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

Movies With Body Image

The Elephant Man (1980)
PG Drama Biography Based on True Events
Disfigurement Club Foot Rape Little People/People of Small Stature Depression Body Image Abuse,Child Alcoholism Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical

John Merrick was born disfigured with Neurofibromatosis. He grew up to be used and abused in carnival acts for years in Victorian England before final...

Director : David Lynch
Cast : Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

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

Mean Girls (2004)
PG-13 Comedy Coming of Age
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Eating Disorders Body Image

Teenage Cady Heron was home-schooled in Africa by her scientist parents. When her family moves back to the suburbs of Illinois, Cady finally gets to e...

Director : Mark Waters
Cast : Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Acey Chabert, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Tim Meadows

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

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

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

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

Waitress (2007)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Inspirational
Abuse, Emotional Adultery Abuse, Verbal Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Unexpected Pregnancy Single Parenting Depression, Chronic Body Image

Jenna is unhappily married and squirreling away money in the small southern town where she lives with her possessive, immature husband, Earl. She work...

Director : Adrienne Shelly
Cast : Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Adrienne Shelly, Andy Griffith, Eddie Jemison, Lew Temple

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

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

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

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

The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
Enabling Eating Disorders Panic Attacks Commitment Phobia Sexuality Sexual Dissatisfaction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Denial Body Image Wendy Syndrome

Rose and Greg, both professors at Columbia University in Manhattan, meet when Rose's sister answers Greg's platonic personal ad on behalf of Rose. Use...

Director : Barbra Streisand
Cast : Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Lauren Bacall, George Segal, Pierce Brosnan, Mimi Rodgers

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

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

A Chorus Line (1985)
PG-13 Drama Musical Music Based on a Play Dance
Abuse, Psychological Biracial Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Sexuality Depression Body Image Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Insecurity Anxiety Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Suicidal Abuse, Physical

Inside a dark Broadway theater in New York City in the mid-1980's, Zach, a famous choreographer, must narrow down hundreds of unemployed, hopeful danc...

Director : Richard Attenborough
Cast : Michael Douglas, Alyson Reed,

Sharing the Secret (2000)
Drama Based on True Events
Bulimia Nervosa Body Image

A teenage girl who feels she must always appear happy for her parents and friends is secretly bulimic. ...

Director : Katt Shea
Cast : Mare Winningham, Alison Lohman, Lawrence Monoson, Mary Crosby

Men, Women & Children (2014)
R Drama Dark Comedy
Eating Disorders Sexual Dissatisfaction Addiction, Pornography Narcissistic Personality Disorder Depression, Chronic Body Image Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Divorce Addiction, Internet Adultery Suicidal Promiscuity Sexual Harassment, Female

High school teenagers and their parents slowly become aware of how the internet has changed their concept of boundaries, relationships, real versus pe...

Director : Jason Reitman
Cast : Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer

Girl, Interrupted (1999)
R Drama Biography
Depression, Clinical Eating Disorders Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Self-Mutilation Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Disfigurement Depression, Situational Suicide Schizophrenia Anorexia Nervosa Body Image

At 18, Susanna attempts suicide and is admitted to Claymoore, a psychiatric hospital. She has been having some delusions and had an affair with the hu...

Director : James Mangold
Cast : Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy, Elizabeth Moss, Jared Leto, Jeffrey Tambour, Clea Duvall, Whoopie Goldberg, Vanessa Redgrave

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