey, Thierry Bosc, Olivier Rabourdin

Votes: 3,517 | Gross: $0.29M

40. Villa 69 (2013)

120 min | Drama

A dramedy about illness, intimacy and death sparkles with the lighthearted touch of Director Ayten Amin. Hussein, played by Khaled abol Naga, is a terminally ill, yet charming architect who... See full summary »

Director: Ayten Amin | Stars: Kal Naga, Lebleba, Arwa Gouda, Omar El Ghandour

Votes: 611



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