Top 20 Movies About Death and the Afterlife Made Prior to 2020 Death is a scary inevitability we all face, and these movies explore what's after life.

Every religion has an idea about the afterlife – and while heaven and hell are real possibilities, the reality is we don’t know what happens since nobody comes back. The Grim Reaper is our personification of death, and he’s shown up quite a bit in cinema to provide answers. We left out movies dealing directly with Satan and God, as those are explored in other lists.

Here are the 20 best movies released prior to 2020 dealing with death, the reaper, and the afterlife.

20. Grim Reaper (2007)

The Grim Reaper chases people who cheat death.

19. The Seventh Seal (1957)

A knight plays chess with death during the Black Plague.

18. The Book of Life (2014)


17. Defending Your Life (1991)

16. The Dragon Lives Again (1977)

15. Dead Like Me (2009)

Although nowhere near as good as the two-season Showtime series that spawned it, Dead Like Me is a fantastic movie continuation of the story of a team of grim reapers escorting souls to the afterlife

14. Hereafter (2010)


13. Tie: The Fountain (2006)/Death Becomes Her (1992)

12. Final Destination Series (2000-2011)

11. Faces of Death (1978)

10. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)

9. Flatliners (1990/2017)

8. Meet Joe Black (1998)

7. Mr. Nobody

6. The Lovely Bones (2009)

5. Monkeybone (2001)

4. The Bucket List (2007)

3. Coco (2017)

2. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)

1. What Dreams May Come (1998)


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