Terminal illness movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant terminal illness movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out touching, realistic, emotional, sentimental, melancholic and serious films and TV shows about / with terminal illness, cancer, hospital, mentor, death, dialogue, runaway, life philosophy, storytelling and honest plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, Spain, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as terminal illness: The Fault in Our Stars (2014), The Bucket List (2007), Keith (2008), 50/50 (2011), Midnight Sun (2018), My Sister's Keeper (2009), A Walk to Remember (2002), Cool Kids Don't Cry (2012), Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997), Now Is Good (2012).

List of terminal illness movies

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, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: terminal illness, teenage love, fall in love, first love, teenage life, teenager, cancer, youth, love and romance, dealing with death, fighting illness, adolescence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, amsterdam
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 7.4
 243K
The Bucket List (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing ...
Style: sentimental, inspirational, touching, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: journey, elderly, terminal illness, human spirit, unlikely friendships, follow your dream, friendship, adventure, death, golden years, dying, bucket list ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: himalaya, usa, africa, cote d'azur, tibet ...
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 7.4
 36K
Keith (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Natalie (Elisabeth Harnois) is high school royalty, but her queen bee status falls apart when she falls for the new guy at school. Although Keith (Jesse McCartney) ignores her at first, they soon become friends -- even though Natalie suspects that ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, bad ending, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, opposites attract, first love, terminal illness, teen romance, high school, teenage life, love, romance, youth, fall in love, adolescence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 327K
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, tragicomedy, 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., canada, hawaii
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 6.5
 30K
Midnight Sun (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Katie, a 17-year-old, has been sheltered since childhood and confined to her house during the day by a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Fate intervenes when she meets Charlie and they embark on a summer romance.
Style: romantic, sincere, sentimental, compassionate, tear jerker ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teen romance, teenage love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, terminal illness, first love, star crossed lovers, true love, best friend, teenage girl, follow your dream, near death experience, life & death ...
Place: seattle
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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: sick child, mother daughter relationship, terminal illness, cancer, moral dilemma, parenthood, family life, life is a bitch, family relations, childhood, sisters, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, montana
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A Walk to Remember (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When the popular, restless Landon Carter is forced to participate in the school drama production he falls in love with Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's minister. Jamie has a "to-do" list for her life and also a very big ...
Style: touching, romantic, sentimental, sad, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night, teen drama
Plot: opposites attract, teenage love, fall in love, romance, love and romance, true love, first love, teen romance, youth, terminal illness, teenage life, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: north carolina
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Cool Kids Don't Cry (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Adaptation of one of Benelux most famous children's novels. Tough prime school girl Akkie loves soccer and can be a real bully. Love is the only thing she's scared of. When Akkie is diagnosed with Leukemia, she has to fight for her life. ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: terminal illness, school, teenage love, youth, life is a bitch, hopes, family, social relations, leukemia, first kiss, teenager, cancer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe
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Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two young men, Martin and Rudi, both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room. They drown their desperation in tequila and decide to take one last trip to the sea. Drunk and still in pajamas they steal the first ...
Style: road movie, exciting, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, escapades, friends, life philosophy, last wish, on the run, odd couple, partners, gangsters, life is a bitch, theft ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, 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, serious, heartbreaking, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: terminal illness, love and romance, cancer, teenage love, dying, teenager, fighting illness, youth, last wish, dealing with death, virginity, first sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england
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 6.7
 28K
Marvin's Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, estrangement, leukemia, transplant, family relations, family problems, single parent, siblings relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa, orlando florida
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 6.5
 32K
Last Holiday (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After she's diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: terminal illness, holiday, love and romance, vacation, african american, romance, human nature, female protagonist, self discovery, christmas, hotel, chef ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, prague, new orleans, central europe, czech republic ...
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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, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, fighting illness, teenage life, anorexia, youth, overcoming, patient, cancer, child cancer, illness, everyday life, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 25K
You're Not You (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, life is a bitch, dying, family relations, teaching the ways of the world, youth, parents and children, death, husband wife relationship, musician, wheelchair bound ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey, san francisco
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 6.8
 67K
Stepmom (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jackie is a divorced mother of two. Isabel is the career minded girlfriend of Jackie’s ex-husband Luke, forced into the role of unwelcome stepmother to their children. But when Jackie discovers she is ill, both women realise they must put aside ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sad, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, kids, teens
Plot: terminal illness, step parent, divorce, parents and children, stepmother stepson relationship, remarry, custody, rebellious daughter, friendship, family life, human nature, ego clash ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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 6.8
 11K
My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sad, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, childbirth, self discovery, family life, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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You Don't Know Jack (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Angel of mercy… or murderous “Doctor Death”? Jack Kervorkian is one of the most polarizing figures in modern American history, a man whose passionate belief that people have the right to die has brought him both praise and vilification. ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, serious, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, suicide, suffering, judge, lawyer, district attorney, murder, moral dilemma, legal action, against the rules, society, historical figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: michigan, detroit, usa, california
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A Monster Calls (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.
Style: dark fantasy, touching, psychotronic, emotional, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids
Plot: bullying, terminal illness, childhood, loneliness, monster, family, imagination, nightmare, single mother, life & death, depression, destiny ...
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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: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, sad ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, secret love, parents and children, fighting illness, introspection, unfulfillment, health situation, family relations, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
Is relevant ?
 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, touching, psychological, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: terminal illness, teenage love, sadness, funeral, fighting illness, ghost, hospital, romance, teenage life, cancer, aunt nephew relationship, pilot ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 90K
Sweet November (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Nelson is a man devoted to his advertising career in San Francisco. One day, while taking a driving test at the DMV, he meets Sara. She is very different from the other women in his life. Nelson causes her to miss out on taking the test and later ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, tragic love, terminal illness, love story, fall in love, couples, love and romance, opposites attract, self discovery, leukemia, cancer, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 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, on the road, travel, fighting illness, health situation, treatment, dealing with death, twentysomething life, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada, british columbia, pacific ocean
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1 Litre of Tears (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: 1 Rittoru no Namida is a Japanese television drama for Fuji Television about a girl who was diagnosed with an incurable degenerative disease at 15, but was able to continue her life until her death at the age of 25.
Style: emotional, touching, thought provoking, rough, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, family, disabled child, human spirit, high school life, tragedy, wheelchair bound, child illness, fighting illness, physical disability, family problems, family relations ...
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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, sentimental, sincere, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, teacher, fighting illness, dying, cancer, human spirit, hopes, couple relations, parents and children, family relations, life is a bitch, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut
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Eternity and a Day (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Greece, Germany
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Alexander, a famous writer, is very ill and has only a few days to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania. Alexander then takes the boy home.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: terminal illness, poet, writers, hospital, master and servant, family life, human nature, self discovery, haunted by the past, bus, on the road, refugee ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: greece, tokyo, australia, japan
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Angels in America (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 352 min.
TV show
Story: Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.
Style: touching, captivating, thought provoking, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, aids, life is a bitch, breakup, americana, loneliness, angel, marital problem, dying, human nature ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1985
Place: new york, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 208K
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, romantic, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: love and romance, romance, love story, starting over, death, terminal illness, couples, loss of spouse, family relations, grief, dealing with death, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 3K
Ocean Heaven (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a father's tireless love for his autistic son. A terminally ill father's attempt to teach his autistic son the necessary life skills to survive on his own before he passes away. It is also a poignant tribute to the infinite ...
Style: serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic, gloomy
Plot: terminal illness, autism, family relations, single parent, life is a bitch, father son relationship, love, parents and children, family problems, unfulfillment, mentally challenged, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia
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Veronika Decides to Die (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika awakens inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live.
Style: psychological, touching, emotional, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: mental institution, terminal illness, suicidal, psychiatrist, coma, mental patient, suicide attempt, starting over, suicide, hopes, doctors and patients, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ireland
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The Sunchaser (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A young half-Navajo convict (Jon Seda) dying of cancer forces a yuppie (Woody Harrelson) doctor to drive him to a magic healing lake.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: terminal illness, kidnapping, healing power, hostage, on the road, juvenile delinquent, friendship, self discovery, doctors and patients, crimes, desert, road trip ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona
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