When fighting with cancer, one needs all the love, support, understanding, care and courage to face the enemy and win the war. Over the time in film making history, many directors have attempted to highlight this monstrous disease and the struggle it brings . Different movie genres have been used to cover it, but the message remains the same. Stay strong!
Here is a list of the top 5 most heartbreaking and tear-jerking movies about cancer.
A 1998 comedy-drama, directed by Chris Columbus. It is a story of a broken marriage, two children struggling to make sense of their dad’s new lover, their impending marriage and a fight of a mother for her children’s love and her lost battle with cancer. The final message is a sacrifice of the whole family in the face of the terminal illness and a new family begging. We are family is the Bollywood remake of this beautiful movie.
Sweet November is a 2001 remake of a romantic drama, directed by Pat O’Connor. It is a story of two complete strangers; Nelson and Sarah, who were brought together by fate, when Nelson unintentionally makes Sarah fail her driving test. With the passage of time they get to know each other better, Nelson moves in with Sarah only to make her “November” sweet. That month brings them close and they fall deeply in love. The love story ends when Sarah tells Nelson that she is suffering from an incurable sickness, that she is dying from cancer. She asks him to leave because she does not want him to face the challenges of taking care of the ill person and she wants to stay forever young and healthy in his memory. The story ends with them parting ways in a park, however it is more than a story about two people in love; it is a story of unconditional devotion. Nelson claims, “November is all I know, and all I ever wanna know.”
“A Walk to Remember”
This 2002 romance film, ‘A Walk to Remember’ is based on the 1999 novel written by Nicholas Spark, and directed by Adam Shankman. The story is about an unlikely match, Landon – an immature high school rebel, and Jamie – an old-fashioned, simple girl. Jamie wants Landon to promise her that he won’t fall in love with her. But opposites attract and the couple was probably destined to fall in love despite their difference. The couple forms a strong bond, Jamie teaches him about values, love, devotion and respect and Lamdon fails his promise and falls head over heels in love with her. He becomes her savior and fulfills all her dying wishes. Jamie passes away, but her memory motivates Landon to become a better person, finish school and go to medical college. The romantic side of the movie softens the underlying tragedy of a young girl dying. However, despite losing the fight for her life, she manages to inspire another person to live a life to the fullest. They become each others miracle.
“My Sister’s Keeper”
A 2009 film adaptation for the novel of the same name, written by Jodi Picoult , directed by Nick Cassavetes. The story revolves around Ann, conceived only to be a genetic match for her older sister Kate, who suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia. From the day Ann was born, she had been serving as a donor to her ailing sister, missing her own childhood and innocence. she is asked for more than a child her age can offer. When Kate goes into renal failure, Ann feels pressured by her parents to donate one of her kidneys to Kate, who needs it to survive. In attempt to regain control of her life and body, Ann goes on to sue her parents for medical emancipation. Ann wins her trial, but gets into a terrible car accident which leaves her brain-dead, and the lawyer who has been representing her making a decision to donate her kidney to Kate. The movie ends on a high note, the family coming together, the father of the girls finally beats alcoholism, rebellious brother becoming a police officer, now cancer free Kate, who will forever owe her life to her life’s keeper- Ann.
The Fault in our Stars
The cancer themed melodramatic film is an adaption of the John Green novel with the same name, directed by Josh Boone. Hazel Grace Lancaster , a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters, a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” is the lesson this film teaches.