Featured NDE Movies

My pick for the best afterlife or near death experience movies. 

Resurrection (1980) PG

A woman who experiences clinical death from a horrible car crash returns to life with the amazing ability to heal others. Ellen Burstyn experiences the afterlife for a brief time after a car accident that kills her husband. As she begins her long process of physical healing, she discovers that she has the ability to heal physical infirmities. While most people simply accept her gift, her lover (Sam Shepard) becomes mentally unbalanced and dangerous because she does not place the healings within a religious context.

Hereafter (2010) PG-13

Clint Eastwood directs this supernatural thriller about three very different people and their responses to death, including a hesitant American psychic named George (Matt Damon) who may be able to help the others find answers and peace. Marie (Cécile De France) is a French journalist caught up in the aftereffects of the devastating 2004 tsunami, while in London, young Marcus (Frankie and George McLaren) seeks to contact his deceased twin brother.

Ghost Town (2008) PG-13

British funnyman Ricky Gervais ("The Office," "Extras") stars in his first feature film lead as Bertram Pincus, a hapless gent who's pronounced dead, only to be brought back to life with an unexpected gift: a newfound ability to see ghosts. When Bertram crosses paths with the recently departed Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), he gets pulled into Frank's desperate bid to break up his widowed wife's (Téa Leoni) pending marriage to another man.

Dragonfly (2002) PG-13

Dr. Joe Darrow's (Kevin Costner) world is shattered when his wife (Susanna Thompson) is killed while performing medical relief work in Central America, and his patients -- after their own near-death experiences -- begin delivering messages from the great beyond. On a quest to determine what his lost soul mate wants, Darrow is forced to accept the impossible. Kathy Bates co-stars in this romantic thriller with a surprising twist.

Saved by the Light (1995) TV [VHS]

A mean, loud-mouthed town bully is talking on the phone one night during a lightning storm when, in a freak occurrence, a bolt of lightning strikes a telephone pole, travels down the phone wires and hits him. He is declared clinically dead, but miraculously recovers shortly thereafter--with a completely new personality and, he claims, the ability to communicate with the dead. 

Bliss (1985) R [VHS]

Harry Joy, an advertising executive in an unnamed Australian city who is known for his ability to tell stories, has a terrifying near-death experience after suffering a massive heart attack, brought on by his dissolute lifestyle. Upon recovering, he believes himself to be either in a hellish version of the world he knew, or with his eyes opened to an altogether different view of that world. He eventually discovers that his wife is unfaithful, his dissolute daughter trades sex for hard drugs with his deviant son, and his latest client is a carcinogenic polluter.

Fearless (1993) R

San Francisco architect Max Klein (Jeff Bridges) miraculously survives a plane crash and emerges a changed man. When Max's bizarre behavior alienates his wife (Isabella Rossellini) and son, airline psychiatrist Bill Perlman (John Turturro) puts Max in touch with guilt-ridden fellow crash survivor Carla Rodrigo (Rosie Perez), who lost her 2-year-old in the disaster. Working together, can Max and Carla find their way back to emotional equilibrium?

The Invisible (2007) PG-13

After high schooler Nick (Justin Chatwin) is brutally attacked and left for dead, he regains consciousness and then discovers that he's invisible to everyone -- except for a troubled young girl (Margarita Levieva) running from the authorities.

Powder (1995) PG-13

Fantasy blends with drama in this tale of a 16-year-old albino (Sean Patrick Flanery) dubbed "Powder" (because of his stark-white skin). After an isolated existence in his grandparents' cellar, he's introduced into a small Texas town, where a pair of educators (Mary Steenburgen and Jeff Goldblum) learn that Powder can control electricity and has an IQ that Einstein would envy. But Powder soon arouses prejudice -- particularly by the local bully.

Flatliners (1990) R

In this star-studded supernatural thriller, a group of medical students (Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt and William Baldwin) use their acquired skills to try and cross over to the "other side," only to be haunted by what they've seen when their fears, guilt and memories take root in the physical world. Spooked, the students struggle to free themselves from the dark manifestations they've recovered from the afterlife.

Eden (1998) R

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, Eden tells the story of Helen Kunen (Joanna Going), a mother of two who struggles with her identity, multiple sclerosis and her marriage to a teacher at a New England boys' school in 1965. When Helen begins tutoring one of the boys (Sean Patrick Flanery), he develops a crush on her. Meanwhile, Helen's ailment allows her to embark on out-of-body experiences.

Defending Your Life (1991) PG

After Daniel Miller (Albert Brooks) crashes his BMW convertible into a bus, he's transported to "Judgment City," where he meets the love of his life, Julia (Meryl Streep). Unfortunately, Daniel needs to defend his life on Earth before he can ascend to heaven with Julia. He frantically attempts to explain the positive things he's accomplished, but soon realizes that Julia may be too good for him.

Hideaway (1995) R

After antiques dealer Hatch Harrison (Jeff Goldblum) crashes his car and is pronounced clinically dead for more than two hours, brilliant cardiologist Jonas Nyebern (Alfred Molina) miraculously revives Hatch, giving him a second chance at life. But he soon begins to experience murderous visions through the eyes of a satanic serial killer (Jeremy Sisto) ... who's stalking Hatch's teenage daughter (Alicia Silverstone).

Between Two Worlds (1944) NR

Nazi bombs rain fire into an English port town. The smoke clears and a disparate group of human beings caught in the blast finds itself aboard a luxury liner headed...who knows where. They soon learn their one-way tickets are stamped Heaven. And Hell. A dose of World War II realism puts a gritty edge on this retelling of the early Talkie Outward Bound (starring Leslie Howard) that loses none of the prior version's ethereal power. A stellar casts bring their considerable talents to a tale of passengers who discover their true natures as they discover their destinations.

On Borrowed Time (1939) NR

Death has come for Gramps Northrup. But Gramps has important work to do: raising his orphaned grandson. So he uses a bit of magic to trap Death in the branches of an apple tree. Clever work, Gramps! Or is it? With Death on hiatus, other folks whose time has come - folks who are worn out, ill and in pain - can't be released from their earthly suffering. And Gramps begins to wonder if he's done the right thing.


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