Michael Douglas, upon fighting cancer to jump off his bed in victory once said, “Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet.” Cancer has always been a taboo subject. Patients are seen as just puppets whose lives have gone into obscurity after being diagnosed with cancer.
However, films have attempted to break the mould and taboo to raise a discussion. It’s quite surprising to see that films haven’t done a great job in showcasing film with cancer taking charge of the primary narrative. Nonetheless, there have been few which have proven to be commendable works of art. So, without further ado, here is the list of top movies about cancer. Yes, these films are sad and are going to make you cry, but they are also inspiring. You can stream some of these best cancer movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Life as a House (2001)
Directed by Irwin Winkler, ‘Life as a House’ is the story of George Monroe, a man who is diagnosed with terminal cancer, takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father. The film plays on the narrative of cancer and family. While it wasn’t a critical or commercial success, ‘Life as a House’ is a nice warm film about a rather serious issue.
9. Cries & Whispers (1972)