Secular Depictions of the Afterlife

by mannyhanny | created - 30 Sep 2010 | updated - 30 Sep 2010 | Public

from Oct 2010 Wired Magazine

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1. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

G | 84 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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50 Metascore

A dog returns from the dead looking for revenge on his killer using an orphan girl who can talk to animals.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster | Stars: Dom DeLuise, Burt Reynolds, Judith Barsi, Melba Moore

Votes: 29,736 | Gross: $27.10M

2. Almost an Angel (1990)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

5.4
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A small-time crook becomes convinced he has become an angel after a traumatic incident and resolves to perform the work of one.

Director: John Cornell | Stars: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Elias Koteas, Doreen Lang

Votes: 3,347 | Gross: $6.94M

3. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.5
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70 Metascore

When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 211,954 | Gross: $73.71M

4. Cocoon (1985)

PG-13 | 117 min | Sci-Fi

6.7
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65 Metascore

When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 48,826 | Gross: $76.11M

5. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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57 Metascore

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

Votes: 93,441 | Gross: $64.43M

6. Flatliners (1990)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.6
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55 Metascore

Five medical students experiment with "near death" experiences, until the dark consequences of past tragedies begin to jeopardize their lives.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin

Votes: 69,805 | Gross: $61.49M

7. Ghost (1990)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.0
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52 Metascore

After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.

Director: Jerry Zucker | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn

Votes: 167,167 | Gross: $217.63M

8. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 301,152 | Gross: $238.63M

9. Ghost Dad (1990)

PG | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

4.3
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Elliot Hopper is a widower with three children, he is currently working on a deal. It seems like his wife illness was very costly and this deal could put them out of the red. However he ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Bill Cosby, Kimberly Russell, Denise Nicholas, Ian Bannen

Votes: 6,677 | Gross: $24.71M

10. The Frighteners (1996)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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After a tragic car accident kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin

Votes: 72,663 | Gross: $16.76M

11. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

8.4
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63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 697,309 | Gross: $44.02M

12. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 780,671 | Gross: $293.51M