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, emotional, touching, sincere and sad films and TV shows about / with fighting illness, doctor, death, hospital, friendship, destiny, life is a bitch, terminal illness, illness and storytelling plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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fighting illness movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as fighting illness: Five Feet Apart (2019), The Fault in Our Stars (2014), Brain on Fire (2016), Now Is Good (2012), The Red Band Society (2011), The Big C (2010), Awakenings (1990), House (2004), Lorenzo's Oil (1992), My Sister's Keeper (2009).

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, emotional, touching, talky ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, date night
Plot: disability, terminal illness, true love, fighting illness, star crossed lovers, fall in love, death, forbidden love, couple relations, suffering, destiny, romance ...
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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: touching, emotional, romantic, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: cancer, teenager, terminal illness, first love, dealing with death, fall in love, friendship, coping, adolescence, love and romance, teenage love, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, amsterdam, indiana
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 6.6
 22K
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: thought provoking, suspenseful, neurotic, realistic, sad ...
Plot: fighting illness, strong female lead, human brain, hospital, journalist, diagnosis, visual hallucination, doctor, female protagonist, newspaper reporter, catatonia, psychosis ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york
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 7.0
 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, touching, emotional, romantic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, date night, teen drama
Plot: teenager, terminal illness, teenage love, cancer, youth, love and romance, fighting illness, dying, last wish, dealing with death, virginity, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, usa
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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: serious, touching, humorous, rough, realistic ...
Plot: cancer, fighting illness, overcoming, terminal illness, illness, teenage life, youth, child cancer, anorexia, patient, everyday life, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
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 8.1
 15K
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: humorous, sincere, sentimental, semi serious, sitcom ...
Plot: teacher, fighting illness, terminal illness, dying, cancer, human spirit, couple relations, hopes, life is a bitch, couples, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut
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 7.8
 143K
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: inspirational, sincere, motivational, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, hospital, doctors and patients, hopes, illness, fighting illness, disability, patient, cure, catatonia, experimental drug ...
Time: 20th century, year 1969, 1930s, 60s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
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 8.7
 463K
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: cynical, clever, witty, psychological, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: doctor, hospital, talented, mastermind, prodigy, patient, loner, expert, surgery, human nature, intelligence, unconventional method ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
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 7.3
 23K
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: emotional, sincere, touching, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: terminal illness, human spirit, against the odds, family relations, life is a bitch, disability, courage, cure, boy, hopes, research, parent child relationship ...
Time: 20th century, year 1983, year 1986, year 1984, 80s
Place: washington d.c., rome italy, italy, england, london ...
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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: sad, sentimental, touching, heartbreaking, tear jerker ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, parenthood, lawyer, mother daughter relationship, sisters, sick child, life is a bitch, family life, relationships, leukemia, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rhode island, usa, los angeles, montana
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 7.2
 240K
The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
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, philosophical, melancholic, artsy, atmospheric ...
Plot: metaphysics, afterlife, spirituality, death, immortality, love, buddhism, cancer, multiple storylines, reincarnation, loneliness, surrealism ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, guatemala, central america
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 7.7
 6K
Autumn (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man struggles after his release from ten years as a political prisoner.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, atmospheric, art house ...
Plot: prostitute, homecoming, love affair, starting over, released from prison, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes, society, love and romance, reconciliation, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: black sea, turkey
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 7.8
 6K
Chasing Life (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Mexico, 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, realistic, serious, sincere, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: journalist, cancer, dying, lesbian, family relations, boss and employee, life turned upside down, fighting illness, coping, life is a bitch, love and romance, workplace romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
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 8.0
 11K
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, sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: cancer, hospital, nurse, poetry, chemotherapy, dying, philosophy, doctor, hopes, medical, regret, fighting illness ...
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: disturbing, bleak, surreal, depressing, sad ...
Plot: death sentence, factory worker, life is a bitch, blindness, dancing, destiny, tragedy, secret, hanging, tragic hero, death, music ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: washington d.c., usa, washington state
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 7.9
 101K
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, sad, reflective, emotional ...
Plot: elderly, aging, death, elderly lovers, husband wife relationship, illness, love, family, family relations, daughter, life & death, old love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france
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 7.6
 331K
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: touching, emotional, tragicomedy, sentimental, depressing ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, friendship, chemotherapy, doctor, patient, buddies, best friend, coming of age, life, happy ending, relationships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, washington state, washington d.c., hawaii ...
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 7.6
 1K
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: realistic, emotional, serious, talky, witty ...
Plot: hospital, workplace, intern, doctor, family problems, parents and children, doctors and patients, boss and employee, workplace situations, treatment, patient, fighting illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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 6.9
 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, captivating, psychological, serious, medical drama
Plot: psychology, prodigy, mental disorder, medical, mental institution, hospital, psychiatrist, doctors and patients, patient, mystery, fighting illness, mentally unstable ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.5
 20K
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, compassionate, captivating, touching, rough ...
Plot: prison, crimes, doctor, aids, police brutality, prison life, fighting the system, prison escape, confined, life is a bitch, human nature, fighting illness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
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 6.8
 51K
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, suspense, suspenseful, political, tricky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terrorism, fighting the system, spy, anarchist, environmentalism, espionage, fbi, revenge, radical, undercover, twists and turns, poisoning ...
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: road movie, realistic, sexy, bad ending, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: motorcycle, self discovery, road trip, travel, terminal illness, cancer, on the road, solitude, depression, love story, coming of age, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, pacific ocean, british columbia, toronto ontario canada
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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, romantic, thought provoking, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: roommate, cleaning lady, fall in love, love and romance, friends, fighting illness, nursing, french, chef, opposites attract, neighbor, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 7.9
 4K
Huff (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Huff is an American television comedy-drama series produced by Sony Pictures Television for Showtime. The series was created by Bob Lowry and features Hank Azaria as Dr. Craig "Huff" Huffstodt, a psychiatrist whose life changes abruptly ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: psychiatrist, dysfunctional family, direction and purpose, self fulfillment, mental disorder, family relations, family problems, disorder, fighting illness, sanity, life changing experience, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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, sincere, realistic, meditative, sad ...
Plot: hospital, paramedic, doctors and patients, character study, ambulance, nurse, self discovery, medical, surgery, paralysis, terminal illness, fighting illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: romania, canada, eastern europe, europe, bucharest ...
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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: sad, romantic, philosophical, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, secret love, cancer, love and romance, death, dealing with death, parents and children, infidelity, hospital, relationships, life & death, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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 6.3
 120K
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: funny, humorous, melancholic, tragicomedy, touching ...
Plot: comedian, loneliness, cancer, character study, redemption, midlife crisis, destiny, dark humor, sarcasm, life philosophy, old love, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, san francisco
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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, melancholic, sentimental, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, elderly, mental illness, true love, tragedy, existentialism, marriage, golden years, human spirit, love, hopes, fighting illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, iceland
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 7.5
 133K
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: psychological, intellectual, captivating, depressing, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: suicide, mental illness, aids, depression, writers, lesbian, bipolar disorder, writer's life, literature, poet, women, housewife ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, 20th century, 50s, contemporary ...
Place: new york, england, california, los angeles, usa ...
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 8.1
 35K
Black (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
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, sincere, emotional, inspirational ...
Plot: disability, mute or deaf, teacher, communication problem, teachers and students, age difference, struggle, deaf, determination, graduation, human spirit, life is a bitch ...
Place: india
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