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The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked

Updated August 10, 2020 1.1k votes 168 voters 12.1k 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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    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

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    Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland

    Released1980

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    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank

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    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

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    Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams

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    Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

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    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg

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    Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm

    Released2009

    Directed byTom Ford

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    Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe

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    Directed byChad Stahelski, David Leitch

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  • The Sweet Hereafter14
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    Ian Holm, Sarah Polley

    Released1997

    Directed byAtom Egoyan

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    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall

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    Marisa Tomei, Sissy Spacek

    Released2002

    Directed byTodd Field

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    Nicole Kidman, Sandra Oh

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    Halle Berry, Sean Combs

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    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

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