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

Movies With Deafness

No Way Out (1950)
NR Action Crime Drama Film-Noir Psychological
Mobility Alcohol Abuse Brain Tumor Abuse, Verbal Deafness Abuse, Physical Mute

After John and Ray Biddle are shot while robbing a gas station, they're taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital. Ray, a rabid racist, wants no...

Director : Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast : Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Stephen McNally, Harry Bellaver, Amanda Randolph

Ryan's Daughter (1970)
R Drama Romance
Limp/Antalgic Gait Enabling Disfigurement Sexual Dissatisfaction Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Caregiving Single Parenting Deafness Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

World War I may seem far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula, but the rivalry between the English and Irish is not, especially when reckless and newl...

Director : David Lean
Cast : Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones, John Mills

The Story of Esther Costello (1957)
N/A Drama
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Blindness Rape American Sign Language Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Hearing Loss Epilepsy Deafness

Eighteen-year-old Esther has been deaf and blind since the accident which killed her mother. Wealthy Margaret Landi, a native of Esther's village in I...

Director : David Miller
Cast : Joan Crawford, Rossano Brazzi, Heather Sears, Lee Patterson, Fay Compton

Dear Frankie (2004)
PG-13 Drama Family Mystery Romance
Enabling Death of Parent Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Single Parenting Denial Deafness Abuse, Child

Frankie is a nine-year-old boy who is deaf. He and his single mother, Lizzie, have been on the move all over Scotland ever since Frankie can remember;...

Director : Shona Auerbach
Cast : Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, Jack McElhone, Mary Riggans, Sharon Small

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Death of Spouse Deafness Heart Attack Commitment Phobia American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Hearing Loss

The film follows the lives of several friends in London over the course of several years -- four weddings and a funeral -- which serve as the backgrou...

Director : Mike Newell
Cast : Hugh Grant, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Kristen Scott Thomas, Andie McDowell, Charlotte Coleman

Black (2005)
NR Drama Family Foreign
Alcoholism Blindness Deafness American Sign Language Alzheimer’s Disease Mute Lipreading/Speechreading

Paul and Catherine give birth to their first daughter, Michelle, who is blind, deaf, and mute. They isolate her from the outside world and, consequent...

Director : Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast : Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor

Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
N/A Comedy Crime Drama Romance Senior Interest Holiday
Blindness Unexpected Pregnancy Chronic Heart Condition Amputation American Sign Language Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Single Parenting Little People/People of Small Stature Illegitimacy Deafness Alcoholism

1920's prohibition beggar, Apple Annie, is a well known fixture on Manhattan's Broadway. Especially by bootlegger Dave the Dude, who's convinced her a...

Director : Frank Capra
Cast : Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell, Peter Falk, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, Mickey Shaughnessy, Sheldon Leonard

Barfi (2012)
G Comedy Drama Romance Foreign
Mute Caregiving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Deafness

Barfi is a street smart, happy man who was born deaf and mute. HIs mother died when he was a baby and so he is raised alone by his father, a chauffeur...

Director : Anurag Basu
Cast : Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Illeana D'Cruz, Saurabh Shukla, Ashish Vidyarthi, Roopa Ganguly

Music Within (2007)
R Comedy Drama Biography Based on True Events
Cerebral Palsy Alcoholism Lipreading/Speechreading Hearing Loss Deafness

After a confrontation with one of his idols dashes his dreams of studying public speaking in college, Richard joins the Army and is drafted to Vietnam...

Director : Steven Sawalich
Cast : Clint Jung, Melissa George, Marion Ross, Rebecca De Mornay

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)
APPROVED Drama History Biography Based on True Events
American Sign Language Scarlet Fever Lipreading/Speechreading Deafness

In late 1800's Boston, while teaching at a school for the deaf, Alexander Graham Bell falls in love with Mabel Hubbard. Like his mother, she's deaf fr...

Director : Irving Cummings
Cast : Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

Mandy (1952)
APPROVED Drama Based on True Events
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Harry and Christine Garland have a daughter named Mandy who is deaf and mute. After fully realizing their daughter's needs, the Garlands enroll Mandy ...

Director : Alexander Mackendrick
Cast : Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan, Godfrey Tearle

The Bélier Family (2014)
Comedy
Genetically Predisposed American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Rodolphe and Gigi Belier are married couple in France. They have two children and run their farm for a living. Of the three of them, Rodolphe, Gigi, a...

Director : Eric Lartigau
Cast : Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino, Louane Emera

See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
R Action Comedy Crime
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Blindness Deafness

When a man is murdered, two other men witness it. One of the men is blind and he hears the killer. The other man is deaf and he sees the murder. While...

Director : Arthur Hiller
Cast : Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey

Johnny Belinda (1948)
UNRATED Drama
Unexpected Pregnancy Rape American Sign Language Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Single Parenting Deafness

Dr. Richardson is a dedicated young general practitioner, trying to establish himself in a poor, isolated fishing village on Cape Breton Island, off t...

Director : Jean Negulesco
Cast : Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead

Marie's Story (2014)
NR History Foreign Biography
Blindness Single Parenting Deafness Foster Parenting American Sign Language Mute Lipreading/Speechreading

Marie Heurtin is a girl who was born blind, deaf, and mute to single father who in a poor villager in France. Though rejected by others, a nun named S...

Director : Jean-Pierre Améris
Cast : Isabelle Carré, Ariana Rivoire, Brigitte Catillon, Noémie Churlet

Love Is Never Silent (1985)
Drama
Lipreading/Speechreading Caregiving Enabling Deafness Co-Dependent Personality Disorder American Sign Language

In 1931, during the Great Depression, a young woman struggles over her need for independence and the obligation that has been imposed on her since chi...

Director : Joseph Sargent
Cast : Mare Winningham, Cloris Leachman, Sid Caesar, Phyllis Frelich

The Hammer (2010)
PG-13 Drama Sport Biography Based on True Events
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Matt was born deaf, yet he was raised and schooled with people who could hear. Still, Matt felt like an outsider in both the hearing and the deaf comm...

Director : Oren Kaplan
Cast : Russell Harvard, Raymond J. Barry, Shoshannah Stern, Michael Anthony Spady

Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
PG Drama Music
Passive Aggressive Behavior Lipreading/Speechreading Artificial Insemination Deafness Panic Attacks American Sign Language

In early 1960's Oregon, recent graduate and hopeful composer, Glenn, Holland believes it's his destiny to write a transcendent piece of music. Since ...

Director : Stephen Herek
Cast : Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis

A City of Sadness (1989)
Drama History Foreign
Substance Abuse Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Deafness

Prior to WWII, Taiwan was a Japanese colony for fifty years. The oldest of four brothers in the Lin family turns his bar into "Little Shanghai" to pro...

Director : Hsiao-hsien Hou
Cast : Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Shufen Xin, Sung Young Chen, Jack Kao

Flesh and Fury (1952)
Action Drama Romance Sport
Deafness Mute Lipreading/Speechreading

In 1952, Paul, an attractive boxer who is deaf and mute, captures the interest of an ambitious woman, Sonya and retired fight manager, Pop; both of wh...

Director : Joseph Pevney
Cast : Tony Curtis, Jan Sterling, Mona Freeman, Wallace Ford

A Scene at the Sea (1991)
Romance Foreign
Deafness

Shigeru is a part time sanitation service worker who is deaf. His girlfriend, Takako, is also deaf. One day, on his usual route, Shigeru finds a broke...

Director : Takeshi Kitano
Cast : Claude Maki, Hiroko Ôshima, Sabu Kawahara, Toshizo Fujiwara

Beyond Silence (1996)
PG-13 Drama Foreign Music
Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Caregiving Enabling Deafness American Sign Language

Since childhood in a small German village, Lara has had the task of translating the communication of the outside world to her parents, who are both de...

Director : Caroline Link
Cast : Sylvie Testud, Tatjana Trieb, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit

Deaf Sam-yong (1964)
Drama Foreign
Deafness American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading

A Korean farmhand who is deaf, falls in love with his landlord's daughter-in-law....

Director : Sang-ok Shin
Cast : Jin Kyu Kim, Eun-hie Choi, No-shik Park, Geum-bong Do

The Replacements (2000)
PG-13 Comedy Sport
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

When the NFL football team, the Washington Sentinels, goes on strike, the team's owner calls former NFL coach out of retirement to coach a motley asso...

Director : Howard Deutch
Cast : Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones

You'd Be Surprised (1926)
Passed Comedy Crime Mystery Silent
Deafness

On Friday the 13th, 1926, a coroner rushes to solve the crime of a stolen diamond from the houseboat party of a district attorney, in order to make it...

Director : Arthur Rosson
Cast : Raymond Griffith, Dorothy Sebastian, Edward Martindel, Earle Williams

Bridge to Silence (1989)
Drama Romance
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

John and Peg are are a married couple who are deaf. They have a six year old daughter, Lisa. On their way to Peg's parents house they have a car accid...

Director : Karen Arthur
Cast : Lee Remick, Marlee Matlin, Michael O'Keefe, Candace Brecker

Sincerely Yours (1955)
UNRATED Drama Music
Lipreading/Speechreading Deafness

In 1955 Manhattan, Tony, a multi-talented pianist, appears to have it all. He has a well connected fiancee, money, a penthouse overlooking Central Par...

Director : Gordon Douglas
Cast : Liberace, Joanne Dru, Dorothy Malone, Alex Nicol

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
APPROVED Drama
Virginity, Female Amputation American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Caregiving Lung Cancer Deafness Mobility Developmental Delays Alcoholism

John, a man who is deaf and mute, tries to help the people around him. He rents a bedroom in a small Southern town to be closer to his friend Spiros, ...

Director : Robert Ellis Miller
Cast : Alan Arkin, Chuck McCann, Peter Mamakos, John O'Leary

The Tribe (2014)
Crime Drama Foreign Erotica
Deafness American Sign Language

Set in an insular Ukrainian high school for the deaf, a new student named Sergey realizes that he must prove himself if he is to have the protection o...

Director : Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
Cast : Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich

The Family Stone (2005)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Family Romance Holiday
Substance Abuse Enabling Breast Cancer Sexuality Chronic Depression American Sign Language Narcissistic Personality Disorder Denial Deafness Gaslighting Insecurity Anxiety Adoption Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Lipreading/Speechreading

The eldest, prodigal son of five children in the Stone family returns home to Thayer, Mass. to introduce his uptight, soon-to-be fiancee to his tough,...

Director : Thomas Bezucha
Cast : Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Craig T. Nelson, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Tyrone Giordano, Brian J. White, Paul Schneider

The Quiet (2005)
R Drama Thriller
Incest Orphaned Death, Sudden Death of Parent American Sign Language Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Deafness Genetically Predisposed

Dot is a teenager who is deaf, mute, and now orphaned. After the death of father, who was also deaf, she is sent to live with her godparents and their...

Director : Jamie Babbit
Cast : Elisha Cuthbert, Camilla Belle, Edie Falco, Martin Donovan

Hear No Evil (1993)
R Action Crime Thriller
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Jillian, a woman who is deaf, becomes the target of a ruthless and corrupt cop. The cop is looking for a stolen coin, which he plans to keep for himse...

Director : Robert Greenwald
Cast : Marlee Matlin, D.B. Sweeney, Martin Sheen, John C. McGinley

Amy (1997)
PG-13 Drama Music
Mute Temporary Speech Loss Death of Parent Deafness Catatonia

Amy's father was a legendary Australian rock musician who was accidentally electrocuted while performing on stage. The psychological trauma leaves Amy...

Director : Nadia Tass
Cast : Alana De Roma, Rachel Griffiths, Ben Mendelsohn, Nick Barker

Amy (1981)
G Drama Family
Marital Separation Lipreading/Speechreading Death of Child Blindness Deafness American Sign Language

In late 1880's Boston, Amy, a woman married to a lawyer, runs away from her unsatisfying marriage, and the painful memories of their dead son, to work...

Director : Vincent McEveety
Cast : Jenny Agutter, Barry Newman, Kathleen Nolan, Chris Robinson

Spirit (2012)
NR Comedy Drama Foreign Satire
Alcoholism Divorce Commitment Phobia Domestic Violence Mute Single Parenting Denial Deafness

Raghunandan, an ex-Bank of England employee, now works for as an interviewer in a popular television show called Show the Spirit. An alcoholic loner, ...

Director : Renjith
Cast : Mohanlal, Kanika, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Nandu, Madhu,Lena, Kalpana, Thilakan

Medeas (2013)
Drama Psychological
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Medeas is a lyrical exploration of alienation and desperation through the eyes of a mother who is deaf and raising five children. Everything is seen t...

Director : Andrea Pallaoro
Cast : Catalina Sandino Moreno, Brían F. O'Byrne, Mary Mouser, Ian Nelson

Children of a Lesser God (1986)
R Drama Romance
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Starting his new job as an instructor at a New England school for the deaf, James meets Sarah, a woman who is deaf and has stayed on at the school as ...

Director : Randa Haines
Cast : William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco

It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
R Comedy Drama Biography Based on True Events
Addiction, Substance Lipreading/Speechreading Hearing Loss Deafness

Frankie Wilde was a legend, in the Ibiza club scene, as both an inspired musician and disc jockey. Then Frankie disappeared for a year, and everyone s...

Director : Michael Dowse
Cast : Paul Kaye, Beatriz Batarda, Kate Magowan, Mike Wilmot

And Now Tomorrow (1944)
Drama
Deafness American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading

Emily is a wealthy, snobbish woman who is deaf. She is skilled at lip-reading and responds to questions in a regular speaking voice. Doctor Vance, a r...

Director : Irving Pichel
Cast : Alan Ladd, Loretta Young, Susan Hayward, Barry Sullivan

Suspect (1987)
R Crime Drama Thriller
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Carl Anderson, a war veteran who is deaf, mute, homeless man suffering from PTSD is arrested for the murder of a prominent judge's secretary. But Kath...

Director : Peter Yates
Cast : Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson, John Mahoney

The Miracle Worker (1962)
APPROVED Drama History Biography Based on True Events
American Sign Language Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Blindness Deafness

In the 1880's, Helen Keller is a girl who, after suffering a severe fever as a baby, was left blind, deaf, and mute. Her parents are desperate to hel...

Director : Arthur Penn
Cast : Anne Bancroft, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine

What Women Want (2000)
PG-13 Comedy Romance American Remake
Depression, Clinical Panic Attacks Sexual Dissatisfaction American Sign Language Single Parenting Depression, Chronic Denial Deafness Insecurity Divorce Anxiety Sexual Dysfunction Suicidal Sexual Harassment, Female

Nick, raised and doted on by a mother who was a Las Vegas showgirl, has grown to be a chauvinistic advertising executive rapidly losing his credibilit...

Director : Nancy Meyers
Cast : Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Bette Midler, Judy Greer, Mark Feurerstein, Lauren Holly, Lisa Edelstein, Delta Burke, Valerie Perrine

Voices (1979)
PG Drama Romance Biography Music Based on True Events
Deafness American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading

In 1979 Hoboken, New Jersey Rosemarie is a young woman who is deaf, as well as the teacher of deaf children. She dreams of becoming a dancer, but her ...

Director : Robert Markowitz
Cast : Michael Ontkean, Amy Irving, Alex Rocco, Barry Miller, Viveca Lindfors

Read My Lips (2001)
R Crime Drama Romance Foreign Film-Noir
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Carla is an overworked secretary for a construction company. She is deaf and mocked by her co-workers about her appearance and subservient position. A...

Director : Jacques Audiard
Cast : Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Devos, Olivier Gourmet, Olivier Perrier

Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
R Crime Drama Based on True Events Film-Noir
Substance Abuse Impotency Polio Misogyny Disfigurement Deafness Alcoholism Insecurity Anxiety Sexual Dysfunction Abortion, Illegal Suicidal Promiscuity Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Scoliosis Rape Masochism Addiction, Sex Body Image Commitment Phobia Limp From Injury Domestic Violence

Theresa grew up in a strict Irish Catholic family in the 1960's. She was left with the psychological and physical scars from childhood polio, surgery,...

Director : Richard Brooks
Cast : Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, Tuesday Weld, William Atherton, Tom Berenger, Richard Kiley

...And Your Name Is Jonah (1979)
PG Drama
Deafness American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading

Because of a misdiagnosis, Jonah, young boy who is deaf, has been classified as having developmental delays and then institutionalized. Jonah's parent...

Director : Richard Michaels
Cast : Sally Struthers, James Woods, Randee Heller, Titos Vandis