Death – the word itself is enough to evoke fear and melancholia! While no one can possibly deny its in-habitability, everyone tries their bit to defer its onset. Ever since the dawn of civilization, human beings have dreaded death. In fact, some societies have made distinct attempts at personifying the concept of death in the form of supernatural entities. While some religious doctrines traditionally harp on reincarnations, a rational mind hardly accepts such a conjecture. Notwithstanding, an artist cannot afford to ignore the importance of death as art imitates life and death in turn ensures the cyclicality of life. This is decidedly true for the field of cinema in general and cinema dealing with death in particular.
One of the starkest ironies of human nature lies in its pronounced duplicity. While we are fearful of death, the fact remains that the concept invariably fascinates us. Death arrives along with an array of questions. Cinema tries to make use of this fundamental human trait. Consequently, we have had movies made all across the globe which talk about death as a theoretical concept and try to answer some of the human riddles concerning it, amorphous and hypothetical as those answers might be. We at The Cinemaholic decided to make our way through the cinematic history and pluck out some movies that have dealt with death better than the others. While our list might be entirely different from someone else’s, the fact remains that our analysis has been guided by opinions from scholars and viewers alike. So, let us have the hallowed cup of discretion here. Without any more beating around the bush, let us have a look at the list of top movies about death ever. You can stream some of these best death movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime. Obviously, the list has a variety movies on this list, some of them are about near death experiences, some are just sad death films, and a few are about cheating death.
10. The Green Mile (1999)
Based on a Stephen King-novel, Frank Darabont’s unique fantasy crime film ‘The Green Mile’ could be considered to be a cruel anecdote to the existing justice system. A movie that narrates the story of an innocent man on a death row and his supernatural powers of healing health afflictions; it appeals to the collective consciousness of the audience. The climax shows the convicted man being put to death using the electric chair. While the movie is beset with multiple cinematic layers, death acts as the primordial motif. The film was hugely appreciated by critics for being emotionally absorbing.
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9. The Fountain (2006)