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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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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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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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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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This film 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 story of Greg Gaines ...more

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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 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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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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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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The Professor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Cancer
The Professor Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch, Rosemarie DeWitt
The Professor is a 2019 American dark comedy film directed by Wayne Roberts. A buttoned-down college professor (Johnny Depp) decides to lead a crusade against authority and hypocrisy after he is ...more

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Mark Duplass, Ray Romano, Ravi Patel
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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After Everything 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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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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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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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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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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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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Other People 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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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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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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Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson, Fred Armisen
Griffin & Phoenix is a 2006 romantic comedy film directed by Ed Stone.
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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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Pieces of April 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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