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

Movies With Death, Sudden

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Distant Location
Asperger's Syndrome Death, Sudden Avoidant Personality Disorder Sexual Dissatisfaction Survivor Guilt Narcissistic Personality Disorder Depression, Situational Denial

A visionary sheik believes in his passion for salmon fishing and decides to bring the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no ex...

Director : Lasse Hallström
Cast : Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked, Rachael Stirling, Tom Mison

Art School Confidential (2006)
R Comedy Drama Dark Comedy
HIV infected Alcoholism Virginity, Male Adultery Death, Sudden

Jerome, a teenager from the suburbs passionate about art, goes to New York City's Strathmore College as a drawing major. Competition and petty jealous...

Director : Terry Zwigoff
Cast : Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Angelica Huston, Jim Broadbent

Kinky Boots (2005)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Music Coming of Age Dance
Anxiety Alcohol Abuse Enabling Death, Sudden Death of Parent Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Depression, Situational Crossdressing Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)

Charlie may have grown up in Manchester, England beside his father's family shoe business, but he never wanted to fill his shoes. Then, his father's s...

Director : Julian Jarrold
Cast : Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah-Jane Potts, Nick Frost

Frankie & Alice (2010)
R Drama Biography Based on True Events
Dissociative Identity Disorder Death of Friend Promiscuity Delusional Death, Sudden Abuse, Physical Unexpected Pregnancy Death of Child Denial

In 1970's a black go-go dancer named Frankie living in the Watts area of L.A., who experiences blackouts is repeatedly misdiagnosed with substance abu...

Director : Geoffrey Sax
Cast : Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson

Face/Off (1997)
R Action Crime Science-Fiction
Seizures/Convulsions Epilepsy Death of Child Psychopathy Death, Sudden

Obsessed with bringing his son's killer, a terrorist named Castor, to justice, FBI agent Sean must track down Castor, who apparently boarded a plane i...

Director : John Woo
Cast : John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola

Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
PG-13 Drama Family
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Death, Sudden Depression, Situational Suicide

Bachir, an Algerian immigrant escaping the terrorism that killed his wife and daugher, is hired as the immediate substitute for an elementary school t...

Director : Philippe Falardeau
Cast : Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Marie-Ève Beauregard

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
None Drama Romance
Death of Spouse Domestic Violence Single Parenting Depression, Situational Death, Sudden


Director : Martin Scorsese
Cast : Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd, Harvey Keitel, Alfred Lutter III, Jodie Foster, Billy Green Bush

Butterbox Babies (1995)
NR Drama Based on True Events
Death, Sudden Unexpected Pregnancy Disfigurement Passive Aggressive Behavior Death of Child Single Parenting Denial Abuse,Child Infertility Adoption

The true story of a couple that ran an illegal adoption ring out of a home for unwed mothers in Nova Scotia, from the 1928 through the 1945, that was ...

Director : Don McBrearty
Cast : Susan Clark, Peter MacNeill, Catherine Fitch, Michael Riley

Where the Truth Lies (2005)
R Crime Drama Mystery Thriller Erotica
Substance Abuse Polio Alcohol Abuse Death, Sudden Death of Parent Depression, Situational Suicide Death of Child Addiction, Sex

In 1957, a young polio survivor is featured on a Miami telethon reported on by her journalist father and hosted by a Martin and Lewis like duo. After ...

Director : Atom Egoyan
Cast : Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman, David Hayman

Giant (1956)
APPROVED Drama Epic Romance Historical Fiction
Alcoholism Head Injury Narcissistic Personality Disorder Death, Sudden Asocial Behavior

Around 1930, a single, wealthy, handsome yet naive Texas rancher Bick, visits a refined Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. While there, he meets and ...

Director : George Stevens
Cast : Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Mercedes Cambridge, Chill Wills, Rod Taylor

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

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
R Drama War Biography Based on True Events Inspirational
Substance Abuse Death, Sudden Virginity, Male Sexual Confusion Depression, Situational Prostitution Parapalegia Mobility Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alcohol Abuse

In the mid 1960s, a patriotic, suburban teenager Ron Kovic enlists in the Marines to fulfill his American duty. During his second tour in Vietnam, he ...

Director : Oliver Stone
Cast : Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Josh Evans

Ordinary People (1980)
R Drama Romance
Suicidal Enabling Death, Sudden Survivor Guilt Death of Child Depression, Situational Denial Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Death of Sibling Abuse, Emotional

Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of their other son. Conrad has survival guilt to the extent of a suicide...

Director : Robert Redford
Cast : Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton

Mystic River (2003)
R Crime Drama Mystery Suspense
Death of Spouse Abuse, Psychological Death, Sudden Death of Parent Death of Child Abuse, Sex Abuse,Child Developmental Delays Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Marital Separation Abuse, Emotional

In the summer of 1975 in a blue collar boston neighborhood, Dave, Jimmy and Sean are playing on the sidewalk when Dave gets pulled into a car and driv...

Director : Clint Eastwood
Cast : Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Laura Linney, Marcia Gay Harden

Antichrist (2009)
NOT RATED Drama Horror
Depression, Clinical Death, Sudden Death of Child

A couple's son falls out the window to his death while they are having sex in another room. The mother's grief sends her to the hospital, but her husb...

Director : Lars von Trier
Cast : Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

The Cut (2014)
Drama History
Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Death of Sibling Mute Limp/Antalgic Gait Death, Sudden

Set in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, this film begins during the Armenian Genocide, which resulted in the forced migration and diaspora of the Armenian ...

Director : Fatih Akin
Cast : Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian, Makram Khoury, Hindi Zahra

Very Good Girls (2013)
R Drama Dark Comedy
Virginity, Female Adultery Death, Sudden Death of Parent Sexual Harassment, Female

At home in Ditmas Beach, Brooklyn, New York during the summer before starting college, two best friends named Lilly and Gerri are obsessed with the th...

Director : Naomi Foner
Cast : Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Sterling Jones, Lenny Platt

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

All About My Mother (1999)
R Drama Foreign
Transgenderism Blended Families Single Parenting Death, Sudden Unexpected Pregnancy AIDS/HIV Death of Child

Manuela has been a single mother who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time his birth. On his seventeenth birthday they go to the theate...

Director : Pedro Almodóvar
Cast : Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

About Schmidt (2002)
R Drama Roadtrip Dark Comedy
Death of Spouse Adultery Enabling Depression, Situational Denial Death, Sudden Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha. Upon his retirement, he realizes he is no longer the boss ...

Director : Alexander Payne
Cast : Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney

Never Let Me Go (2010)
R Drama Romance Science-Fiction
In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Orphaned Organ Donors Death, Sudden

In the English countryside, orphaned friends Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth grow up together in an idyllic boarding school. It is only when they leave the sch...

Director : Mark Romanek
Cast : Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Izzy Meikle-Small, Charlie Rowe

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

Married to the Mob (1988)
R Comedy Crime Romance Music
Death of Spouse Delusional Death, Sudden Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Depression, Situational Suicide Psychosis Chronic Depression Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Strabismas Eye Disorder Insecurity

In the suburbs of Long Island In 1988, Angela is the unhappily married wife of Frank, a hit man who works directly for the mob boss,Tony. She lives in...

Director : Jonathan Demme
Cast : Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Mercedes Ruehl, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lazar, Alec Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Joan Cusack

Of Mice and Men (1939)
APPROVED Drama History
Developmental Delays Promiscuity Death, Sudden

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 : Lewis Milestone
Cast : Burgess Meredith, Betty Field, Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Bickford

Agnes Browne (1999)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Death of Spouse Single Parenting Heart Failure Death, Sudden Sexuality

In 1967, Dublin, the sudden death of her husband sends Agnes and her seven children, ages 2-14, into emotional and financial crisis. She is forced to ...

Director : Anjelica Huston
Cast : Anjelica Huston, Marion O'Dwyer, Tom Jones, Niall O'Shea, Ciaran Owens

L.A. Confidential (1997)
R Crime Drama Mystery
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alcohol Abuse Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Emotional Death, Sudden Abuse, Physical Chronic Depression Single Parenting Abuse, Sex


Director : Curtis Hanson
Cast : Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, David Strathairn

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

A Life of Her Own (1950)
Drama Melodrama
Paralysis Depression, Situational Suicide Alcoholism Death, Sudden

In the late 1940's, broke but ambitious Lily leaves Kansas to try modeling in Lily in New York City. She's street-wise and with a her solid work ethic...

Director : George Cukor
Cast : Lana Turner, Ray Milland, Tom Ewell, Louis Calhern, Ann Dvorak, Jean Hagen, Barry Sullivan

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

Gifted (2017)
Death of Sibling Death, Sudden Death of Parent Foster Parenting Depression, Situational Suicide Narcissistic Personality Disorder Gifted and Talented Single Parenting

When Frank's sister - a mathematician - suddenly dies he is left to raise his seven year old niece who is gifted and talented. Frank's plans for a no...

Director : Marc Webb
Cast : Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer

A Single Man (2009)
R Drama
Suicidal Sexuality Death, Sudden

In 1962, George Falconer, a British man who teaches English in a Los Angeles college, is still finding it impossible to cope since the loss of Jim, h...

Director : Tom Ford
Cast : Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
APPROVED Crime Drama Suspense Thriller Film-Noir
Mobility Miscarriage Death, Sudden Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Unexpected Pregnancy Paralysis Psychosis

While on a train, writer Richard meets attractive Ellen. She quickly becomes obsessed with Richard and discards her fiancé Russell to be with him. Cau...

Director : John M. Stahl
Cast : Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Daryll Hickman

Digging to China (1997)
PG Comedy Drama Coming of Age
Prostitution Alcoholism Promiscuity Down’s Syndrome Death, Sudden Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Single Parenting

In 1960's North Carolina, ten-year-old Harriet lives with her mother and older sister Gwen in the dilapidated motel that her mother received as part o...

Director : Timothy Hutton
Cast : Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Bacon, Mary Stuart Masterson, Marian Seldes

If These Walls Could Talk (1996)
R Drama Thriller
Death, Sudden Abortion, Legal Abortion, Illegal

Three stories of unexpected pregnancy and abortion, set in the same house with different occupants, spanning over forty years. A 1952 nurse tries to g...

Director : Cher, Nancy Savoca
Cast : Sissy Spacek, Cher, Demi Moore, Shirley Knight, Catherine Keener, Jason London, Jada Pinket Smith, Anne Heche, CCH Pounder, Eileen Brennan