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, death, hospital, mentor, dialogue, runaway, honest, storytelling and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, Germany, Spain and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as terminal illness: The Fault in Our Stars (2014), Cool Kids Don't Cry (2012), The Bucket List (2007), Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997), A Walk to Remember (2002), Last Holiday (2006), Now Is Good (2012), 50/50 (2011), My Sister's Keeper (2009), You Don't Know Jack (2010).

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, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teenage love, terminal illness, fall in love, first love, teenager, youth, cancer, love and romance, teenage life, dealing with death, adolescence, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, amsterdam, united states
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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, school, life is a bitch, teenage love, hopes, family, social relations, leukemia, soccer, first kiss, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe
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 7.4
 227K
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: inspirational, sentimental, touching, feel good, compassionate ...
Plot: journey, elderly, terminal illness, unlikely friendships, follow your dream, friendship, adventure, human spirit, golden years, death, mechanic, dying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: himalaya, usa, taj mahal, french riviera, tibet ...
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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, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, last wish, escapades, friends, gangsters, on the run, odd couple, partners, chase, life philosophy, theft ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, europe
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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, sincere, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, teen drama, date night
Plot: teenage love, opposites attract, romance, love and romance, first love, true love, fall in love, teen romance, terminal illness, teenage life, youth, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: north carolina
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 6.5
 28K
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, humorous, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: terminal illness, self discovery, african american, holiday, love and romance, vacation, human nature, chef, romance, dealing with death, hotel, cooking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, prague, new orleans, czech republic, central europe ...
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 7.1
 33K
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: heartbreaking, sad, emotional, serious, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, fighting illness, teenage love, cancer, teenager, youth, dying, last wish, love and romance, first sex, loss of virginity, virginity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england
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 7.6
 312K
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, tragicomedy, emotional, humorous ...
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, patient, cancer, 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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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, mother daughter relationship, family drama, cancer, sick child, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, parenthood, childhood, family relations, child illness, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, montana, los angeles
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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, thought provoking, serious, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, suicide, suffering, judge, lawyer, district attorney, moral dilemma, murder, legal action, against the rules, historical figure, protest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: michigan, detroit, usa, california
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 6.7
 25K
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, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, reunion, estrangement, leukemia, transplant, siblings relations, single parent, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa, orlando florida
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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, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, introspection, farewell, responsibility, secret love, health situation, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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 7.3
 24K
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, emotional, sentimental, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, life is a bitch, family relations, teaching the ways of the world, youth, parents and children, death, life support, female bonding, marital infidelity, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, san francisco
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 6.8
 60K
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, divorce, step parent, stepmother stepson relationship, parents and children, custody, rebellious daughter, family life, friendship, stepmother stepdaughter relationship, human nature, remarry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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 7.0
 198K
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, romantic, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: love and romance, starting over, terminal illness, romance, love story, loss of spouse, family relations, death, grief, dealing with death, couples, letter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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A Monster Calls (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, 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: emotional, touching, fairy tale, compassionate, tear jerker ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, dark fantasy, monster, childhood, storytelling, family, tree, nightmare, imagination, life & death, truth, bullying ...
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 6.7
 84K
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, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, tragic love, romance, love story, fall in love, self discovery, love and romance, workaholic, love, cancer, opposites attract, changing lives ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey
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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, realistic, serious, contemplative, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, poet, writers, ocean or sea, hospital, human nature, on the road, family life, self discovery, haunted by the past, bus, 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.
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: gays and lesbians, terminal illness, gay, aids, americana, breakup, life is a bitch, loneliness, imaginary, marital problem, dying, human nature ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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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, touching, psychological, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: terminal illness, teenage love, young people, fighting illness, sadness, funeral, ghost, hospital, death of parent, romance, teenage life, book ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, psychiatrist, starting over, suicide, hopes, doctors and patients, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, life, depression, suicidal, coma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ireland
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 6.9
 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, childbirth, pregnancy, self discovery, family life, couple relations, child birth, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 6.6
 22K
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, touching, sweet
Audience: teen drama, teens, girls' night
Plot: teen romance, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teenage love, terminal illness, true love, first love, follow your dream, near death experience, star crossed lovers, best friend, tragic love, teenage girl ...
Place: seattle, seattle washington
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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, self discovery, motorcycle, cancer, travel, on the road, fighting illness, twentysomething life, dealing with death, treatment, health situation, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, british columbia, pacific ocean
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 8.1
 14K
The Big C (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A suburban mother faces her cancer diagnosis while trying to find humor and happiness as well.
Style: sincere, humorous, sentimental, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, teacher, cancer, human spirit, fighting illness, parents and children, dying, hopes, couple relations, marriage, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: connecticut, usa
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 7.4
 35K
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, teen romance, teenagers, teenage life, high school, adolescence, terminal illness, youth, cancer, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, realistic, humorous, serious ...
Plot: fighting illness, teenage life, overcoming, terminal illness, youth, friendship, everyday life, doctors and patients, patient, anorexia, life is a bitch, optimism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
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Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: terminal illness, youth, human spirit, life is a bitch, family problems, family in crisis, hopes, superhero, child illness, coming of age, dealing with death, teenager ...
Place: usa, ireland
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Henry Poole Is Here (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Henry Poole abandons his fiancée and family business to spend what he believes are his remaining days alone. The discovery of a 'miracle' by a nosy neighbor ruptures his solitude and restores his faith in life.
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, emotional, intense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: terminal illness, miraculous event, loneliness, neighbor, society, love and romance, dealing with death, religion, nosy neighbor, depression, suburbs, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, new jersey
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Tomorrow May Never Come (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 186 min.
Story: Naina is a very serious girl with a very serious life. But one day, her soul is awakened by the happy-go-lucky Aman, who teaches her that life is meant to be lived. Naturally, she falls in love with him. But Aman is harboring a secret that keeps him ...
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, tragic ending
Plot: terminal illness, bollywood, neighbor, basketball, diary, tragic event, secret, family life, unfulfilled love, best friends, romance, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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