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The Best Movies About Cancer

Updated September 14, 2020 2.0k votes 580 voters 51.5k views46 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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    The Fault in Our Stars
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    The Fault in Our Stars

    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byJosh Boone

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    My Sister’s Keeper
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    My Sister’s Keeper

    Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin

    Released2009

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    A Walk to Remember
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    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

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    50/50
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    50/50

    Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released2011

    Directed byJonathan Levine

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    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
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    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler

    Released2015

    Directed byAlfonso Gomez-Rejon

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    Paddleton
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    Paddleton

    Mark Duplass, Ray Romano

    Released2019

    Directed byAlex Lehmann

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    The Bucket List
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    The Bucket List

    Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman

    Released2007

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Now Is Good
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    Now Is Good

    Dakota Fanning, Kaya Scodelario

    Released2012

    Directed byOl Parker

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    Brian's Song
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    Brian's Song

    Dick Butkus, James Caan

    Released1971

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

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    Keith
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    Keith

    Jennifer Grey, Jesse McCartney

    Released2008

    Directed byTodd Kessler, Todd A. Kessler

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    Other People
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    Other People

    Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon

    Directed byChris Kelly

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    Stepmom
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    Stepmom

    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

    Released1998

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Patch Adams
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    Patch Adams

    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1998

    Directed byTom Shadyac

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    Erin Brockovich
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    Erin Brockovich

    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    Decoding Annie Parker
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    Decoding Annie Parker

    Rashida Jones, Helen Hunt

    Released2013

    Directed bySteven Bernstein

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    The Professor
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    The Professor

    Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch

    Released2019

    Directed byWayne Roberts

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    Elysium
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    Elysium

    Matt Damon, Jodie Foster

    Released2013

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

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    Pieces of April
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    Pieces of April

    Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Hedges

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    Sweet November
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    Sweet November

    Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves

    Released2001

    Directed byPat O'Connor

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    The Family Stone
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    The Family Stone

    Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Bezucha

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    After Everything
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    After Everything

    Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe

    Released2018

    Directed byHannah Marks, Joey Power

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    Life as a House
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    Life as a House

    Ian Somerhalder, Hayden Christensen

    Released2001

    Directed byIrwin Winkler

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    Babyteeth
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    Babyteeth

    Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis

    Released2020

    Directed byShannon Murphy

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    Restless
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    Restless

    Mia Wasikowska, Jane Adams

    Released2011

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    18 Presents
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    18 Presents

    Vittoria Puccini, Benedetta Porcaroli

    Released2020

    Directed byFrancesco Amato

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