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Movies about Cancer and Leukemia

It's always hard to talk about disease, especially in the case of serious pathologies such as cancer or leukemia. The fight against an invisible enemy is terrible and characterised by an overwhelming emotional intensity. There are countless films on the topic, although only a few great directors have managed to produce masterpieces (Ikiru, Cries and Whispers). Other movies have been successful in providing humorous yet poignant interpretations (50/ 50; The Barbarian Invasions).

The best cancer movies: a little history

The first important film about the issue is probably Dark Victory, a great intense drama magnificently played by a Bette Davis at the peak of her career. In 1952, from Japan came another amazing film: it is the already mentioned Ikiru, directed by the master Akira Kurosawa, in which the old protagonist discovers his illness, and decides to redeem a hollow existence with a last selfless act. In the ‘70s the most significant titles are Love Story (sentimental melodrama based on a highly successful novel of those years) and the angsty Cries and Whispers by Ingmar Bergman, while in the following decade, among beautiful and touching films such as Terms of Endearment and Steel Magnolias, worth mentioning is The Belly of an Architect, alienating human and professional portrait of a sick man by the English director Peter Greenaway. Since the ‘90s the production of works on this issue intensifies to the point of generating a sort of vein, and the average level of these films is definitely high, as we can see by consulting the list.

Leukemia movies between dramas and love stories

Those particularly interested in films about leukemia may find surprising that almost all main films about this terrible disease are actually romantic movies. Maybe the lucky Love Story (that enjoyed tremendous public success and that was 6-time nominated for an Oscar) have marked a furrow that other productions have followed. It is obvious that also Dying Young (with Julia Roberts) and A Walk to Remember (based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks) are romantic films about leukemia. My Sister's Keeper is an intense family drama while other two films on this issue are the teenage stories Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and the Italian White as Milk, Red as Blood. Finally, The Broken Circle Breakdown deserves a special mention, as beautiful as it was heartbreaking since the seriously sick protagonist is a little girl.

Recent cancer movies: in 2018 'The Leisure Seeker', with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland

If it is true that the production on this issue is abundant and regular, also the average quality of films is relevant. For those looking for worthwhile but unconventional works, the already mentioned The Barbarian Invasions and the French Time to Leave and All Our Desires are certainly among the best films about cancer in the last few years. Restless directed by Gus Van Sant in 2011, is another underestimated masterpiece: a tragic story, but at the same time poetic and touching. Not to be missed! As for the current interest, it is worth mentioning Truman, the German The Most Beautiful Day and Freeheld. Nevertheless, the list below is in order of newness therefore the newest films are on the top of the list by default.

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2019

Domani è un altro giorno

Domani è un altro giorno

  • 7,0

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2018

The Children Act

The Children Act

  • 7,0

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2018

The Leisure Seeker

The Leisure Seeker

  • 6,7

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2017

Secret Ingredient

Исцелител

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2017

A Family Man

A Family Man

  • 7,0

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2017

The Midwife

Sage femme

  • 6,5

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2017

The Healer

The Healer

  • 7,0

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2016

The Hollars

The Hollars

  • 6,0

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2016

A Monster with a Thousand Heads

Un monstruo de mil cabezas

  • 6,5

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2016

The Country Doctor

Médecin de campagne

  • 6,0

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2016

The Most Beautiful Day

Der geilste Tag

  • 7,0

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2015

Un posto sicuro

Un posto sicuro

  • 6,3

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2015

Truman

Truman

  • 7,0

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2015

Freeheld

Freeheld

  • 7,0

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2015

The Program

The Program

  • 6,3

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2015

Ma Ma

Ma Ma

  • 6,0

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2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

  • 7,0

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2014

The Judge

The Judge

  • 7,0

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2014

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

  • 7,0

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2014

Decoding Annie Parker

Decoding Annie Parker

  • 6,3

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2013

I corpi estranei

I corpi estranei

  • 6,0

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2013

Elysium

Elysium

  • 6,0

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2013

White as Milk, Red as Blood

Bianca come il latte, rossa come il sangue

  • 6,0

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2012

The Broken Circle Breakdown

The Broken Circle Breakdown

  • 7,5

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2012

A Few Hours Of Spring

Quelques heures de printemps

  • 7,0

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2012

Song for Marion

Song for Marion

  • 7,0

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2012

Love Is All You Need

Den Skaldede Frisør

  • 6,0

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2012

Now Is Good

Now Is Good

  • 7,0

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2011

All Our Desires

Toutes nos envies

  • 7,7

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2011

50/50

50/50

  • 8,0

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2011

Restless

Restless

  • 7,5

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2011

Declaration of War

La guerre est déclarée

  • 7,0

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2011

Beginners

Beginners

  • 7,0

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2011

The Music Never Stopped

The Music Never Stopped

  • 7,3

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2010

November Christmas

November Christmas

  • 7,5

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2010

Saw: The Final Chapter

Saw 3D

  • 6,0

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2010

Biutiful

Biutiful

  • 7,0

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2010

Matching Jack

Matching Jack

  • 6,7

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2010

Ocean Heaven

海洋天堂

  • 7,3

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2010

Third Star

Third Star

  • 7,3

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2009

Saw VI

Saw VI

  • 6,0

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2009

The Boys Are Back

The Boys Are Back

  • 6,5

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2009

Funny People

Funny People

  • 6,0

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2009

My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper

  • 6,5

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2009

The Haunting in Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut

  • 5,5

Cancer and Leukemia

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2008

The Guitar

The Guitar

  • 6,3

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2008

Saw V

Saw V

  • 6,0

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2008

Living Proof

Living Proof

  • 7,0

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2008

Camino

Camino

  • 7,3

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2008

The Express

The Express

  • 7,3

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