Illness movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant illness movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, melancholic and emotional films and TV shows about / with illness, hospital, death, storytelling, mentor, doctor, cigarette smoking, loneliness, photograph and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
illness movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as illness: Everything, Everything (2017), Amour (2012), It's Only the End of the World (2016), Cabin Fever (2002), Awakenings (1990), The Big Sick (2017), Black Mass (2015), The Better Angels (2014), Miracles from Heaven (2016), Breathe (2017).

List of illness movies

Everything, Everything (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A teenager who's lived a sheltered life because she's allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door.
Style: romantic, sincere, captivating, sentimental
Plot: teenage love, teen romance, teenage girl, love, neighbor, interracial love, illness, teenage boy, isolation, first kiss, disease, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Place: hawaii
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Amour (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Austria, France, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Style: sincere, philosophical, emotional, compassionate, suspense ...
Plot: elderly, elderly lovers, love, aging, death, illness, daughter, nurse, fighting illness, nursing, supportive spouse, loss of spouse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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It's Only the End of the World (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Louis, a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, mind bending, psychological, philosophical
Plot: illness, resentment, gay, family argument, dysfunctional family, psychology, parents and children, loneliness, siblings relations, life philosophy, moral dilemma, lgbt ...
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Cabin Fever (2002)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.
Style: rough, dark humor, suspense, scary, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: virus, survival, infected, danger, disease, illness, gory, drinking, small town, plague, deadly, college ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
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Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, ...
Style: motivational, uplifting, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, coma, hospital, hopes, illness, doctor, patient, treatment, fighting illness, cure ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
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The Big Sick (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's ...
Style: touching, sweet, romantic, melancholic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, illness, comedian, interracial love, family, cultural difference, family conflict, relationships, life, ethnic conflict, coma, arranged marriage ...
Place: chicago illinois, japan
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Black Mass (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, corruption, crime, brutality, violence, fbi, murder, organized crime, illness, arms dealing, gangster, mafia ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1995, year 1981, year 2011 ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, santa monica california, new jersey
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The Better Angels (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation’s greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln. Abe is a thoughtful and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: education, illness, society, wilderness, stepmother stepson relationship, poverty, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, boy, dying, tragic event, americana ...
Time: 19th century
Place: indiana, usa, kentucky, illinois
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Miracles from Heaven (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: \When Christy discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle ...
Style: inspirational, sentimental, thought provoking, suspenseful, based on true events ...
Audience: chick flick, family outing
Plot: sick child, illness, accident, parent child relationship, faith, prayer, terminal illness, child protagonist, female protagonist, cure, coping, climbing a tree ...
Place: boston
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Breathe (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.
Style: realistic, based on true events, factual, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, illness, supportive spouse, husband wife relationship, polio, adaptation, human spirit, spoken inner thoughts, magnifying glass, guitarist, euthanasia ...
Time: year 1973, year 1981, year 1960, year 1970, year 1965 ...
Place: spain, africa, england, germany, kenya
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The Children Act (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the midst of a marital crisis, a High Court judge must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teen with cancer despite his family's refusal to accept medical treatment for religious reasons.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, suspenseful, rough
Plot: lawyer, illness, marriage crisis, moral dilemma, hospital, nurse, dying, husband wife relationship, professor, crisis of faith, female protagonist, judge ...
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Bubble Boy (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Jimmy is young man who was born without an immune system and has lived his life within a plastic bubble in his bedroom... who pines for the sweet caresses of girl-next-door Chloe. But when Chloe decides to marry her high school boyfriend, Jimmy -- ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, absurd, satirical, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: youth, niagara falls, obsessive quest, teenage life, goofy hero, illness, love and romance, romance, chosen one, nightclub, mutant, stereotypes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: cross country
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The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: incest, single parent, parents and children, sexual exploration, first sex, teenage life, rebelliousness, innocence lost, island, virginity, commune, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, california
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Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In California, a group of women struggle with personal problems as their paths intertwine in unexpected ways. Dr. Elaine Keener, the sole caretaker for her aging mother, turns to tarot card reader Christine for spiritual aid. Christine grapples with ...
Style: emotional, touching, melancholic, intense, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: loneliness, depression, sadness, dating, single parent, parents and children, interracial relations, siblings relations, illness, abortion, terminal illness, pregnancy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, Tod Lubitch is born with a deficient immune system (which is unlike being born with AIDS). As such, he must spend the rest of his life in a completely sterile environment. His room is completely hermetically sealed against ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, parents and children, love and romance, coming of age, misfit, human nature, parent child relationship, family relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, fall in love, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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Cemetery of Splendor (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Thailand, UK, Germany, France, Malaysia, South Korea, Mexico, USA, Norway
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In a hospital, ten soldiers are being treated for a mysterious sleeping sickness. In a story in which dreams can be experienced by others, and in which goddesses can sit casually with mortals, a nurse learns the reason why the patients will never be ...
Style: art house, enigmatic, surreal, romantic, no music
Plot: soldier, sleeping, cemetery, illness, hospital, caregiver, parallel world, clairvoyant, mutilation, love, mysticism, diary ...
Place: thailand
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I Kill Giants (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Belgium, UK, USA, China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Sophia, a new high school student, tries to make friends with Barbara, who tells her that “she kills giants,” protecting this way her hometown and its inhabitants, who do not understand her strange behavior.
Style: psychological, sad, atmospheric, rough, psychedelic
Plot: escape from reality, imagination, teenage girl, monster, death of mother, giant, illness, psychologist, school, bully, fear of death, mysticism ...
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Phantom Thread (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Renowned British dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock comes across Alma, a young, strong-willed woman, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.
Style: psychological, romantic, suspense, sentimental, uplifting
Plot: fashion, fashion designer, dressmaker, obsession, wedding, seamstress, illness, anger, brother sister relationship, fashion show, doctor, danger ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
Place: alps, london
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The Judge (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
Style: touching, suspenseful, emotional, semi serious, serious ...
Plot: hotshot lawyer, judge, courtroom, lawyer, dysfunctional family, small town, trial, homecoming, parent child relationship, legal, crimes, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, chicago illinois
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The Fits (2015)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Toni, a tomboyish boxer, lands a spot on an after-school drill team in the West End community of Cincinnati. She eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. It’s the joy of her first friendships and her ...
Style: captivating, tense, suspense, enigmatic
Plot: friendship, secret, girl, dancing, competition, tomboy, illness, mother daughter relationship, boxing, fainting, dance, sparring ...
Place: cincinnati ohio
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Novitiate (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In the early 1960s, during the Vatican II era, a young woman training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, sexuality and the changing church.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, thought provoking, disturbing
Plot: nun, flagellation, catholic church, monastery, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, catholicism, vatican, archbishop, priest, reform, crucifix ...
Time: year 1964, 1960s, year 1954
Place: tennessee
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The Straight Story (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in ...
Style: road movie, touching, feel good, inspirational, motivational ...
Plot: on the road, family feud, reconciliation, adventure, journey, brother brother relationship, doctor, nurse, veteran, hitchhiker, storm, mechanic ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: cross country, mississippi river, wisconsin, iowa, usa ...
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The Mighty (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty, the film explores a building of trust and friendship. ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, friendship, misfit, social misfits, disability, knight, heroes, society, best friends, orphan, freak, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, ohio, cincinnati ohio
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Fasten Your Seatbelts (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Elena (Kasia Smutniak) and Antonio (Francesco Arca) seem not to be made for each other. They are too different in terms of character, life choices, worldview, and the way they relate to others. They are total opposites. However, they are overwhelmed ...
Style: sexy, humorous, romantic, thought provoking, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: opposites attract, couple relations, love triangle, love and romance, eroticism, infidelity, marriage crisis, illness, friends, best friends, dishonesty, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy
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The Midwife (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Claire is a midwife and has devoted her life to others. At a moment when she is preoccupied by the imminent closure of the maternity clinic where she works, her life is further turned upside down when Béatrice, her father's former mistress, ...
Plot: cancer, chemotherapy, illness, hospital, hospital room, doctor, grandfather grandson relationship, telephone call, baby, kiss, student, fear ...
Place: medical school, paris france, arc de triomphe paris
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The Velveteen Rabbit (1984)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 24 min.
Story: First published in 1922, Margery Williams' enchanting story about a toy rabbit is a classic of children's literature. This gentle rendition comes alive through Meryl Streep's soothing narration, George Winston's beautiful music ...
Plot: illness, little boy, rabbit, toys, gift, toy comes to life, love, stuffed toy, stuffed animal
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Buud Yam (1997)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Burkina Faso
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In an early 19th century African village, Wend Kuuni - a young man, lives with his adopted family after his mother was killed as a witch. When Pughneere - his adopted sister - becomes ill, the villagers suspect Wend Kuuni. In order to save ...
Style: fairy tale
Plot: journey, illness, apology, friendship, medicine, horse riding, friend, horse, adoptive father adopted son relationship, long lost father, intolerance, self discovery ...
Place: africa
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Crying for Love (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Three girls meet by chance in a hospital. Struggling to come to terms with their fate, they all look back on a decisive moment in their life: Sara, a professional swimmer relentlessly urged on by her ambitious father, was deprived of her only real ...
Plot: illness, female friendship, sickness, wine bottle, photograph, hospital, camera, wine
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Enchanted Musical Playhouse: The Velveteen Rabbit (1984)
Genre: Animation, Short
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: A sick boy's toy rabbit comes to life. Part of the Enchanted Musical Playhouse series. Marie Osmond played the part of the Velveteen Rabbit. Songs were composed by the Sherman Brothers.
Plot: illness, toy comes to life, little boy, toy
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My Hindu Friend (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Diego is a film director very close to death, surrounded by people who are having trouble dealing with his current tempestuous mood. Chances are he won't survive, but if he does, that means he needs to relearn how to live. live.
Plot: illness, cancer, family problems, survival, death, prayer, impotence, hospital, female nudity, female full frontal nudity, friends falling out, cancer patient ...
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