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

Movies With Developmental Delays

Benny & Joon (1993)
PG Comedy Drama Romance
Wendy Syndrome Developmental Delays Illiteracy Learning Disabilities Enabling Schizophrenia Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

Since their parents died when he was sixteen and she was eleven, Benny, a car mechanic has shared the family home with his schizophrenic sister, Joon,...

Director : Jeremiah S. Chechik
Cast : Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Julianne Moore, Oliver Platt, Dan Hedaya, William H. Macy, Joe Grifasi, CCH Pounder

Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story (1994)
Drama Based on True Events
Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities

The true story of a landmark Supreme Court decision. Carrie Buck, was a woman who was used as the test subject in a 1927 experiment to sterilize woman...

Director : John David Coles
Cast : Marlee Matlin, Melissa Gilbert, Peter Frechette, Pat Hingle

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
R Crime Drama History
Self-Mutilation Impotency Developmental Delays Grandiose Behavior Disorder

In 1934 Depression era Texas, twenty somethings Bonnie Parker, a waitress, and Clyde Barrow, a petty thief just sprung from prison, meet and immediate...

Director : Arthur Penn
Cast : Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pile, Gene Wilder, Dub Taylor

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
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

The Other Sister (1999)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance
Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities

Carla Tate is not like her other sisters. Sent at a young age to a school for individuals with developmental delays, twenty-one-year-old Carla returns...

Director : Garry Marshall
Cast : Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton, Tom Skerritt, Giovanni Ribisi

I Am Sam (2001)
PG-13 Drama
Developmental Delays Single Parenting Learning Disabilities Down’s Syndrome Agoraphobia

Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old and works at a Starbucks. He has a daughter by a homeless woman who abandoned him and the baby at the hosp...

Director : Jessie Nelson
Cast : Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest

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

The Blind Side (2009)
PG-13 Drama Sport Biography Based on True Events Based On Novel
Substance Abuse Developmental Delays Blended Families Learning Disabilities Abuse,Child Foster Parenting

Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy take in a homeless teenager named Michael "Big Mike" Oher. He has no father, and his mother is a drug addict. Assertive, aff...

Director : John Lee Hancock
Cast : Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head

Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
PG Drama Sport Based On Novel
Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities Cancer, Hodgkin's Disease

Author and Bruce are members of the New York Mammoths major league baseball team and roommates when they're on the road. Author is the star pitcher an...

Director : John D. Hancock
Cast : Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello, Phil Foster, Ann Wentworth, Barbara Babcock

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

The Village (2004)
PG-13 Drama Mystery Thriller Psychological
Developmental Delays Anxiety Blindness Learning Disabilities

In a quiet, isolated village in 1800's Pennsylvania, there is a pact between the people of the village and the creatures who reside in the surrounding...

Director : M. Night Shyamalan
Cast : Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt

A Wedding For Bella (2001)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Inspirational
Developmental Delays Commitment Phobia Down’s Syndrome

Dominic is a successful businessman who trades in the single lifestyle to work two jobs. One job he hates: being a well-paid white collar corporate ra...

Director : Melissa Martin
Cast : Scott Baio, John Seitz, Kim Martin, Zachary Mott

My Louisiana Sky (2001)
Drama Family Inspirational
Foster Parenting Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities

In 1950's Louisiana, Tiger Ann is a growing girl out in the country with parents who are mentally challenged adults. Her single, chic aunt comes to vi...

Director : Adam Arkin
Cast : Juliette Lewis, Kelsey Keel, Shirley Knight, Amelia Campbell

Empire Falls (2005)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance
Recovering Substance Abuser Amputation Alzheimer’s Disease Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Developmental Delays Alcoholism Divorce Cancer Weight Challenged Death of Parent

An epic focusing on Empire Falls, an economically depressed mill town in Maine. Lifetime resident Miles Roby, who for twenty years has run the town's ...

Director : Fred Schepisi
Cast : Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Aiden Quinn, Robin Wright

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
R Drama Thriller
Death of Spouse Insanity Chronic Respiratory Condition Psychopathy Miscarriage Learning Disabilities Abuse, Sex Developmental Delays Asthma

After Claire reports her doctor to the police for sex abuse, he commits suicide. This traumatic event caused the doctor's then pregnant wife to miscar...

Director : Curtis Hanson
Cast : Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy, Ernie Hudson, Julianne Moore

Tim (1979)
NOT RATED Drama Romance
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Developmental Delays Caregiving Learning Disabilities Enabling Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

Mary is a successful, single American businesswoman in her 40s who lives in Australia on her own. Tim is a handsome twenty-four-year old day laborer w...

Director : Michael Pate
Cast : Piper Laurie, Mel Gibson, Alwyn Kurts, Pat Evison

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

The Last Picture Show (1971)
R Drama Coming of Age
Depression, Clinical Virginity, Female Adultery Promiscuity Sexuality Sexual Dissatisfaction Virginity, Male Abuse, Sex Developmental Delays Alcoholism

In mid the 1950's, high school seniors and best friends, Sonny and Duane, live in a tiny dusty, Texas town. Duane dates the wealthy beauty Jacy, whil...

Director : Peter Bogdanovich
Cast : Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn

Pumpkin (2002)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities

Carolyn and her Alpha Omega Pi sisters plan to win Sorority of the Year impressing the Greek Council by coaching mentally challenged athletes. When Ca...

Director : Anthony Abrams, Adam Larson Broder
Cast : Christina Ricci, Hank Harris, Brenda Blethyn, Dominique Swain

Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 Drama Epic Fantasy Romance War Dark Comedy Coming of Age Inspirational
Substance Abuse Virginity, Male Single Parenting Abuse,Child Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Developmental Delays Asperger's Syndrome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Incest Promiscuity Death of Parent Amputation AIDS/HIV Scoliosis

Though young Forrest Gump is told he's slow and has scoliosis, he never thinks of himself as disadvantaged thanks in part to his positive, supportive ...

Director : Robert Zemeckis
Cast : Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Senise, Sally Field

Charly (1968)
PG Drama Romance
Genetic Research Developmental Delays Virginity, Male Learning Disabilities Down’s Syndrome

Charly is an adult male with serious cognitive disabilities struggling to survive in the world. His consistent attempts at learning, reading, and writ...

Director : Ralph Nelson
Cast : Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala, Leon Janney

Treacle Jr. (2010)
Developmental Delays Depression, Clinical Asthma Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical

Forty-year-old Tom abruptly walks out on his wife, baby, and his seemingly happy life to live on the streets of London. One day he meets Aidan, a happ...

Director : Jamie Thraves
Cast : Aidan Gillen, Tom Fisher, Riann Steele, Ahmed Ali

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

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

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
NOT RATED Comedy Drama Romance
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Orphaned Delusional Attachment Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder Learning Disabilities Depression, Chronic Prostitution Developmental Delays

In 1961, writer and gigolo Paul, moves into an apartment paid for by his wealthy, married friend. Soon he runs into his quirky downstairs neighbor, Ho...

Director : Blake Edwards
Cast : Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen

Dominick and Eugene (1988)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance
Developmental Delays Head Injury Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Enabling

Dominick and Eugene are 26 year old twins who live alone in a tiny apartment in Pittsburgh. Though Dominick has developmental delays due to an acciden...

Director : Robert M. Young
Cast : Ray Liotta, Tom Hulce, Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Levine, David Strathairn

To Sir, with Love (1967)
UNRATED Drama Music Coming of Age Based On Novel
Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Sexual Harassment, Female Domestic Violence Learning Disabilities Abuse,Child Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Developmental Delays Divorce Abuse, Emotional

Mark, an unemployed engineer living in London in 1967, begins as a new teacher in a reform school in the poverty stricken East End to earn money whil...

Director : James Clavell
Cast : Sidney Poitier, Christian Roberts, Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall

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

Sweet Land (2005)
PG Drama Romance
Second Language Acquisition Developmental Delays Language Acquisition Arranged Marriage

As Inge buries her husband Olaf on their Minnesota farm in 1968, she recalls who she was when she arrived here: a mail order bride from Germany during...

Director : Ali Selim
Cast : Elizabeth Reaser, Lois Smith, Ned Beatty, Alan Cumming, Alex Kingston, John Heard, Patrick Heusinger, Stephen Pelinski

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

Gone with the Wind (1939)
G Drama Epic History Romance War
Histrionic Personality Disorder Death of Spouse Death of Parent Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Unexpected Pregnancy Alzheimer’s Disease Sexual Confusion Death of Child Miscarriage Abuse, Sex Developmental Delays

Scarlett is a beautiful, strong-willed, southern woman used to getting what she wants. She survives the Civil War despite the deaths of multiple husba...

Director : Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood
Cast : Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Vivien Leigh, Evelyn Keyes

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
PG-13 Drama Sport
Respiratory Failure Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Denial Artificial Eyes/One Eyed Vision Addiction, Gambling Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Developmental Delays Spinal Cord Injury Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Amputation Euthanasia/Right To Die

Frankie Dunn, owner of a boxing training gym, has managed several fighters during a lifetime spent around the ring. The most important lesson he teach...

Director : Clint Eastwood
Cast : Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

The Yarn Princess (1994)
Developmental Delays Schizophrenia Single Parenting Learning Disabilities

Margaret is the married mother of six sons. She has learning disabilities and developmental delays. When her husband Jake is diagnosed with schizophre...

Director : Tom McLoughlin
Cast : Jean Smart, Robert Pastorelli, Dennis Boutsikaris, Justin Burnette

August: Osage County (2013)
R Drama Mystery
Substance Abuse Death of Spouse Suicidal Death of Parent Scapegoat Identity Passive Aggressive Behavior Caregiving Denial Developmental Delays Alcoholism Abuse, Verbal

After years of living with his wife Violet in Osage County, Oklahoma, a wife who has cancer and a propensity for pills, Beverly, a noted poet and alco...

Director : John Wells
Cast : Meryl Streep, Sam Shepard, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson,Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Gigli (2003)
R Comedy Crime Romance
Mental Health Facilities Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities Diabetes

Gigli, an inept hitman, is assigned to a job by the mob to kidnap the developmentally delayed brother of a California district attorney. Gigli abducts...

Director : Martin Brest
Cast : Ben Affleck, Terry Camilleri, David Backus, Lenny Venito

The Loretta Claiborne Story (2000)
Drama Sport Inspirational
Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities

Loretta Claiborne was born with mental and physical disabilities, yet realizes from an early age that she's a talented athlete. Always able to defend ...

Director : Lee Grant
Cast : Kimberly Elise, Tina Lifford, Camryn Manheim, Damon Gupton