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

Movies With Addiction, Substance

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

Everybody's Fine (2009)
PG-13 Drama Family Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Addiction, Substance Heart Attack Chronic Respiratory Condition Sexuality Sexual Confusion Death of Child Angina/ Coronary Artery Disease

Frank Goode, a recent widower with a chronic respiratory condition as a result of working with PVC, is the proud father of four that he pushed toward ...

Director : Kirk Jones
Cast : Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell

Ray (2004)
PG-13 Drama Biography Music
Alcoholism Addiction, Substance Death of Sibling Blindness Single Parenting Little People/People of Small Stature Abuse, Sex

Legendary rhythm and blues singer Ray Charles' story begins by being born with sight and raised in poverty by a single, intuitive mother. He loses his...

Director : Taylor Hackford
Cast : Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Sharon Warren, Curtis Armstrong, Richard Schiff

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
NOT RATED Drama Historical Fiction Based On Novel
Addiction, Substance Social Anxiety Disorder Abuse, Psychological Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Sexual Harassment, Male Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Schizoid Personality Disorder Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal

During the Great Depression in the 1930's Scout and her older brother Jem live in racially divided Maycomb, Alabama. Having lost their mother young, t...

Director : Robert Mulligan
Cast : Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Philip Alford, Robert Duall, Brock Peters, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

The Wrestler (2008)
R Drama Romance Sport
Addiction, Substance Insecurity Single Parenting Promiscuity Addiction, Physical Challenges

An aging professional wrestler, decades past his prime, barely gets by working in wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery employee. Wr...

Director : Darren Aronofsky
Cast : Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
R Drama Romance Biography Music Based on True Events
Addiction, Substance Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Sex Abuse,Child Rape Attachment Disorder

Born Elinore Harris, Billie Holiday had a rough childhood that included rape, then working in brothels first as a cleaning woman and then as a prostit...

Director : Sidney J. Furie
Cast : Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan

Kinsey (2004)
R Drama Biography Based on True Events Erotica Historical Fiction
Addiction, Substance Abuse, Psychological Virginity, Female Enabling Self-Mutilation Virginity, Male Sexual Confusion Addiction, Sex Abuse,Child Abuse, Emotional Adultery Abuse, Verbal Sexual Therapy Heart Attack

Alfred Kinsey has been interested in biology since he was a child during the early 1900's, despite the rigid criticisms of his overbearing, devoutly C...

Director : Bill Condon
Cast : Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard,Timothy Hutton, John Lithogow, John Krasinski, Oliver Platt, Julianne Nicholson, Lynn Redgrave, Veronica Cartwright, Tim Curry

Black or White (2014)
PG-13 Crime Drama Dark Comedy
Death of Spouse Addiction, Substance Enabling Death, Sudden Heart Attack Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Death of Child Caregiving Denial Alcoholism Blended Families

After his seventeen year old daughter dies during childbirth, Elliott and his wife are grandparents raising their bi-racial grand-daughter, Eloise, be...

Director : Mike Binder
Cast : Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Jillian Estell, Bill Burr

Leaves of Grass (2009)
R Action Crime Drama Suspense Dark Comedy
Substance Abuse Depression, Clinical Addiction, Substance Death of Sibling Sexual Harassment, Male Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Chronic Depression Wendy Syndrome

The lives of two identical, but estranged twins: one an Ivy League classics professor and the other a small-time, yet brilliant marijuana grower who r...

Director : Tim Blake Nelson
Cast : Edward Norton, Keri Russell, Susan Sarandon, Lucy DeVito, Josh Pais, Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Blake Nelson, Melanie Lynskey

Amazing Grace (1992)
UNRATED Drama Foreign
AIDS/HIV Addiction, Substance

In Israel there are two families, each with a gay son. Jonathan breaks up with the experienced Miki, because he continues to play around. Then Jonatha...

Director : Amos Guttman
Cast : Sharon Alexander, Aki Avni, Dvora Bartonov, Gal Hoyberger

Love Liza (2002)
R Comedy Drama Dark Comedy
Depression, Situational Suicide Addiction, Substance

Wilson Joel is a man attempting to move on from the sudden and inexplicable suicide of his wife. His mother-in-law tries to help but is in her own pa...

Director : Todd Louiso
Cast : Philip Seymour Hoffman, J.D. Walsh, Jimmy Raskin, Kathy Bates

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

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

Garden State (2004)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Mobility Developmental Delays Addiction, Substance Epilepsy Bipolar Disorder Learning Disabilities

After many years away, television actor Andrew returns to his small home town in New Jersey to attend his mother's funeral. There he is confronted by ...

Director : Zach Braff
Cast : Zach Braff, Kenneth Graymez, George C. Wolfe, Austin Lysy

Courage Under Fire (1996)
R Action Crime Drama Mystery War
Amputation Alcoholism Addiction, Substance Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Captain Karen Walden, who died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued when it crashed in Desert Storm, is expected to be the first woman to re...

Director : Edward Zwick
Cast : Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Glenn, Michael Moriarty, Bronson Pinchot

Michael Clayton (2007)
R Crime Drama Mystery
Addiction, Substance Panic Attacks Narcissistic Personality Disorder Bipolar Disorder Single Parenting Psychopathy Depression, Situational Addiction, Gambling Alcoholism Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Divorce Anxiety Depression, Situational Suicide

Former prosecutor, Michael, has been employed at the corporate law firm of Kenner, Bach and Ledeen for fifteen years, where he now realizes he will ne...

Director : Tony Gilroy
Cast : George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Michael O'Keefe, Sydney Pollack, Danielle Skraastad

The English Patient (1996)
R Adventure Drama Mystery Romance War Military Distant Location Historical Fiction
Addiction, Substance Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Burn Victim Retrograde Amnesia Avoidant Personality Disorder

In 1944, near the end of WW II, s badly burned man, Laszlo is tended by an emotionally wounded nurse named Hana, who fled from her unit in depression ...

Director : Anthony Minghella
Cast : Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth

Citizen Ruth (1996)
R Drama Dark Comedy Satire
Prostitution Addiction, Substance Promiscuity Abortion, Legal Unexpected Pregnancy Single Parenting Miscarriage Foster Care

Ruth Stoops is a single mother addicted to sniffing glue who has lost her four children to foster care due to her inability to reform or develop any s...

Director : Alexander Payne
Cast : Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz, Kurtwood Smith, Mary Kay Place

Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
R Crime Drama Roadtrip
Seizures/Convulsions Addiction, Substance Substance Overdose Addiction, Danger Rehabilitation Facility Death, Sudden Kleptomania/Shoplifting Epilepsy

In 1970's Portland Bob is the leader of his family of drug addicts. It consists of his wife, Dianne, and another couple. Working in pairs, they financ...

Director : Gus Van Sant
Cast : Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Le Gros, Heather Graham

Deceiver (1997)
R Crime Drama Mystery
Seizures/Convulsions Alcoholism Addiction, Substance Adultery Promiscuity Delusional Narcissistic Personality Disorder Epilepsy

The gruesome death of a prostitute brings suspicion to one of her "johns" named Wayland, a brilliant but self-destructive man who is an epileptic and ...

Director : Jonas Pate, Josh Pate
Cast : Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Michael Rooker, Renée Zellweger

Casino (1995)
R Crime Drama Biography Based on True Events
Addiction, Substance Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Verbal Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence Narcissistic Personality Disorder Abuse,Child Prostitution Abuse, Emotional

In early-1970's, low-level mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein is flattered when he's chosen by his mobster bosses to head the Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas. A...

Director : Martin Scorsese
Cast : Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
R Comedy Drama
Substance Abuse Death of Spouse Addiction, Substance Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Adultery Death of Parent Agoraphobia Chronic Depression

Thirty-year-old Jeff -- a man who is weight challenged, addicted to pot and unemployed -- lives in the basement of his widowed mother's home watching ...

Director : Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Cast : Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer

The Shipping News (2001)
R Action Drama History Romance Suspense
Addiction, Substance Enabling Down’s Syndrome Rape Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Single Parenting Denial Anxiety Incest Abuse, Verbal

After being abused by a loveless father, Quoyle marries an equally abusive wife who soon leaves him to raise their daughter alone. Once his father and...

Director : Lasse Hallström
Cast : Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans, Judi Dench, Gordon Pinchett, Larry Pine, Pete Postethwaite

A Wedding (1978)
PG Romance Dark Comedy Satire
Addiction, Substance Avoidant Personality Disorder Abortion, Legal Sexual Dissatisfaction Dementia Sexual Confusion Passive Aggressive Behavior Narcissistic Personality Disorder Epilepsy Seizures/Convulsions Alcoholism Adultery Promiscuity Death, Sudden Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Mute Addiction, Sex

The wedding of an old money Chicago family (who may be connected to the mob by marriage) and a nouveau riche family from the south. Dino, the groom ha...

Director : Robert Altman
Cast : Carol Burnett, Mia Farrow, Paul Dooley, Geraldine Chaplin, Lillian Gish, Vittorio Gassman, Howard Duff, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Peggy Ann Garner, Nina van Pallendt, Amy Stryker, Lauren Hutton, Pam Dawber

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

Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982)
G Drama Biography
Addiction, Substance Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Divorce Bipolar Disorder Adultery Single Parenting

Singer Rosemary Clooney rose from a 1940's band singer from Kentucky to major fame in Hollywood by the 1950's. At the height of her career she married...

Director : Jackie Cooper
Cast : Sondra Locke, Tony Orlando, Penelope Milford, John Karlen

Valley of the Dolls (1967)
PG-13 Drama Romance Music
Mental Health Facilities Depression, Clinical Addiction, Substance Adultery Abortion, Illegal Unexpected Pregnancy Depression, Situational Suicide Breast Cancer Alcoholism

Bright, pretty Anne Welles arrives in Manhattan and becomes a secretary at an entertainment law firm. There she falls in love with attorney Lyon Burke...

Director : Mark Robson
Cast : Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward, Lee Grant

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