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, sad and dramatic films and TV shows about / with terminal illness, mentor, death, cancer, storytelling, hospital, destiny, life philosophy, dialogue and honest 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), Now Is Good (2012), My Sister's Keeper (2009), A Walk to Remember (2002), Stepmom (1998), 50/50 (2011), P.S. I Love You (2007).

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: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, clever ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, teenage love, teenage life, love and romance, fall in love, first love, dealing with death, youth, coping, dying, fighting illness, human relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, amsterdam
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 7.4
 207K
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, touching, feel good, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, elderly, journey, follow your dream, golden years, human spirit, friendship, adventure, mechanic, dying, philosophy, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: himalaya, taj mahal, usa, cairo egypt, mount everest ...
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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, teenage love, youth, life is a bitch, hopes, family, school, social relations, soccer, first kiss, death, 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: exciting, humorous, road movie, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, last wish, escapades, friends, gangsters, on the road, on the run, odd couple, partners, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe
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 7.2
 31K
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, touching, heartbreaking, sad, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: terminal illness, fighting illness, teenage love, last wish, dealing with death, dying, virginity, love and romance, first sex, teenager, youth, cancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england
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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, touching, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: child illness, terminal illness, moral dilemma, mother daughter relationship, cancer, legal action, lawyer, parenthood, hopes, hospital, life is a bitch, childhood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, 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: sentimental, touching, sincere, sad, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, date night, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teenage love, opposites attract, true love, first love, love and romance, high school life, teenage life, coming of age, terminal illness, fall in love, youth, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: north carolina
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 6.7
 53K
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, emotional, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: terminal illness, divorce, parents and children, custody, rebellious daughter, school play, photo shoot, friendship, urban, rivalry, family relations, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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 7.7
 294K
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, realistic, humorous, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, patient, cancer, therapist, doctor, buddies, hospital, dealing with death, coping, fighting illness, health situation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, hawaii, canada
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 7.1
 187K
P.S. I Love You (2007)
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, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, starting over, terminal illness, dealing with death, death, family relations, loss of spouse, romance, couples, widow widower, letter, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.4
 25K
Last Holiday (2006)
Genre: Comedy
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, semi serious, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, vacation, self discovery, love and romance, holiday, human nature, hotel, chef, dealing with death, suicidal, senator, christmas ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: prague, europe, central europe, czech republic, new orleans ...
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 6.7
 78K
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: sentimental, touching, romantic, sweet, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: tragic love, self discovery, terminal illness, fall in love, romance, change of heart, changing lives, life & death, unfulfillment, workaholic, love and romance, opposites attract ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey
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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, mercy killing, media manipulation, moral dilemma, morality, pain, murder, district attorney, protest, judge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: michigan, detroit, usa
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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: emotional, touching, serious, clever, captivating ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, terminal illness, aids, breakup, gender, life is a bitch, americana, imaginary, gay, politics, angel, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1985
Place: new york, usa
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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, realistic, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, terminal illness, couple relations, parents and children, dealing with death, dying, introspection, farewell, daughter, parent child relationship, secret love, responsibility ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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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, emotional, fairy tale, compassionate, sentimental ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, monster, childhood, family, imagination, nightmare, school, bullying, life & death, part animation, storytelling, dark fantasy ...
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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, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: true love, terminal illness, unlikely couple, opposites attract, couple relations, womanizer, romance, love, fall in love, love and romance, love affair, love of one's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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Polseres vermelles (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
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, humorous, serious, semi serious, realistic
Plot: teenage life, terminal illness, fighting illness, friendship, overcoming, patient, life changing experience, everyday life, hopes, youth, friends, power of love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, spain
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 7.4
 21K
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: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, life is a bitch, friends, young woman, parents and children, teaching the ways of the world, student life, unfulfillment, youth, family relations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, san francisco
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 7.5
 33K
Keith (2008)
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: psychological, serious, realistic, bad ending, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, opposites attract, teenage life, youth, adolescence, first love, high school, love and romance, fall in love, love affair, romance, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.8
 9K
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, talky, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, cancer, death, baby, pregnancy, family life, self discovery, parents and children, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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 6.7
 91K
Patch Adams (1998)
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, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, hospital, terminal illness, friendship, doctor, clinic, cancer, doctors and patients, unconventional method, hopes, human nature, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1971, year 1969
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
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 8.1
 13K
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: tragicomedy, sincere, dark humor, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: terminal illness, teacher, cancer, hopes, suburbs, family relations, life is a bitch, dealing with death, human spirit, couple relations, parents and children, suburban life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, usa
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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, sincere, touching, realistic, talky ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, aids, homosexual, terminal illness, gay, life is a bitch, couple relations, epidemic, friendship, plague, homosexuality, seduction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981, year 1982, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, washington d.c., yale university
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Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Animation, 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, realistic, sincere
Plot: terminal illness, youth, dealing with death, human spirit, family problems, life is a bitch, child illness, family in crisis, coming of age, hopes, superhero, first love ...
Place: usa
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Two Is a Family (2016)
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: inspirational, touching, sentimental, feel good, funny
Plot: terminal illness, single father, stuntman, parenting, single parent, parent child relationship, father daughter relationship, absent mother, abandoned by mother, learning the truth, child custody, child care ...
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The Ultimate Gift (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When his wealthy grandfather finally dies, Jason Stevens fully expects to benefit when it comes to the reading of the will. But instead of a sizable inheritance, Jason receives a test, a series of tasks he must complete before he can get any money.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child illness, self discovery, inheritance, terminal illness, introspection, redemption, friendship, hopes, life is a bitch, friends, teaching the ways of the world, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ecuador, texas
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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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: terminal illness, illegal immigrant, hospital, poet, bus, human nature, on the road, ocean or sea, master and servant, self discovery, haunted by the past, family life ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: greece, tokyo, australia
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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: uplifting, emotional, sentimental, realistic, touching ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, underdog, hopes, sport, friends, athlete's life, human spirit, sport team, ambition, baseball, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
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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: touching, feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: terminal illness, loneliness, depression, photograph, neighbor, faith, dying man, graffiti, spirituality, tape recorder, house, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, new jersey
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