Curated Movies Categorized By Disability, Disorder, Disease And Other Human Challenges

Movies With Cancer

This curated site understands that many movies with cancer explain what kind of cancer is in the film, while others do not. Therefore, the films about cancer that name the exact type will be specified and so far include: bone cancer, breast cancer, Hodgkin's disease, leukemia, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, throat cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, and brain tumors that result in cancer.

Stepmom (1998)
PG-13 Comedy Drama
Divorce Cancer Blended Families Death of Parent

Anna and Ben, the two children of Jackie and Luke, must cope with their parents divorce and the new, younger woman in their father's life, Isabel, a p...

Director : Chris Columbus
Cast : Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone

One True Thing (1998)
R Drama
Passive Aggressive Behavior Cancer Alcoholism, Functional Denial

When Manhattan journalist Ellen finds her mother Kate has cancer, she accept the request of her father, George, to take a leave of absence and return ...

Director : Carl Franklin
Cast : Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, William Hurt, Tom Everett Scott

The Help (2011)
PG-13 Drama Dark Comedy
Abuse, Psychological Domestic Violence Alzheimer’s Disease Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Miscarriage Infertility Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Insecurity Anxiety Alcohol Abuse Abuse, Emotional Cancer Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Abuse,Child

In 1963, Skeeter graduates from college and returns home to her life long friends in Jackson, Mississippi determined to become a journalist. As she re...

Director : Tate Taylor
Cast : Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek, Cicely Tyson

The Departed (2006)
R Crime Drama Thriller Erotica
Substance Abuse Impotency Abuse, Psychological Panic Attacks Single Parenting Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Anxiety Abuse, Emotional Cancer Abuse, Verbal Orphaned Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Addiction, Sex

Billy, a recent orphan and South Boston police officer graduate is requested by his boss to go undercover to infiltrate the Irish mobster, Frank. As B...

Director : Martin Scorsese
Cast : Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Vera Farmiga, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
PG Drama Romance Based on a Play
Impotency Alcoholism Broken Bones Cancer Enabling Sexual Dissatisfaction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Sexual Confusion

In the 1950's, wealthy Mississippi plantation owner Big Daddy Pollitt, is dying of cancer. At his 65th birthday party, he's acutely aware it's his las...

Director : Richard Brooks
Cast : Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson, Madeleine Sherwood, Judith Anderson

Ocean Heaven (2010)
NR Drama Family
Cancer Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Single Parenting Death of Parent

A loving, terminally ill father who works in an aquarium attempts to teach his autistic son the necessary life skills he needs to ensure that his can ...

Director : Xiao Lu Xue
Cast : Jet Li, Zhang Wen, Lun Mei Gwei, Yuanyuan Zhu

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
PG-13 Drama Romance
Prosthetics Death of Child Cancer Chronic Respiratory Condition Amputation

Hazel and Augustus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit and a disdain for the conventional. They meet at a support group and it's love at first ...

Director : Josh Boone
Cast : Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern

Olive Kitteridge (2014)
Drama Romance Dark Comedy Based On Novel
Death of Spouse Abuse, Psychological Enabling Bipolar Disorder Asthma Alcoholism Insecurity Anxiety Abuse, Emotional Cancer Adultery Suicidal Death of Parent Stroke Depression, Situational Suicide Schizophrenia Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Survivor Guilt Kleptomania/Shoplifting Depression, Clinical

From 1980 to 2005 the inhabitants of a small town in Maine face a number of mental health challenges. Their actions are seen through the harsh, hurt e...

Director : N/A
Cast : Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Zoe Kazan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Murray, Ken Cheeseman, Ann Dowd

Empire Falls (2005)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance
Recovering Substance Abuser Amputation Alzheimer’s Disease Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Developmental Delays Alcoholism Divorce Cancer Weight Challenged Death of Parent

An epic focusing on Empire Falls, an economically depressed mill town in Maine. Lifetime resident Miles Roby, who for twenty years has run the town's ...

Director : Fred Schepisi
Cast : Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Aiden Quinn, Robin Wright

50/50 (2011)
Comedy Drama Animation
Kidney Condition Chronic Heart Cancer

Adam, a twenty-seven year old writer for radio, receives a cruel surprise: he has malignant tumors along his spine with a 50/50 chance of survival. A...

Director : Jonathan Levine
Cast : Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

Two Weeks (2006)
R Comedy Drama
Caregiving Cancer Kidney Condition Death of Parent Chronic Heart

North Carolina matriarch, Anita, enters the final stage of her battle with cancer. Her four adult children Keith, Barry, Emily, and Matthew gather at ...

Director : Steve Stockman
Cast : Sally Field, Ben Chaplin, Lauren Aboulafia, Julianne Nicholson, Tom Cavanagh, Glen Howerton

Ikiru (1952)
NOT RATED Drama Foreign
Cancer Depression, Situational

Kanji is a longtime city bureaucrat who, along with the rest of his office, spends his entire working life doing nothing with any consequence. He lear...

Director : Akira Kurosawa
Cast : Takashi Shimura, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka, Minoru Chiaki

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
PG Comedy Drama Romance
Death of Spouse Cancer Death of Parent Sexual Dissatisfaction Survivor Guilt Passive Aggressive Behavior Insomnia Single Parenting Depression, Situational

To flee grief after the death of his wife from cancer, Sam moves from Chicago to Seattle with his eight-year-old son, Jonah. After eighteen months, Sa...

Director : Nora Ephron
Cast : Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rosie O'Donnell, Rita Wilson, Victor Garber, Carey Lowell

Life as a House (2001)
R Drama Dark Comedy
Substance Abuse Prostitution Depression, Clinical Divorce Cancer Blended Families Promiscuity Single Parenting

Divorced for a decade, George is depressed and has grown to hate his twenty year old job as an architect of pre-fabricated homes. In a fit of rage, he...

Director : Irwin Winkler
Cast : Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Mary Steenburgen, Jamey Sheridan, Jena Malone

Beatriz at Dinner (2017)
None Comedy Drama
Depression Narcissistic Personality Disorder Cancer

In Los Angeles, a holistic medicine practitioner who immigrated from Mexico is invited to attend the dinner party of one of her wealthy clients when s...

Director : Miguel Arteta
Cast : Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass

The Unfinished Song (2001)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
Mobility Death of Spouse Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Cancer

Arthur is a moody, predictable man not particularly liked by anyone except his wife, Marion, whom he adores. He rarely sees his son or grandchild and ...

Director : Paul Andrew Williams
Cast : Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Christopher Eccleston, Anne Reid, Gemma Arterton

Terms of Endearment (1983)
R Comedy Drama
Cancer Adultery Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Commitment Phobia Sexual Dissatisfaction Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Houston,Texas widow Aurora and her teenaged daughter, Emma, have a strong bond until Emma marries a teacher, Flap, against her mother's wishes, and m...

Director : James L. Brooks
Cast : Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow

A Walk to Remember (2002)
PG Drama Romance

In Beaufort, North Carolina, a prank on a student goes wrong and the student lands in the hospital. Landon, is held responsible and forced to complete...

Director : Adam Shankman
Cast : Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah

My Life Without Me (2003)
R Drama Romance
Uterine Cancer Cancer Adultery

Ann is a twenty-three-year-old married mother of two. She lives in a modest trailer with her husband on her mother's property. Ond day she goes to the...

Director : Isabel Coixet
Cast : Sarah Polley, Amanda Plummer, Scott Speedman, Leonor Watling

The Fugitive Kind (1960)
Approved Drama Romance
Alcoholism Cancer Adultery Addiction, Sex Promiscuity Unexpected Pregnancy

Val, a drifter, arrives at a small town and gets a job in a store run by Lady Torrence, a lonely woman whose husband Jabe is dying of cancer upstairs....

Director : Sidney Lumet
Cast : Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, Maureen Stapleton

Po (2015)
Drama Fantasy
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Death of Spouse Cancer Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Single Parenting Death of Parent

David's wife dies of cancer and, suddenly, he finds he is the single father of a ten-year-old son, Po, with special needs due to autism. Both father ...

Director : John Asher
Cast : Christopher Gorham, Julian Feder, Kaitlin Doubleday, Andrew Bowen

Ironweed (1987)
R Drama
Alcoholism Death of Child Cancer

1938 in Albany, New York, Francis and Helen are homeless back in their home town. She was a radio singer and he was a major league pitcher. Death is w...

Director : Hector Babenco
Cast : Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe

Dark Victory (1939)
NR Drama Romance
Cancer Blindness

Judith is the height of young society when Dr. Frederick Steele diagnoses her with a brain tumor. After successful surgery Judith falls in love with S...

Director : Edmund Goulding
Cast : Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Ford: The Man and the Machine (1987)
Action Crime Drama History Biography Based on True Events Based On Novel
Abuse, Psychological Cancer Adultery Promiscuity Enabling Delusional Psychosis Bipolar Disorder Genetically Predisposed Abuse, Emotional

During the late 1870's, a humble Michigan farm boy named Henry is fascinated, not with animals, but with machines. He's obsessed with creating a horse...

Director : Allan Eastman
Cast : Cliff Robertson, Hope Lange, Heather Thomas, Michael Ironside

Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002)
R Avant-Garde Comedy Drama Romance Dark Comedy
Enabling Stress Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Chronic Depression Survivor Guilt Caregiving Single Parenting Anxiety Cancer Adultery Suicidal Orphaned Death of Parent

Harbour has spent his life trying to take care of his suicidal brother, Wilbur. The brothers are inseparable especially by their thirties, when they i...

Director : Lone Scherfig
Cast : Jamie Sives, Adrian Rawlins, Shirley Henderson, Lisa McKinlay

Sweet November (1968)
APPROVED Comedy Drama Romance

In 1968, Sara, a free-spirited single woman living in Brooklyn, New York, invites a new man to stay with her every month. For Sara, this is an opportu...

Director : Robert Ellis Miller
Cast : Sandy Dennis, Anthony Newley, Theodore Bikel, Burr DeBenning

Boynton Beach Club (2005)
R Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
HIV infected Death of Spouse Death of Child Cancer Depression, Situational

Lois, Harry, Marilyn ,Sandy and Jack haven't connected yet, but they all live in the same "Active Adult" community in Boynton Beach, Florida. Their li...

Director : Susan Seidelman
Cast : Brenda Vaccaro, Dyan Cannon, Len Cariou, Joseph Bologna

My Life (1993)
PG-13 Drama
Cancer Kidney Condition

It seems that Bob Jones has a great life: a fulfilling job and a pregnant wife, Gail. Then Bob is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live....

Director : Bruce Joel Rubin
Cast : Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Bradley Whitford, Queen Latifah

Guardami (1999)
X Drama Foreign Biography

Nina is an independent porno actress who refuses the need the help of everyone, even agents and managers. She has both a daughter and is in a gay rela...

Director : Davide Ferrario
Cast : Elisabetta Cavallotti, Stefania Orsola Garello, Flavio Insinna, Gianluca Gobbi

Jane Eyre (2006)
Drama Epic History Romance
Cancer Blindness Abuse, Verbal Promiscuity Orphaned Schizophrenia Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Abuse,Child Death of Friend

In the mid 1800's, Jane Eyre is an orphaned child who grows to be a forthright, intelligent, artistic women. At eighteen, she advertises for a job as ...

Director : N/A
Cast : Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, Aidan McArdle

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)
PG-13 Family Romance Holiday Dark Comedy
Abuse, Psychological Rehabilitation Facility Recovering Substance Abuser Enabling Caregiving Single Parenting Marital Separation Abuse, Emotional Cancer Adultery Abuse, Physical Unexpected Pregnancy Chronic Heart Condition Stress Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Scapegoat Identity Depression, Situational

In and around Queens, New York, the adult siblings of the extended Fitzgerald family, all hiding their own issues from themselves and each other, are ...

Director : Edward Burns
Cast : Kerry Bishé, Connie Britton, Anita Gilette, Edward Burns, Ed Lauter, Heather Burns