Movies About Grief

Sometimes you just need a good cry, and no one can pull your heart strings quite like Hollywood. So if you’re in the mood to commiserate with a character here is a list of 36 fantastic movies about grief.

Personal favorites from this list include The Decendents, Beaches, What Dreams May Come and The Big Chill. Excluded from the list is Marley and Me because, frankly, I cried so hard at that dang movie that I can no longer watch ANY movie about dogs. But John Wick IS included because, though it’s an action movie, it is about a man’s reaction to bereavement.

Grab some popcorn, and probably some tissues, and roll the film:

  1. Mary Poppins Returns  2018
  2. A Star is Born 2018, 1976, 1954
  3. The Hollars 2016
  4. John Wick 2014
  5. August: Osage County 2013
  6. Safe Haven 2013
  7. Tiger Eyes 2012
  8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011
  9. We Bought a Zoo 2011
  10. The Descendants 2011
  11. The Other Woman 2009
  12. The Lovely Bones 2009
  13. My Sister’s Keeper 2009
  14. Taking Chance 2009
  15. Up 2009
  16. Nights in Rodanthe 2008
  17. The Bucket List 2007
  18. Reign Over Me 2007
  19. PS I love you 2007
  20. Catch and Release 2006
  21. The Family Stone 2005
  22. The Notebook 2004
  23. Mystic River 2003
  24. Wit 2001
  25. Message in a Bottle 1999
  26. One True Thing 1998
  27. What Dreams May Come 1998
  28. Step Mom 1998
  29. To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 1996
  30. Forrest Gump 1994
  31. Ghost 1990
  32. Steel Magnolias 1989
  33. Beaches 1988
  34. The Big Chill 1983
  35. Terms of Endearment 1983
  36. Ordinary People 1980

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