Highest-Rated Movies about 'Death', Sort by Popularity


Ikiru (1952), Stairway to Heaven (1946), A One and a Two... (2000), Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998), Love Letter (1995), Paragraph 175 (2000), Southern Comfort (2001), Lake of Fire (2006) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Death movies.


Ikiru (1952)

A rigid clerk (Takashi Shimura) resolves to do something of lasting importance after learning that he is dying of cancer.

bureaucrat, co-worker, writer, mayor, prostitute, sad, emotional

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Stairway to Heaven (1946)

A British airman escapes death by mistake and resists the messenger who keeps summoning him to the beyond.

pilot, conductor, radio operator, doctor, judge, angel, airy

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A One and a Two... (2000)

A man (Nien-Jen Wu) deals with the possibility of losing his job, a wedding, a mother-in-law's stroke and an ex-girlfriend.

father, son, daughter, charming, tender, profound, funeral

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Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

A tiny child and his warrior uncle battle a sorceress who dried up the village well and ate her foes.

young boy, mother, sorceress, warrior, wise man, bleak, positive

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Love Letter (1995)

Despite the years that have passed, Hiroko Watanabe (Miho Nakayama) is still grieving the death of her fiancé, who died unexpectedly while climbing a mountain. When Hiroko discovers her deceased lover's childhood address, she impulsively writes to him, and is shocked to receive a letter in reply. However, the note's author is Itsuki Fujii (also Nakayama), a young woman who shares the same name as Hiroko's late boyfriend. As the two women exchange letters, they begin an unusual relationship.

young woman, fiancé, stranger, emotional, touching, japan, mountain

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Paragraph 175 (2000)

Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman chronicle the persecution of homosexuals under the Third Reich. Narrated by Rupert Everett.

resistance fighter, jew, hitler youth, survivor, bleak, dark, intense

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Southern Comfort (2001)

Kate Davis's award-winning documentary chronicles the final four seasons in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of ovarian cancer in rural Georgia. Striking a balance between Robert's biological family -- mother, father, sons and grandson -- and his "chosen" family of transgender friends including Maxwell, Cas and Lola Cola, his male-to-female transsexual partner, Davis documents Eads's final days at the Southern Comfort Conference, a national transgender gathering.

transsexual, girlfriend, son, friend, parent, inspiring, emotional

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Lake of Fire (2006)

An unflinching documentary shot in black and white, this film focuses on the heated topic of abortion. Directed by British-born filmmaker Tony Kaye, the production depicts the heated ongoing abortion debate in America, and features graphic footage of actual medical procedures. Presenting people on both pro-choice and pro-life sides of the issue, the documentary includes interviews with philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky, anti-abortion activist Randall Terry and numerous others.

activist, philosopher, writer, disturbing, emotional, united states, clinic

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The Laramie Project (2002)

Two young men face murder charges for the beating of Matthew Shepard, a homosexual student at the University of Wyoming.

gay/lesbian, murderer, reporter, police detective, police officer, judge, emotional

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Betty Fisher and Other Stories (2001)

Grieving after the death of her young son Joseph, novelist Betty Fisher (Sandrine Kiberlain) enters a dark depression. Hoping to bring her out of it, her mother Margot (Nicole Garcia) arranges to kidnap another child, Jose (Alexis Chatrian), to replace the son Betty lost. Although she knows it's wrong, Betty accepts Jose as her new son. Meanwhile, Jose's mother Carole (Mathilde Seigner) is looking for her son with the help of her boyfriend, Francois (Luck Mervil), and some of his cohorts.

writer, mother, son, waitress, boyfriend, child, disturbing

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A Short Film About Killing (1988)

A young lawyer (Krzysztof Globisz) in Warsaw represents a drifter (Mirosław Baka) who killed a malicious cabdriver (Jan Tesarz).

troubled youth, taxi driver, defense attorney, girl, wife, judge, brutal

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Water (2005)

Just as Mahatma Gandhi's tenets begin to sweep through India, an 8-year-old (Sarala) must go to live in an ashram with other Hindu widows.

widow, husband, outcast, friend, young girl, emotional, profound

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Saraband (2003)

Tensions rise when a bitter man (Erland Josephson) receives an unwelcome visit from his former wife (Liv Ullmann).

ex-wife, ex-husband, son, granddaughter, cellist, conductor, emotional

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The Father of My Children (2009)

Grégoire's life seems perfect, he has a job as a film producer and a beautiful wife and child, but when Grégoire's financial and emotional reserves reach a breaking point his family's love and resilience is tested.

father, wife, daughter, sister, lawyer, film studio executive, brooding

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Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)

A Sicilian boy (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the movies with his local theater's projectionist (Philippe Noiret).

child, mother, girlfriend, projectionist, emotional, inspiring, witty

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Cries and Whispers (1972)

Two women (Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Thulin) visit their dying spinster sister (Harriet Andersson) in her circa-1900 Swedish manor.

dying person, suicidal person, sister, maid, doctor, priest, brooding

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La Femme Nikita (1990)

A French government agent (Tcheky Karyo) turns a Paris drug punk (Anne Parillaud) into a chic assassin whose skill is cued by her code name.

convict, junkie, assassin, man, love interest, thrilling, sultry

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Antarctica (1984)

During an expedition to Antarctica, a blizzard forces explorers to abandon 15 sled dogs in the frozen wasteland.

meteorologist, scientist, dog, ship captain, whale, penguin, inspiring

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Forces of Nature (2004)

Examining three common natural disasters and the scientists who study them, this documentary begins on the Caribbean island of Montserrat during a 1995 volcano explosion, where scientist Dr. Marie Edmonds explains her research on how to predict future eruptions. A deadly 1999 Turkish earthquake that killed more than 17,000 people is also discussed by a geophysicist, and finally a team of tornado chasers is followed as they endanger their lives in the name of research.

scientist, storm chaser, narrator, survivor, spectacular, thrilling, turkey

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We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005)

Through interviews and archival footage, director Tim Irwin documents the history of the influential 1980s punk band the Minutemen. Surviving band members Mike Watt and George Hurley provide a firsthand look into the band's world, from their start in San Pedro to the 1985 death of D. Boon, the band's co-founding member. Numerous musicians, including Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, offer insight into the Minutemen's importance to the punk scene.

punk rocker, musician, fan, bassist, gripping, engaging, san pedro, calif.

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Salem's Lot (1979)

Based on the Stephen King novel, Ben Mears (David Soul) has returned to his hometown of Salem's Lot to write a book about the supposedly haunted Marsten House that resides on a hill overlooking the small town. His project is curtailed, however, when he finds out that someone has bought the long-empty property. But when people around the Marsten House start dying mysteriously, Mears discovers that the owner of the mansion is actually a vampire who is turning them into an army of undead slaves.

vampire, writer, teenager, doctor, priest, love interest, dark

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The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

A plot to drive a man insane backfires when the intended victim adopts his late father's sadistic persona.

husband, sister, widower, brother, doctor, ghost, dark

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Affliction (1997)

A small-town sheriff (Nick Nolte) becomes unhinged, thanks in part to his abusive, alcoholic father (James Coburn).

cop, ex-wife, daughter, girlfriend, father, hunter, dark

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Graves End (2005)

When society turns their back on reformed felons, the town of Graves End welcomes them but when the ex-cons disappear, FBI agent Paul Rickman comes looking for them and discovers more than he expected.

boy, wife, mother, emotional, bavaria, death, family

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Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders (2006)

Filmmaker James D. Scurlock examines the outrageous practices that consumer-lending and credit-card companies use to rack up huge profits while bleeding customers dry.

loan shark, real estate agent, telemarketer, student, mother, emotional, disheartening

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The Surprise (2015)

A rich man signs a contract to end his life. While picking out his coffin, he meets a young woman doing the same thing, and they instantly fall in love with each other. Trouble ensues when they both try to get out of their contracts.

eccentric, millionaire, young woman, love interest, amusing, witty, campy

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Goodfellas (1990)

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

mobster, gangster, thief, partner, agent, mob enforcer, gritty

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Arizona Dream (1992)

Called to Arizona by his Cadillac-dealer uncle (Jerry Lewis), a fish-and-game warden (Johnny Depp) meets a kooky widow (Faye Dunaway) and an heiress.

salesman, stepdaughter, eccentric, uncle, older woman, cousin, dreamy

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Harakiri (1962)

An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.

samurai, guard, landowner, daughter, solemn, brooding, intricate

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The Green Mile (1999)

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

guard, prisoner, emotional, somber, powerful, prison, household

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