Thanatology Related Movies

These movies provides all the elements necessary for them to be used as case studies or laboratories for the practicing thanatologist.
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1.
Dark Victory (1939)
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A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, and must decide whether she'll meet her final days with dignity. (104 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
2.
The Elephant Man (1980)
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A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. (124 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
3.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
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Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
4.
Death of a Salesman (1985 TV Movie)
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An aging traveling salesman recognizes the emptiness of his life and tries to fix it. (136 mins.)
 
5.
Steel Magnolias (1989)
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A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold. (117 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
6.
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
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A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself. (129 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
7.
Shadowlands (1993)
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C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S. (131 mins.)
 
8.
One True Thing (1998)
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A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother. (127 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
 
9.
Tuesdays with Morrie (1999 TV Movie)
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Mitch became caught up with his career as a sport commentator and journalist. He ignored his girlfriend... (89 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
 
10.
The Sea Inside (2004)
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The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. (125 mins.)
 
11.
The Bucket List (2007)
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Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. (97 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
12.
Departures (2008)
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A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
13.
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
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Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive. (109 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
14.
Love Happens (2009)
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A widower whose book about coping with loss turns him into a best-selling self-help guru, falls for the hotel florist where his seminar is given, only to learn that he hasn't yet truly confronted his wife's passing. (109 mins.)
Director: Brandon Camp
 
15.
The Notebook (2004)
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A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences. (123 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
16.
Letters to God (2010)
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A young boy fighting cancer writes letters to God, touching lives in his neighborhood and community... (110 mins.)
 
17.
The Descendants (2011)
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A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
18.
Autumn in New York (2000)
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Romantic drama about an aging playboy who falls for a sweet, but terminally ill, young woman. (103 mins.)
Director: Joan Chen
 
19.
The Grace Card (2010)
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Everything can change in an instant...and take a lifetime to unravel. Every day, we have the opportunity to rebuild relationships by extending and receiving God's grace. Offer The Grace Card, and never underestimate the power of God's love. (101 mins.)
Director: David G. Evans
 
20.
Marvin's Room (1996)
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A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow. (98 mins.)
Director: Jerry Zaks
 
21.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004 TV Movie)
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On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park... (180 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Kramer
 
22.
My Life (1993)
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A terminally ill man prepares for his death. (117 mins.)
 
23.
Rabbit Hole (2010)
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Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident. (91 mins.)
 
24.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
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Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. (127 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
25.
Wit (2001 TV Movie)
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A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. (99 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
26.
Johnny (2010)
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Johnny is an inspirational story about a ten year old boy in a foster group home who is dying of leukemia... (88 mins.)
Director: D. David Morin
“ Still reeling from his son's tragic death, Dr. Drew Carter attempts to assuage his family's grief by adopting Johnny, a terminally ill foster child but the child is rejected by his grieving wife. Johnny is aware he is going to die but he strongly believes he has a mission to fulfill, a purpose in life, and therefore he won’t die until his mission is accomplished. Johnny’s strong faith is contagious. ” - leafar-380-729250
 
27.
Stepmom (1998)
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A terminally ill woman has to settle on her former husband's new lover, who will be their children's stepmother. (124 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
28.
Heaven Is for Real (2014)
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A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. (99 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace
 
29.
Two Against Time (2002 TV Movie)
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This film finds a mother and her teen daughter both being diagnosed with cancer. This discovery helps to overcome the longtime antagonistic relationship that the two have developed. (100 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
 
30.
P.S. I Love You (2007)
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A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life. (126 mins.)
 
31.
A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)
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An irreverent young woman who uses her humor to prevent matters from getting serious has a life-changing visit with her doctor. (106 mins.)
Director: Nicole Kassell
 
32.
Sarah's Choice (2009 Video)
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Sarah Collins is considering an abortion. Before she makes her final decision, she is presented with three visions causing her to think about the impact on her future. (90 mins.)
Director: Chad Kapper
 
33.
A Greater Yes: The Story of Amy Newhouse (2009)
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A sixteen-year-old girl's faith in God proves stronger than the cancer killing her. (84 mins.)
Director: Bradley Dorsey
 
34.
Unfinished Song (2012)
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Grumpy pensioner Arthur honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James. (90 mins.)
 
35.
Absolute Strangers (1991 TV Movie)
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A husband tries to keep his comatose wife alive by allowing doctors to terminate her pregnancy. Hearing about this, anti-abortion protesters start a legal campaign to gain legal custody of the fetus. (96 mins.)
Director: Gilbert Cates
 
36.
Mercy or Murder? (1987 TV Movie)
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Roswell and Emily Gilbert were married for fifty-one years, but for the eight final years of their marriage... (100 mins.)
Director: Steve Gethers
 
37.
Exile (2011 Mini-Series)
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A father and son story, with a thriller motor. It explores a mystery from the past with a brutal and shocking revelation. (180 mins.)
 
38.
Iris (2001)
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True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease. (91 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
 
39.
10 Mountains 10 Years (2010 Documentary)
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Chronicling the worldwide epic created by mountain climber Enzo Simone. 10 Mountains 10 Years follows...
Director: Jennifer Yee
 
40.
Pandora's Box (2008)
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When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her. (112 mins.)
Director: Yesim Ustaoglu
 
41.
Sundowning (2005)
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The story of 3 generations of lobster fisherman on an isolated Northern Island, as they struggle with sudden illness, a declining industry, and long-buried family secrets. (123 mins.)
Director: Jim Comas Cole
 
42.
Choke (2008)
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A sex-addicted con-man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death. (92 mins.)
Director: Clark Gregg
 
43.
My Girl (1991)
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A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Zieff
 
44.
Time to Say Goodbye? (1997)
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A doctor suffering from Alzheimer's wishes to end his life, causing a severe rift in the family, with each side convinced they have the father's best interests at heart. (91 mins.)
Director: David Jones
 
45.
Forget Me Never (1999 TV Movie)
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Diane McGowin was employed as an administrative assistant for a group of attorneys in private practice... (95 mins.)
 
46.
On Golden Pond (1981)
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Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
47.
Noel (2004)
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Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle. (96 mins.)
 
48.
Do You Remember Love (1985 TV Movie)
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Barbara Wyatt-Hollis is an English professor who begins to fall under the effects of Alzheimer's. The... (100 mins.)
Director: Jeff Bleckner
 
49.
50/50 (2011)
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Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine