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The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked 

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Updated February 4, 2020 736 votes 142 voters 9.7k views 50 items

List Rules Vote up the best, most heartwrenching movies in which characters are grieving a death.

This list contains information on the best films about grief, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best films about grief come in many forms. Some movies about grieving death are about losing a spouse while other good movies about grief are about the death of a child. Many of the best grief movies feature award-winning actors.

What films will you find on this top movies about grief list? Ghost has to be near the top. Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze star as a couple whose afterlife romance inspired movie-goers in 1990. Whoopi Goldberg even won an Academy Award for her performance as the match-making medium in the film. Ordinary People is another good movie about grief.

In the Bedroom examines how grief can quickly turn into revenge. Other good films about grieving death include The Door in the Floor, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and The Lovely Bones.

Do you have a favorite movie about grief? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any good features we may have missed.

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze
Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more

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Extremely Loud and Incre... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, John Goodman
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a 2011 American drama film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Eric Roth. It stars ...more

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P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland
P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. It ...more

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What Dreams May Come is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Max von Sydow
What Dreams May Come is a 1998 American fantasy drama film, starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra and Max von Sydow. The film is based on the 1978 novel of the same name ...more

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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin
Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. It stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. The story ...more

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The Descendants is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer
The Descendants is a 2011 American drama film directed by Alexander Payne. The screenplay by Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash is based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The film ...more

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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to ...more

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen
Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon
The Lovely Bones is a 2009 supernatural drama film directed by Peter Jackson and stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, and Saoirse Ronan. A film ...more

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In the Bedroom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Marisa Tomei, Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson
In the Bedroom is a 2001 American drama film directed by Todd Field, and dedicated to Andre Dubus. The film stars Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, and William Mapother. The ...more

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A Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
A Ghost Story
Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham
A Ghost Story is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by David Lowery. The movie follows a man as he dies, becomes a ghost, and witnesses many things before fading away.
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Jackie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
Jackie is a 2016 biographical drama film directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Noah Oppenheim. The film stars Natalie Portman as the titular character, following her life after the ...more

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Rabbit Hole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Rabbit Hole
Nicole Kidman, Sandra Oh, Aaron Eckhart
Rabbit Hole is a 2010 American drama film starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, and Dianne Wiest, and directed by John Cameron Mitchell; the screenplay is an adaptation by David Lindsay-Abaire ...more

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Reign Over Me is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Adam Sandler, Liv Tyler, Jada Pinkett Smith
In Reign Over Me, two former college roommates Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) and Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle) run into each other years later and rekindle their friendship. Charlie, who recently ...more

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A Single Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm, Ginnifer Goodwin
A Single Man is a 2009 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood. It is directed by Tom Ford in his directorial debut and stars Colin Firth, who was ...more

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Monster's Ball is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Halle Berry, Sean Combs, Heath Ledger
Monster's Ball is a 2001 American romantic drama film directed by German-Swiss director Marc Forster starring Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger. The film tells the story of a poor ...more

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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan
The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more

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No Reservations is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Abigail Breslin
No Reservations is a 2007 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Scott Hicks. Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin, the screenplay by Carol Fuchs is an ...more

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Harry Potter and the Dea... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel ...more

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John Wick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki
John Wick is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean ...more

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Moonlight Mile is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Jake Gyllenhaal, Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman
Moonlight Mile is a 2002 American romantic drama film written and directed by Brad Silberling. This film was loosely inspired by writer/director Brad Silberling's own experience. He was dating ...more

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Taking Chance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Kevin Bacon, Matthew Morrison, Enver Gjokaj
Taking Chance is a 2009 historical drama film based upon the experiences of Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps, back to his hometown ...more
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The Sweet Hereafter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood
The Sweet Hereafter is a 1997 Canadian drama film written and directed by Atom Egoyan, adapted from the novel of the same name by Russell Banks. The film was highly acclaimed upon its release ...more

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Collateral Beauty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley
Collateral Beauty is a 2016 American drama film directed by David Frankel and written by Allan Loeb. When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) suffers from a great tragedy, ...more

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The Girl on the Train is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett
The Girl on the Train is a 2016 American mystery thriller drama film directed by Tate Taylor and based on Paula Hawkins' 2015 debut novel of the same name. The film follows an alcoholic ...more

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