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The Best Movies About the Afterlife

Updated October 9, 2019 1.2k votes 269 voters 24.7k views34 items

List RulesMovies 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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    What Dreams May Come is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    What Dreams May Come

    Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Released1998

    Directed byVincent Ward

    What Dreams May Come is a 1998 American fantasy drama film, starring Robin Williams, Cuba... more on Wikipedia
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    Ghost is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

    Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi... more on Wikipedia
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    Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

    Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits... more on Wikipedia

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    The Others is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

    The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night... more on Wikipedia

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    The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    The Lovely Bones

    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2009

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lovely Bones is a 2009 supernatural drama film directed by Peter Jackson and stars Mark... more on Wikipedia

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    Defending Your Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Defending Your Life

    Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1991

    Directed byAlbert Brooks

    Defending Your Life is a 1991 romantic comedy-fantasy film about a man who arrives in the... more on Wikipedia

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    Stardust is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Stardust

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro

    Released2007

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Stardust is a 2007 British-American romantic fantasy film from Paramount Pictures, directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Made in Heaven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Made in Heaven

    Bernard Shakey, Tom Petty

    Released1987

    Directed byAlan Rudolph

    Made in Heaven is a 1987 feature film directed by Alan Rudolph, script from Bruce A. Evans and... more on Wikipedia

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    Wristcutters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Wristcutters

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    Casper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Casper

    Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman

    Released1995

    Directed byBrad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

    Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Shack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    The Shack

    Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer
    The Shack is a 2017 American Christian fantasy-drama film directed by Stuart Hazeldine, based... more on Wikipedia

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    All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise

    Released1989

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

    All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed... more on Wikipedia
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    Corpse Bride is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Corpse Bride

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2005

    Directed byTim Burton, Mike Johnson

    Corpse Bride, often referred to as Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, is a 2005 British-American... more on Wikipedia

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    Ghost Town is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Ghost Town

    Kristen Wiig, Ricky Gervais

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Koepp

    Ghost Town is a 2008 American supernatural comedy-drama film directed by David Koepp, who also... more on Wikipedia
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    The Five People You Meet in He is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    Jon Voight, Jeff Daniels

    Released2004

    Directed byLloyd Kramer

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    Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Flatliners

    Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon

    Released1990

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher,... more on Wikipedia
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    Over Her Dead Body is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Over Her Dead Body

    Eva Longoria, Owen Wilson

    Released2008

    Directed byJeff Lowell

    This film is a romantic comedy film starring Eva Longoria, Paul Rudd, Lake Bell, Jason Biggs,... more on Wikipedia

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    Angel on My Shoulder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Angel on My Shoulder

    Anne Baxter, Claude Rains

    Released1946

    Directed byArchie Mayo

    Angel on My Shoulder is a 1946 American fantasy film about a deal between the Devil and a dead... more on Wikipedia
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    Unlikely Angel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Unlikely Angel

    Dolly Parton, Allison Mack

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Switzer

    Unlikely Angel is a 1996 American Christmas TV movie starring Dolly Parton which premiered on... more on Wikipedia
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    Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Heaven Can Wait

    Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty

    Released1978

    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

    Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Truly, Madly, Deeply is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Truly, Madly, Deeply

    Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson

    Released1991

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    Truly, Madly, Deeply is a 1990 British fantasy music drama film made for the BBC's Screen Two... more on Wikipedia

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    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan... more on Wikipedia

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber o is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and... more on Wikipedia

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    The 6th Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About the Afterlife
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    The 6th Man

    Marlon Wayans, Michael Michele

    Released1997

    Directed byRandall Miller

    The 6th Man, sometimes titled The Sixth Man, is a 1997 American sports comedy film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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