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The Best Movies About Cancer 

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Updated June 22, 2020 1.6k votes 569 voters 49.7k views 46 items

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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.

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Released: 2014

Directed by: Josh Boone

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Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Emily Deschanel

Released: 2009

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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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Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote

Released: 2002

Directed by: Adam Shankman

A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam Shankman, based on the 1999 novel by Nicholas Sparks. Popular rebel Landon Carter (Shane West) is ...more

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Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jonathan Levine

50/50 is a 2011 biography, comedy, drama film written by Will Reiser and directed by Jonathan Levine.

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KassahWutke added Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, based on the 2012 novel by Jesse Andrews. High schooler Greg (Thomas Mann), who spends most ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

Released: 2007

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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KassahWutke added Dakota Fanning, Kaya Scodelario, Rose Leslie

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ol Parker

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

Released: 2008

Directed by: Todd Kessler, Todd A. Kessler

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

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

Released: 1998

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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llh6782 added Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

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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Paddleton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Cancer
Mark Duplass, Ray Romano, Ravi Patel

Released: 2019

Directed by: Alex Lehmann

Paddleton is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Alex Lehmann. An unlikely bromance between two misfit neighbors (Mark Duplass and Ray Romano) becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when ...more
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Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes

Released: 2005

Directed by: Thomas Bezucha

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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Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves, Lauren Graham

Released: 2001

Directed by: Pat O'Connor

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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Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

Released: 1971

Directed by: Buzz Kulik

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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The Professor Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch, Rosemarie DeWitt

Released: 2019

Directed by: Wayne Roberts

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Ian Somerhalder, Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline

Released: 2001

Directed by: Irwin Winkler

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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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow

Released: 1983

Directed by: James L. Brooks

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After Everything Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe, DeRon Horton

Released: 2018

Directed by: Hannah Marks, Joey Power

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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William Hurt, Elizabeth Perkins, Mandy Patinkin

Released: 1991

Directed by: Randa Haines

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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Other People Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford

Directed by: Chris Kelly

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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Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson, Fred Armisen

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ed Stone

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I Still Believe KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain

Released: 2020

Directed by: Andrew Erwin, John Erwin

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Vittoria Puccini, Benedetta Porcaroli, Edoardo Leo

Released: 2020

Directed by: Francesco Amato

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Lloyd Bridges, Laura Leighton, Jill Eikenberry

Released: 1995

Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont

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