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The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked

Updated March 5, 2021 1.2k votes 184 voters 13.2k views57 items

List RulesVote 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

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg
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    Manchester by the Sea

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams
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    What Dreams May Come

    Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr.
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    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank
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    Reign Over Me

    Adam Sandler, Liv Tyler
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix
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    Ordinary People

    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland
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    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks
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    The Lovely Bones

    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg
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    John Wick

    Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe
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    Moonlight Mile

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Susan Sarandon
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    The Descendants

    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley
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    A Single Man

    Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm
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    The Grey

    Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney
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    In the Bedroom

    Marisa Tomei, Sissy Spacek
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    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan
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    Proof

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal
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    Dead Man's Shoes

    Paddy Constantine, Toby Kebbell
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    Catch and Release

    Jennifer Garner, Juliette Lewis
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    The Sweet Hereafter

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    Collateral Beauty

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    We Bought a Zoo

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    Rabbit Hole

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    A Ghost Story

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