I wanted to make a list of movies based on cancer for a very long time, but I never made it. I always thought why would someone in their right mind would want to see them! Not everyone is a masochist like me, not everyone enjoys crying while watching a movie and I think hardly anybody would want their heart get broken into million pieces merely by a movie.
These movies, about cancer, are not just sad or depressing they are so much more than that. They give you this hope in some weird little way, it makes you feel grateful for the life you have and had, the family and friends we have, who we always take for granted, the love you have experienced, no matter for how long. It makes you realize that you don’t have to wait for something fatal to happen to you to start living your life on your own terms, you don’t have to wait for death so you could stop and make your own bucket list and start striking through the items which you always wanted to do. There are some great life lessons in these movies and I believe you should watch them at least once.
The Fault in Our Stars
Very obvious I know. If you haven’t watched this movie yet then watch it right now. Also, this was the first movie I had seen about cancer, so you know how it would ended for me. I still remember how this book and movie took the whole internet by storm and all for right reasons. People still cant get enough of the quotes from this movie. I don’t know how something so heart-wrenching can be so beautiful.
Five Feet Apart
Okay, I cheated a bit. This movie isn’t about cancer but its pretty close. If being a teenager and falling in love isn’t terrifying enough, they have to deal with a fatal disease and the only way they could survive is if they are five feet apart?! Ugh! take all my money! This movie makes a really good point which I loved- sometimes you have to sacrifice a lot just to keep yourself alive.
This movie is available on Netflix.
My Sister’s Keeper
Okay enough of the romantic stuff. This movie hits you right into the gut. It is about a young girl who is forced by her parents to donate blood, organs, tissue to her sister suffering from cancer. It accurately depicts how cancer affects not one person but the whole family, it shows all the dark and gruesome side effects of cancer which we rarely see on screen. Even though this movie made me cry the most, the ending gave me an unexpected sense of calm.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Don’t you hate it when your mom wants you to be-friend with someone, especially when they have leukemia?! A movie purely based on friendship between a girl and a guy and neither of them are gay! You know how rare and special this is! It is one of the most amazing and sadly, most underrated movie I have ever seen. If there is one movie I could make everyone watch it has to be this one. DO. NOT. MISS. IT.
If you thought a movie about cancer cant make you laugh or make you feel good, you need to watch this ASAP. Adam doesn’t drive because accidents are number one cause of death, he also doesn’t smoke or drink. He is a good guy. Everything is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with a rare cancer and the survival rate is 50/50. No, he doesn’t make a bucket list, neither he rebels and becomes a drug kingpin. As he goes on with his ordinary life the way it unfolds, he learns the value of love, family and friendships.
This movie is available on Netflix.
Death and loss are inevitable, but these movies somehow make it a little better and get us ready for the uncertainties of our lives. I hope these movies gives you the closure you seek to live your healthy life to the fullest.