Film The Best Movies About the Afterlife  

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

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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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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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Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis Beetlejuice is a 1988 American comedy fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Film Company and distributed by Warner Bros. The plot revolves around a recently deceased young ...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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Wristcutters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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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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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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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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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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Frater Damiano added 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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Casper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, Christina Ricci 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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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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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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Guest_804e5bcc-ead2-48f7-8e40-58409df1a2c7 added 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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abyx added 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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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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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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Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson, Bill Paterson Truly, Madly, Deeply is a 1990 British fantasy music drama film made for the BBC's Screen Two series. The film, written and directed by Anthony Minghella, stars Juliet Stevenson and Alan

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Kristen Wiig, Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni Ghost Town is a 2008 American supernatural comedy-drama film directed by David Koepp, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Kamps. It stars English comedian Ricky Gervais in his first ...more

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Eva Longoria, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd This film is a romantic comedy film starring Eva Longoria, Paul Rudd, Lake Bell, Jason Biggs, Lindsay Sloane, Ali Hillis, Colin Fickes and Stephen Root. It was written and directed by Jeff ...more

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Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, Paul Muni Angel on My Shoulder is a 1946 American fantasy film about a deal between the Devil and a dead man. The film was an independent production, produced by Charles R. Rogers and David W. Siegel, ...more

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Dolly Parton, Allison Mack, Roddy McDowall Unlikely Angel is a 1996 American Christmas TV movie starring Dolly Parton which premiered on CBS in 1996.