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The Best Movies About Grief, Ranked

Updated August 10, 2020 1.1k votes 160 voters 11.6k 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
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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

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    Ordinary People
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    Ordinary People

    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Redford

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    P.S. I Love You
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    P.S. I Love You

    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank

    Released2007

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

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    Manchester by the Sea
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    Manchester by the Sea

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams

    Directed byKenneth Lonergan

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    What Dreams May Come
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    What Dreams May Come

    Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Released1998

    Directed byVincent Ward

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    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks

    Released2011

    Directed byStephen Daldry

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    The Descendants
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    The Descendants

    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley

    Released2011

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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    Moonlight Mile
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    Moonlight Mile

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Susan Sarandon

    Released2002

    Directed byBrad Silberling

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    Gladiator
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    The Lovely Bones
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    The Lovely Bones

    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2009

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    A Single Man
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    A Single Man

    Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm

    Released2009

    Directed byTom Ford

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    John Wick
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    John Wick

    Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byChad Stahelski, David Leitch

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    Catch and Release
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    Catch and Release

    Jennifer Garner, Juliette Lewis

    Released2006

    Directed bySusannah Grant

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    In the Bedroom
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    In the Bedroom

    Marisa Tomei, Sissy Spacek

    Released2002

    Directed byTodd Field

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    Rabbit Hole
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    Rabbit Hole

    Nicole Kidman, Sandra Oh

    Released2010

    Directed byJohn Cameron Mitchell

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    The Sweet Hereafter
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    The Sweet Hereafter

    Ian Holm, Sarah Polley

    Released1997

    Directed byAtom Egoyan

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  • 17
    The Babadook
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    The Babadook

    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall

    Released2014

    Directed byJennifer Kent

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    Jackie
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    Jackie

    Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard
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    Monster's Ball
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    Halle Berry, Sean Combs

    Released2002

    Directed byMarc Forster

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    A Ghost Story
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    Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara

    Directed byDavid Lowery

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    Reign Over Me
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    Reign Over Me

    Adam Sandler, Liv Tyler

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Binder

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I
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    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Gone Baby Gone
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    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2007

    Directed byBen Affleck

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    Things We Lost in the Fire
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    Things We Lost in the Fire

    Halle Berry, David Duchovny

    Released2007

    Directed bySusanne Bier

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    Taking Chance
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    Taking Chance

    Kevin Bacon, Matthew Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byRoss Katz

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