This list of movies spanning the ages is categorised by subject and covers a variety of themes around the human experience of loss and grief.

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Early Childhood (ages 4-7)

  • Finding Nemo (2003) starring Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander GouldLand 
  • Before Time (1988) starring Gabriel Damon and Candace Hutson
  • November Christmas (2010) starring Sam Elliott, John Corbett
  • The Lion King (1994) starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones
  • Up (2009) starring Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai


Middle Childhood (ages 8-12)

  • Old Yeller (1957) starring Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire
  • Bridge To Terabithia (2007) starring Josh Hutcherson, Anna Sophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel
  • Fly Away Home (1996) starring Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin
  • My Dog Skip (1999) starring Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane
  • The Yearling (1946) starring Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman
  • My Girl (1991) starring Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis


Adolescence (ages 13-17)

  • The Boys Are Back (2009) starring Clive Owen, Laura Fraser
  • Hugo (2011) starring Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close (2011) starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock
  • The Descendants (2011) starring George Clooney, Judy Greer


Anticipatory Grief

  • Brian's Song (1971) starring James Caan, Billy Dee Williams
  • Love Story (1971) starring Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal
  • Tuesdays With Morrie (1999) starring Jack Lemmon, Hank Azaria


Finding Professional Help

  • Ordinary People (1980) starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore


From Surviving to Transcending Your Grief

  • A River Runs Through It (1992) starring Robert Redford, Brad Pitt
  • About Schmidt (2002) starring Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis
  • An Unfinished Life (2005) starring Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez
  • Angela's Ashes (2000) starring Andrew Bennett, Joe Breen
  • Corrina, Corrina (1994) starring Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta
  • Finding Neverland (2004) starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet
  • Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994) starring Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell
  • Good Will Hunting (1999) starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon
  • In America (2002) starring Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton
  • If Only (2004) starring Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Paul Nichols
  • Life (1999) starring Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence
  • Life As A House (2001) starring Kevin Cline, Kristin Scott Thomas
  • Message In A Bottle (1999) starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn
  • Nicholas' Gift (1998) starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Alan Bates
  • Shadowlands (1994) starring Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger
  • Simon Birch (1998) starring Ian Michael Smith, Oliver Platt
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) starring Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Patrick Pearson
  • The Secret Life Of Bees (2008) starring Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson



  • A Rumor Of Angels (2000) starring Vanessa Redgrave, Ray Liotta
  • Departures (2008) starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue
  • Moonlight Mile (2002) starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman
  • Philadelphia (1993) starring Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington
  • Sixth Sense (1999) starring Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment


Loss of a Child

  • On A Clear Day (2005) starring Peter Mullin, Brenda Blethyn
  • Rabbit Hole (2010) starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart
  • Remember Me (2010) Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin


Loss of a Friend

  • Miss You Already (2016) starring Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette
  • Beaches (1988) starring Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005) starring Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Catch & Release (2007) starring Jennifer Garner, Timothy Oliphant
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969) starring Dustin Hoffman, Jo Voight
  • Mrs. Palfrey At The Claremont (2005) starring Joan Plowright, Rupert Friend
  • The Bucket List (2007) starring Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman
  • Wit (2001) starring Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd


Loss of a Parent

  • Big Fish (2004) starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney
  • Death At A Funeral (2007) starring Matthew Macfayden, Peter Dinklage
  • Eye Of The Dolphin (2007) starring Carly Schroeder, Adrian Dunbar
  • Garden State (2005) starring Zach Braf, Natalie Portman
  • In Her Shoes (2005) starring Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine
  • Sunshine Clearing (2009) starring Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson
  • The Savages (2007) starring Philip Seymour Hoffman & Laura Linney
  • Two Weeks (2006) starring Sally Field, Ben Chaplin


Loss of a Sibling

  • Little Women (1994) starring Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne
  • Ray (2004) starring Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington
  • Walk The Line (2006) starring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon


Loss of a Spouse, Partner or Significant Other

  • A Single Man (2009) starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore
  • Ghost (1990) starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze
  • My Life (1993) starring Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman
  • Titanic (1997) starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet


Mystical Experiences & Spiritual Reaction to Loss

  • Always (1989) starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter
  • City Of Angels (1998) starring Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan
  • Dragonfly (2002) starring Kevin Costner, Lisa Banes
  • Northfork (2003) starring James Woods, Nick Nolte
  • The Five People You Meet In Heaven (2004) starring Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn
  • Truly, Madly, Deeply (1996) starring Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman
  • Untamed Heart (1993) starring Christian Slater, Marisa Tomei
  • Walking The Dead (2002) starring Billy Crudup, Jennifer Connelly
  • Wide Awake (1998) starring Joseph Cross, Timothy Reifsnyder


Traumatic Loss

  • In The Bedroom (2002) starring Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek
  • Missing In America (2006) starring Danny Glover, Ron Perlman
  • Reign Over Me (2007) starring Adam Sandler, Jonathan Banks


Understanding Different Grieving Patterns In Your Family

  • Angel In The Family (2004) starring Meredith Baxter, Ronny Cox
  • Boynton Beach Club (2005) starring Joseph Bologna, Dyan Cannon
  • Marvin's Room (1996) starring Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton
  • Steel Magnolias (1989) starring Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine
  • Straight From The Heart (2003) starring Teri Polo, Andrew McCarthy
  • Terms Of Endearment (1983) starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger
  • Whose Life Is It Anyway (1991) starring Richard Dreyfuss