People in white coats: 20 films about doctors

There are professions that do not require screenwriters to invent anything – real stories from medical practice look much more fantastic than fictional stories. Doctors save lives every day, and during the pandemic, doctors were equated with real heroes. In our selection there are new movies and time-tested films about doctors and medicine in a variety of genres – from soulful melodramas and biopics to funny comedies.

Dr. Lisa (2020)

A family celebration for Elizabeth Glinka is not a reason to take a day off. The woman solves the pressing problems of the Fair Aid Foundation, visits the homeless and meets with patients. A force majeure situation arises when a little girl with cancer needs to be injected with morphine, and her father cannot get the drug. The doctor decides to take a risky step – and finds himself under the supervision of an FSKN officer. The major will have to spend the whole day with Elizabeth in order to understand the full depth of her mercy.

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

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Chulpan Khamatova, Andrzej Khyra, Konstantin Khabensky …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Good Doctor (2019)

On the evening before Christmas , all the specialists went home, and only Serge Mamou-Mani remains on duty. On the next call, the doctor pinches his back, and unexpected help comes in the person of the courier Malek. Serge hands the guy headphones for communication and sends him to the patients for calls. The fake Aesculapius receives instructions from a distance, which leads to funny situations, and sometimes to real panic in Malek. A film about a doctor will appeal to fans of light French comedies .

original name :
Docteur?

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Michel Blanc, Hakim Dzhemily, Solen Rigaud …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Don’t Treat Me (2019)

Ilya is a talented traumatologist working in a small provincial hospital. The young man is distinguished by his principles and dedication, and is ready to take extreme measures in order to save patients. One day, helping a passerby turns into serious trouble for Ilya, and the doctor is forced to make a deal with his own conscience.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Ivan Yankovsky, Lukerya Ilyashenko, Alexander Demidov, Dmitry Nagiev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


College of Physicians (2018)

Hospital movies show doctors treating strangers, but in the Franco-Belgian drama, a doctor faces family tragedy at his workplace. Simon is a professional pulmonologist who comes into contact with death almost daily. The doctor has long learned to abstract from other people’s experiences and negative moments. The situation changes dramatically when his mother is admitted to the hospital in critical condition.

Original title:
L’ordre des médecins

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Jeremy Renier, Martha Keller, Zita Anro…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
IMDb – 6.3


Arrhythmia (2017)

Oleg works in an ambulance and is going through a family crisis. Everyday life of a doctor is a kaleidoscope of endless challenges, but the man feels that he is making the world a better place. Every day, the ambulance team tries to do the impossible, and behind the labor exploits Oleg stops noticing the important. The wife is tired of being alone in the family and filed for divorce, the new management cares more about numbers and rules, and Oleg still rushes to save others, forgetting about himself.

Genre:
Melodrama, drama

Actors:
Alexander Yatsenko, Irina Gorbacheva, Nikolai Schreiber …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


The Dr. Knock Affair (2017)

Among the best films about doctors was a French comedy about a clever swindler . Nok was deep in debt, so he decided to escape from intrusive creditors, lost in the crowd of passengers on the ship. It is problematic to get on board without money and a ticket, and the man pulls off a scam by getting a job as a doctor on the ship. Nok knows nothing about medicine, but acting talent helps to deceive naive passengers. The adventurer realizes that he has found a gold mine, and upon arrival in Saint-Maurice opens a private medical office.

Original title:
Knock

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Omar C, Alex Lutz, Ana Girardot…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


To the Bone (2017)

Foreign film tells the story of a talented artist Ellen, suffering from anorexia. The creative person is obsessed with her own weight and ignores the threat to health, but relatives understand that the girl may die. Ellen goes to the clinic of Dr. Beckcham, who uses unconventional methods for treatment. A difficult patient has a difficult path to finding herself, but the result is worth the effort.

Original title:
To the Bone

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.8


Doctor (2015)

Yuri Mikhailovich is a successful neurosurgeon in a city clinic where new patients are admitted every day. The doctor examines and operates on patients, gives hope or makes a difficult verdict. A dramatic Russian movie about a doctor reveals the main fear of a courageous surgeon, which was formed in the process of work. Yuri is very afraid of becoming a “vegetable”, so he concludes a strange contract with his beloved woman.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Gosha Kutsenko, Maria Poroshina, Alexander Yatsko, Anna Mikhalkova, Alena Khmelnitskaya …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Gods (2014)

The Polish film is based on real events and the biography of the famous doctor Zbigniew Religa, who performed the first heart transplant in Poland. An important event in medicine brought the country’s cardiac surgery to a new level, opening up incredible prospects for doctors. The legendary photo taken after the operation became famous all over the world. In the picture, a tired heart surgeon sits next to a patient who received a successful transplant.

Original title:
Bogowie

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Tomasz Kot, Piotr Glovatsky, Shimon Piotr Warsaw …

Country:
Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.7


Hippocrates (2014)

The French film on a medical theme will touch on the story of the continuity of generations, when a son decides to follow in his father’s footsteps. Benjamin is confident that he can become an excellent doctor, but the first day in the hospital destroys the intern’s naive dreams. The theory turned out to be much easier than practice – in reality, everything is more complicated and the responsibility lies entirely with him, and his father is not always there. The guy faces problems and his own fears, but it’s too late to retreat.

Original title:
Hippocrate

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Vincent Lacoste, Jacques Gamblin, Reda Kateb…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.8


Healer: Avicenna’s Disciple (2013)

Robert Cole has an amazing gift that allows you to feel the deadly disease of any person. For the first time, a man realized an unusual ability in childhood, when he predicted the imminent death of his mother. As an orphan, Robert joins a wandering doctor and he teaches his ward the basics of medicine. Cole realizes that a powerful force lurks within him, and is glad to meet a worthy mentor.

Original title:
The Physician

Genre:
Adventure, history

Actors:
Tom Payne, Ben Kingsley, Emma Rigby…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Doctor (2012)

The Russian film about medicine will demonstrate the realities of a provincial hospital, where the doctor finds himself alone with his problems. An experienced surgeon Andrey has gone from an intern to a professional, but more and more often he relies on intuition in his work. The lack of elementary equipment and basic medicines turns the work of doctors into a real feat, since it is necessary to provide assistance to patients in uncivilized conditions.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Andrey Zavodyuk, Sergey Rodyukov, Inga Smetanina …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Good Doctor (2011)

Martin dreams of making a brilliant career, but fantasies are not so easy to translate into reality. The chief doctor does not trust the intern, the medical staff treats him with no respect, and you have to work hard on your reputation. The only ray of light for Martin is a beautiful patient with kidney disease. The girl quickly recovers and is discharged from the clinic, but the guy wants to return the ward to the hospital by any means.

Original title:
The Good Doctor

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Orlando Bloom, Riley Keogh, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Peña…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Golden Hands (2009)

Motivating American film about medicine made it to the list of the best films and caused a flood of positive reviews from the audience, highlighting the amazing biography of one outstanding doctor. It does not matter where and in what conditions a person grew up – his dreams, deeds and aspirations have real value. Ben Carson was surrounded by poverty and prejudice since childhood, but his mother’s love helped him to believe in his own strength. Thanks to her support, the guy managed to become one of the best world-famous neurosurgeons.

Original title:
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise, Aunjanue Ellis…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Morphine (2008)

A vivid adaptation of Bulgakov’s work with a high rating from the director of the cult film “Brother”. In 1917, the young doctor Polyakov, immediately after completing his medical course, arrived in a provincial town. A novice specialist often has to refresh his knowledge in textbooks, and one day, due to an unfortunate mistake, his health is in jeopardy. The nurse injects Polyakov with morphine, and from that moment begins the formation of an addiction.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Leonid Bichevin, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Svetlana Pismichenko, Andrey Panin, Sergey Garmash …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Living Proof (2008)

The one-part feature film about a doctor is based on the real story of Dennis Slamon, who devoted his life to finding a cure for breast cancer. The doctor succeeds in inventing an effective drug, but at the testing stage, the pharmaceutical company refuses to finance the release of the drug. Slamon does not give up and enters into a long struggle with the bureaucracy in order to save lives.

Original title:
Living Proof

Genre:
Drama, Biography

Actors:
Harry Connick Jr., Tammy Blanchard, Amanda Bynes…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 6.9


Creation of the Lord (2004)

Vivienne Thomas is a young African American who dreams of linking his fate with medicine. Professional surgeon Blalock hires a guy in the laboratory as an assistant, but soon becomes convinced of the amazing talent of the young man. The doctor invites Vivien to become a full-fledged partner in a scientific study that will help save the lives of millions of small patients with heart disease.

Original title:
Something the Lord Made

Genre:
Drama, Biography

Actors:
Alan Rickman, Yasin Bey, Kira Sedgwick …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.2

Age Limits :
16+


Resurrecting the Dead (2000)

A film about a hospital and doctors is worth watching for fans of the work of Martin Scorsese, who most accurately conveyed the atmosphere of the work of paramedics. Frank Pierce has come face to face with death more than once in the fight for the lives of his charges. A man often manages to emerge victorious from a fight, but there are nights when an old woman with a scythe wins. At such moments, Frank’s personal ghost box is replenished, and the spirits have a long conversation with the doctor who failed to save these patients.

Original title:
Bringing Out the Dead

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames…

Country:
USA

Rating :
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
16+


Healer Adams (1998)

A kind and cheerful doctor practices an unusual approach to therapy, rejecting the soulless stiffness of his colleagues. Hunter Adams knows how to heal with laughter, and his method is very effective. A wonderful tandem of traditional medicine and funny pranks gives tremendous results, but not everyone shares the enthusiasm of recovering patients. And although the authorities are against amateur performance in the workplace, Hunter is ready to fight prejudice.

Original title:
Patch Adams

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy, biography

Actors:
Robin Williams, Daniel London, Monica Potter …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Awakening (1990)

The top films about modern heroes are completed by a psychological drama based on real events. An epidemic breaks out in America of a strange disease flares up, which introduces people into a lethargic sleep. Psychiatrist Malcolm Sayer is developing a drug that can help defeat a mysterious illness. The doctor tests an experimental remedy, and after a successful experience returns patients to normal. However, the negative consequences of using the medicine soon appear.

Original title:
Awakenings

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
12+


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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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