Is someone terminally ill?

Browse movies, tv shows, books and more where someone is terminally ill.
A surprise cancer diagnosis or an unexpected subplot/plot twist about a grave or even terminal disease can be upsetting to viewers, especially if they or one of their loved ones recently went through something similar themselves. It’s often not apparent from the synopsis of a movie/show that illness will be major aspect of the story. Sometimes cancer or a similar sickness is just added for extra drama or raising the stakes or softening the blow of a character’s death, so it’s not foreseeable. It would be very helpful to have this as a category. Thanks everyone! <3
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Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
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RamonaRamone
The main character has brain cancer and is given three months to live.
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
42
No
1
4
laurens26
Spoiler

Someone is thought to be terminally ill but it's implied to be due to poisoning.
Movie • 2004 Report
Yes
31
No
0
9
bricker
The antagonist's terminal illness is a key aspect of his characterization
TV Show • 2023 Report
Yes
31
No
2
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Sid
It’s CADASIL. They mention it in a later episode
6
Kauleal
A character gets rabies
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
28
No
0
1
Pantalones
Godwin is shown to have a large, inoperable tumor.
TV Show • 2021 Report
Yes
25
No
1
3
Gothy17
S2
 E2
Someone is revealed to have cancer
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
22
No
0
3
GrayTheGay
A character dies from cancer
TV Show • 2008 Report
Yes
19
No
0
1
Pantalones
Walt's lung cancer was most likely incurable but not untreatable. There are several scenes where he has discussions with doctors regarding treatment and prognosis. He does NOT ultimately die of cancer.
Movie • 2024 Report
Yes
18
No
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icexcoldxocean
The setting is similar to a hospice and some background characters have terminal illnesses but it's not the focus of the film
TV Show • 2016 Report
Yes
18
No
2
2
thesco
Hopper's daughter, shown in flashbacks, died from terminal cancer
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
18
No
0
0
Many, MANY patients die from terminal illnesses throughout the show
TV Show • 2023 Report
Yes
17
No
1
0
S1
 E1
The neighbor elderly relative is in a wheelchair and seems disabled/terminally ill
Video Game • 2020 Report
Yes
17
No
2
2
Basil’s grandmother is in hospice for the latter segments of the game. It isn’t a huge focus but does seem to be a leading factor in his struggles.
Movie • 1999 Report
Yes
16
No
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nrerie
a very minor character who is in a support group has cancer that they later end up dying from.
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
16
No
9
1
JayR
S3
 E3
While not an illness, a main character makes a deal with a demon in season 3 and only has a year to live until he is killed and taken to hell. Multiple episodes in this series touch upon the fear and grief this character and his loved ones experience while faced with this information, which may be upsetting to watch
Movie • 2005 Report
Yes
16
No
0
1
twitchywitchygirl
john kramer/jigsaw has terminal cancer
TV Show • 2024 Report
Yes
15
No
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IndigoBlue14
A ghoul (radiation mutated person) is shown to be losing control of themselves and becoming 'feral', an incurable thing.
Movie • 2024 Report
Yes
15
No
1
3
A minor character has cancer and dies off screen. No hospital scene or any part of the grieving process is shown. It’s just a time skip with a narrator saying — died of cancer.
Video Game Report
Yes
14
No
0
4
lilpig
(SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS) A major character has a medical issue that threatens to kill them with no apparent cure. They spend much of the game in denial about this, but eventually break down and confront their mortality. Their ultimate outcomes are all fairly bleak, some moreso than others. (MORE SPOILERS LOL SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS) There are some new outcomes that give glints of hope, but no confirmation as to their ultimate fate.
Podcast Report
Yes
14
No
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ErinHollow
A recurring character is terminally ill, but survives through supernatural means. Another recurring character isn't so lucky
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
14
No
0
1
glance
A character is described as "infirm" and their illness is central to the main character's mindset.
TV Show • 2011 Report
Yes
14
No
1
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
13
No
2
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Anonymous
It is mentioned that a character died of illness
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
13
No
1
Movie • 2006 Report
Yes
12
No
0
0
Unhinged.but.handsome
John
Video Game • 2020 Report
Yes
12
No
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Movie Report
Yes
12
No
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Movie • 2015 Report
Yes
11
No
1
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twitchywitchy
nux is ill and receiving blood transfusions, it is not revealed what he is sick with
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
11
No
0
1
Starswirldotpng
Josephine dies of diptheria off-screen towards the end (she is shown sick but we don't see her die) and Napoleon is implied to die of an illness in the final shot