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The list contains the best, new and most relevant terminal illness movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out touching, emotional, realistic, melancholic, sad and sentimental films and TV shows about / with terminal illness, destiny, death, mentor, storytelling, hospital, dialogue, life philosophy, life & death and cancer plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, Spain and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as terminal illness: The Bucket List (2007), Keith (2008), A Walk to Remember (2002), Autumn in New York (2000), The Fountain (2006), Patch Adams (1998), Gia (1998), Veronika Decides to Die (2009), Two Is a Family (2016), Sweet November (2001).
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A Walk to Remember
Drama, Romance
USA
101 min.
 7.4
The Fountain
Drama, Sci-Fi
Canada, USA
96 min.
 7.3
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Dirty Dealing 3D
Drama
USA
90 min.
 6.6
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA
141 min.
 6.3

List of terminal illness movies

 7.4
 206K
The Bucket List
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, touching, inspirational, compassionate, feel good ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, adventure, follow your dream, elderly, philosophy, life & death, unlikely friendships, journey, hospital, destiny, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, himalaya, taj mahal, mount everest, cote d'azur ...
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 7.5
 33K
Keith
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 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: bad ending, dramatic, realistic, sentimental, sad ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, teenager, terminal illness, teenagers, high school, romance, teen romance, cancer, opposites attract, adolescence, love, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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A Walk to Remember
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: sentimental, romantic, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, teenager, romance, opposites attract, love, true love, first love, terminal illness, high school, friendship, cancer, life changing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: north carolina
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Autumn in New York
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: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, terminal illness, love, unlikely couple, love story, older man younger woman relationship, opposites attract, couple relations, destiny, fall in love, love and romance, womanizer ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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 7.3
 210K
The Fountain
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 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, melancholic, artsy, meditative, philosophical ...
Plot: love, life & death, tragic love, immortality, true love, death, cancer, multiple storylines, terminal illness, loneliness, power of love, fountain of youth ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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 6.7
 90K
Patch Adams
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Meet Patch Adams, a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: cancer, hospital, doctor patient relationship, clinic, human spirit, doctors and patients, doctor, unconventional method, compassion, hopes, terminal illness, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1971, year 1969
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
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 7.0
 36K
Gia
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, ...
Style: rough, erotic, melancholic, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, fashion, supermodel, rise and fall, model, drug addiction, fame, terminal illness, loneliness, depression, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
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Veronika Decides to Die
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, melancholic, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: starting over, mental institution, depression, terminal illness, hopes, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, suicide, life, adaptation, doctors and patients, loneliness, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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Two Is a Family
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A man without attachments or responsibilities suddenly finds himself with an abandoned baby and leaves for London to try and find the mother. Eight years later after he and his daughter become inseparable Gloria's mother reappears.
Style: funny, inspirational, touching, feel good, sentimental
Plot: single father, parenting, father daughter relationship, child care, absent mother, stuntman, parent child relationship, learning the truth, abandoned by mother, terminal illness, child custody, grownups ...
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 6.7
 77K
Sweet November
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: sentimental, touching, romantic, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, fall in love, love story, love, tragic love, love and romance, opposites attract, couple relations, terminal illness, character change, changing lives, change of heart ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey
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 7.1
 186K
P.S. I Love You
Genre: 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, romantic, sweet, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: romance, starting over, supportive spouse, widow widower, dealing with death, letter, love story, love, loss of husband, love and romance, life philosophy, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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You Don't Know Jack
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, compassionate, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, suicide, idealism, cancer, hospital, suffering, against the rules, politics, death, doctors, eccentricity, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
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The Fault in Our Stars
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, serious, romantic, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, teenager, romance, friendship, death, book, support group, hospital, dealing with death, love story, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, amsterdam
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Eternity and a Day
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, atmospheric, serious, meditative, melancholic ...
Plot: terminal illness, hospital, bus, writer's life, death, human nature, on the road, life & death, existentialism, storytelling, poetry, art ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: tokyo, australia, greece
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Bang the Drum Slowly
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, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, baseball, underdog, hospital, unlikely friendships, mentor, hopes, sport, cancer, friends, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
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 6.7
 23K
Marvin's Room
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: emotional, touching, talky, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, dysfunctional family, reunion, siblings relations, sisters, gangsters, family, family drama, family problems, hospital, eccentricity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa
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 7.5
 77K
Biutiful
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 148 min.
Story: This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: terminal illness, single father, redemption, death, parenthood, cancer, afterlife, guilt, hospital, drugs, drugs/alcohol, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: spain, barcelona, barcelona spain, mexico
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 7.2
 30K
Now Is Good
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: touching, heartbreaking, sad, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: cancer, teenager, virginity, death, love story, relationships, life & death, last wish, fighting illness, dying, depression, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england
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 6.7
 53K
Stepmom
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: emotional, sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, kids
Plot: terminal illness, divorce, cancer, friendship, children, family, parents and children, urban, family drama, women, catastrophe, custody ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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A Monster Calls
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: emotional, touching, heartbreaking, melancholic, reflective ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, monster, bullying, cancer, imagination, school, coming of age, storytelling, dark fantasy, childhood, monsters, adolescence ...
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Life as a House
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, talky ...
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, dysfunctional family, divorce, father son relationship, redemption, hospital, parents and children, depression, death, single father, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
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The Barbarian Invasions
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries ...
Style: talky, witty, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, cancer, terminal illness, culture clash, hospital, aging, death, father son relationship, adultery, dying, wine, drug addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, middle ages, future
Place: canada, quebec, montreal, united states, colorado ...
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My Life Without Me
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, realistic, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, death, hospital, drinking, love, existentialism, storytelling, introspection, adultery, life & death, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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 6.4
 25K
Last Holiday
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After she's diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, hotel, romance, cooking, dealing with death, self discovery, happy ending, destiny, life philosophy, shopping, catastrophe, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, new orleans, prague, new jersey, central europe ...
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 7.7
 293K
50/50
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, realistic, humorous, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, cancer, terminal illness, hospital, marijuana, loneliness, depression, weed, survival, therapist, buddies, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, hawaii, canada
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Henry Poole Is Here
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: touching, semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: terminal illness, redemption, loneliness, solitude, depression, religion, god, christianity, jesus, hospital, life & death, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, new jersey
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Dallas Buyers Club
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: realistic, touching, captivating, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, terminal illness, death, drugs, hospital, prejudice, gay, courage, survival, friendship, treatment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1985, year 1986
Place: texas, usa, mexico, japan, dallas texas ...
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 6.8
 9K
My Life
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, talky, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, death, father son relationship, childhood, parenthood, family life, afterlife, reconciliation, life & death, life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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God Said, 'Ha!'
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Julia Sweeney tells the viewers the monologue about the hard time in her life when her brother fought with cancer and she was also diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Style: touching, talky, humorous, dark humor, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, human nature, life & death, solitude, life, family in crisis, loneliness, storytelling, depression, family, childhood ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, tokyo, california
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 7.0
 10K
One True Thing
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, terminal illness, cancer, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, tragedy, parents and children, sacrifice, literature, suicide, small town, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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