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List Rules Movies that deal with death and dying only. Not just people dying in it.

A list of the best death movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This death movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about death are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about death you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous death movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these death movie titles for more information about the films.

Examples of items on this list include Meet Joe Black and The Bucket List.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best death movies?" and "What is the greatest death movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular death movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these death movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good death movies can be enjoyed no matter what.

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Death Movies
Milo added Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more

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Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand The Seventh Seal is a 1957 Swedish drama-fantasy film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Set in Denmark it tells of the journey of a medieval knight and a game of chess, who has come to ...more

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Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Max von Sydow What Dreams May Come is a 1998 American fantasy drama film, starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra and Max von Sydow. The film is based on the 1978 novel of the same name ...more

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Greg Stopera added Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes The Bucket List is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner, produced by Reiner, Alan Greisman, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson ...more

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Greg Stopera added Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black This film is a 1995 American drama film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and co-produced and directed by Tim Robbins, who adapted the screenplay from the non-fiction book of the same name. ...more

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Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis Beetlejuice is a 1988 American comedy fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Film Company and distributed by Warner Bros. The plot revolves around a recently deceased young ...more

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John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, also known as The Meaning of Life, is a 1983 British musical sketch comedy film written and performed by the Monty Python troupe, and directed by one of its ...more

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Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon The Lovely Bones is a 2009 supernatural drama film directed by Peter Jackson and stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, and Saoirse Ronan. A film ...more

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Ali Larter, Seann William Scott, Devon Sawa Final Destination is a 2000 American horror film directed by James Wong. It is the first installment of the Final Destination series. The screenplay was written by James Wong, Glen Morgan, and ...more

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Greg Stopera added Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. Five medical ...more

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Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn The Fountain is a 2006 American drama film that blends elements of fantasy, history, spirituality, and science fiction. It is directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel ...more

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Greg Stopera added Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk, Matthew Macfadyen This film is a 2007 British comedy film directed by Frank Oz. The screenplay by Dean Craig focuses on a family attempting to resolve a variety of problems while attending the passing of the ...more

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Greg Stopera added Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani Meet Joe Black is a 1998 American fantasy romance film produced by Universal Studios, directed by Martin Brest and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani. It was the second ...more

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Tom Waits, Leslie Bibb, Will Arnett Wristcutters: A Love Story is a 2006 American black comedy romance road movie written and directed by Goran Dukić, starring Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham, and Shannyn Sossamon. Its premise is set ...more

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pklosh added Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, Roy Scheider All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on aspects of Fosse's life and ...more

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George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer The Descendants is a 2011 American drama film directed by Alexander Payne. The screenplay by Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash is based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The film ...more

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Greg Stopera added Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt This film is a 1995 American Western film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Iggy Pop, Crispin Glover, John Hurt, Michael Wincott, Lance ...more

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GalleryBound added Paz de la Huerta, Gaspar Noé, Sara Stockbridge Enter the Void is a 2009 English-language French fantasy drama film written and directed by Gaspar Noé and starring Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, and Cyril Roy. Set in the neon-lit ...more

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Ikiru is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Death Movies
pklosh added Ikiru Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after learning he has terminal cancer.

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LastCubScout added Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. It stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. The story ...more

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pklosh added Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson Cries and Whispers is a 1972 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Harriet Andersson, Kari Sylwan, Ingrid Thulin and Liv Ullmann. The film is set at a mansion at the ...more

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David Niven, Richard Attenborough, Raymond Massey This film is a romantic fantasy film created by the British writing-directing-producing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and set in England during the WWII. It stars David Niven, ...more

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Greg Stopera added David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 American-Canadian epic drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is a film adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' controversial 1953 novel of the same ...more

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pklosh added Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Hugh Griffith Kind Hearts and Coronets is a British black comedy film of 1949 starring Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, and Valerie Hobson. Guinness famously plays eight members of the D'Ascoyne ...more

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Milo added Bill Paxton, George Kennedy, Bill Pullman Brain Dead is a 1990 horror/psychological thriller starring Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton and George Kennedy and written by Charles Beaumont.