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The Best Movies About Cancer

Updated December 9, 2020 2.3k votes 612 voters 53.4k 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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    Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin

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  • A Walk to Remember3
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    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

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    Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler

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    Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman

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    Dakota Fanning, Kaya Scodelario

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    Keith

    Jennifer Grey, Jesse McCartney

    Released2008

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    Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson

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  • Erin Brockovich11
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    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger

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  • Brian's Song12
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    Dick Butkus, James Caan

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    Mark Duplass, Ray Romano

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    Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch

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    The Family Stone

    Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Bezucha

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    Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe

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    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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    I Still Believe

    KJ Apa, Britt Robertson

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    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

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  • The Other Woman20
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    The Other Woman

    Lloyd Bridges, Laura Leighton

    Released1995

    Directed byGabrielle Beaumont

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  • Terms of Endearment21
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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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  • Decoding Annie Parker22
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    Decoding Annie Parker

    Rashida Jones, Helen Hunt

    Released2013

    Directed bySteven Bernstein

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    Nicole Kidman, Queen Latifah

    Released1993

    Directed byBruce Joel Rubin

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    Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson

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    Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis

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