Reddit Helps Terminally Ill Man Pick Movies to Watch Before He Dies

What films would you suggest?

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 9:54 AM

Reddit proved on Wednesday to be an equally supportive online community as it is snarky.

Over 1,500 users “upvoted” and provided hundreds of responses to a 43-year-old terminally ill man asking for movies he needs to see before he’s expected to die in two months.

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“You guys made my day. Thank you so much. I’ve seen a lot of these movies, but there’s still plenty to watch. I promise I will enjoy my time and try to watch as much as I can,” Reddit user motharyucker5 wrote in the popular thread. “I have a serious heart disease, I’ve been feeling worse and worse for 2 years now. Currently I’m taking a lot of meds, and I feel okay. I have my friends and girlfriend, they are supporting me. Without them, I would have given up a long time ago.”

Fellow movie fans were eager to toss out their favorite titles and kind words of support, while one even offered to share a Netflix account so the man could accomplish his goal since he is “trapped in his house” and “can’t do anything else, really.”

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Suggestions the mystery man appeared to particularly appreciate included director Ron Fricke’s 1992 documentary “Baraka,” director John Huston‘s 1941 noir classic “The Maltese Falcon” and the HBO drama “Six Feet Under.”

When one user suggested skipping his final tour through cinematic history, and doing something crazy — like robbing a bank — the dying man instead moved others to self-professed tears with a few powerful words of wisdom.

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“I honestly think that I lived a good life. I had joy and sorrow, but I was happy. I AM HAPPY NOW,” the man wrote. “I haven’t given up the hope yet. I won’t give up. I’ll try to make the best out of this situation, I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me. I have this one sentence in my head: It’s not the years in your life, it’s the life in your years.”

TheWrap reached out to the Reddit user for comment but did not immediately hear back.


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