Favorite medical related movies?

  1. There aren't many good medical movies out there. Figured I'd get a thread going to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly in medical movies.

    My vote for the best: Critical Care, 1996?, Director Sidney Lumet and starring James Spader.

    Based on an excellent book with same name (sorry can't remember author). While the movie isn't made to be completely realistic, the feelings of futility seem real. Shows how a young resident & older nurse cope with patients existing in purgatory in the CCU. No warm fuzzies on this floor. Crazy romantic side plot (w/ Kyra Sedgewick) is less interesting. I can't recommend this movie enough, but be warned it is not an action movie. It has some surreal elements.

    My vote for the worst: House of God, 1980-something; Total bomb; you can catch it at 2 am on cable. The movie includes all the elements of Samuel Shem's book, but removes all of it's vitality. The reason I could tolerate the piggishness of the men in the book is because they were so human. I like watching HoG when it is on tv cause I want to figure out what went wrong.
    Somebody like Robert Altman or Sidney Lumet could remake this movie into a great farce.

    Sadly, no nurse as star movies are jumping out at me... I don't think Nurse Betty counts. Sigh.

    Any ideas so I can fire up the VCR during a long summer.


  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   EmeraldNYL
    Patch Adams is a good one....
  4. by   ageless
    My vote is for the movie "Wit"
  5. by   CseMgr1
    "A Beautiful Mind" is my favorite....LOVE Russell Crowe!
  6. by   SandySummers
    We write film reviews for films with nurse characters. I also vote for "Wit".

    But please check out our web site:


    Sandy Summers, MSN, MPH, RN
    Executive Director
    The Center for Nursing Advocacy
    Last edit by brian on Jul 13, '03
  7. by   CashewLPN
    hmm.... now, dont take me the wrong way for saying it but...


    the series too...
  8. by   adrienurse
    There were two that came out at about the same time in, the early 90s, I think:

    "Regarding Henry" with Harrison Ford -- Adulterous bad guy gets a head injury and loses his memory and must relearn who he is and what a baddie he was.

    "The Doctor", with William Hurt. Mean oll surgeon gets throat cancer and learns what it's like to be the patient and what a loser he was.

    I enjoyed them both.

    I also liked "Awakenings" with Robin Williams. Cuz I'm a real Oliver Sacks fan (even though they messed around with his story). Speaking of which, "At First Sight", with Val Kilborn was another adaptation of his writing (man born "blind" has surgery and learns how to see -- but it sucked)
  9. by   AHarri66
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    Speaking of which, "At First Sight", with Val Kilborn was another adaptation of his writing (man born "blind" has surgery and learns how to see -- but it sucked)
    You mean this guy?

    Val Kilmer
  10. by   debralynn
    My first favorite, St. Elsewhere!!!!
  11. by   Tweety
    An old movie called The Hospital was pretty gritty and realistic.

    I can vaguely remember watching it in the 70s. It starred George C. Scott and he got an oscar nomination for Best Actor for the role he played in it.
  12. by   itsme
    Val Kilmer is my fantasy man!!! He is soooooo hot!!! Someone please just give me a few hours alone with that man!!
  13. by   caroladybelle
    Nurse movies - does "Nun's Story" with Audrey Hepburn count?

    I loved that movie and the book.
  14. by   Rustyhammer
    Did you know that Val Kilmer is my neighbor?
    He has a ranch about 10 miles from here.
    I see him at the store sometimes buying beer or whatever.
    ps: He drinks bud light.