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 realistic, touching, emotional, sentimental, dramatic and melancholic films and TV shows about / with terminal illness, cancer, mentor, hospital, death, destiny, dialogue, runaway, transformation and storytelling plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, Spain, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as terminal illness: The Fault in Our Stars (2014), The Bucket List (2007), Cool Kids Don't Cry (2012), Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997), 50/50 (2011), My Sister's Keeper (2009), Last Holiday (2006), Stepmom (1998), My Life (1993), 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, serious, romantic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, terminal illness, fall in love, first love, coping, youth, dealing with death, cancer, love and romance, fighting illness, teenage life, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, amsterdam
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 7.4
 217K
The Bucket List (2007)
Genre: 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: touching, sentimental, feel good, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, elderly, journey, follow your dream, human spirit, friendship, golden years, unlikely friendships, adventure, dying, mechanic, philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: himalaya, taj mahal, usa, hong kong, africa ...
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Cool Kids Don't Cry (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family
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
Audience: family outing
Plot: terminal illness, youth, teenage love, life is a bitch, hopes, school, family, social relations, soccer, leukemia, first kiss, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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: exciting, humorous, road movie, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, last wish, friends, escapades, on the road, gangsters, on the run, odd couple, partners, chase, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, europe
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 7.6
 303K
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, sentimental, humorous, sincere, tragicomedy ...
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, patient, cancer, fighting illness, doctor, therapist, best friend, buddies, hopes, coping, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, hawaii, canada, seattle washington
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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, emotional, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: child illness, terminal illness, mother daughter relationship, moral dilemma, childhood, lawyer, family drama, parenthood, life is a bitch, cancer, hospital, relationships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, montana
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 6.4
 26K
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: touching, realistic, humorous, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, vacation, self discovery, african american, holiday, love and romance, human nature, romance, dealing with death, hotel, suicidal, christmas ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, prague, central europe, prague czech republic, czech republic ...
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 6.8
 57K
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
Plot: terminal illness, divorce, step parent, parents and children, custody, rebellious daughter, family life, friendship, human nature, remarry, ego clash, dying woman ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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 6.8
 10K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, sad ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, self discovery, family life, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, child birth, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 7.1
 32K
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: emotional, heartbreaking, sad, touching, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, fighting illness, teenage love, dying, teenager, love and romance, last wish, first sex, virginity, youth, cancer, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england
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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, sentimental, romantic, sincere, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, love and romance, opposites attract, true love, first love, high school life, fall in love, coming of age, teenage life, terminal illness, romance, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: north carolina
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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, sincere, sad, philosophical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, parents and children, couple relations, introspection, unfulfillment, secret love, responsibility, farewell, health situation, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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 6.7
 81K
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, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, fall in love, self discovery, tragic love, workaholic, opposites attract, love and romance, love, change of heart, changing lives, romance, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey
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 6.7
 24K
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, transplant, reunion, estrangement, leukemia, siblings relations, family relations, single parent, family problems, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa
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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, gloomy, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, poet, hospital, bus, on the road, self discovery, family life, haunted by the past, greek, human nature, master and servant, refugees ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: greece, tokyo, australia, japan
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, suicide, suffering, lawyer, district attorney, judge, moral dilemma, murder, legal action, against the rules, historical figure, protest ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: michigan, detroit, usa, california
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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: touching, psychological, sincere, melancholic, emotional ...
Plot: terminal illness, mental institution, suicide, psychiatrist, starting over, hopes, doctors and patients, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, life, depression, sex, coma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ireland
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 7.0
 193K
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, emotional, touching, uplifting, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: love and romance, starting over, terminal illness, death, romance, dealing with death, family relations, letter, loss of spouse, couples, widow widower, lost love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 7.0
 11K
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, self discovery, cancer, on the road, fighting illness, travel, treatment, health situation, twentysomething life, dealing with death, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, cross country, british columbia, pacific ocean
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A Monster Calls (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
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: touching, fairy tale, emotional, compassionate, cerebral ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, dark fantasy, monster, childhood, imagination, family, nightmare, bullying, part animation, life & death, truth, boy ...
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 6.8
 17K
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 ...
Plot: terminal illness, teenage love, fighting illness, teenage life, young people, ghost, cancer, funeral, death of parent, romance, sadness, book ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Polseres vermelles (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 45 min.
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, semi serious, humorous, realistic, serious ...
Plot: fighting illness, overcoming, terminal illness, friendship, everyday life, youth, teenage life, patient, doctors and patients, optimism, life changing experience, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
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Autumn in New York (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Autumn in New York follows the sexual exploits of Will Keane - New York restaurateur, infamous verging-on-50 playboy, master of the no-commitment seduction - until he runs into an unexpected dead end when he meets Charlotte Fielding. Charlotte is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, romantic, sexy, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, terminal illness, true love, couple relations, opposites attract, unlikely couple, romance, love, fall in love, love affair, love and romance, womanizer ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a New York pro baseball team and two of its players. Henry Wiggen is the star pitcher and Bruce Pearson is the normal, everyday catcher who is far from the star player on the team and friend to all of his teammates. During the ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, sport, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, baseball, sport team, rivalry, underdog, hopes, professional sports ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
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Roseanna's Grave (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Roseanna is dying of a heart condition, and all she wants is to be buried next to her daughter, in a cemetery that is getting full fast. The cemetery can't expand because Capestro, the man who owns the land next to the cemetery, won't ...
Style: touching, semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: terminal illness, romance, family relations, death in the family, family problems, couple relations, eccentric family, couples, dealing with death, life is a bitch, love and romance, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: italy, europe, france
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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, human spirit, life is a bitch, terminal illness, transsexual, death, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society, gay slur ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, mexico, japan, china ...
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The Living and the Dead (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A descent into Hell is triggered when "Ex-Lord" Donald Brocklebank finds that he must leave Longleigh House for London to find a way to pay for the medical treatments for his wife Nancy. Alone, his over-protected, delusional, adult son, ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: isolation, terminal illness, mental illness, family relations, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, parents and children, schizophrenia, domestic violence, anxiety, overdose ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe
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Bobby Deerfield (1977)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, tragic love, self discovery, couples, ambition, love affair, romance, life is a bitch, hospital, racecar driver, love triangle, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe
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 7.6
 254K
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet, who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with ...
Style: sexy, sentimental, atmospheric, colourful, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: tragic love, terminal illness, jealousy, showbiz, cabaret, seduction, performer's life, nightclub, postmodernism, love story, bohemian life, french ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 1890s, turn of the century
Place: paris france, europe, france, india
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The Normal Heart (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: gay, aids, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, life is a bitch, friendship, homosexual, protest, fear, epidemic, prejudice, sexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1982, year 1983, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, washington d.c.
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