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Disabilities, Disorders, Syndromes,

and Other Challenges

Movies With Caregiving

A Time to Remember (2003)
NR Drama Family Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

An artist and single mother returns home for Thanksgiving, after years of estrangement, in order to to try to repair her relationship with her mother....

Director : John Putch
Cast : Dana Delany, Doris Roberts, Megan Gallagher, Louise Fletcher

Mostly Martha (2001)
Comedy Drama Romance Foreign
Depression, Clinical Death of Sibling Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Temporary Speech Loss Death of Parent

German restaurant chef Martha is the narcissistic ruler of her kitchen staff and the adversary of any complaining customer. Her job is her life from h...

Director : Sandra Nettelbeck
Cast : Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, Sergio Castellitto, August Zirner

Scent of a Woman (1992)
R Drama Courtroom Drama Dark Comedy
Alcoholism Caregiving Blindness Enabling

Frank is a retired Lt Col in the US army. He's also a blind alcoholic man who challenges anyone who comes near him. Charlie has a scholarship to a boa...

Director : Martin Brest
Cast : Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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

Light in the Piazza (1962)
NR Drama Romance
Developmental Delays Head Injury Caregiving Learning Disabilities Enabling Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

Noel and Meg have a twenty-six year old daughter named Clara who suffered a head injury from a fall as a child which resulted in her intellect remaini...

Director : Guy Green
Cast : Olivia de Havilland, Rossano Brazzi, Yvette Mimieux, George Hamilton

The Piano (1993)
R Drama Romance Music
Enabling Abuse, Physical Amputation Sexual Dissatisfaction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder American Sign Language Mute Caregiving Single Parenting Depression

In the mid-1800's, Ada, the single mother of young Flora who is also mute sails -- with her piano -- from Scotland to the rugged forests of New Zealan...

Director : Jane Campion
Cast : Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
PG-13 Comedy Drama
Substance Abuse Enabling Panic Attacks Narcissistic Personality Disorder Hypochondria Caregiving Single Parenting Infertility Inferiority Complex Alcoholism Genetically Predisposed Divorce In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Blended Families Adultery Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

In 1986, at a Manhattan Thanksgiving Day family gathering, we meet the three daughters of two former actors, now demanding alcoholics. The sisters ar...

Director : Woody Allen
Cast : Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher, Michael Caine, Sam Waterson, Mia Farrow, Woody Allen, Diane Wiest, Lloyd Nolan, Maureen O'Sullivan, Max Von Sydow, Daniel Stern

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

Mouchette (1967)
NOT RATED Drama Foreign
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Alcoholism Death of Parent Depression, Situational Suicide Rape Epilepsy Caregiving

Mouchette is a teenaged female who lives in the countryside of France. Her mother is dying and her father is an alcoholic who does not take care about...

Director : Robert Bresson
Cast : Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Marie Cardinal, Paul Hebert

The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)
PG Drama Fantasy Romance
Caregiving Alcoholism

Recent widow, Charlene Michaelson and her two children, Milly and Louis, move into a house in a new neighborhood. Still grieving, they begin a new lif...

Director : Nick Castle
Cast : Lucy Deakins, Jay Underwood, Bonnie Bedelia, Fred Savage, Colleen Dewhurst, Fred Gwynne, Jason Priestly, Louise Fletcher, Mindy Cohen

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Adventure Comedy Drama
Substance Abuse Addiction, Substance Enabling Depression, Situational Suicide Sexuality Caregiving Temporary Speech Loss Denial Wendy Syndrome

In Albuquerque, New Mexico Sheryl Hoover brings her depressed brother Frank home to her dysfunctional family when he tries to commit suicide, after be...

Director : Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Cast : Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin, Steve Carrell

Elling (2001)
R Comedy Drama
Social Anxiety Disorder Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Virginity, Male Caregiving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Elling is a 40 year old man with autism. When his mother dies, he is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell, a large gentle man ob...

Director : Petter Næss
Cast : Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Jørgen Langhelle

Miracle Run (2004)
PG Drama Romance Sport Based on True Events
Caregiving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Learning Disabilities Echolalia

Corrine is the mother of twins boys Stephen and Philip. After taking them to a specialist she finds out both boys have autism. When she tells her husb...

Director : Gregg Champion
Cast : Mary-Louise Parker, Aidan Quinn, Zac Efron, Bubba Lewis

Under the Piano (1996)
G Drama Family Based on True Events
Mental Health Facilities Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Enabling

Rosetta is the autistic child of Regina, a mother bitter over the possible opera career she feels was denied her due to Rosetta's birth; a fact she ne...

Director : Stefan Scaini
Cast : Amanda Plummer, Megan Follows, Teresa Stratas, James Carroll

Backstreet Dreams (1990)
R Drama
Divorce Caregiving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Single Parenting

Dean and his wife, Lucy take their son, Shane to a clinic, where he is diagnosed by a psychologist, Stevie, as being autistic. After finding his wife ...

Director : Rupert Hitzig, Jason O'Malley
Cast : Brooke Shields, Jason O'Malley, Anthony Franciosa, Burt Young

Barfly (1987)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Alcoholism Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Enabling

Alcolhlic Henry Chinaski believes that life is free and yours to live as you desire. He spends his days drinking, listening to the radio, fighting a b...

Director : Barbet Schroeder
Cast : Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige, Jack Nance

The Homesman (2014)
R Drama Western Historical Fiction
Abuse, Psychological Virginity, Female Postpartum Depression Self-Mutilation Panic Attacks Misogyny Sexual Dissatisfaction Diphtheria Caregiving Abuse, Sex Anxiety Abuse, Emotional Insanity Sexual Harassment, Female Depression, Situational Suicide Rape Death of Child Catatonia Depression, Clinical

In 1854, on the brutally harsh Nebraska frontier, a lonely female farmer, Mary Bee, struggles to maintain her farm without the husband she traveled we...

Director : Tommy Lee Jones
Cast : Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, James Spader, Hailee Steinfeld, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson

The Country Girl (1954)
NR Drama Romance Music
Insecurity Adultery Enabling Sexual Dissatisfaction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Death of Child Caregiving Denial Alcoholism

Alcoholic singer Frank has a chance to make a Broadway come-back after a decade without work when director Bernie Dodd offers him the lead in his new ...

Director : George Seaton
Cast : Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross

Country Strong (2010)
PG-13 Drama Romance Music
Alcoholism Stillbirth Rehabilitation Facility Enabling Depression, Situational Suicide Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving

A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter, who sparks with an alcoholic singing star. Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, wh...

Director : Shana Feste
Cast : Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, Leighton Meester

Little Voice (1998)
R Comedy Drama Romance Music Dark Comedy
Social Anxiety Disorder Enabling Delusional Death of Parent Agoraphobia Caregiving Denial Alcoholism Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Insecurity Abuse, Verbal

Painfully shy "LV" or "Little Voice," is a recluse who listens closely to her late father's old albums in her room to deny the reality of her lonely l...

Director : Mark Herman
Cast : Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent, Philip Jackson

Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
G Drama
Substance Abuse Alcoholism Genetically Predisposed Caregiving Enabling Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

Playwright Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical account of his explosive home life, fused by his morphine-addicted mother; his alcoholic father, a former...

Director : Sidney Lumet
Cast : Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Dean Stockwell

David's Mother (1994)
G Drama Family Romance
Mental Health Facilities Caregiving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Sally Goodson has been raising her autistic son David alone since his father left years ago. Now a social worker discovers that Sally has been dodging...

Director : Robert Allan Ackerman
Cast : Kirstie Alley, Sam Waterston, Stockard Channing, Michael A. Goorjian

My Favorite Year (1982)
PG Action Adventure Comedy Crime Romance
Alcoholism Insecurity Divorce Enabling Panic Attacks Caregiving Single Parenting Denial

In 1950's Manhattan, Benjy Stone is the junior writer on the top rated variety/comedy television show based in Rockefeller Center. Television is a new...

Director : Richard Benjamin
Cast : Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna, Lainie Kazan

Iris (2001)
R Drama Romance Biography Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

British writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch, is a young academic, teaching philosophy at Oxford. Murdoch meets and falls in love with fellow professo...

Director : Richard Eyre
Cast : Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent

The Iron Lady (2011)
PG-13 Drama Biography Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

A prisoner in her own home due to a concerned staff and her daughter Carol, Britain's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, looks back on he...

Director : Phyllida Lloyd
Cast : Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Susan Brown, Alice da Cunha

Corrina, Corrina (1994)
PG Comedy Drama Romance
Death of Spouse Death of Parent Stroke Writer's Block Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Caregiving Temporary Speech Loss Single Parenting Denial

In the late 1950's when commercial jingle music writer Manny Singer's wife dies, his young daughter Molly becomes mute and withdrawn. To help cope wit...

Director : Jessie Nelson
Cast : Ray Liotta, Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Cusack, Larry Miller, Don Ameche, Noreen Hennessey, Lucy Webb, Erica Yohn, Tina Majorino

Amour (2012)
PG-13 Drama Romance
Stroke Caregiving

Georges and Anne, both in their eighties, are retired music teachers who enjoy life. Then Anne has a stroke and their lives are upturned. So begins An...

Director : Michael Haneke
Cast : Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud

Stanley & Iris (1990)
PG-13 Drama Romance
Death of Spouse Illiteracy Single Parenting Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Domestic Violence Caregiving

Stanley is a shy man and illiterate short-order cook who lives with his elderly father. Iris is a newly widowed factory worker who has vowed never to ...

Director : Martin Ritt
Cast : Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro, Swoosie Kurtz, Martha Plimpton

Pollock (2000)
R Drama Biography Based on True Events
Seizures/Convulsions Alcoholism Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Enabling

By the 1940's, abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock's art work is featured in Life magazine. Had he not met Lee Krasner, who became his wife, agent,...

Director : Ed Harris
Cast : Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Bower, Jennifer Connelly

Hello, My Name Is Frank (2014)
Comedy Drama Roadtrip
Tourette Syndrome Death, Sudden Caregiving

Frank, is a man with Tourette's syndrome who feels truly lost when his caregiver suddenly dies. After recognizing that Frank has become particularly d...

Director : Dale Peterson
Cast : Garrett M. Brown, Rachel DiPillo, Mary Kate Wiles, Hayley Kiyoko

Two Weeks (2006)
R Comedy Drama
Caregiving Cancer Kidney Condition Death of Parent Chronic Heart

North Carolina matriarch, Anita, enters the final stage of her battle with cancer. Her four adult children Keith, Barry, Emily, and Matthew gather at ...

Director : Steve Stockman
Cast : Sally Field, Ben Chaplin, Lauren Aboulafia, Julianne Nicholson, Tom Cavanagh, Glen Howerton

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

When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
R Drama Romance
Alcoholism Rehabilitation Facility Enabling Alcoholics Anonymous Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Passive Aggressive Behavior Caregiving

A wife and mother, Alice is also an alcoholic. Her husband, Michael, a pilot, is away a lot. He is a patient enabler who doesn't have the will to deal...

Director : Luis Mandoki
Cast : Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan, Ellen Burstyn, Tina Majorino

When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (2010)
NR Drama History Biography Based on True Events
Alcoholism Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Enabling Alcoholics Anonymous

Based on the true story of the Lois Wilson, the wife of Bill Wison, who founded Alcoholics Anonymous. This film covers their troubled marriage and how...

Director : John Kent Harrison
Cast : Winona Ryder, Barry Pepper, John Bourgeois, Rosemary Dunsmore

A Song for Martin (2001)
PG-13 Drama Romance Foreign Music Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

Composer, Martin meets violinist, Barbara at one of his performances. Despite the fact that both of them are married and middle aged they fall in love...

Director : Bille August
Cast : Sven Wollter, Viveka Seldahl, Reine Brynolfsson, Linda Källgren

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
PG Comedy Drama Senior Interest
Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Illiteracy Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving

In 1948 Atlanta, after damaging her car, a 73-year-old widow called Miss Daisy must face the fact that she that can no longer drive. Her son hires a b...

Director : Bruce Beresford
Cast : Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

Billy Elliot (2000)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Music Dark Comedy Dance
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Caregiving Depression Death of Parent Domestic Violence Alzheimer’s Disease

In 1984, County Durham, England during the longest, most violent coal miner's strike against the Thatcher administration that Britain had seen since W...

Director : Stephen Daldry
Cast : Jamie Bell, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven, Gary Lewis

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

A Moment to Remember (2004)
NR Drama Romance Foreign
Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving

A Korean love story about two young people, opposites in every way, who discover happiness and fall in love. The couple's enduring love is then put to...

Director : John H. Lee
Cast : Woo-sung Jung, Ye-jin Son, Jong-hak Baek, Sun-jin Lee

The Notebook (2004)
PG-13 Drama Romance Senior Interest
Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Enabling

In 2004, in an assisted living facility, a man reads a story to a disoriented woman with Alzheimer's disease. The story takes place in 1940s South Car...

Director : Nick Cassavetes
Cast : Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Joan Allen, James Garner, Sam Shepard, James Marsden, Tim Ivey, Gena Rowlands, Starletta DuPois

U Me Aur Hum (2008)
NR Comedy Drama Romance Foreign Senior Interest
Alzheimer’s Disease Alcohol Abuse Caregiving

Ajay and Pia's love story begins at sea where they develop a strong and special bond with one another. Then they rush into marriage despite the advice...

Director : Ajay Devgn
Cast : Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Sumeet Raghvan, Divya Dutta

A Separation (2011)
PG-13 Drama Foreign
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

Nader and Simin discuss moving abroad to live permanently. Simin wants to live abroad to access opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However...

Director : Asghar Farhadi
Cast : Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

Do You Remember Love (1985)
NR Drama Family Romance Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

Barbara is an English professor who begins to forget things. After making the same recipe for dinner every night without realizing it, her husband tak...

Director : Jeff Bleckner
Cast : Joanne Woodward, Richard Kiley, Andrea Barber, Judith Barsi

Honig im Kopf (2014)
NR Comedy Drama Family Foreign Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

Tilda loved her grandfather, Amandus. But, Amandus has Alzheimers. Always the charming, humorous, adored head of the family, now he starts acting like...

Director : Til Schweiger, Lars Gmehling
Cast : Til Schweiger, Dar Salim, Jeanette Hain, Mehmet Kurtulus

The Descendents (2011)
R Comedy Drama
Substance Abuse Death of Spouse Comatose Living Wills Enabling Depression, Situational Caregiving

Matt, a native Hawaiian lawyer, finds his world shattering when a boating accident leaves his wife comatose. The complications mount to include her wi...

Director : Alexander Payne
Cast : George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Beau Bridges

Still Alice (2014)
PG-13 Drama
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

Alice, a renowned linguistics professor happily married with three grown children starts to forget the words that have made her a professor. When her ...

Director : Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Cast : Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart, Shane McRae, Hunter Parrish

'night, Mother (1986)
PG-13 Drama
Suicidal Enabling Death of Parent Convulsions/Seizures Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Passive Aggressive Behavior Epilepsy Caregiving Depression, Chronic Insecurity Anxiety

As Jessie packs and label bags that she hopes will go to charity, she explains to her mother, Thelma, that her depression over her dependent life has ...

Director : Tom Moore
Cast : Sissy Spacek, Anne Bancroft, Ed Berke, Carol Robbins

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

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

Persona (1966)
NOT RATED Drama Suspense Thriller Foreign
Dissociative Identity Disorder Mute Caregiving Enabling Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Chronic Depression

In 1966 Sweden, a young nurse named Alma is put in charge of Elisabeth, an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects but will not talk. As they...

Director : Ingmar Bergman
Cast : Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand