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The Best Movies About the Afterlife 

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Updated October 9, 2019 1.1k votes 265 voters 24.2k views 34 items

List Rules Movies about ghosts, angels, heaven, or the afterlife.

What is it about the afterlife that piques our curiosity? Some of the most intriguing books and movies discuss the possibilities of life after death, themes like heaven and hell, and how the way we live our life on earth influences our life afterwards. In fact because this topic is so popular, movies that deal with the afterlife are some of history’s greatest films! What are the best movies about the afterlife?
 
This list features the best afterlife films and some happen to be a few of the most romantic films of all time as well. There’s something about the thought of losing a loved one, yet still being able to sense their spirit that is universally appealing. Whether you’re in the mood for more of a serious, romantic drama about the afterlife, a supernatural thriller that will leave you in suspense until the end, or more of a realistic, horror approach to the thought of the supernatural there is definitely an afterlife film for you.
 
The best afterlife films on this list include: All Dogs Go to Heaven, Ghost, The Sixth Sense, and The Lovely Bones. Vote for your favorite today, or add your favorite that isn't already on the list.
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Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Max von Sydow

Released: 1998

Directed by: Vincent Ward

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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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

Released: 1999

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more

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Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1990

Directed by: Jerry Zucker

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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Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tim Burton

Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits of a deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) are harassed by an unbearable family that has ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

Released: 2001

Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar

The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for ...more

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Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon

Released: 2009

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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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Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert Brooks

Released: 1991

Directed by: Albert Brooks

Defending Your Life is a 1991 romantic comedy-fantasy film about a man who arrives in the afterlife only to find that he must stand trial and justify his lifelong fears in order to advance to ...more

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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

Released: 1978

Directed by: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty

Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It is the second film adaptation of Harry Segall's stageplay of the same name, preceded by Here Comes ...more

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Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback

Released: 1989

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed and produced by Don Bluth and released by United Artists and Goldcrest Films. The film tells the ...more

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The Shack Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene
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Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty

Released: 1995

Directed by: Brad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

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George C. Scott, Susannah York, David Warner

Released: 1984

Directed by: Clive Donner

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Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

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Released: 2004

Directed by: Lloyd Kramer

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Released: 1990

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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Released: 1987

Directed by: Alan Rudolph

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Claire Danes

Released: 2007

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson, Bill Paterson

Released: 1991

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

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Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young

Released: 1937

Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod

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Kristen Wiig, Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Koepp

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