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The Best Movies About Cancer

Best Movies About Cancer

“What are the best movies about Cancer?” We looked at 200 of the top Cancer films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 29 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Cancer” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 150+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 29 Cancer Movies



29 .) A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)

 A Little Bit of Heaven (2011) Lists It Appears On:

  • Contemplating Cancer
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

It’s a comedy about a guarded woman who finds out she’s dying of cancer, but when she meets her match, the threat of falling in love is scarier than death

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28 .) Cries And Whispers (1972)

 Cries And Whispers (1972) Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Wikipedia
  • Av Club

As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can’t offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband’s suicide, caused by his discovery of her extramarital affair. The self-loathing, suicidal Karin seems to regard her sister with revulsion. Only Anna, the deeply religious maid who lost her young child, seems able to offer Agnes solace and empathy.

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27 .) Erin Brockovich (2000)

 Erin Brockovich (2000) Lists It Appears On:

  • Made Man
  • Ranker
  • IMDB

A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins — with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. She starts investigating and soon exposes a monumental cover-up.

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26 .) Griffin and Phoenix

 Griffin and Phoenix Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia

A terminally ill man falls in love with a woman who has a secret that threatens their time spent together.

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25 .) Keith (2008)

 Keith (2008) Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

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 Keith has something to hide. As the free-spirited Keith shows Natalie how to embrace what life offers, they grow closer — until a secret tests the bounds of their relationship

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24 .) Love Story (1970)

 Love Story (1970) Lists It Appears On:

  • Made Man
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB 2

Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny – and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When they marry, Oliver’s wealthy father threatens to disown him. Jenny tries to reconcile the Barrett men, but to no avail.

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23 .) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB

Greg is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But both his anonymity and friendship threaten to unravel when his mother forces him to befriend a classmate with leukemia.

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22 .) Miss You Already (2015)

 Miss You Already (2015) Lists It Appears On:

  • Contemplating Cancer
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB

The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.

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21 .) My Life (1993)

 My Life (1993) Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB

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 to see his first child’s birth. To cleanse himself of demons in his remaining days, Bob makes a video diary, hoping to pass along some wisdom to his future child. Along the way, he discovers a lot about himself.

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20 .) Now Is Good (2012)

 Now Is Good (2012) Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB

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.

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19 .) One True Thing (1998)

 One True Thing (1998) Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • Health Central

A career woman reassesses her parents’ lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.

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18 .) Other People

 Other People Lists It Appears On:

  • Contemplating Cancer
  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia

David, a struggling comedy writer fresh off from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves from New York City to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and much-younger sisters for the first time in ten years, he feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother’s health declines, David frantically tries to extract meaning from this horrible experience and convince everyone (including himself) that he’s “doing okay.”

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17 .) Pieces Of April (2003)

 Pieces Of April (2003) Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • Ranker
  • Health Central

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 place for Thanksgiving. While her father struggles to drive her family into the city, April — an inexperienced cook — runs into kitchen trouble and must ask a neighbor for help.

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16 .) The Doctor (1991)

 The Doctor (1991) Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • Health Central

Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he’s successful, he’s rich, and he has no problems…. until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient’s perspective, he realises that there is more to being a doctor than surgery and prescriptions.

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15 .) A Walk to Remember (2002)

 A Walk to Remember (2002) Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

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 secret she must keep from Landon.

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14 .) Brian’s Song (1971)

 Brian’s Song (1971) Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB
  • Av Club

Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

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13 .) Dying Young (1991)

 Dying Young (1991) Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • Huffington Post
  • Health Central
  • IMDB

After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O’Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know their love cannot last because he is destined to die.

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12 .) Funny People (2009)

 Funny People (2009) Lists It Appears On:

  • Reviews
  • Wikipedia
  • Av Club
  • IMDB

Famous and wealthy funnyman George Simmons doesn’t give much thought to how he treats people until a doctor delivers stunning health news, forcing George to reevaluate his priorities with a little help from aspiring stand-up comic Ira.

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11 .) Life as a House (2001)

 Life as a House (2001) Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB

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.

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10 .) Marvin’s Room (1996)

 Marvin's Room (1996) Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB
  • Huffington Post
  • Health Central

A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.

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9 .) My Life Without Me (2003)

 My Life Without Me (2003) Lists It Appears On:

  • Made Man
  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB

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.

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8 .) My Sister’s Keeper (2009)

 My Sister's Keeper (2009) Lists It Appears On:

  • Made Man
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

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 parents’ desperate decision raises both ethical and moral questions and rips away at the foundation of their relationship. Their actions ultimately set off a court case that threatens to tear the family apart, while revealing surprising truths that challenge everyone’s perceptions of love and loyalty and give new meaning to the definition of healing.

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7 .) The Bucket List (2007)

 The Bucket List (2007) Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB

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 everything they ever wanted to do and an unrealized need to come to terms with who they are. Together they embark on the road trip of a lifetime, becoming friends along the way and learning to live life to the fullest, with insight and humor.

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6 .) The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

 The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

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 Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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5 .) Wit (2001)

 Wit (2001) Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB
  • Av Club
  • Health Central

A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.

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4 .) Sweet November (2001)

 Sweet November (2001) Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • Made Man
  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB

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 that day she tracks him down. One thing leads to another and Nelson ends up living with her through a November that will change his life forever.

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3 .) 50/50 (2011)

 50/50 (2011) Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • Ranker
  • Reviews
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2

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.

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2 .) Stepmom (1998)

 Stepmom (1998) Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • Made Man
  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • Health Central
  • IMDB

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 their differences to find a common ground and celebrate life to the fullest, while they have the chance.

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1 .) Terms Of Endearment (1983)

 Terms Of Endearment (1983) Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • Made Man
  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • Av Club
  • IMDB

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma’s marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora’s interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking.

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The 150+ Additional Best Movies About Cancer



 

# Movie Lists
(Films Appear On 2 List Each)
30 American Splendor Reviews
Wikipedia
31 Anand Ranker
Wikipedia
32 Beginners Reviews
Wikipedia
33 Breaking Bad (2008–2013) Av Club
IMDB
34 Crazy Sexy Cancer (2007)
Food Matters
IMDB
35 Dark Victory Ranker
Wikipedia
36 Elysium Ranker
Wikipedia
37 Ikiru (1952) Av Club
Wikipedia
38 Johnny (2010) IMDB
Wikipedia
39 Letters to God (2010) IMDB
Wikipedia
40 Living Proof Ranker
Wikipedia
41 Love Is All You Need (2012) IMDB
Wikipedia
42 Magnolia (1999) IMDB
Wikipedia
43 Matching Jack Ranker
Wikipedia
44 P.S. I Love You (2007) IMDB
IMDB 2
45 Patch Adams (1998)
Health Central
Huffington Post
46 Restless (2011) IMDB
Wikipedia
47 School of Life
Contemplating Cancer
Wikipedia
48 The Family Stone
Huffington Post
Ranker
49 The Fountain (2006) Av Club
IMDB
50
The Girl with Nine Wigs (2013)
IMDB
Wikipedia
51 The Guitar (2008) IMDB
Wikipedia
52
The Heart of Christmas (2011 TV Movie)
Contemplating Cancer
IMDB
53 The Other Woman Ranker
Wikipedia
54 Third Star Ranker
Wikipedia
55 Ways to Live Forever (2010) IMDB
Wikipedia
56
Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy
Ranker
Health Central
(Films Appear On 1 List Each)
57 A Christmas Romance Made Man
58 A Christmas Tale (2008) IMDB
59 A Message from Holly Made Man
60 A Place for Lovers Wikipedia
61 A Time for Dancing (2002) IMDB
62 After Fall, Winter (2011) IMDB
63 Akasa Veedhilo Wikipedia
64 Akashadoothu Wikipedia
65 All Our Desires Wikipedia
66 Autumn in New York Wikipedia
67
Battlestar Galactica, “Epiphanies” (2006)
Av Club
68 Beaches
Huffington Post
69 Biutiful Wikipedia
70 Blow Dry (2001)
Health Central
71 Breaking the Rules (1992) IMDB
72
Burzynski – Cancer Is Serious Business (Part 1 and 2)
Food Matters
73 C Me Dance (2009) IMDB
74 C’est la vie, mon chéri Wikipedia
75 Chasing Life
Contemplating Cancer
76 Chronicle Wikipedia
77 Cleó From 5 To 7 (1962) Av Club
78 Collateral Beauty
Contemplating Cancer
79 Constantine Wikipedia
80 Cool Kids Don’t Cry (2012) IMDB
81 Cool Kids Don’t Cry (2014) IMDB
82
Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (2004)
IMDB
83
Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Funkhouser’s Crazy Sister” and “Vehicular Fellatio” (2009)
Av Club
84 Cut Poison Burn
Food Matters
85 De plus belle Wikipedia
86 Deadpool Wikipedia
87 Deadpool 2 Wikipedia
88 Death of a Superhero Wikipedia
89 Decoding Annie Parker Ranker
90 Don’t Tell Her It’s Me Made Man
91 Dying To Have Known
Food Matters
92
Eels, Electro-Shock Blues (1998)
Av Club
93 Eierdiebe Wikipedia
94 Endings (2010) IMDB
95 Falling Overnight (2011) IMDB
96 Fight Club Reviews
97 First, You Cry Wikipedia
98 Food Matters
Food Matters
99 Forever and Beyond (1983) IMDB
100 Forrest Gump (1994) IMDB
101 Freeheld Wikipedia
102 God Said, ‘Ha!’ (1998) IMDB
103 Guardami Wikipedia
104
Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner, Our Cancer Year (1994)
Av Club
105 Hawks Wikipedia
106
Heal Yourself, Heal The World
Food Matters
107 Her Love Boils Bathwater Wikipedia
108 Here on Earth (2000) IMDB
109 Holding Hope Wikipedia
110 Hoovey
Contemplating Cancer
111 Hopeful Notes (2010) IMDB
112 House, “Wilson” (2009) Av Club
113 Ice Bound (2003 TV Movie) IMDB
114 Irreplaceable You Wikipedia
115 James White Wikipedia
116
Joe Jackson, “Cancer” (1982)
Av Club
117 Julie Walking Home (2002) IMDB
118 Kaash Wikipedia
119 Kankerlijers (2014) IMDB
120 Kiss & Cry
Contemplating Cancer
121 Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door Wikipedia
122 Last Holiday (2006) IMDB
123
Like a Star Shining in the Night
Wikipedia
124 Living Downstream (2010) IMDB
125 Love Life (2009) IMDB
126
Love or Something Like That
Wikipedia
127 Lullaby (II) (2014) IMDB
128 Man On The Moon (1999) Av Club
129
Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Cancer Vixen: A True Story (2006)
Av Club
130 Meet my Valentine
Contemplating Cancer
131 Mera Naam Hai Mohabbat Wikipedia
132 Midnight Sun Wikipedia
133 Mike Says Goodbye! (2012) IMDB
134 Mom’s Cancer (2006) Av Club
135 Mood Indigo (2013) IMDB
136 Mr. Rice’s Secret Wikipedia
137 My Annoying Brother Wikipedia
138 Nammavar Wikipedia
139 Natural Selection (2011) IMDB
140 Nenjil Or Aalayam Wikipedia
141
Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela
Wikipedia
142 No Sad Songs for Me Wikipedia
143 Norman (2010) IMDB
144 One Day (2011) IMDB
145 One in Nine (2009) IMDB
146 One More Kiss (1999) IMDB
147
Oscar and the Lady in Pink (2009)
IMDB
148 Paris, je t’aime (2006) IMDB
149 Paul à Québec Wikipedia
150 Planta 4ª (2003) IMDB
151 Princes in Exile Wikipedia
152 Rethinking Cancer
Food Matters
153 Rush Hour Wikipedia
154 Safe Haven (I) (2013) IMDB
155 Second Opinion
Food Matters
156 Self/less Wikipedia
157 Shattered Glass (2002) IMDB
158 Silence Like Glass Wikipedia
159 Six Weeks (1982) IMDB
160 Son frère (2003) IMDB
161 Stuck in Love (2012) IMDB
162
Sufjan Stevens, “Casimir Pulaski Day” (2005)
Av Club
163 Sukrutham Wikipedia
164 Sunshine Wikipedia
165 Terry Wikipedia
166
Thank You For Smoking/Up in the Air
Reviews
167 The Antlers, Hospice (2009) Av Club
168 The Barbarian Invasions Wikipedia
169
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
IMDB
170 The Beautiful Truth
Food Matters
171 The Belly of an Architect Wikipedia
172 The Best Man Holiday Wikipedia
173 The Book of Henry Wikipedia
174
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Wikipedia
175 The Butterfly Effect (2004) IMDB
176 The Clink of Ice Wikipedia
177 The Cure Wikipedia
178 The Delinquent Season Wikipedia
179 The Hot Flashes Ranker
180 The Last Song (2010) IMDB
181
The Life of David Gale (2003)
IMDB
182 The Medicine Show (2001) IMDB
183
The Office, “Michael’s Birthday” (2006)
Av Club
184 The Preparation Wikipedia
185 The Room (2003) Av Club
186
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
IMDB
187
The Tom Green Cancer Special (2000)
Av Club
188 The Ultimate Gift (2006) IMDB
189 Thirakkatha Wikipedia
190
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Wikipedia
191 Tribute Wikipedia
192
Two Against Time (2002 TV Movie)
IMDB
193
Tyce Diorio on So You Think You Can Dance (2009)
Av Club
194 Unstrung Heroes Wikipedia
195 Volver (I) (2006) IMDB
196
Warren Zevon on The Late Show With David Letterman (2002)
Av Club
197
What We Did on Our Holiday
Wikipedia
198
Who Will Love My Children? (1983 TV Movie)
IMDB
199 Why, Charlie Brown, Why? Wikipedia
200 Wish List IMDB


11 Best Cancer Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Av Club 25 great songs, books, films, albums, and TV shows in which cancer …
Contemplating Cancer 10 Cancer Movies Reviewed | Contemplating Cancer
Food Matters Top 10 Cancer Documentaries Of All Time | FOOD MATTERS®
Health Central Chemo Style on the Big Screen: Top 10 Picks for Cancer Movies …
Huffington Post Celluloid Chemotherapy: Top 12 Cancer Films | HuffPost
IMDB Movies about Cancer – IMDb
IMDB 2 Best romantic movies involving cancer – IMDb
Made Man 10 Movies For Cancer Patients | Made Man
Ranker The Best Movies About Cancer – Ranker
Reviews The Six Best Cancer Comedies of All Time (Movies) | Review St. Louis
Wikipedia Category:Films about cancer – Wikipedia

 

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