Movies About End of Life

There are many great resources out there, from TED talks, to YouTube.  If there’s something you’d like to share, be sure to let us know at info@endoflifeoptionsnm.org or Contact Us through the website.

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Jack Has a Plan

The Story: When Jack Tuller, a man with a terminal brain tumor for 25 years, decides to end his life, his family and friends struggle to accept his decision. Jack’s best friend documents his three-year quest to die a happy man, culminating in a permanent going-away party. Feature documentary directed by Bradley Berman. It was completed in April 2022.

Runtime:  73-minute 

Sister Úna Lived a Good Death - Documentary, PBS

SISTER ÚNA LIVED A GOOD DEATH

PBS.ORG Independent Lens – Documentary
Premiered February 5, 2024 – Directed by Par Parekh
Following a cancer diagnosis, Sister Úna—a mischievous, rule-breaking Catholic nun dedicated to social justice—chooses to live as she’s dying. In this touching end-of-life documentary, the self-proclaimed “leader of the misfits” plans her funeral in her last nine months to live.

Now streaming on PBS.org/independentlens

Should Doctors Help People End Their Lives?

Published by MedlifeCrisis.com
This is a really different video for me. My Mum died in 2018, soon after I’d posted my second ever video to the internet. She had a horrible final year of life, consumed by anxiety and fear about how she would die, having been diagnosed with an incurable terminal disease. I explore the arguments for and against Assisted Dying, both as a son who cared for his mother through a horrible disease, and as a doctor.

Now streaming on YouTube.com

Last Flight Home

Paramount+ logo

Check out the exclusive first trailer for Ondi Timoner’s “Last Flight Home” (MTV Documentary Films) as mentioned in our blog. This is definitely a “must watch” movie!

Now streaming on Paramount+.

Paddleton

Netflix.com

Actors Ray Romano (Andy) and Mark Duplass (Michael), depict two middle-aged men who struggle with society and relationships in general, and even more so when one of them is diagnosed with a terminal illness and chooses to access California’s End of Life Option Act and medical aid in dying. 

When My Time Comes

PBS.org

Spurred on by the death of her husband, Diane Rehm crosses the country to take an in-depth look at medical aid in dying. This balanced documentary gives voice to people on all sides of the issue, presents the facts and explores the myths surrounding medical aid in dying, now allowed in California and 10 other U.S. jurisdictions. See the movie at whenmytimecomesmovie.com

Late Life: A Conversation with Atul Gawande

Youtube.com

Runtime: 00:55:47

Living and Dying: A Love Story

sharewisdom.com

Living and Dying: A Love Story is an intimate family film by Sher and Rob Safran, documenting the last week of Sher’s parents’ life. Retired Kaiser Permanente surgeon, and former medical missionaries, Charlie and Francie, now in their late 80s and residing in a continuing care retirement community, have both been diagnosed with six months or fewer to live. Longtime supporters of the right-to-die movement, Charlie and Francie have chosen to use the State of Oregon’s Death with Dignity option — together.

Runtime:  00:44.54

Still Alice

IMDB.com

A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. 2014

Runtime: 01:41:00

To learn more about this subject, be sure to watch Lisa Genova’s TED talk about preventing Alzheimer’s.

Your Body Is Not Going To Do What You Want It To Do

pbs.org PBS interview with BJ Miller

PBS: BRIEF BUT SPECTACULAR – Dr. BJ Miller does not work to heal patients, but to ensure quality of life amid advanced or serious illness. Sometimes people suggest his job is depressing, but Miller doesn’t see it that way. When people are dying it changes how they live, he says. Miller gives his Brief but Spectacular take on dying and living.

Runtime:  00:03:22

Blackbird

Lily (Susan Sarandon) and Paul (Sam Neill) summon their loved ones to their beach house for one final gathering after Lily decides to end her long battle with ALS with Medical Aid in Dying. The couple is planning a loving weekend complete with holiday traditions, but the mood becomes strained when unresolved issues surface. Joining the collective farewell are Lily’s son in law, her lifelong friend, daughter’s partner and grandson. 

Blackbird is available to stream on Prime Video, Redbox, Vudu Movie & TV Store, VUDU or Apple TV on your Roku device.

How to Die in Oregon

In How to Die in Oregon, filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.

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Speaking of Dying

Speakingofdying.com

Informative and yet intimate,  Speaking of Dying captures the importance of individuals and groups speaking openly about all aspects of the dying process. Viewing this film will inspire and encourage you to talk to your friends, family, health care agents and medical providers about your own end of life planning, choices and wishes.

Compassion & Choices New York

Planning for the Care You Want and Deserve

Published on Jan 25, 2018
Runtime: 01:03:37

Rosemary Bowen’s Fast

At age 94, Rosemary Bowen hastened her death by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) in 2018. For twenty years, Rosemary Bowen had told her family that she would hasten her death when she was no longer able to live independently. Several months after suffering a back injury, she decided that she was ready to die.  Read our blog here.

Rosemary asked her daughter to make this video to show others that VSED could be a sensible end-of-life option. This video was graciously upoaded to Youtube by End of Life Choices New York.   You may watch it here.

Dying Wish

Dying Wish is a documentary about hospice patient, Dr. Michael Miller, an eighty-year old, retired surgeon with end-stage cancer who chooses to stop eating and drinking in order not to prolong his dying process, to ease his suffering and to die with grace.

more at dyingwishmedia.com

Extremis

NETFLIX.com

2016 Oscar-Winning Documentary about Palliative Care in ICU, by Dan Krauss

Runtime: 00:24:45

End Game

NETFLIX.com 2018 Documentary about Palliative Care, by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Runtime: 00:06:61

Dying with Dignity

Respecting Choices
with End-of-life Care

WKBT TV

Published on Nov 14, 2011 – Death is not something any of us like to think about, much less talk about with our loved ones.

Runtime: 00:06:61

Stephen Jenkinson

A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul

orphaswisdom.comIn a wide-ranging and moving talk, spiritual activist and author Stephen Jenkinson advocates for dying well as every person’s right, and shares what he has learned from two decades of working with dying people and their families. Among many eye-opening revelations he points out the wisdom of the English language, whose verb “to die” cannot be used in the passive voice; unlike the death-phobic culture in which we live, it acknowledges that dying is what you do, not what happens to you.

Runtime: 01:16:51