Top 10 Medical themed movies

Movies with a medical theme cause many emotions. They make us want to crawl under the covers, they cause us to hope for the best, and they tug at our heart strings. Our list of movies are full of love, suspense, and humour. They showcase various medical conditions, are informative and any movie lover's dream!

These ten movies made the cut because they are intelligent, exciting, and heart-warming. We suggest you watch these compelling films that will have you thinking about medicine, science and humanity.

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind Year: 2001
Medical Theme: Schizophrenia
Actors: Russel Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly
Storyline: John Forbes Jr. is a Maths prodigy who is able to solve problems that baffled the greatest of minds. The gist of the story is how he overcomes the disease to win the Noble Prize.

The Bucket List

The Bucket List Year: 2007
Medical Theme: Cancer
Actors: Rowena King, Rob Morrow, Beverly Todd, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Alfonso Freeman
Storyline: Jack and Morgan star as two terminally ill cancer patients who decide to break out of the hospital and live their last days to the fullest.


K-Pax Year: 2001
Medical Theme: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Actors: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary Mc Cormack
Storyline: It is a story of a mysterious patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a distant planet called K-PAX. As his psychiatrist tries to find out how to help his patient, he realizes that the so-called alien is affecting the mental health of other patients in the hospital.

Mozart and the Whale

Mozart and the Whale Year: 2005
Medical Theme: Aspergers Syndrome
Actors: Josh Hartnett, Radha Mitchell, Gary Cole, Sheila Kelly
Storyline: A love story of two people with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of Autism. Donald is a good natured but hapless taxi driver with a love of birds and a super human knack for numbers. When the beautiful, but complicated Isabel joins the support group he leads, his life and heart are turned upside down.

Man on the Moon

Man on the Moon Year: 1999
Medical Theme: Lung Cancer
Actors: Jim Carrey, Gerry Becker, Leslie Lyles, Budd Friedman
Storyline: A film about the life and career of an eccentric avant-garde comedian, Andy Kaufman. The film studies Kaufman's comedy antics as well as his personal life and his relationship with his manager George Shapiro, his best friend Bob Zmuda, and his girl friend Lynne Margulies.

My Sisters Keeper

My Sisters Keeper Year: 2009
Medical Theme: Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (Blood & Bone Marrow Cancer)
Actors: Cameron Diaz, Jason Patrick, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva
Storyline: The movie presents the determination of the parents to fight for the health and life of their daughter battling with leukemia – blood and bone marrow cancer. Anna, the thirteen year old, never shrugs away from helping her sister Kate as she is the only member who can be used as a donor in the family.

Something the Lord Made

Something the Lord Made Year: 2004
Medical Theme: Heart Surgery
Actors: Alan Rick man, Mos Def, Kyra Sedgwick, Gabrielle Union, Merritt Wever, Clayton LeBouef
Storyline: A dramatization of the relationship between a white, wealthy heart surgeon, Alfred Blalock, and a black, poor carpenter Vivien Thomas. Working in Baltimore in the 1940s, the two come together to invent a new technique for performing heart surgery on “blue babies suffering from congenital heart defects".

Patch Adams

Patch Adams Year: 1998
Medical Theme: Doctors/ Mental Illness
Actors: Robin Williams, Philip Seymour, Monica Potter
Storyline: It is a true story. Patch Adams gets admitted to a mental hospital to overcome his mental trouble. He finds the doctors cold and indifferent towards the patients. So he decides to leave the mental asylum to work for the affected by becoming a doctor himself.  As a studen,t he establishes Gesundheit Clinic to treat the patients in a novel way.

My Own Country

My Own Country Year: 2000
Medical Theme: Doctor / AIDS
Actors: Naveen Andrews, Glenne Headly, Hal Holbrook
Storyline: My Own Country is the true story of an Ethiopian doctor, Abraham Verghese, who moves to Eastern Tennessee as a young intern. Set in 1985, AIDS is beginning to ravage the country and emerging in rural towns. Dr. Vreghese takes it upon himself to combat AIDS in small Johnson City. He makes a name for himself because of his compassion and lack of judgment. AIDS patients travel from all over for Dr. Verghese’s expertise, and he soon finds himself overwhelmed.

Antwone Fisher

A Beautiful Mind Year: 2002
Medical Theme: Child abuse/Psychiatry
Actors: Derek Luke, Denzel Washington, Malcom David Kelly, Cory Hodges
Storyline: It's a story of a troubled sailor with a volatile temper who is ordered to see the Naval Psychiatrist Jerome Davenport.


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