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The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked

Updated August 10, 2020 1.2k votes 173 voters 12.5k 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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  • Manchester by the Sea2
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    Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams

    Released2016

    Directed byKenneth Lonergan

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  • What Dreams May Come3
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    Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Released1998

    Directed byVincent Ward

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  • P.S. I Love You4
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    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank

    Released2007

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

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  • Reign Over Me5
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    Adam Sandler, Liv Tyler

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Binder

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    Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks

    Released2011

    Directed byStephen Daldry

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2009

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • Ordinary People9
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    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Redford

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  • Moonlight Mile10
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    Jake Gyllenhaal, Susan Sarandon

    Released2002

    Directed byBrad Silberling

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  • The Descendants11
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    The Descendants

    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley

    Released2011

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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    Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm

    Released2009

    Directed byTom Ford

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    John Wick

    Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byChad Stahelski, David Leitch

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    The Grey

    Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Carnahan

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  • Dead Man's Shoes15
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    Paddy Constantine, Toby Kebbell

    Released2004

    Directed byShane Meadows

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    Proof

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Madden

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    Jennifer Garner, Juliette Lewis

    Released2006

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  • The Sweet Hereafter18
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    The Sweet Hereafter

    Ian Holm, Sarah Polley

    Released1997

    Directed byAtom Egoyan

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    The Babadook

    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall

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    Will Smith, Edward Norton

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    Nicole Kidman, Sandra Oh

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    Marisa Tomei, Sissy Spacek

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    Jennifer Aniston, Martin Sheen

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    Directed byBrandon Camp

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