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)