Since their inception, movies have served as the meter of popular culture, reflecting the customs, tastes and thinking of their times. As such, films provide benchmarks for the history of psychological development. A survey of American movies reveals that even though there has been a progression of psychological thought about death and dying by the medical community and a more naturalistic portrayal in our cinema, we remain a death-denying culture.
Urban, Elizabeth C., "Realizing Death: The Journey of American Cinema" (2009). Excellence in Research Awards. Paper 5.