There's nothing more tragic than a child with cancer 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? Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is another good film about sick and dying kids. Be sure that you're in the mood to watch a sad movie whenever you press play on one these movies about kids with cancer and other illnesses.
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.
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
A young girl fights for medical emancipation from her parents who until now relied on their youngest child's bone marrow to keep their leukemia-stricken older daughter alive.
Directed by: Josh Boone
Two teenage cancer patients take a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam, based on the best-selling novel by John Green.
Directed by: Justin Baldoni
A pair of teenagers with cystic fibrosis meet in a hospital and fall in love, though their disease means they must avoid close physical contact.
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel, a rebellious teenage love story stops in its tracks when Jamie (Mandy Moore) is diagnosed with leukemia.
Directed by: Peter Jackson
A young girl who has been murdered watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory, weighing a desire for vengeance against a desire for her family to heal.
Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Jesse Andrews, a snarky high schooler and his best friend find their outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
John Quincy Archibald (Denzel Washington) takes a hospital emergency room hostage after his insurance refuses to cover his son's heart transplant.
Directed by: Peter Horton
An eleven-year-old boy with AIDS and his new friend vow to find a cure for HIV together.
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
A teenager with a terminal skull deformity and his biker gang mother attempt to enjoy a normal life and all its joys under the circumstances.
Everything, EverythingAmandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson
Directed by: Stella Meghie
A teenager who's spent her whole life confined to her home due to an autoimmune disorder falls for the boy next door.
Directed by: George Miller
A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody knows a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and try to cure the disease himself.
Directed by: Gábor Csupó
A preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape their tragic reality.
Directed by: R. J. Cutler
After a car accident puts a young woman in a coma and takes her to an out-of-body world, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life much different than she imagined.
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
A terminally ill teenage girl falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and is imaginary friends with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.
Little WomenSaoirse Ronan, Laura Dern
Directed by: Greta Gerwig
Four young women, each determined to live life on her own terms, make their unique way in the world, until one develops a devastating illness that brings the family back together.
Directed by: Aneesh Chaganty
A homeschooled teenager with numerous illnesses begins to suspect her mother is keeping a dark secret from her.
Rabbit HoleNicole Kidman, Sandra Oh
Directed by: John Cameron Mitchell
The life of a happy couple plunges down a rabbit hole of pain after their young son dies in an accident.
Directed by: Felix Van Groeningen
Two polar opposite lovers fall for each other, but when the daughter becomes seriously ill, their differences put their love on trial.
Directed by: Ol Parker
A teenager dying of leukemia makes a bucket list of things she would like to do before passing away. At the top of the list is losing her virginity.
Directed by: Shannon Murphy
A seriously ill teenager falls in love with a drug dealer becoming her conservative parents worst nightmare.
Directed by: Atom Egoyan
When a bus crash in a small town kills a dozen children, the lone survivor, a paralyzed 15-year-old boy suffering to recover must testify that the accident is a result of the town's negligence.
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Answering a newspaper ad for a "hot female" to care for a young man dying of leukemia, Hilary (Julia Roberts) joins the intelligent son of a wealthy family in the fight for his life.
The World of KanakoKōji Yakusho, Miki Nakatani
Directed by: Tetsuya Nakashima
A former detective searching for his missing daughter discovers her mysterious secret life as he follows her trail into the world of Kanako (Nana Komatsu).
Directed by: Robert Redford
The accidental death of the oldest son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.
Directed by: Javier Fesser
The young daughter of sectarian religious fanatics faces a deadly illness soon after falling in love for the first time.