20 films about sick children and teenagers

In social networks, they like to post lists of what needs to be done before 20, 40 or until the end of life. But what goals should be set for sick teenagers who already know when it will come, this mythical for their peers, but real for them end? In this selection, the heroes of films about sick children and adolescents are heroes in the truest sense of the word. Despite the diagnosis, the guys do not give up and do not give up in the face of the disease. Sweet and shy, bold and brave, they enjoy life, even if there is no chance of recovery.

Heaven Can Wait (2020)

The road movie about a teenager with cancer will introduce viewers to a 16-year-old girl from Germany. Steffi just finished high school and she has a boyfriend. The girl did not even imagine that she could get sick, and together with her boyfriend she was preparing for a trip to Paris . But the doctors give her a terrible diagnosis – oncology. Against her parents’ wishes to begin treatment immediately, Steffi decides to enjoy her time instead of spending it in the hospital room and runs away.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Gott, du kannst ein Arsch sein

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Signe Irslinger, Max Hubacher, Til Schweiger …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Locked Up (2020)

It is generally accepted that motherly love is absolute and unconditional, but for Chloe, chained to a wheelchair, this has become a real threat. Her relationship with her mother is a little strange and even sinister – a woman brings up her daughter in complete isolation, controlling her every step. At some point, Chloe begins to suspect that the handfuls of pills that she drinks do not make her condition better, and terrible secrets are hidden behind her mother’s overprotectiveness.

Original title:
Run

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Sarah Paulson, Kira Allen, Sarah Son …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Life in a Year (2020)

This film about teen cancer is a touching love story where the imminent departure of one of the characters leads to a change and maturation of the second. 17-year-old high school graduate Darin is used to getting things done in both academics and sports. And when he learns about the fatal diagnosis of his girlfriend, the young man does not intend to give up. The guy decides to do everything so that the last year of his beloved becomes the most colorful and eventful for her.

Original title:
Life in a Year

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Jaden Smith, Cara Delevingne, Cuba Gooding ml….

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


One meter apart (2019)

Touch is a manifestation of feelings that can heal any emotional wounds and give strength to move on. What if you can’t touch the person you love? The main characters of the film, Will and Stella, are sick teenagers whose home is the hospital wards. One day, young people get to know each other, but their communication should take place a meter apart, because the guys have weak immunity and any contact can be fatal.

Original title:
Five Feet Apart

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Hayley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.2

Age Limits :
16+


So close to the horizon (2019)

If two souls are meant to be together, they will find their way to each other, as in this European movie about terminally ill teenagers, based on a true story . Danny is an attractive young man with incredible charisma. However, deep psychological problems from childhood and an HIV diagnosis are hidden behind a beautiful picture. Jessica is a sincere and kind girl who believes in real feelings. Young lovers are ready to spend every second together. However, everything is not so simple if your boyfriend is seriously ill.

Original title:
Dem Horizont so nah

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Luna Wedler, Yannick Schumann, Louise Befort …

Country:
Germany, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


30 crazy wishes (2018)

Among the dramatic films about teens with cancer, there is an inspiring story about an optimistic girl. Skye, unfortunately, will never be able to go to college, get married and see her children laugh for the first time. To take the maximum from the remaining days, the girl makes a list of crazy desires , where one of the items is “help a stranger.” This person becomes a teenager Calvin – a gloomy hypochondriac who works at the airport. So fate brings two heroes together, and together they are waiting for a truly mind-blowing adventure.

Original title:
Then Came You

Genre:
Drama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Asa Butterfield, Maisie Williams, Nina Dobrev…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Midnight Sun (2017)

17-year-old talented girl Katie could conquer the world with her music . However, she has a rare and life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Therefore, during the day she hides behind dark curtains, and at night she leaves the house to play the guitar at the station. One day, the girl meets Charlie, a cheerful guy with red hair and a charming smile, and falls in love.

Original title:
Midnight Sun

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Miracle (2017)

This movie, capable of making people sensitive to someone else’s grief, is based on the novel by R.J. Palacio and talks about a child with Treacher Collins Syndrome. The boy Oggy underwent 27 operations, which allowed him to breathe, see and hear normally without an apparatus. However, none of them made him the same as all the other children. Until the fifth grade, gifted, despite his physical handicaps, Auggie studied at home, but soon he will have to go to school. Can a special boy find the friends he needs so much?

Original Title :
Wonder

Genre:
Drama, Family

Actors:
Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Isabela Vidovic, Julia Roberts…

Country:
USA, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
12+


All this world (2017)

In the center of the plot of the film is a lonely teenager Maddie. She never left the house, did not enjoy the dawn, did not breathe the sea air. She has a rare genetic disease – combined immunodeficiency, which is why the girl is allergic to literally everything. Maddie’s everyday life is like groundhog day until the new neighbors move into the house across the street. Ollie, a kid around her age, writes his phone number on the window and the teens start chatting online.

Original title:
Everything, Everything

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Amandla Stenberg, Nick J. Robinson, Anika Noni Rose …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
16+


Miracles from Heaven (2016)

A fierce struggle goes along with humility and acceptance in an American film about a teenager’s sudden illness and parental love that can work wonders and move you to tears. The days of the Bim spouses are filled with joy and harmony – three beautiful daughters, a favorite thing. The cloudless happiness of the family is suddenly overshadowed by an alarming event – the inexplicable illness of Anna’s daughter. After many tests and analyzes, doctors tell parents that there is practically no chance of recovery. All that remains is to wait for a miracle, pray and believe.

Original title:
Miracles from Heaven

Genre:
Drama, family, biography

Actors:
Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

What does it take to survive among teenagers? To be on good but superficial terms with everyone. This is the opinion of Greg – a senior student, even the only friend who calls a colleague. The guys are fond of cinema and shoot versions of movie hits of the past. However, Greg’s life changes drastically after his mother asks him to spend time with his leukemia-stricken girlfriend Rachel. Thus begins their strange friendship . The film will appeal not only to fans of dramatic comedies about teenagers, but also to all movie fans, because it is filled with talk about classic cinema.

Original title:
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Thomas Mann, RJ Siler, Olivia Cooke…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


The Fault in the Stars (2014)

Next on our list of the best is a film about cancer-stricken teenagers and first love . Hazel is already used to constant tests and examinations – the girl has been suffering from cancer for a long time. Despite the fact that her illness is now in remission, she does not experience any joy. In order to somehow stir himself up, Hazel begins attending a support group, where he meets Augustus, a charismatic guy whose energy is in full swing. Young people immediately fall in love and defy fate, trying to live the usual life of teenagers – laugh, love, travel and fulfill dreams.

Original title:
The Fault in Our Stars

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Good Children Don’t Cry (2012)

The film tells about the sixth grader Akki – the soul of the company in her class. The girl is not like other children of her age – she is not interested in clothes and fashion, the attention of boys and other girly things. Most of all she loves to play football , and sometimes she even has to fight with the boys, because Akki is not afraid of anything. One day, doctors put a terrible diagnosis on a teenager – leukemia. Love will help to accept the thought of imminent death and fight courageously until the very end of Akki.

Original title:
Achtste-groepers huilen niet

Genre:
Drama, family

Actors:
Hanna Obbeck, Niels Verkoohen, Fiona Livingston…

Country:
Netherlands

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
12+


Now is the Time (2012)

This film about teen cancer patients introduces us to Tess. The girl suffers from leukemia and is well aware that a serious illness leaves her no chance of recovery. But instead of being discouraged, she decides to make her dreams come true before it’s too late. Tess’s wish list includes losing her virginity, skydiving, trying drugs , falling in love. But after meeting her neighbor Adam, the girl will have to adjust her plans – this meeting will turn her soul upside down.

Original title:
Now Is Good

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irwin, Paddy Considine …

Country:
UK, France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Letters to God (2010)

The film is about a boy who loves football more than anything in the world, but due to a serious illness, is unable to live like his peers. Tyler has a sensitive heart, open to the world, and does not have bad feelings for anyone. Believing in healing, the child writes letters to the Lord, hoping for a miracle. The postman, in whose hands these letters fall, decides to read them. And the sick boy ‘s naive requests give him faith and strength to fight alcohol addiction .

Original title:
Letters to God

Genre:
Drama, family

Actors:
Lisa Curtis, Christopher Schmidt, Lianna Tumaneng…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
12+


Path to Eternal Life (2010)

The connecting link for the story from the film about children with cancer was a book written by a boy named Sam. A teenager is diagnosed with leukemia, and in a diary he writes down a list of wishes and questions that torment him. Sam wants to become a scientist and learn about everything from spacecraft to the paranormal and the afterlife. A childishly naive film with numerous laudatory reviews from the audience is worth watching for lovers of emotional family dramas.

Original title:
Ways to Live Forever

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Robbie Kay, Alex Ethel, Emilia Fox…

Country:
United Kingdom, Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
12+


Oscar and the Pink Lady (2009)

The popular and highly rated film is an adaptation of a short story by Eric Emmanuel Schmitt, thanks to which the writer was named one of the geniuses of French-language literature. The plot tells about everything that happens in the soul of a terminally ill boy and the world around him. Ten-year-old Oscar writes about this in letters to God. A kind of game, where the boy tries to live his whole life in 12 allotted days, was invented by Grandmother Rosa, a visiting nurse who became a real salvation for the child.

Original title:
Oscar et la dame rose

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Michel Laroque, Amir Ben Abdelmoumen, Max von Sydow…

Country:
France, Belgium, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Camino (2008)

An emotional drama inspired by the real events of 1985, when a 14-year-old girl was dying of spinal cancer and the canonization process began. The story introduces us to Camino – she is 11 years old in the Spanish film . Soon she will have to simultaneously know the two greatest and mysterious phenomena – love and death. The movie tells how her older sister, a novice of a monastery, a believing mother and a conservative Catholic organization, will influence the last days of a child’s life, making a holy martyr out of a sick girl.

Original title:
Camino

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Nerea Camacho, Carmen Elias, Mariano Venancio …

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
12+


Keith (2008)

The plot of the film about children with cancer tells about a high school student Natalie. The most popular girl in school, an excellent student, an obedient daughter and an athlete is preparing to enter college. But with the advent of a new student in the class, Keith, the life of the girl will abruptly change the vector. Because of a boorish, gloomy and mysterious guy, Natalie will ruin relations with her friends and parents and even start skipping classes. Why does the “golden” girl need a loser with psychological problems ?

Original title:
Keith

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Jesse McCartney, Elizabeth Arnua, Ignacio Serrichio …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Aurora (2006)

Aurora was brought up in an orphanage near Pripyat, she loved to dance and dreamed of becoming a ballerina. Perhaps a great future awaited her, if not for the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, as a result of which she received a huge dose of radiation. The only chance for recovery is expensive treatment in the USA. Aurora is sent to the States, where she ends up in the same hospital with her idol, Soviet ballet star Nick Astakhov. At first, the annoying girl annoys the artist, but soon they become friends, and the dying child will drastically affect Nick’s fate.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Dmitry Kharatyan, Eric Roberts, Nastasya Zyurkalova …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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