Entertainment Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children  

Ranker Film
697 votes 299 voters 35.1k views 23 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.

list ordered by
1
91 19
My Sister's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Emily Deschanel
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
2
53 15
A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah
A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age teen romantic drama based on the 1999 romance novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Shane West and Mandy Moore, was ...more
3
42 13
John Q is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher
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
4
43 16
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
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
5
29 11
Steel Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine
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
6
31 15
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke
This film is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Jesse Andrews, based on Andrews's 2012 debut novel of the same name. It is the story of Greg Gaines ...more
7
32 19
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Annabella Sciorra, Brad Renfro, Diana Scarwid
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
8
19 11
Rabbit Hole is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Nicole Kidman, Sandra Oh, Aaron Eckhart
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
9
17 12
Lorenzo's Oil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Laura Linney
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
10
10 8
Camino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Levent Kalay added Carme Elias, Jordi Dauder, Nerea Camacho
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
11
2 0
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern
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
12
2 0
Five Feet Apart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Moises Arias
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
13
15 15
Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon
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
14
10 10
The Sweet Hereafter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood
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
15
7 8
Welcome to the Rileys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Kristen Stewart, James Gandolfini, Ally Sheedy
"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
16
6 7
In America is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Djimon Hounsou, Samantha Morton, Paddy Constantine
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
17
9 11
Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin
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
18
6 8
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
19
6 9
Things We Lost in the Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Halle Berry, David Duchovny, Benicio del Toro
Things We Lost in the Fire is a 2007 drama film directed by Susanne Bier and written by Allan Loeb and starring Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro. The film was released in the United States and ...more
20
5 8
The Door in the Floor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Kim Basinger, Jeff Bridges, Elle Fanning
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.
21
6 10
The Way is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, James Nesbitt
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
22
5 9
Reservation Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Jennifer Connelly, Joaquin Phoenix, Elle Fanning
Reservation Road is a 2007 American drama film directed by Terry George and based on the book of the same title by John Burnham Schwartz, who, along with George, adapted the novel for the ...more
23
5 12
World's Greatest Dad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Sick & Dying Children
Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore
World's Greatest Dad is a 2009 American black comedy film written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. It stars Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, and Alexie Gilmore. The film was released on July 24 ...more