Films The Best Movies About Cancer  

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This list features the best movies about the topic of cancer. Many of the films take an in-depth approach to the life of a person who struggles with a cancer diagnosis and the aftermath of the illness, providing an intimate look at how it affects friends and family members. Whether you are facing a similar diagnosis, know someone who has been diagnosed or are just interested in a romantic love story about two people battling the odds together, there is sure to be a movie about cancer on this list that will be what you're looking for.

Some of the movies on this list are completely fictional stories, while others take a biographical approach to people who have fought against the odds in their battle with cancer.

This list is made up of the best movies about cancer, including: The Family Stone, A Walk to Remember, Decoding Annie Parker, Terms of Endearment, and Life as a House.

Vote for the movie about cancer you think is the best, or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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surag added Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more

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Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age teen romantic drama based on the 1999 romance novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Shane West and Mandy Moore, was ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Emily Deschanel My Sisters's Keeper is a 2009 American drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva, and Alec Baldwin. Based on Jodi Picoult's novel of the ...more

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Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bryce Dallas Howard 50/50 is a 2011 biography, comedy, drama film written by Will Reiser and directed by Jonathan Levine.

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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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KassahWutke added Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Jesse Andrews, based on Andrews's 2012 debut novel of the same name. It is the ...more

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KassahWutke added Dakota Fanning, Kaya Scodelario, Rose Leslie Now Is Good is a 2012 British teen drama film directed by Ol Parker. Based on the 2007 novel Before I Die by Jenny Downham, it was adapted by Parker who had recently written the screenplay for ...more

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KassahWutke added Jennifer Grey, Jesse McCartney, Elisabeth Harnois Keith is a 2008 American, independent drama film directed by Todd Kessler. It was written by Todd Kessler and David Zabel based on the short story "Keith" by author Ron Carlson, from ...more

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Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia ...more

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Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. Sarandon won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress and ...more

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Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford Other People is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Chris Kelly and is a semi-autobiographical look at Kelly's family. David (Jesse Plemons), a 29-year-old gay man, moves ...more

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llh6782 added Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter Patch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bob Gunton. Directed by Tom Shadyac, it is based on the life story of ...more

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Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes The Family Stone is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Thomas Bezucha. Produced by Michael London and distributed by 20th Century Fox, it stars an ensemble cast, including ...more

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Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe, DeRon Horton After Everything is a 2018 American comedy drama film directed by Hannah Marks and Joey Power. A young couple's relationship develops quickly when one of them is diagnosed with a life-changing ...more

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Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest University football player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro, ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more

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Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves, Lauren Graham Sweet November is a 2001 romantic drama film starring Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, reuniting the actors after their previous appearance as husband and wife in The Devil's Advocate. The film ...more

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Ian Somerhalder, Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline Life as a House is a 2001 American drama film produced and directed by Irwin Winkler. The screenplay by Mark Andrus focuses on a man who is anxious to repair his relationship with his ex-wife ...more

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Lloyd Bridges, Laura Leighton, Jill Eikenberry The Other Woman, is a 1995 made-for-TV movie that follows mother Tessa Bryan's attempts to gain the acceptance of her two young daughters Lara and Kate of her ex-husband Michael's second wife ...more

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Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, Lauren Graham One True Thing is a 1998 American drama film directed by Carl Franklin. It tells the story of a woman who is forced to put her life on hold in order to care for her mother who is dying of ...more

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I'm19Youfightme added Mia Wasikowska, Jane Adams, Schuyler Fisk Restless is a 2011 romantic drama film written by Jason Lew and directed by Gus Van Sant. "Annabel Cotton is a beautiful and charming terminal cancer patient with a deep felt love of life ...more

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William Hurt, Elizabeth Perkins, Mandy Patinkin The Doctor is a 1991 drama film directed by Randa Haines. It is loosely based on Dr. Edward Rosenbaum's 1988 book, A Taste Of My Own Medicine. The film stars William Hurt as Jack MacKee, a ...more

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Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson, Fred Armisen Griffin & Phoenix is a 2006 romantic comedy film directed by Ed Stone.

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Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and co-produced by Neill Blomkamp, and starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and Sharlto ...more

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Amanda Bynes, Angie Harmon, Bernadette Peters Living Proof is a 2008 Lifetime Television movie, directed by Dan Ireland, starring Harry Connick, Jr. The film is based on the true life story of Dr. Dennis Slamon and the book HER-2: The ...more

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Yvonne Strahovski, James Nesbitt, Kodi Smit-McPhee Matching Jack is a 2010 drama film written by Lynn Renew and David Parker and directed by Nadia Tass.

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Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Lalita Pawar Anand is a 1971 Indian drama film written and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It stars Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles, with Khanna playing the title role. The dialogues were ...more

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Rashida Jones, Helen Hunt, Alice Eve Decoding Annie Parker is a 2013 drama film written and directed by Steven Bernstein. The film stars Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt and Aaron Paul. The film tells the story of Annie Parker and the ...more

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Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Alison Pill Pieces of April is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Hedges. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The name is taken from a 1972 hit song by Three Dog ...more

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Patti LaBelle, Sarah Chalke, Harvey Atkin Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy is a 2006 biography comedy drama TV movie written by Nancey Silvers and directed by Peter Werner

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Mondays at Racine Mondays at Racine is a 2012 short documentary family film directed by Cynthia Wade.

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Guardami Luigi Diberti, Flavio Insinna, Claudio Spadaro Guardami is a 1999 Italian drama film written and directed by Davide Ferrario. The film premiered at the 56th Venice International Film Festival. It is loosely based on the life of Moana Pozzi. ...more

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville, JJ Feild Third Star is a 2010 British drama film directed by Hattie Dalton and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild, Tom Burke, Adam Robertson, and Hugh Bonneville. It premiered at the Edinburgh Film ...more

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Debbie Harry, Mark Ruffalo, Alfred Molina My Life Without Me is a 2003 Canadian drama film directed by Isabel Coixet and starring Sarah Polley, Mark Ruffalo, Scott Speedman, and Leonor Watling. Based on the book Pretending the Bed Is a ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Queen Latifah, Michael Keaton My Life is a 1993 American film starring Michael Keaton and Nicole Kidman and directed by Bruce Joel Rubin. With a PG-13 rating, this film's North American box office gross was $28 million.

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Mark Povinelli The Hot Flashes is a film by Susan Seidelman, director of Desperately Seeking Susan. It stars Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Wanda Sykes, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim, Eric Roberts and Mark ...more

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Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart Dark Victory is a 1939 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding, starring Bette Davis and featuring George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers and ...more

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My Run Christine Redlin My Run is a 2009 documentary film directed and produced by Tim VandeSteeg and produced by Mark Castaldo. The film chronicles Terry Hitchcock's journey of completing 75 marathons in 75 ...more