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

Movies With Caregiving

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

Of Two Minds (2012)
G Drama
Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Schizophrenia Caregiving Death of Parent

Billie's younger schizophrenic sister, Baby, is taken care of by their mother. After she dies, Billie has Baby move in with her family, including her...

Director : Jim O'Hanlon
Cast : Kristin Davis, Tammy Blanchard, Louise Fletcher, Joel Gretsch, Bonnie Bartlett

Hateship Loveship (2013)
R Drama Romance Senior Interest
Substance Abuse Depression, Clinical Orphaned Enabling Death of Parent Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Single Parenting Foster Care Asocial Behavior

Johanna, an orphan who has grown to be quiet caregiver unused to communicating with others, starts a job working for Mr. McCauley and his teenage gran...

Director : Liza Johnson
Cast : Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte, Christine Lahti, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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

Bless the Child (2000)
R Crime Drama Horror Thriller
Caregiving Asperger's Syndrome

Omens and concepts of good versus evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurs...

Director : Chuck Russell
Cast : Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Christina Ricci, Holliston Coleman, Rufus Sewell

An Unfinished Life (2005)
PG-13 Action Crime Drama Dark Comedy
Death of Spouse Enabling Disfigurement Domestic Violence Passive Aggressive Behavior Caregiving Single Parenting Mobility Alcoholism Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Divorce Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Survivor Guilt Death of Child Denial

In order to escape the domestic violence of Gary, her boyfriend, Jean, a single mother with a daughter named Griff, secretly leave Iowa. Broke, with n...

Director : Lasse Hallström
Cast : Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman, Damian Lewis, Josh Lucas

Matching Jack (2010)
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Leukemia Caregiving Bone Marrow Donor

In 2010 Melbourne, Australia first, a mother named Marisa finds that her son has leukemia and may survive if a matching donor is found; second, she fi...

Director : Nadia Tass
Cast : Jacinda Barrett, Richard Roxburgh, Tom Russell, James Nesbitt, Kodi Smit-McPhee

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

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

Robot & Frank (2012)
PG-13 Comedy Crime Drama Senior Interest
Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Kleptomania/Shoplifting Caregiving Enabling Dementia Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

In the near future in countrified Colds Springs, New York lives Frank, a long divorced, retired cat burglar. While his successful son, Hunter, tries...

Director : Jake Schreier
Cast : Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandan, Jeremy Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeremy Sisto

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

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

Pretty in Pink (1986)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Coming of Age
Alcoholism Insecurity Single Parenting Enabling Death of Parent Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving

Andie lives on the wrong side of town with an alcoholic, unemployed father and his memory of her dead mother. She's responsible, smart, and works afte...

Director : Howard Deutch
Cast : Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, Annie Potts,

The Black Balloon (2008)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Family Romance
Caregiving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Thomas is turning 16 and life is moving quickly: his dad's in the army and they've just moved to a town in New South Wales; his mom is pregnant; and h...

Director : Elissa Down
Cast : Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson, Gemma Ward

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

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

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
R Comedy Drama History Biography
Mobility Polio Insecurity Adultery Enabling Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving

In 1930s Hudson Valley, New York Margaret "Daisy" Suckley is purposely reacquainted with her distant cousin, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to serv...

Director : Roger Michell
Cast : Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Samuel West, Olivia Colman

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

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

Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)
R Comedy Drama
Mobility Cerebral Palsy Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Caregiving

In Dublin, Rory O'Shea is a rebel. While living at Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, he affects the lives of all the residents and is the ...

Director : Damien O'Donnell
Cast : Steven Robertson, Alan King, Brenda Fricker, Ruth McCabe

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 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

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

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 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

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

Mask (1985)
R Drama Biography
Lionitis Caregiving Single Parenting Disfigurement Craniodiaphyseal Dysplasia

Rocky is a teenager with Craniodiasphyseal dyplasia or lionitis, which causes deformities of the head. He has outlived his life expectancy and expecte...

Director : Peter Bogdanovich
Cast : Cher, Sam Elliott, Eric Stoltz, Estelle Getty

The Help (2011)
PG-13 Drama Dark Comedy
Abuse, Psychological Domestic Violence Alzheimer’s Disease Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Miscarriage Infertility Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Insecurity Anxiety Alcohol Abuse Abuse, Emotional Cancer Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Abuse,Child

In 1963, Skeeter graduates from college and returns home to her life long friends in Jackson, Mississippi determined to become a journalist. As she re...

Director : Tate Taylor
Cast : Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek, Cicely Tyson

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

Capote (2005)
R Crime Drama History Biography
Sexuality Attachment Disorder Caregiving Single Parenting Hunger Strike Foster Care Denial Abuse,Child Alcoholism Dissociative Identity Disorder

When Truman Capote, a popular writer for The New Yorker, reads about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Holcomb, Kansas, in 1959...

Director : Bennett Miller
Cast : Allie Mickelson, Kelci Stephenson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Craig Archibald

Away from Her (2006)
PG-13 Drama Romance Senior Interest
Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Adultery

Grant and Fiona Anderson have been married for forty-four years. Their marriage has been a happy and loving, except for Grant's affairs while being a ...

Director : Sarah Polley
Cast : Gordon Pinsent, Stacey LaBerge, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy

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

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

My Old Lady (2014)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
Depression, Clinical Enabling Caregiving Mobility Alcoholism Self-Esteem Divorce Death of Friend Anxiety Incest Blended Families Alcoholic Relapse Adultery Depression, Situational Suicide Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Illegitimacy

Mathias, an alcoholic New Yorker, divorced three times and down to his last dime, inherits a large, valuable Paris apartment from his wealthy, but lon...

Director : Israel Horovitz
Cast : Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Michael Burstin, Elie Wajeman

Of Mice and Men (1992)
PG-13 Drama
Developmental Delays Caregiving Abuse, Verbal Enabling Rape Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

During the Great Depression in the 1930's, George Milton and Lennie Small are migrant workers traveling together to seek work. Lennie is a large, phys...

Director : Gary Sinise
Cast : John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Ray Walston, Casey Siemaszko

Poetry (2010)
NR Drama Foreign Senior Interest
Rape Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Suicidal Stroke

A sixty-something woman, faced with the revelation of a heinous family crime finds she is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Initially, she s...

Director : Chang-dong Lee
Cast : Jeong-hie Yun, Da-wit Lee, Hira Kim, Nae-sang Ahn

Atlantic City (1980)
R Action Crime Drama Romance
Invalid Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Enabling

Training as Atlantic City croupier will help Sally realize her dream of going to Monte Carlo, a glamorous symbol of all that has evaded her since leav...

Director : Louis Malle
Cast : Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli, Al Waxman, Hollis McLaren, Robert Goulet, Robert Joy

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

The Savages (2007)
R Comedy Drama
Domestic Violence Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving

Jon and Wendy Savage are siblings who have spent their adult years attempting, without success, to recover from childhoods with their abusive father, ...

Director : Tamara Jenkins
Cast : Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman

My Left Foot (1989)
R Drama Biography
Mobility Cerebral Palsy Alcoholism Caregiving Enabling

In 1932, poverty stricken Dublin, Ireland no one expects much from Christy Brown. As one of the thirteen surviving children his mother delivered, ther...

Director : Jim Sheridan
Cast : Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Hugh O'Connor, Kirsten Sheridan

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

The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
N/A Crime Drama Mystery Film-Noir Based On Novel
Substance Abuse Gifted and Talented Enabling Caregiving Addiction, Withdrawal Psychosomatic Symptoms Parapalegia Mobility Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Developmental Delays Substance Overdose Abuse, Physical Paralysis Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

In 1955, an illegal card dealer and heroin addict named Frankie returns from prison determined to stay clean and employed playing the drums, which he ...

Director : Otto Preminger
Cast : Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak, Arnold Stang,Darren McGavin, Robert Strauss, John Conte

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

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

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

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

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

Aurora Borealis (2005)
R Drama Romance Senior Interest Dark Comedy
Substance Abuse Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Parkinson’s Disease Panic Attacks Chronic Depression Caregiving Oppositional Defiant Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Anxiety Adultery Suicidal Kidney Condition Death of Parent Chronic Heart Condition Euthanasia/Right To Die Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

Duncan is a depressed twenty-something in Minneapolis, Minnesota still playing hockey with his high school friends who mock, rather than help, him. Al...

Director : James C.E. Burke
Cast : Joshua Jackson, Donald Sutherland, Juliette Lewis, Louise Fletcher, Steven Pasquale, Katie Griffin, Zack Ward

Mr. Turner (2014)
R Drama History Biography
Depression, Clinical Enabling Disfigurement Chronic Heart Condition Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Abuse, Sex Marital Separation Adultery Insanity Death of Parent

From approximately 1825 to 1850, the last twenty-five years in the turbulent life of J.M.W. Turner, England's finest painter. A punishing, tormented m...

Director : Mike Leigh
Cast : Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage

Mary and Martha (2013)
TV-PG Adventure Drama Distant Location
Malaria Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Death of Child Caregiving

Mary, an American interior designer and Mary, a British housewife couldn't be more different. Mary intentionally pulls her son from their local school...

Director : Phillip Noyce
Cast : Hilary Swank, Brenda Blethyn, Sam Claflin, Frank Grillo