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The Best Movies About Cancer

Updated December 9, 2020 2.3k votes 628 voters 54.5k views52 items

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This list features the best movies about cancer, no matter if they are sad or funny, and goes far beyond the top ten Hollywood cancer movies. 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 the prospect of death affects friends and family members. Whether you are facing a similar diagnosis, know someone who has been diagnosed or are just interested in a romance 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 where a guy or girl with cancer, 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 patients that you think is the best whether or not it's about cancer patients that fall in love. Then be sure to check back for new cancer movies as they are added back to the list.

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    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe

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    My Sister’s Keeper

    Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin

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    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

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    50/50

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    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler

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    Now Is Good

    Dakota Fanning, Kaya Scodelario
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    Keith

    Jennifer Grey, Jesse McCartney

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    Five Feet Apart

    Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson

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    Other People

    Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon
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    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger

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    Brian's Song

    Dick Butkus, James Caan

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    The Professor

    Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch
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    Mark Duplass, Ray Romano
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    The Family Stone

    Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    One True Thing

    Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger

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    After Everything

    Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe
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    Patch Adams

    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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    I Still Believe

    KJ Apa, Britt Robertson
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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

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    Stepmom

    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

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    The Other Woman

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    Decoding Annie Parker

    Rashida Jones, Helen Hunt
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    Third Star

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville
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    Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis

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