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The Best Movies About Cancer

Updated December 9, 2020 2.3k votes 649 voters 55.9k 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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    The Fault in Our Stars

    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byJosh Boone

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    My Sister’s Keeper

    Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin

    Released2009

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

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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

    Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler

    Released2015

    Directed byAlfonso Gomez-Rejon

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    The Bucket List

    Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman

    Released2007

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Now Is Good

    Dakota Fanning, Kaya Scodelario

    Released2012

    Directed byOl Parker

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    Five Feet Apart

    Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson

    Released2019

    Directed byJustin Baldoni

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    Other People

    Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon

    Directed byChris Kelly

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    Erin Brockovich

    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    The Professor

    Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch

    Released2019

    Directed byWayne Roberts

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    Paddleton

    Mark Duplass, Ray Romano

    Released2019

    Directed byAlex Lehmann

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    Patch Adams

    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1998

    Directed byTom Shadyac

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    The Family Stone

    Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Bezucha

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    I Still Believe

    KJ Apa, Britt Robertson

    Released2020

    Directed byAndrew Erwin, John Erwin

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    After Everything

    Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe

    Released2018

    Directed byHannah Marks, Joey Power

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    Keith

    Jennifer Grey, Jesse McCartney

    Released2008

    Directed byTodd Kessler

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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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    Stepmom

    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

    Released1998

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    #8 of 43 The Best Single Mom Movies#16 of 20 The Greatest Movie Wedding Proposals

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    Decoding Annie Parker

    Rashida Jones, Helen Hunt

    Released2013

    Directed bySteven Bernstein

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    Third Star

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville

    Released2010

    Directed byHattie Dalton

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    Pieces of April

    Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Hedges

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    One True Thing

    Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger

    Released1998

    Directed byCarl Franklin

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    Love Story

    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland

    Released1970

    Directed byArthur Hiller

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    Restless

    Mia Wasikowska, Jane Adams

    Released2011

    Directed byGus Van Sant