Curated Movies Categorized By Disability, Disorder, Disease And Other Human Challenges

Movies With Weight Challenged

In Her Shoes (2005)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
Dyslexia Weight Challenged Suicidal Enabling Death of Parent Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Bipolar Disorder Depression, Situational Mobility

Two sisters share the same shoe size and traumatic childhood due to their mother's early death. The elder, Rose, is a lonely, responsible Philadelphia...

Director : Curtis Hanson
Cast : Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Mark Feurstein, Shirley MacLaine, Ken Howard, Candice Azzara,Norman Lloyd, Francine Beers, Brooke Smith

Marty (1955)
NR Drama Romance
Social Anxiety Disorder Weight Challenged Enabling Learned Helplessness Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Attachment Disorder Asocial Behavior Wendy Syndrome Inferiority Complex Abuse, Emotional

In 1955 Bronx, New York thirty-four-year Marty is the last of six children, unmarried and living at home with a controlling mother. After being goaded...

Director : Delbert Mann
Cast : Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Jerry Paris, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Joe Mantell, Karen Steele

Used People (1992)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Abuse, Verbal Weight Challenged Delusional Chronic Depression Single Parenting Alcoholism Insecurity Divorce Abuse, Emotional

At her husband's funeral, Pearl, the Jewish mother of two divorced daughters, meets an Italian man who her husband confided in many years earlier, and...

Director : Beeban Kidron
Cast : Shirley MacLaine, Marcello Mastroianni, Bob Dishy, Kathy Bates

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Self-Esteem Weight Challenged Sexual Harassment, Female Commitment Phobia Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Passive Aggressive Behavior Alcoholism, Functional Denial

Bridget Jones is an unmarried 30 'ish woman in London struggling against her age, her weight, her job, her status and, mostly, from her chronic lack o...

Director : Sharon Maguire
Cast : Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Celia Imrie, Jim Broadbent, James Faulkner

Another Year (2010)
PG-13 Comedy Drama
Death of Spouse Alcoholism Self-Esteem Insecurity Divorce Weight Challenged Smoking/Nicotine Addiction

Four seasons of the year pass In the suburbs of London for a married couple who have managed to remain happy, healthy, and fulfilled after thirty year...

Director : Mike Leigh
Cast : Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Oliver Maltman

The First Wives Club (1996)
PG Comedy
Alcoholism Insecurity Passive Aggressive Behavior Adultery Weight Challenged Depression, Situational Suicide

After years of helping their husbands achieve success, three ex-wives who were dumped for newer models decide to exact revenge in an exciting new way ...

Director : Hugh Wilson
Cast : Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith

Death Nurse (1987)
NR Horror Thriller
Alcoholism Tuberculosis Abuse, Emotional Weight Challenged Abuse, Sex Abuse, Physical

Edith, a murderous nurse, and her brother run a fake medical facility from the suburban house that they share. They take in patients and then kill the...

Director : Nick Millard
Cast : Priscilla Alden, Albert Eskinazi, Royal Farros, Frances Millard

Black Swan (2010)
R Drama Mystery Thriller Psychological Dance
Weight Challenged Single Parenting Eating Disorders Body Image Self-Mutilation Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Nina is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company. She lives with her controlling mother, Erica, a former ballerina. The artistic director Thomas ...

Director : Darren Aronofsky
Cast : Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey

Foxcatcher (2014)
R Drama Sport Biography
Addiction, Substance Caregiving Weight Challenged Depression Self-Mutilation Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

When Mark Schultz and is invited by John du Pont, heir to the du Pont fortune, to move on to the family estate and help form a team to train for the 1...

Director : Bennett Miller
Cast : Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller

Take the Lead (2006)
PG-13 Drama Music Based on True Events Ballroom Dancing Dance
Substance Abuse Abuse, Psychological Enabling Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Single Parenting Abuse, Sex Prostitution Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Alcoholism Abuse, Emotional Artificial Insemination Abuse, Verbal Weight Challenged Abuse, Physical Sexual Harassment, Female Stress

In New York, a dance instructor, Pierre, sees a black teenager vandalizing the car of an inner city high school principal due to his frustration over ...

Director : Liz Friedlander
Cast : Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta, Alfre Woodard

Terri (2011)
R Comedy Drama
Substance Abuse Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Alcohol Abuse Weight Challenged Orphaned Sexual Harassment, Female Alzheimer’s Disease Self-Inflicted Wounds

Overweight and depressed 15-year old Terri Thompson starts to slack off in his small town school by wearing pajamas, to the disgust of his teachers. S...

Director : Azazel Jacobs
Cast : Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Bridger Zadina, Creed Bratton

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
PG Comedy Romance Coming of Age
Weight Challenged Alzheimer’s Disease Abuse, Emotional

Toula is thirty-years-old, single, and stuck working in her family's Greek diner Dancing Zorba's in Chicago. Her father Gus just wants her to marry a ...

Director : Joel Zwick
Cast : Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin, Ian Gomez, Christina Eleusiniotis, Kaylee Vieira

Spanglish (2004)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance
Language Acquisition Weight Challenged Enabling Second Language Acquisition Accent Reduction Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Alcoholism, Functional Single Parenting Body Image

John is a devoted father whose skills as a famous Los Angeles chef have provided his family early affluence. His wife, Deborah, despite her intelligen...

Director : James L. Brooks
Cast : Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman

Bridesmaids (2011)
R Comedy Romance
Blended Families Weight Challenged Enabling Alcoholics Anonymous Passive Aggressive Behavior Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Denial Alcoholism

Annie is asked by her best friend to be her maid of honor directly after she loses her boyfriend and partner in business. She's broke and sharing an a...

Director : Paul Feig
Cast : Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Rebel Wilson, Jill Clayburgh, Jon Hamm, Ben Falcone, Matt Lucas, Ellie Kemper

Notting Hill (1999)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance
Insecurity Divorce Weight Challenged Eating Disorders Abuse, Physical Depression Parapalegia Mobility Infertility

It's surreal for William, the depressed, divorced, owner of a failing Notting Hill bookstore when Anna Scott, the world's most popular actress, enters...

Director : Roger Michell
Cast : Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers, James Dreyfuss, Rhys Ifans, Tim McInnerny,Gina McKee, Alec Baldwin, Richard McCabe, Rhys Ifans

Love on a Diet (2001)
Comedy Romance
Weight Challenged Eating Disorders Depression, Situational Body Image

Mimi Mo is an exchange student sent to Japan. She meets and falls in love with a budding pianist, Kurokawa. Kurokawa leaves to study music in the Uni...

Director : Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Cast : Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Rikiya Kurokawa, Asuka Higuchi

Hairspray (2007)
PG Comedy Musical Romance
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Agoraphobia Weight Challenged Body Image

Tracy is a teenager with weight challenges and all the right moves. She's obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. After one of the stars of the show lea...

Director : Adam Shankman
Cast : John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes

Chef (2014)
R Comedy Drama Roadtrip Inspirational
Addiction, Substance Divorce Anxiety Weight Challenged Chronic Depression Narcissistic Personality Disorder Alcoholism, Functional Single Parenting Denial

Carl Casper is a divorced dad and acclaimed, but depressed chef losing whatever artistic freedom he thought he had in the celebrated L. A. restaurant ...

Director : Jon Favreau
Cast : Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Emjay Anthony, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman, Amy Sedaris

Freaks (1932)
NR Drama History Horror Romance Suspense
Weight Challenged Enabling Disfigurement Amputation Siamese Twins Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder Little People/People of Small Stature Denial

A circus trapeze artist, Cleopatra, takes an interest in Hans, a man of small stature who works with her in the circus, to use him. She is the show's ...

Director : Tod Browning
Cast : Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Heavy (1995)
R Drama Romance
Social Anxiety Disorder Enabling Eating Disorders Delusional Virginity, Male Alcoholism Self-Esteem Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Insecurity Anxiety Adultery Weight Challenged Promiscuity Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Survivor Guilt Scapegoat Identity Heart Failure Denial Body Image Chronic Depression Caregiving Single Parenting

In 1995, in a roadside Hudson River Valley diner called "Pete & Dolly's," Victor, the son of Dolly and the now deceased Pete, is his mother's caregive...

Director : James Mangold
Cast : Pruitt Taylor Vince, Shelley Winters, Liv Tyler, Deborah Harry, Joe Grifasi, Evan Dando

Dreamgirls (2006)
PG-13 Drama Musical Music Dance
Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Weight Challenged Enabling

In 1960's Detroit, Curtis Taylor, Jr. breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, calls them the Dreamettes, gets ...

Director : Bill Condon
Cast : Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover

Mary and Max (2009)
NR Comedy Drama Family
Asperger's Syndrome Alcoholism Weight Challenged

In the 1970's, eight year old Australian Mary Dinkle picks the name of a man out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him, including a chocolate ba...

Director : Adam Elliot
Cast : Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries, Eric Bana

Lovely & Amazing (2001)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Insecurity Anxiety Weight Challenged Denial Body Image

Four insecure, but resilient women and the lessons they must learn about keeping up with the demands of their own neuroses. Jane, her two adult daught...

Director : Nicole Holofcener
Cast : Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Troy Ruptash, Emily Mortimer, Brenda Blethyn, Raven Goodwin

Empire Falls (2005)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance
Recovering Substance Abuser Amputation Alzheimer’s Disease Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Developmental Delays Alcoholism Divorce Cancer Weight Challenged Death of Parent

An epic focusing on Empire Falls, an economically depressed mill town in Maine. Lifetime resident Miles Roby, who for twenty years has run the town's ...

Director : Fred Schepisi
Cast : Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Aiden Quinn, Robin Wright

Shall We Dance (2004)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Music American Remake Ballroom Dancing Dance
Weight Challenged Repression Panic Attacks Sexuality Chronic Depression Sexual Confusion Narcissistic Personality Disorder Alcoholism, Functional Denial Body Image Anxiety

Despite having a long career as a lawyer and a loving family, John Clark is depressed over the fact that something is missing in his life. Then, one n...

Director : Peter Chelsom
Cast : Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Lisa Ann Walter

City Island (2009)
PG-13 Comedy
Voyeurism Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Sexual Confusion Scapegoat Identity Feederism Illegitimacy Depression Denial Insecurity Incest Blended Families Adultery Weight Challenged Stress

The Rizzo family lives In City Island, Bronx, New York and every member of it harbors a secret. Vince, a prison guard longs to become an actor and sec...

Director : Raymond De Felitta
Cast : Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer, Alan Arkin, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Ezra Miller

Precious (2009)
R Drama Fantasy Music Based on True Events Inspirational Psychological
Abuse, Psychological Eating Disorders Domestic Violence Sexual Confusion Single Parenting Developmental Delays Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Dissociative Identity Disorder Incest Abuse, Verbal Weight Challenged Down’s Syndrome Diabetes Denial Body Image Abuse, Child HIV infected

In Harlem, 1987, sixteen-year-old Precious, an illiterate, obese black teen is pregnant with her second child; both children fathered by her biologica...

Director : Lee Daniels
Cast : Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz

Saboteur (1942)
PG Action Crime Drama Mystery Thriller Psychological
Siamese Twins People of Small Stature/Little People Blindness Weight Challenged

As WWII rages, Los Angeles aircraft worker Barry Kane sees his best friend die in factory fire and escapes false arrest. Having earlier identified the...

Director : Alfred Hitchcock
Cast : Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter, Norman Lloyd, Clem Bevans, Alma Kruger, Dorothy Peterson

Nightmare Alley (1947)
NR Drama Film-Noir Psychological
Alcoholism People of Small Stature/Little People Blindness Weight Challenged Disfigurement Siamese Twins

Ambitious Stan works in a sideshow as carnival barker and assistant to the mentalist Zeena, married to the alcoholic Pete. Zeena and Pete developed a ...

Director : Edmund Goulding
Cast : Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker, Taylor Holmes, MIke Mazurki

Real Women Have Curves (2002)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Coming of Age
Abuse, Emotional Virginity, Female Abuse, Verbal Weight Challenged Body Image Scapegoat Identity Menopause

This is the story of Ana, an ambitious forward thinking first generation Mexican-American teenager, trapped by her mother's attitudes in Latino East L...

Director : Patricia Cardoso
Cast : America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, George Lopez

Fatso (1980)
PG Comedy Drama Romance
Asthma Weight Challenged Eating Disorders

Dominick has always been heavy because he loves to eat. It is his favorite thing. When his cousin dies due to a lack of exercise and improper diet, Do...

Director : Anne Bancroft
Cast : Dom DeLuise, Anne Bancroft, Ron Carey, Candice Azzara

Disfigured (2008)
Drama
Weight Challenged Eating Disorders Body Image

A friendship forms between Darcy, a recovering anorexic and Lydia, a woman who is a weight challenge advocate. Lydia gets involved in a sexual relatio...

Director : Glenn Gers
Cast : Deidra Edwards, Staci Lawrence, Ryan C. Benson, Elizabeth Sampson

Uncle Bun (1991)
Comedy Drama Romance
Weight Challenged

When Charlie Chacko, an overweight man who is struggling with the death of his first love is forced to take care of his brother's three children, he f...

Director : Bhadran
Cast : Mohanlal, Kushboo, Nedumudi Venu, Reshma

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
PG-13 Drama Romance Coming of Age Inspirational
Adultery Weight Challenged Single Parenting Down’s Syndrome Agoraphobia

The Grape family lives in the one street, working class town of Endora, Iowa. The family includes Ellen, Amy, Arnie, Gilbert and their weight-challeng...

Director : Lasse Hallström
Cast : Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen

In & Out (1997)
PG-13 Comedy Based on True Events
Virginity, Female Weight Challenged Enabling Eating Disorders Bulimia Nervosa Virginity, Male Sexual Confusion Denial Body Image Insecurity Anxiety

All of Greenleaf, Indiana is watching this year's telecast of the Oscars as local boy, Cameron Drake, has been nominated for his latest movie role as ...

Director : Frank Oz
Cast : Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Wilford Brimly, Bob Newhart

Hunger Point (2003)
Drama
Mental Health Facilities Weight Challenged Enabling Eating Disorders Body Image Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

Obsessed with the idea that having a slender body is the vital to one's being attractive, controlling mother, Marsha Hunter, forces her two daughters ...

Director : Joan Micklin Silver
Cast : Barbara Hershey, Christina Hendricks, Susan May Pratt, Jeremy Akerman

Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
TV-PG Drama Biography Music
Addiction, Substance Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Insecurity Anxiety Weight Challenged Body Image Panic Attacks

In 1935, the parents of thirteen-year-old Frances Gumm signed an MGM contract in Hollywood where she was renamed Judy Garland. From that day forward h...

Director : Robert Allan Ackerman
Cast : Judy Davis, Tammy Blanchard, Victor Garber, Alison Pill, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey