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List Rules Vote 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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Up is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
Ghost Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more

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P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
P.S. I Love You Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. It ...more

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What Dreams May Come is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
What Dreams May Come Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Max von Sydow What Dreams May Come is a 1998 American fantasy drama film, starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra and Max von Sydow. The film is based on the 1978 novel of the same name ...more

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Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
Sleepless in Seattle Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Nora Ephron. Based on a story by Jeff Arch, it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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The Descendants is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
The Descendants George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer The Descendants is a 2011 American drama film directed by Alexander Payne. The screenplay by Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash is based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The film ...more

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Message in a Bottle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
Message in a Bottle Hayden Panettiere, Kevin Costner, Paul Newman Message in a Bottle is a 1999 American romantic drama film directed by Luis Mandoki. Based on a novel with the same name by Nicholas Sparks, the film stars Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, and Paul ...more

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A Single Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
A Single Man Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm, Ginnifer Goodwin A Single Man is a 2009 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood. It is directed by Tom Ford in his directorial debut and stars Colin Firth, who was ...more

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Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
Moonstruck Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley. It stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia ...more

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About Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
About Schmidt Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb About Schmidt is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, starring Jack Nicholson in the title role. It is very loosely based on the 1996 novel of the same title by Louis ...more

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Saving Grace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
Saving Grace Craig Ferguson, Brenda Blethyn, Bill Bailey Saving Grace is a 2000 British comedy film, directed by Nigel Cole and based on a screenplay by Mark Crowdy and Craig Ferguson. It was co-produced by Fine Line Features, Homerun Productions, ...more

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30-Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
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Things We Lost in the Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
Things We Lost in the Fire 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

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To Gillian on Her 37th Birthda... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Seth Green To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday is a 1996 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Pressman, and starring Peter Gallagher and Claire Danes as a father and daughter struggling to come to ...more

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Love Liza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
Love Liza Kathy Bates, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stephen Tobolowsky Love Liza is a 2002 tragicomedy film directed by Todd Louiso and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Jack Kehler, Wayne Duvall, Sarah Koskoff and Stephen Tobolowsky.

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Amour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
Amour Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva Amour is a 2012 French-language drama film written and directed by the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. The narrative ...more

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The Boys Are Back is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
The Boys Are Back Clive Owen, Laura Fraser, Emma Booth The Boys Are Back is a 2009 Australian/British drama film directed by Scott Hicks, produced by Greg Brenman and starring Clive Owen. Based on the book The Boys Are Back In Town by Simon Carr, ...more

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Shadowlands is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
Shadowlands Claire Bloom, Joss Ackland, Alan MacNaughtan Shadowlands is a 1985 television film, written by William Nicholson, directed by Norman Stone and produced by David M. Thompson for BBC Wales. Its subject is the relationship between Oxford don ...more

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Moonlight Mile is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About the Death of a Spouse
Moonlight Mile Jake Gyllenhaal, Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman Moonlight Mile is a 2002 American romantic drama film written and directed by Brad Silberling. This film was loosely inspired by writer/director Brad Silberling's own experience. He was dating ...more