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The Best Death Movies

Updated August 14, 2020 902 votes 286 voters 33.0k views35 items

List RulesMovies 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.

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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  • 1
    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    Death at a Funeral is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Death at a Funeral

    Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Oz

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    The Bucket List is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    The Bucket List

    Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman

    Released2007

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    What Dreams May Come is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    What Dreams May Come

    Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Released1998

    Directed byVincent Ward

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    Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

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    The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    The Lovely Bones

    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2009

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    The Seventh Seal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    The Seventh Seal

    Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson

    Released1957

    Directed byIngmar Bergman

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  • 8
    Final Destination is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Final Destination

    Ali Larter, Seann William Scott

    Released2000

    Directed byJames Wong

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    Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Flatliners

    Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon

    Released1990

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 10
    Meet Joe Black is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Meet Joe Black

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1998

    Directed byMartin Brest

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  • 11
    Monty Python's The Meaning of  is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1983

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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  • 12
    Ikiru is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Ikiru

    Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko

    Released1952

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

    A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after learning he has terminal cancer.
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  • 13
    All That Jazz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    All That Jazz

    Jessica Lange, John Lithgow

    Released1979

    Directed byBob Fosse

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    The Fountain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    The Fountain

    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz

    Released2006

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Dead Man Walking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Dead Man Walking

    Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon

    Released1995

    Directed byTim Robbins

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    A Matter of Life and Death is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    A Matter of Life and Death

    David Niven, Richard Attenborough

    Released1946

    Directed byEmeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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    The Descendants is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    The Descendants

    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley

    Released2011

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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  • 18
    The Professor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    The Professor

    Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch

    Released2019

    Directed byWayne Roberts

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  • 19
    Seven Pounds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Seven Pounds

    Will Smith, Rosario Dawson

    Released2008

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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  • 20
    Never Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Never Let Me Go

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2010

    Directed byMark Romanek

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  • 21
    All the Bright Places is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    All the Bright Places

    Elle Fanning, Justice Smith

    Released2020

    Directed byBrett Haley

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  • 22
    Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Ordinary People

    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Redford

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    Collateral Beauty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Collateral Beauty

    Will Smith, Edward Norton

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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    Seven Stages to Achieve Eterna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss

    Kate Micucci, Taika Waititi

    Released2020

    Directed byVivieno Caldinelli

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    18 Presents is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Death Movies
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    18 Presents

    Vittoria Puccini, Benedetta Porcaroli

    Released2020

    Directed byFrancesco Amato

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