Fighting illness movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant fighting illness movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, touching, emotional, melancholic and sincere films and TV shows about / with fighting illness, doctor, death, hospital, friendship, destiny, terminal illness, storytelling, loneliness and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as fighting illness: Five Feet Apart (2019), The Fault in Our Stars (2014), The Red Band Society (2011), Now Is Good (2012), The Big C (2010), House (2004), Brain on Fire (2016), Awakenings (1990), 50/50 (2011), Restless (2011).

List of fighting illness movies

Five Feet Apart (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love.
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, talky, meditative
Plot: falling in love, fighting illness, suffering, fall in love, forbidden love, disability, couple relations, star crossed lovers, destiny, true love, hospital, danger ...
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The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, romantic, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teenage love, terminal illness, fall in love, first love, teenage life, youth, teenager, cancer, love and romance, dealing with death, fighting illness, teenagers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, amsterdam, united states
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The Red Band Society (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Polseres vermelles and Pulseras Rojas in Spanish, is a Catalan television show. The first season aired on TV3 in 2011, with a second season planned for 2013. The show was created by Albert Espinosa and draws on his childhood experiences as a ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: terminal illness, fighting illness, teenage life, anorexia, overcoming, youth, patient, cancer, friendship, illness, everyday life, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
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 7.1
 34K
Now Is Good (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 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.
Style: sad, emotional, heartbreaking, serious, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, love and romance, cancer, teenage love, fighting illness, dying, youth, teenager, last wish, dealing with death, first sex, virginity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england
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 8.1
 14K
The Big C (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: A suburban mother faces her cancer diagnosis while trying to find humor and happiness as well.
Style: sincere, humorous, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, teacher, fighting illness, cancer, dying, human spirit, parents and children, couple relations, hopes, life is a bitch, couples, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut
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 8.7
 431K
House (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Dr. Gregory House, a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.
Style: clever, witty, psychological, cynical, captivating ...
Plot: prodigy, doctor, dark humor, patient, talented, hospital, human nature, loneliness, riddles and clues, intelligence, loner, mastermind ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
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 6.6
 20K
Brain on Fire (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada, Ireland
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Susannah Cahalan, an up-and-coming journalist at the New York Post becomes plagued by voices in her head and seizures, causing a rapid descent into insanity.
Style: medical drama, based on true events, thought provoking, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: fighting illness, strong female lead, hospital, diagnosis, journalist, doctor, psychosis, newspaper reporter, human brain, catatonia, female protagonist, hallucination ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york
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 7.8
 134K
Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, ...
Style: uplifting, motivational, touching, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, hopes, coma, hospital, fighting illness, illness, patient, cure, experiment, doctor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1930s, year 1969
Place: usa, bronx new york city
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 7.6
 323K
50/50 (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 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.
Style: tragicomedy, touching, sentimental, emotional, humorous ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, cancer, patient, doctor, therapist, fighting illness, best friend, buddies, coping, hopes, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, washington d.c., seattle washington, hawaii ...
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 6.7
 18K
Restless (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A powerful and emotional coming of age story, this remarkable tale is told with honesty and originality that will leave audiences moved. In the film, two outsiders, both shaped by the circumstances that have brought them together, forge a deep and ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, psychological, touching, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: terminal illness, teenage love, sadness, funeral, fighting illness, young people, ghost, hospital, death of parent, romance, teenage life, cancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.8
 6K
Chasing Life (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: April is a smart aspiring journalist in her 20s who tries to balance her ambitious career with her family, which includes her widowed mom, rebellious little sister, and her grandmother. We meet April at a pivotal moment in her life: she's ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, journalist, terminal illness, cancer, fighting illness, coping, life turned upside down, love and romance, life is a bitch, dying, ambitious, health situation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
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A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, motivational ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, genius, prodigy, insanity, schizophrenia, existentialism, imagination, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 90s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new jersey, stockholm sweden ...
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 10K
Wit (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, intellectual, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: nurse, terminal illness, hospital, dying, chemotherapy, cancer, hopes, poetry, doctor, regret, fighting illness, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Country: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, USA, UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, emotional, surreal, heartbreaking ...
Plot: factory worker, death sentence, life is a bitch, secret, blind character, human spirit, police officer, tragic hero, murder, hanging, destiny, fighting illness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: washington d.c., usa, washington state
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 7.9
 97K
Amour (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, France, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Style: philosophical, sincere, emotional, compassionate, suspense ...
Plot: elderly, elderly lovers, death, aging, illness, love, daughter, husband wife relationship, nurse, supportive spouse, fighting illness, nursing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france
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 7.2
 234K
The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
Style: surreal, artsy, melancholic, philosophical, atmospheric ...
Plot: metaphysics, immortality, queen, death, reincarnation, tragic love, terminal illness, loneliness, loss of loved one, afterlife, love of one's life, cancer ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, guatemala, central america
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 7.6
 964
Monroe (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Monroe is a British medical drama television series created and written by Peter Bowker and produced by Mammoth Screen for the ITV network. The series follows a neurosurgeon named Gabriel Monroe, played by James Nesbitt. The six-part series was ...
Style: medical drama, realistic, serious, emotional, talky ...
Plot: hospital, medical, intern, workplace, boss and employee, fighting illness, parents and children, surgery, family relations, patient, treatment, workplace situations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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 7.0
 2K
Mental (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Colombia, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Mental is a television series produced by Fox's subsidiary Fox Telecolombia, which aired in the summer and fall of 2009 on FOX international channels for Latin America, Europe and Asia, starring Chris Vance and Annabella Sciorra. Mental was ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological
Plot: hospital, mental disorder, mental disorders, psychology, intern, prodigy, mystery, workplace situations, mental institution, doctors and patients, fighting illness, delusion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 7.6
 19K
Carandiru (2003)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Brazil, Argentina, Italy
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Carandiru, a story based on real facts and on the book written by the doctor Drauzio Varella, starts when he decides to carry out an AIDS prevention program inside Latin America’s largest prison: the Casa de Detenção de São Paulo, Carandiru, ...
Style: bleak, captivating, rough, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, police brutality, prison life, doctor, crimes, confined, life is a bitch, aids, human nature, protest, regret, fighting illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
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 6.8
 50K
The East (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities irrevocably changed after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense, intense ...
Plot: environmentalism, fighting the system, terrorism, ecological disaster, radical, undercover, environmental issues, danger, rebellion, powerful corporation, poisoning, social activist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 7.0
 12K
One Week (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Ben Tyler (Joshua Jackson) has been diagnosed with cancer. With a grim chance of survival in the best case scenario even if he immediately begins treatment, he instead decides to take a motorcycle trip from Toronto through the Canadian prairies to ...
Style: realistic, serious, road movie, emotional, philosophical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: terminal illness, motorcycle, cancer, self discovery, travel, on the road, fighting illness, twentysomething life, dealing with death, treatment, health situation, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, pacific ocean, toronto ontario canada, british columbia
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Hunting and Gathering (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Camille falls ill, she is forced to live with Philibert and Franck.
Style: semi serious, sentimental, thought provoking, light, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: roommate, opposites attract, fall in love, love and romance, cook, cooking, friendship, friends, fighting illness, nursing, french, loner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 7.3
 22K
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phemonenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD: an extremely rare ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: human spirit, terminal illness, against the odds, child illness, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, research, cure, parents and children, treatment, parent child relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984
Place: washington d.c., england, edinburgh scotland, london, boston ...
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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Romania
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Mr. Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu) is a retired Romanian engineer, spending his time in the company of his cats and booze. When he starts feeling unusually ill, he first seeks painkillers from his neighbors. It soon becomes apparent that Lazarescu is ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: hospital, doctors and patients, nurse, ambulance, paralysis, surgery, paramedic, terminal illness, health situation, public health, fighting illness, drinking problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: romania, europe, bucharest, canada, tokyo
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My Life Without Me (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Pedro Almodovar production in which a fatally ill mother with only two months to live creates a list of things she wants to do before she dies with out telling her family of her illness.
Style: contemplative, touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, secret love, parents and children, introspection, unfulfillment, fighting illness, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl's life. The ...
Style: sentimental, sad, heartbreaking, compassionate, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, sick child, mother daughter relationship, family drama, cancer, parenthood, family life, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, child illness, childhood, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, montana
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 6.3
 117K
Funny People (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Famous and wealthy funnyman George Simmons doesn't give much thought to how he treats people until a doctor delivers stunning health news, forcing George to reevaluate his priorities with a little help from aspiring stand-up comic Ira.
Style: tragicomedy, humorous, funny, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: comedian, terminal illness, loneliness, old love, male friendship, supportive friend, human nature, hopes, unfulfilled love, fighting illness, cancer, bonding ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco, los angeles, california
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 7.5
 22K
Away from Her (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 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, a wheel chair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.
Style: sincere, sentimental, melancholic, suspense, intense ...
Plot: elderly, marriage, alzheimer's disease, retirement home, nurse, true love, elderly lovers, human spirit, golden years, hopes, fighting illness, lovers apart ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, iceland
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 7.5
 128K
The Hours (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK, France, Canada, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: "The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, captivating, serious, sincere ...
Plot: depression, suicide, aids, mental illness, housewife, drowning, suicidal, writer's life, writers, terminal illness, bipolar disorder, human nature ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1920s, contemporary, 21st century ...
Place: los angeles, new york, england, europe, usa ...
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 8.2
 34K
Black (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: India, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Black is an adaptation of Helen Keller's autobiography. Black revolves around a blind and deaf girl, and her relationship with her teacher who himself later develops Alzheimer's disease.
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: mute or deaf, teacher, struggle, disability, determination, teachers and students, communication problem, graduation, human spirit, blind character, rehabilitation, optimism ...
Place: india
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