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, serious, touching, emotional, sentimental and melancholic films and TV shows about / with illness, hospital, death, storytelling, mother son relationship, mentor, doctor, loneliness, dialogue and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
illness movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as illness: Cabin Fever (2002), Awakenings (1990), Black Mass (2015), Miracles from Heaven (2016), Breathe (2017), Bubble Boy (2001), The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976), I Kill Giants (2017), The Judge (2014), The Mighty (1998).

List of illness movies

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, danger, disease, illness, gory, drinking, in the woods, plague, small town, 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: uplifting, touching, motivational, serious, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, doctors and patients, mental institution, coma, hospital, hopes, illness, doctor, patient, fighting illness, treatment, family reunited ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
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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: realistic, captivating, suspenseful, 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 1981, year 1995, year 2011 ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, santa monica california, new jersey
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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, coping, cure, little girl ...
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: based on true events, realistic, factual, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, illness, husband wife relationship, paralysis, polio, supportive spouse, adaptation, human spirit, film producer, hotel, rain, death of father ...
Time: year 1958, year 1971, year 1970, year 1973, year 1981 ...
Place: germany, england, spain, kenya, africa
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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, goofy hero, teenage life, obsessive quest, illness, romance, love and romance, chosen one, mutant, nightclub, stereotypes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: cross country
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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, siblings relations, interracial 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, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, misfit, human nature, love and romance, parents and children, coming of age, parent child relationship, life is a bitch, fall in love, unfulfillment, family relations, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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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, psychedelic, rough
Plot: imagination, escape from reality, teenage girl, monster, giant, death of mother, illness, bully, psychologist, school, fear of death, life & death ...
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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: judge, small town, lawyer, homecoming, parent child relationship, legal, uncover truth, crimes, hotshot lawyer, manslaughter, father son estrangement, jury ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, chicago illinois
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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, knight, misfit, social misfits, disability, heroes, society, youth, orphan, freak, best friends ...
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, infidelity, illness, marriage crisis, eroticism, couples, dishonesty, romance, friends ...
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, doctor, hospital room, brain tumor, reading a letter, answering machine message, loan, saving a life, insult ...
Place: arc de triomphe paris, medical school, paris france
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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: romantic, sweet, melancholic, dramatic, witty ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, comedian, coma, arranged marriage, illness, family, stand-up comedian, cultural difference, marriage, interracial love, overalls, joke ...
Place: chicago illinois, japan
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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: little boy, illness, toys, gift, love, rabbit, stuffed animal, stuffed toy
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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, serious, realistic
Plot: wilderness, education, illness, society, americana, sleeping, garden, classroom, climbing a tree, corn, u.s. president, reading aloud ...
Time: 19th century
Place: indiana, usa, kentucky, illinois
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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, brother sister relationship, potion, superstition, suspicion, self discovery, adoptive father adopted son relationship, intolerance, murder of mother, saving a life, long lost father ...
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, camera, wine, photograph, hospital
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Enchanted Musical Playhouse: The Velveteen Rabbit (1984)
Genre: Animation
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: family problems, cancer, illness, survival, death, simulated blow job, labia, hospital, prayer, vagina, friends falling out, cancer patient ...
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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.
Plot: resentment, illness, lgbt, homosexuality, gay, gay lead character, family argument, one day time span, reminiscence, postcard, dysfunctional family, sweat ...
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South (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Martje is the manager of a successful laundry service, but in her personal life she struggles with her self-image after the amputation of one of her breasts. After she is humiliated when Loe, one of her employees, is startled by the discovery of her ...
Plot: laundry, kidnapping, love, illness, female protagonist
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My Mother Frank (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a meddlesome mother enrolls in university with her son, old and new worlds collide with awesome consequences.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, humorous, semi serious
Plot: college, boredom, cheating, illness, love, power relations, family relations, university, teachers and students, fall in love, adolescence vs adulthood, romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: australia
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Still Alice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological, sad ...
Plot: memory loss, supportive spouse, alzheimer's disease, family drama, columbia university, relationships, parenthood, mother daughter relationship, life turned upside down, unfulfillment, family bonds, sister sister relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: elderly, elderly lovers, nurse, death, love, aging, pianist, musician, nightmare, daughter, illness, music teacher ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Spain, Peru
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. While living in constant fear and confusion due to this ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, rough, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: maid, rape victim, illness, gender, feminism, society, genocide, down on your luck, against humanity, life is a bitch, parents and children, woman in danger ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: peru, latin america
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Safe (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Carol, a typical upper middle-class housewife, begins to complain of vague symptoms of illness. She "doesn't feel right," has unexplained headaches, congestion, a dry cough, nosebleeds, vomiting, and trouble breathing. Her family ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, bleak, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: housewife, quarantine, desert, retreat, allergy, psychiatrist, medicine, illness, society, guru, power relations, yuppie ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Proof (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Catherine is a woman in her late twenties who is strongly devoted to her father, Robert, a brilliant and well-known mathematician whose grip on reality is beginning to slip away. As Robert descends into madness, Catherine begins to wonder if she may ...
Style: serious, emotional, psychological, realistic, clever ...
Plot: mental illness, mathematics, science, prodigy, student, paranoia, university, manic, parents and children, teacher student relationship, strong female lead, insanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: campus, usa, wisconsin, chicago illinois, london ...
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Pieces of April (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Quirky and rebellious April Burns lives with her boyfriend in a low-rent New York City apartment miles away from her emotionally distant family. But when she discovers that her mother has a fatal form of breast cancer, she invites the clan to her ...
Style: touching, talky, humorous, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: thanksgiving, marijuana, neighbor, road trip, on the road, reconciliation, illness, holiday, family, unfulfillment, grandparent and grandchild, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
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Passion of Love (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the 1860's, Giorgio (Giraudeau), a young Italian soldier is sent to a remote post, far away from his lover, Clara (Antonelli). He is lodged in the house of the colonel (Girotti). He becames friends with the colonel and the local doctor ...
Style: realistic, offbeat, sexual, witty, serious ...
Plot: obsession, soldier, love triangle, infidelity, military, illness, duel, destructive relationship, unfulfilled love, midlife crisis, opposites attract, love affair ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: italy, europe
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