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Alice a Woody Allen comedy starring Mia Farrow, Joe Mantegna, and William Hurt (1991) Married 15 years to a very wealthy man, Alice is a vaguely unhappy and shallow Manhattanite who's filled with romantic fantasies.

She has 3 encounters with her old boyfriend, Eddie (Alec Baldwin), who died in an automobile accident 20 years earlier. And her deceased mother (Gwen Verdon) also appears once.


Always starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman (1989) Pete, a pilot for the forest fire service, dies in a mid-air explosion. Later, his coworker and girlfriend, Dorinda, recklessly flies off to rescue six firefighters who are trapped on the ground. Although she is successful, her plane crashes into a lake, and Pete intervenes to save her from drowning.


Arthur 2 – On The Rocks starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, and John Gielgud (1988) Arthur, an immature alcoholic, loses his fortune and his wife. Hobson, his deceased butler, makes a full appearance and confronts him for wallowing in self-pity and giving up. This powerful ADC causes Arthur to hit bottom, cease drinking, and turn his life around.


Da starring Barnard Hughes and Martin Sheen (1988) When his foster-father dies in Ireland, Charlie flies to his funeral and stays on to settle his estate. His da (dad) appears to him frequently and they have numerous conversations. This film presents an imaginative collage of ADCs, memories, and flashbacks.


Field Of Dreams starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, and James Earl Jones (1989) Ray hears "The Voice" and builds a baseball field on his farm in Iowa as an act of faith. Ray's deceased father, John, comes back as a young man to have a baseball catch – and a healing reunion – with his son. Shoeless Joe Jackson and other dead ballplayers also come to the field.


Ghost starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg (1990) Sam is shot and killed during an apparent mugging in New York City. He learns that his girlfriend, Molly, is in great danger, and he seeks to protect her by communicating through a reluctant psychic, Oda Mae.

The main ADC occurs at the end of the movie when Molly is able to see and communicate with Sam, and they kiss before he goes into the Light.


The Heavenly Kid starring Lewis Smith, Jason Gedrick, and Jane Kaczmarek (1985) Bobby fulfills his assignment as a guardian angel to a teenage boy. He also makes an appearance to his former girlfriend, Emily, to complete his unfinished business with her. He tells Emily that he'll always be with her.


Kiss Me Goodbye starring Sally Field, James Caan, and Jeff Bridges (1982) In this romantic farce Kay, a widow of three years, finds her plans to marry her fiancé, Rupert, are complicated by the presence of her charming and egotistical deceased husband, Jolly. Only she can see and communicate with him.


The Lion King This animated Walt Disney movie stars the voices of Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, and James Earl Jones (1994). Mufasa, the king of the jungle and the father of young Simba, is killed by his ambitious brother, Scar. However, Simba believes he alone was the cause of his father's death and becomes an exile due to his guilt.

Years later, Simba sees his deceased father in an ADC vision. Mufasa reminds his grown son of his true responsibility. He urges Simba to return and claim his rightful position as the ruler of the kingdom, thereby deposing Scar who has assumed all power for himself.


A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy Woody Allen wrote, directed, and stars in this romantic comedy in which three couples share a summer weekend together in the country, around 1900 – also starring Mia Farrow and Jose Ferrer (1982).

One of the men, Leopold, is a pompous professor and an avowed atheist. However, when he dies after making love, his soul is seen as a small ball of light as he bids a joyful farewell to his five friends.


The Phantom, starring Billy Zane, Treat Williams, Kristy Swanson, and James Remar is based upon the popular comic-strip hero (1996) The Phantom's father (Patrick McGoohan), who was killed by being stabbed in the back, makes three full appearances to his son, which include one-way and two-way communication. One of the occasions occurs during a taxi cab ride in New York City, though the driver doesn't see or hear his extra passenger.


The Star Wars Trilogy starring Mark Hamil, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher – with Alec Guiness

Star Wars (1977) Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, a Jedi Knight, befriends young Luke Skywalker and teaches him about The Force. After he is slain, Obi-Wan becomes even more powerful than when he was alive. He directs Luke to use The Force while he attacks the Empire's battle station in his X-wing fighter.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) When Luke is lost and freezing to death on an icy planet, Obi-Wan makes a full appearance to give him a message and provide encouragement. Later, he appears to both Luke and Yoda, the Jedi Master, to give Luke an important warning.

Return Of The Jedi (1983) Obi-Wan appears to Luke after Yoda dies, explains who Darth Vader is, and reveals that Luke has a twin sister. Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Luke's father, Anakin Skywalker, make full appearances together to Luke during the celebration of the defeat of the evil Empire.


Some Girls starring Patrick Dempsey and Jennifer Connelly (1989) In this unusual comedy, an American college student spends his Christmas vacation with his girlfriend and her eccentric family in Quebec. He befriends her dying Granny (Lila Kedrova) and brings flowers to her tomb on Christmas day.

There he encounters a mysterious young woman who disappears. Later he identifies her from an old portrait – a picture of Granny in the prime of her life.


Topper starring Cary Grant and Constance Bennett (1937) After dying in an auto accident, George and Marion Kerby realize they must perform a good deed. They help Cosmo Topper, a stuffy banker, and his prudish wife to be more playful and improve their marriage. The Kerbys appear and communicate many times to the Toppers and others.

This popular comedy inspired two movie sequels and a TV show, and many other films and TV programs have been based on a similar premise.


Truly, Madly, Deeply an English film starring Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman (1991) Nina is a deeply bereaved widow after her husband, Jamie, dies suddenly from an illness.

At first she is comforted when he returns to her in a lifelike way, but his presence soon becomes more of a burden than a joy. Eventually a new romance enters her life and she asks Jamie to leave her for good.


2010 starring Roy Scheider (1984) In 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) astronaut David Bowman died while exploring the huge black monolith near Jupiter. In this sequel, he appears on earth to his former wife, Betty, on a TV set, and contacts his aged mother just before she dies.

He also appears to Dr. Heywood Floyd aboard the spaceship Discovery to give him an urgent warning.

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