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Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children 

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Updated March 6, 2020 925 votes 386 voters 50.8k views 24 items

There's nothing more tragic than a child dying before they've had a chance to experience all that life has to offer. The top death of a child movies feature tear-jerking storylines about parents coping with unimaginable tragedy. This is a list of the greatest sick child movies including everything from Ordinary People to My Sister's Keeper to Lorenzo's Oil.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about dying children? In Mystic River, the murder of Jimmy Markum's daughter sparks both grief and tension as the community hunts for her killer. A long-buried childhood tragedy muddies the waters of this Clint Eastwood-directed film. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is another good film about a sick and dying child. The Lovely Bones follows a young girl and her family during the aftermath of her murder. Other good movies featured on this list include Rabbit Hole, Things We Lost in the Fire, and World's Greatest Dad.

Which movie about the death of a child do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good films that are missing.

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My Sister's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Emily Deschanel

Released: 2009

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

My Sisters's Keeper is a 2009 American drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva, and Alec Baldwin. Based on Jodi Picoult's novel of the ...more

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A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote

Released: 2002

Directed by: Adam Shankman

A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam Shankman, based on the 1999 novel by Nicholas Sparks. Popular rebel Landon Carter (Shane West) is ...more

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The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
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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The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

Released: 2014

Directed by: Josh Boone

The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more

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John Q is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher

Released: 2002

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

John Q is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film follows John Quincy Archibald, a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out ...more

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Five Feet Apart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Moises Arias

Released: 2019

Directed by: Justin Baldoni

Five Feet Apart is a 2019 American romantic drama film directed by Justin Baldoni. Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse) are young cystic fibrosis patients being treated at the ...more

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Steel Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine

Released: 1989

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the 1987 play by Robert Harling. A young beautician (Daryl Hannah), newly arrived in a small Louisiana ...more

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Annabella Sciorra, Brad Renfro, Diana Scarwid

Released: 1995

Directed by: Peter Horton

The Cure is a 1995 comedy-drama film starring Brad Renfro and Joseph Mazzello about two boys searching for the cure of AIDS, from which one of them is suffering. It was produced by Eric Eisner ...more

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Me and Earl and the Dyin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, based on the 2012 novel by Jesse Andrews. High schooler Greg (Thomas Mann), who spends most ...more

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Lorenzo's Oil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Laura Linney

Released: 1992

Directed by: George Miller

Lorenzo's Oil is a 1992 American drama film directed by George Miller. It is based on the true story of Augusto and Michaela Odone, two parents in a relentless search for a cure for their son ...more

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Rabbit Hole is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Rabbit Hole Nicole Kidman, Sandra Oh, Aaron Eckhart

Released: 2010

Directed by: John Cameron Mitchell

Rabbit Hole is a 2010 American drama film starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, and Dianne Wiest, and directed by John Cameron Mitchell; the screenplay is an adaptation by David Lindsay-Abaire ...more

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Mask is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
campbowbow added Cher, Laura Dern, Sam Elliott

Released: 1985

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Mask is a 1985 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Cher, Sam Elliott, and Eric Stoltz. Dennis Burkley and Laura Dern are featured in supporting roles. Cher received the ...more

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Camino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Levent Kalay added Carme Elias, Jordi Dauder, Nerea Camacho

Released: 2008

Directed by: Javier Fesser

Camino is a 2008 Spanish film directed by Javier Fesser. The film is based on the real story of Alexia González-Barros, a girl who died from spinal cancer at fourteen in 1985 and is ...more
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The Sweet Hereafter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood

Released: 1997

Directed by: Atom Egoyan

The Sweet Hereafter is a 1997 Canadian drama film written and directed by Atom Egoyan, adapted from the novel of the same name by Russell Banks. The film was highly acclaimed upon its release ...more

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. ...more

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Welcome to the Rileys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Kristen Stewart, James Gandolfini, Ally Sheedy

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jake Scott

"Trauma transforms us. Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. She isolates herself in their ...more
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In America is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Djimon Hounsou, Samantha Morton, Paddy Constantine

Released: 2002

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

In America is a 2002 Irish-American-British drama film directed by Jim Sheridan. The semi-autobiographical screenplay by Sheridan and his daughters Naomi and Kirsten focuses on an immigrant ...more

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A Cry in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Alexandria Benoit, Joshua Budd, Dylon Benoit

Directed by: Nicole Benoit

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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Robert Redford

Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. It stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. The story ...more

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The Way is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, James Nesbitt

Released: 2010

Directed by: Emilio Estevez

The Way is a 2010 American drama film directed, produced and written by Emilio Estevez, starring his father Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, Yorick van Wageningen, and Estevez. ...more
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World's Greatest Dad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
World's Greatest Dad Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore

Released: 2009

Directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait

World's Greatest Dad is a 2009 American dark comedy film written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. A lonely high school teacher (Robin Williams) has to deal with the tragic loss of his son ...more

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Reservation Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Jennifer Connelly, Joaquin Phoenix, Elle Fanning

Released: 2007

Directed by: Terry George

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Things We Lost in the Fi... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Halle Berry, David Duchovny, Benicio del Toro

Released: 2007

Directed by: Susanne Bier

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The Door in the Floor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Kim Basinger, Jeff Bridges, Elle Fanning

Released: 2004

Directed by: Tod Williams

The Door in the Floor is a 2004 American drama film written and directed by Tod Williams. The screenplay is based on the first third of the 1998 novel A Widow for One Year by John Irving.

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