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Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse

Updated March 23, 2020 1.5k votes 327 voters 43.3k views39 items

List RulesVote up the best films about a lover dying, whether a husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend.

The death of a spouse or a lover is one of the most devastating losses in life. The top movies about a spouse dying find widows and widowers trying to put the pieces of their life back together in a time of great sadness. This is a list of the best movies about the death of a partner including everything from The Fugitive to Ghost to What Dreams May Come.

What films will you find on this list of the best spouse dying movies? The Descendants tells the story of a husband coping with the fact that his wife is dying while learning that she was having an affair. George Clooney stars in this 2011 film directed by Alexander Payne. Sleepless in Seattle is another good movie that deals with the death of a wife - Tom Hanks's character is a single dad. Up is unique among wife dying movies, thanks to its vivid animation and light-hearted, yet bittersweet, tone. Other good films featured on this list include Moonstruck, P.S. I Love You, and Moonlight Mile.

Which movie do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any notable films that are missing.

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    Sleepless in Seattle

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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner
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    P.S. I Love You

    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank
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    What Dreams May Come

    Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr.
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    The Descendants

    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley
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    Demolition

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    City of Angels

    Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan
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    Message in a Bottle

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    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
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    Moonstruck

    Nicolas Cage, Cher
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    Replicas

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    Dan in Real Life

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