Is it easy to be immortal: 20 films about eternal life

“We will all die,” said the French priest, but, catching the cold look of Louis XIV, he faltered and hurried to correct himself, “or almost all of us.” It wasn’t just the Sun King who didn’t like the prospect of leaving this world without options. At all times, people have dreamed of personal or universal immortality, but what would such a gift turn out to be – eternal life? The creators of films and series about immortal people from our new selection presented their versions.

Immortal Guard (2020)

A detachment of invulnerable warriors has been fighting villains for many centuries, hiding their ability to regenerate from the uninitiated. One day, the group leader Andy agrees to participate in a special operation to free kidnapped children in Africa. The mission turns out to be a trap of a former CIA agent who, after a staged massacre, received confirmation of the squad’s immortality. Copley filmed the incident in order to sell data on the immortals to a pharmaceutical company. At this critical moment, Andy learns of the existence of Niall, the new invincible.

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

Original title:
The Old Guard

Genre:
Fantasy, Action

Actors:
Charlize Theron, Kiki Lane, Matthias Schoenaerts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
18+


She Never Died (2019)

Bloody Canadian film about immortality will tell about a young Lacey, unable to die, but killing others. The girl is forced to eat bone marrow, and chooses scoundrels as victims. Lacy’s attention was drawn to a criminal gang – kidnappers torture and kill people, filming atrocities on camera and making a profit from films. The local detective is also hunting for the bandits, who decides to turn to Lacey to get rid of the criminals in the controlled area.

Original title:
She Never Died

Genre:
Fantasy, action, comedy

Actors:
Olunike Adeliyi, Peter McNeil, Kiana Madeira…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
IMDb – 5.0

Age limit:
19+


Blade of the Immortal (2017)

Manji’s past is fraught with a terrible secret – his sister and her husband died through his fault. A man is tormented by guilt, so he seeks mortal dangers and brings trouble on himself. A meeting with an old nun changes the fate of Manji – a woman gives the samurai immortality by infecting him with unknown parasites. Now the samurai becomes invulnerable, but the warrior puts forward his condition to the witch: he will be able to leave this world as soon as he destroys a certain number of villains.

Original title:
Mugen no junin

Genre:
Action, fantasy, drama

Actors:
Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sota Fukushi …

Country:
Japan, UK, South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
16+


Age of Adaline (2015)

An interesting film about eternal life and love received praise from viewers and film critics thanks to an unusual plot. Adalyn had an accident – and as a result of the disaster she gained immortality. The young woman has stopped aging, but considers what happened a curse. Adalyn is forced to avoid serious relationships and change her place of residence and documents so as not to arouse unnecessary suspicion. But one day she falls in love with Ellis, who invited the chosen one to the house to meet her parents – and there Adaline is in for a stunning surprise.

Original title:
The Age of Adaline

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Fantasy

Actors:
Blake Lively, Michiel Houseman, Katie Baker, Harrison Ford…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.2

Age Limits :
16+


Outside/myself (2015)

Our top thriller with elements of fantasy about the victims of a scientific discovery in genetic engineering continues. Businessman Damian is diagnosed with a disappointing diagnosis, but Professor Albright offers him a unique medical operation – to transfer the consciousness of an elderly entrepreneur into a young body created in a laboratory. The dying man agrees to take the risk. Damian rediscovers long-forgotten pleasures in life, but strange visions and memories belonging to another man disturb his happiness.

Original title:
Self/less

Genre:
Fantasy, Thriller

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Natalie Martinez…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.5

Age Limits :
16+


He Never Died (2015)

The list of the best films about immortals was supplemented by the story of Jack, a sociopath and a cannibal. A lonely endless existence burdens a man who is forced to acquire blood illegally from employees of special clinics. The main disadvantage of immortality is unbearable boredom, but everything changes with the advent of Andrea. The girl falls on Jack’s head and claims that he is her father.

Original title:
He Never Died

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, comedy

Actors:
Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Kate Greenhouse…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Eternity (TV series, 2014 – 2015)

Henry Morgan works as a medical examiner, helping to solve complicated crimes . The pathologist examines each body with incredible care – and the point is not at all in his pedantry or increased sense of responsibility. Henry examines corpses to find the answer to a question that has tormented him for hundreds of years. Morgan has found eternal life, and in the bodies of mortals he is trying to find the cause of his phenomenon.

Original title:
Forever

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy

Actors:
Ioan Griffith, Alana de la Garza, Joel Moore …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

An American fantasy film tells about immortal people who have long become vampires. The relationship of Adam and Eve has stood the test of time, as the lovers have been together for many centuries thanks to a strict code. The couple often rests from each other, and does not go out on the traditional hunting for ghouls, adhering to a special diet. Adam and Eve prefer laboratory blood, but getting it every year is more and more difficult.

Original title:
Only Lovers Left Alive

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska …

Country:
UK, Germany, Greece, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16 +


Time (2011)

In the alternative future, there are no banknotes – minutes and hours have become the main currency. People can live forever by earning time in their personal account. But in this world, where no one gets old after 25, there is a place for injustice. The country is divided into sectors – from the impoverished ghetto, where they die from lack of precious time, to prestigious areas where hundreds of thousands of years are available to the rich. Eternity begins to really weigh on one of the immortal millionaires, and then on his way he comes across a young worker, Will Salas, who is running away from the police .

Original title:
In Time

Genre:
Fantasy, Romance, Action

Actors:
Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
12+


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

In the list of films about immortality – comedy fantasy with a galaxy of famous actors. Dr. Parnassus is an incredibly gambler who bets on any occasion. The man manages to win the argument with the devil himself and receive immortality as a reward, which ceased to please him with the advent of love. Parnassus asked the prince of darkness to return his youth – and he agreed with the condition that one day he would pay the bills. However, with the onset of the inevitable moment, the doctor decided to deceive the devil by any means in order to save the most valuable thing in life.

Original title:
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, comedy, detective

Actors:
Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole …

Country:
UK, France, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Dorian Gray (2009)

The modern film adaptation of the famous novel is a tragic story about human vices, temptation and inevitable retribution. Young Dorian arrives in London, where temptations lurk at every turn. A talented artist offers to paint his portrait – and Gray is mesmerized by his own image. The young man is jealous of the picture, which will not have to grow old, and the devil responds to Dorian’s request. From this moment on, time has no power over Gray’s appearance, and all his sins are sealed on a portrait hidden from prying eyes.

Original title:
Dorian Gray

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Ben Chaplin …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Mister Nobody (2009)

A fascinating movie about immortal people who watch with interest the only person in the world with a mortal body. Nemo Nobody, at the end of his last days, meets with a journalist to share his amazing story, and tells the reporter several versions of his own life. In each of them there is a separate family, a wife and even the inner state of the hero, choosing between three possible options until the very end.

original title :
Mr. Nobody

Genre:
Fiction, melodrama, fantasy, drama

Actors:
Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger …

Country:
Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Immortal (TV series 2008)

Several centuries ago, John Amsterdam saved a girl from an ancient Indian tribe , and in gratitude, the sorceress performed a ceremony that bestowed eternal life. Centuries later, a man works as a detective in New York, not forgetting the condition that preserves the power of the spell. As soon as John knows true love, he will become an ordinary mortal and spend the remaining years next to the woman dear to his heart.

Original title:
New Amsterdam

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, crime

Actors:
Nikolai Coster-Waldau, Zuleikha Robinson, Alexi Gilmore …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.4


Hancock (2008)

Modern cinema has released many films about superheroes and eternally living people, but the plot of this comedy will delight you with the absence of clichés. John Hancock can fly, is incredibly strong and invulnerable. And he also has an amazing ability to inflict more damage when saving the townspeople than the most insidious and powerful villain. Local residents consider such a neighborhood a punishment, and a PR manager comes to the aid of Hancock, who intends to radically change the image of a superhero.

Original title:
Hancock

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Drama, Comedy

Actors:
Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
12+


Man from Earth (2007)

John Oldman enjoys authority at the university, so colleagues bitterly perceive the news of the professor’s departure. The teacher arranges a farewell partywhere he voices his secret and the reason for leaving. John has lived on earth for several millennia, and he has to constantly move, so as not to arouse suspicion. Oldman is going on the road again, but he is ready to answer all the questions of those present and reveal the secrets of world history.

Original title:
The Man from Earth

Genre:
Fantasy, drama

Actors:
David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Fountain (2006)

A dramatic movie about immortality is a wise parable about the meaning of life. The hero of the film is oncologist Thomas Creo. A famous doctor helps patients cope with a dangerous disease, but one day misfortune befalls him. The doctor’s wife is sick with cancer, which is progressing every day and is not going to recede. Thomas’s last hope is the Tree of Life, which grows in Central America and is capable of defeating death. A cure with a healing extract can save the beloved Izzy, and Creo desperately grabs a new opportunity.

Original title:
The Fountain

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama, detective

Actors:
Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Immortals (2002)

The film takes place at the beginning of the 20th century, when parents controlled every step of their daughters in order to maintain their reputation. Young Winnie Foster finds it difficult to come to terms with the restrictions, so she tries to escape when the opportunity arises. During another foray into the forest, the girl meets a handsome young man, Jesse. It turns out that the guy’s family has been living away from people for about a hundred years thanks to a fabulous source that grants immortality.

Original title:
Tuck Everlasting

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama, family

Actors:
Alexis Bledel, Jonathan Jackson, Scott Bairstow…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Death Becomes Her (1992)

Actress Madeline steals an enviable groom from her friend Helen. Ernest is a plastic surgeon, and beauty is important for the profession of a film star. Years later, a successful doctor turns into an alcoholic, his wife spends more and more time in the company of her lover, and Helen presents a new book to readers. Madeline and Ernest attend a writer ‘s party and are surprised to discover an old friend’s miraculous transformation. Helen is a slender and beautiful woman, over whom time has no power. Madeline learns the secret of her eternal youth and decides to resort to a magical elixir without thinking about the consequences.

Original title:
Death Becomes Her

Genre:
Fiction, comedy

Actors:
Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Chronos (1992)

A brilliant alchemist in the middle of the 16th century invents a device that grants the owner immortality if the mechanism is handled correctly. At the beginning of the twentieth century, a Spaniard dies due to an absurd accident, and the chronos falls into the hands of an antiquary. The new owner of an old invention accidentally activates the device, receiving as a bonus not only eternal life, but also dangerous competitors.

Original title:
Cronos

Genre:
Horror, drama

Actors:
Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook…

Country:
Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Highlander (1986)

The British film about immortal warriors is a spectacular action movie with a high rating. For Scotland of the XVI century, the struggle of opposing clans was a common thing. The young warrior Connor Macleod also fought fierce battles. The next battle ended for the man with a mortal wound and an unexpected resurrection, for which he was accused of making a deal with the devil. Connor had to settle in the mountains with his beloved Heather away from relatives. Years later, an acquaintance with the itinerant swordsman Ramirez sheds light on a strange return to life.

Original title:
Highlander

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown, Sean Connery …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
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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