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6 Must-see Films About Grief

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Published 16/09/2021
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Sometimes there’s nothing better than wrapping yourself up in your duvet like a burrito, plonking yourself on the couch and having a film day. Sad films about grief can help us to grieve as it can give you a sense that others understand what you’re going through, and it’s always helpful to let your emotions out and have a good cry.

Here we have created a list of six films that involve grief and that have achieved top reviews.

Six essential films about grief and loss

#1 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
The story is told from the view of a boy called Oskar, he’s nine years old and has Asperger Syndrome. His father died in the 9/11 attacks. The film shows how the child sees the world differently and tries to cope with the loss of his dad by embarking on a scavenger hunt through New York City.

#2 UP (2009)
The Pixar animation plot focuses on the elderly widower Carl who is determined to fulfil his and his late wife Ellie’s dream of living in South America. At the beginning of the film, it shows Carl’s and Ellie’s life together. It reminds us all to appreciate the people we care about and every day spent with them.

#3 PS I Love You (2007)
The story follows Holly after the love of her life Gerry dies from an illness. Knowing he is going to pass he writes her several letters to help her grieve. The film portrays how hard it can be after someone close to you passes but does show life can be good again.

#4 The Lovely Bones (2009)
The film centres on a young girl called Susie who has been murdered and her spirit watches over her family and the murderer. It shows the family struggling to come to terms with the loss of Susie, as well as Susie’s decision between vengeance towards her killer or the desire to help her family heal.

#5 Ghost (1990)
A blockbuster movie that also features life beyond death, as well as a murder. It features characters Sam and Molly who have fallen in love, unfortunately, it doesn’t last long as Sam is killed. His spirit is unable to tell Molly her life is in danger and takes a psychic’s help to try to save her.

#6 We Bought a Zoo (2011)
Loosely adapted from a true story, Cameron Crowe’s comedy-drama is a pitch-perfect portrayal of a husband’s grief, as he tries to make a better life for his children following his wife’s death. It’s the friction between Matt Damon’s Benjamin and Colin Ford as his son, Dylan, which really strikes a chord, exploring how relationships between parents and children can become strained with pent-up grief.

We hope you give some of these films a watch if you haven’t already. Let us know some of the best films about grief in the comments below.

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