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The Best Movies About the Afterlife 

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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
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
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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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze
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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Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley
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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Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis
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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Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon
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
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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Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie
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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Wristcutters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback
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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George C. Scott, Susannah York, David Warner
A Christmas Carol is a 1984 television film adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous 1843 holiday novella of the same name. The film is directed by Clive Donner who had been an editor of the 1951 ...more
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The Shack
Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene
The Shack is a 2017 American Christian fantasy-drama film directed by Stuart Hazeldine, based on the 2007 novel by William P. Young. Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) was abused by his father. He ...more

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Casper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty
Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and ...more

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Jon Voight, Jeff Daniels, Ellen Burstyn
The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a 2004 film directed by Lloyd Kramer.
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Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman, Holly Hunter
Always is a 1989 romantic drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, introducing Brad Johnson and featuring Audrey Hepburn's cameo in her ...more

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Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland
Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. Five medical ...more
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Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee
Corpse Bride, often referred to as Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, is a 2005 British-American stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton. The plot is set in a fictional ...more

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Bernard Shakey, Tom Petty, Ellen Barkin
Made in Heaven is a 1987 feature film directed by Alan Rudolph, script from Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon, and produced by Lorimar Productions. The film stars Timothy Hutton and Kelly ...more

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Claire Danes
Stardust is a 2007 British-American romantic fantasy film from Paramount Pictures, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The film is based on Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust and stars an ensemble cast ...more

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Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson, Bill Paterson
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Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young
Topper is an American comedy film starring Constance Bennett and Cary Grant which tells the story of a stuffy, stuck-in-his-ways man, Cosmo Topper who is haunted by the ghosts of a fun-loving ...more
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The Discovery
Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Robert Redford
The Discovery is a 2017 British-American romantic science fiction film, directed by Charlie McDowell and released on Netflix. Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) has scientifically proven that there ...more

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Kristen Wiig, Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni
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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese
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