Friday, March 02, 2007

Near-Death Film List

Just for fun, here are some movies that either address the near-death phenomenon, or deal with the afterlife and altered consciousness. They are listed by year of film release:

It's a Wonderful Life 1947

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947

Portrait of Jennie 1948

All That Jazz 1979

Resurrection 1980

Somewhere in Time 1980

Return of the Jedi 1983

Brainstorm 1983

The Quiet Earth 1985

Bliss 1985

Jo Jo Dancer 1986

Made in Heaven 1987

Wings of Desire 1987

Always 1989

Field of Dreams 1989

Ghost 1990

Ghost Dad 1990

Flatliners 1990

Jacob's Ladder 1990

Dead Again 1991

Defending Your Life 1991

Truly Madly Deeply 1991

Fearless 1993

Faraway, So Close! 1993

Heart & Souls 1993

Saved by the Light 1995

The Frighteners 1996

Meet Joe Black 1998

City of Angels 1998

What Dreams May Come 1998

The Sixth Sense 1999

Dead Heat 2000

Spirited Away 2001

Waking Life 2001

Dragonfly 2002

The Five People You
Meet in Heaven 2004

What the Bleep
Do We Know 2004

Conversations with God 2006

As you will note from this list, the decade of the nineties produced far and away the most films of this sort.

I want to thank Kevin Williams and Steff Wiltse for helping me locate these films and list them for you. Perhaps we have missed some, but at least you now have a centralized resource of this genre.



At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms.Atwater -- what about the new "The Last Mimzy" -- did the producers consult you?...
Take care, I hope to catch up with one of your presentations! -Jeanne C

At 9:55 AM, Blogger PMH said...

No, the film is based on a 1940's short story called "Mimsy Were the Borogroves" by Lewis Padgett. The title of the movie comes from a line of Lewis Carroll's "The Jabberwocky." See my blog at: " Don't miss the movie "The Last Mimzy""


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