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

Movies With Domestic Violence

A Patch of Blue (1965)
NR Drama Romance
Prostitution Alcoholism Blindness Enabling Rape Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

At five years old Selina was accidentally blinded by her alcoholic mother, a prostitute named Rose-Ann. Now eighteen, Selina has spent the last thirte...

Director : Guy Green
Cast : Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford

Swimming Upstream (2003)
PG-13 Drama Sport Biography
Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Suicidal Enabling Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence Depression Alcoholism

Set in late 1950's Brisbane, Australia this is the true story of Tony Fingleton, a young man in Australia from a large troubled family who defied the ...

Director : Russell Mulcahy
Cast : Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Tim Draxl

16 Years of Alcohol (2003)
R Action Crime Drama Suspense Thriller
Single Parenting Enabling Alcoholism, Reformed Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

A man from Edinburgh, Scotland named Frankie, reflects on his violent childhood raised by an alcoholic father. Then, how his teens were spent with a g...

Director : Richard Jobson
Cast : Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser, Susan Lynch, Jim Carter, Ewen Bremmer, Stuart Sinclair Blyth

Affliction (1997)
R Drama Mystery Thriller
Genetically Predisposed Divorce Abuse, Emotional Enabling Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Alcoholism

Wade Whitehouse is the hostile, unhappy sheriff of a small New Hampshire town and an alcoholic who, according to many, has achieved nothing in life. H...

Director : Paul Schrader
Cast : Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn, Willem Dafoe, Brigid Tierney, Holmes Osborne, Jim True-Frost

The Fighter (2010)
R Drama Sport Biography Based on True Events
Substance Abuse Abuse, Psychological Rehabilitation Facility Enabling Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder Insecurity Anxiety Abuse, Verbal

In 1988 Lowell, Mass. welterweight boxer "Irish" Micky Ward is a co-dependent man enabling his own abuse with the management of his abusive, narcissis...

Director : David O. Russell
Cast : Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

Dear Frankie (2004)
PG-13 Drama Family Mystery Romance
Enabling Death of Parent Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Single Parenting Denial Deafness Abuse, Child

Frankie is a nine-year-old boy who is deaf. He and his single mother, Lizzie, have been on the move all over Scotland ever since Frankie can remember;...

Director : Shona Auerbach
Cast : Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, Jack McElhone, Mary Riggans, Sharon Small

I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
PG Drama Biography Music
Depression, Situational Suicide Alcoholism Domestic Violence

Deprived of a childhood due to her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a Broadway and Hollywood star by twenty. Shortly before her marriage ...

Director : Daniel Mann
Cast : Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert, Jo Van Fleet

Peyton Place (1957)
G Drama Romance Courtroom Drama Based On Novel
Virginity, Female Sexuality Attachment Disorder Virginity, Male Alcoholism Self-Esteem Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Divorce Incest Adultery Abortion, Illegal Promiscuity Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Depression, Situational Suicide Stress Rape Illegitimacy Denial Frigidity Domestic Violence Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Miscarriage Asocial Behavior

In 1942, Peyton Place, New Hampshire hypocritical adults try to pass off their questionable standards to the next generation with no success. Each fam...

Director : Mark Robson
Cast : Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy, Diane Varsi, Hope Lange, Russ Tamblyn, Terry Moore, David Nelson, Betty Field, Mildred Dunnock, Lorne Greene, Barry Coe, Leon Ames, Erin O'Brien-Moore

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
PG-13 Drama Biography Inspirational
Alcoholism Insecurity Enabling Denial Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

Kelly and Evelyn live in Defiance, Ohio with their ten children. Kelly was a garage-band singer resigned to a dead-end factory job that barely pays th...

Director : Jane Anderson
Cast : Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Trevor Morgan

Stanley & Iris (1990)
PG-13 Drama Romance
Death of Spouse Illiteracy Single Parenting Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Domestic Violence Caregiving

Stanley is a shy man and illiterate short-order cook who lives with his elderly father. Iris is a newly widowed factory worker who has vowed never to ...

Director : Martin Ritt
Cast : Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro, Swoosie Kurtz, Martha Plimpton

Boys Don't Cry (1999)
R Drama Biography Based on True Events
Rape Domestic Violence Transgenderism

Brandon Teena is a new guy in a tiny Nebraska town who hangs out, drinks, curses and cruises the local women. Life is gets better for Brandon once he'...

Director : Kimberly Peirce
Cast : Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Change of Habit (1969)
G Crime Drama Romance Music
Domestic Violence

Elvis plays urban Dr. John Carpenter. Mary Tyler Moore and her fellow incognito nuns play opposite him. Everyone has the same mission: help the cultur...

Director : William A. Graham
Cast : Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair, Jane Elliot

The Shining (1980)
R Drama Horror Mystery Thriller
Alcoholic Relapse Delusional Amputation Writer's Block Stress Domestic Violence Psychopathy Depression Abuse, Child Anxiety

Hoping to both earn some money and cure his writer's block, Jack, a writer and former teacher, moves his wife Wendy and son Danny to Colorado to manag...

Director : Stanley Kubrick
Cast : Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
PG-13 Drama Dark Comedy Coming of Age
Substance Abuse Mental Health Facilities Depression, Clinical Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Domestic Violence Passive Aggressive Behavior Hunger Strike Denial Abuse, Child Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Alcohol Abuse Abuse, Verbal

A story set in Louisiana from pre WWII to 2002. It follows four lifelong friends who stage a drastic, long overdue intervention between one of them, V...

Director : Callie Khouri
Cast : Ashley Judd, Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Fionnula Flanagan, James Garner, Maggie Smith, Shirley Knight, Angus Macfadyen, Gina McKee, Cherry Jones

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

Sweet Dreams (1985)
PG-13 Drama Romance Biography Music Country Western
Alcoholism Head Injury Domestic Violence Divorce

From 1956 until 1963 Patsy Cline was a feisty, provocative, yet soft-spoken woman with a passionate voice; one of the first country vocalists to succe...

Director : Karel Reisz
Cast : Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon, John Goodman

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

Black Snake Moan (2006)
R Drama Music
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Domestic Violence Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Sex Abuse, Child

In rural Mississippi, Lazarus finds a girl, Rae, nearly beaten to death near his home. She's lived a life of sexual abuse from her father, and verbal ...

Director : Craig Brewer
Cast : Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson

Big Eyes (2014)
PG-13 Drama Biography
Divorce Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Emotional Single Parenting Psychopathy Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence

In the late 1950's, a recently divorced mother, Margaret, moves to North Beach, California hoping to start a new life supporting her daughter as a pro...

Director : Tim Burton
Cast : Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartman, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter

Beyond (2010)
NR Drama
Alcoholism Domestic Violence

This drama, set in 1970s Sweden, is about the impact that growing up in a home full of abuse and alcoholism has on a young woman....

Director : Pernilla August
Cast : Noomi Rapace, Ola Rapace, Outi Mäenpää, Ville Virtanen

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

West Side Story (1961)
UNRATED Action Crime Drama Musical Romance Based on a Play Dance
Virginity, Female Addiction, Danger Second Language Acquisition Sexuality Domestic Violence Narcissistic Personality Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Insecurity Death of Sibling Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Sexual Harassment, Female Accent Reduction Conduct Disorder Abuse, Child

It's 1961 and the influx of Puerto Ricans in the west side of Manhattan has created two rival gangs of feuding families and teenagers with a hatred an...

Director : Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Cast : Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, John Astin

Boyhood (2014)
R Drama Coming of Age
Alcoholism Domestic Violence Blended Families Single Parenting

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, BOYHOOD is growing up as seen through the eyes of Mason, who literally grows up on screen. before our eyes. B...

Director : Richard Linklater
Cast : Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater

Kingpin (1996)
PG-13 Comedy Sport
Prosthetics Domestic Violence

Roy Munson was raised to be the best bowler in the world, but a crooked bowling manager, Ernie McCracken, and a fight leaves Roy with the loss of his ...

Director : Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Cast : Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, Bill Murray

Chocolat (2000)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Suspense
Diabetes Depression, Situational Denial Domestic Violence Passive Aggressive Behavior Narcissistic Personality Disorder Kleptomania/Shoplifting

In the late 1950's, a beautiful and mysterious single mother, Vianne, and her six-year-old daughter move to a village in rural France. They create a s...

Director : Lasse Hallström
Cast : Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Aurelien Parent Koenig, Antonio Gil

Once Were Warriors (1994)
R Action Crime Drama
Alcoholism Foster Care Depression, Situational Suicide Rape Domestic Violence Death of Child Caregiving

Descended from the Maori people, Jake left the tribe long ago to marry. Now it's 1994 and e is a violent man in urban Auckland, New Zealand. He beats...

Director : Lee Tamahori
Cast : Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
PG Drama Based on a Play
Histrionic Personality Disorder Enabling Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Rape Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Passive Aggressive Behavior Alcoholism, Functional

Blanche DuBois, a wilted southern belle, has lost the family home to back taxes. With nothing but a valise of faded dreams, she ends up in shock at he...

Director : Elia Kazan
Cast : Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

Marnie (1964)
NR Drama Romance Suspense Thriller
Death of Spouse Antisocial Personality Disorder Frigidity Invalid Masochism Domestic Violence Kleptomania/Shoplifting Single Parenting Psychogenic/Dissociative Amnesia Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Traumatized early by something she can't articulate, by 1964 Marnie has grown up to be a beautiful,yet frigid kleptomaniac who steals to support her m...

Director : Alfred Hitchcock
Cast : Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Mariette Hartley, Bruce Dern, Martin Gabel, Louise Latham

Running with Scissors (2006)
R Comedy Drama Dark Comedy Coming of Age
Substance Abuse Promiscuity Enabling Agoraphobia Sexuality Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Bipolar Disorder Alcoholism Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal

After years of observing his father's alcoholism and his mother bi-polar disorder, Augusten's parents finally divorce. He lives with his ill mother wh...

Director : Ryan Murphy
Cast : Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood

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

The Outsiders (1983)
PG-13 Action Crime Drama Coming of Age
Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Suicidal Orphaned Domestic Violence Chronic Depression Abuse, Child

A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers live at odds with their rival gang, the Socials. When the youngest Greasers, Ponyboy and Johnny, are stalk...

Director : Francis Ford Coppola
Cast : C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze

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

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

Warrior (2011)
PG-13 Drama Sport
Domestic Violence Alcoholism, Reformed

An ex-Marine named Tommy who is haunted by past regrets returns home to Pittsburgh to ask his father, a recovered alcoholic and coach, to train him fo...

Director : Gavin O'Connor
Cast : Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison

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

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

Water for Elephants (2011)
PG-13 Drama Romance
Domestic Violence Bipolar Disorder Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Agoraphobia

After the death of his parents, Jacob is homeless. Events lead him to joining the circus as the vet and working for an unstable boss named August, who...

Director : Francis Lawrence
Cast : Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider

Rocky (1976)
PG Drama Sport
Asthma Insecurity Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence

Rocky is a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia. When he is arbitrarily chosen to take on the reigning world heavyweight champion, Apollo,...

Director : John G. Avildsen
Cast : Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

The Deer Hunter (1978)
R Drama War Military
Mobility Depression, Clinical Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Insanity Unexpected Pregnancy Amputation Domestic Violence

Michael, Steve, Stan, and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who have enlisted in the Vietnam War. Before they depart, they go on one la...

Director : Michael Cimino
Cast : Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Christopher Walken

Spirit (2012)
NR Comedy Drama Foreign Satire
Alcoholism Divorce Commitment Phobia Domestic Violence Mute Single Parenting Denial Deafness

Raghunandan, an ex-Bank of England employee, now works for as an interviewer in a popular television show called Show the Spirit. An alcoholic loner, ...

Director : Renjith
Cast : Mohanlal, Kanika, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Nandu, Madhu,Lena, Kalpana, Thilakan

Things That Hang from Trees (2006)
R Drama
Abuse, Psychological Promiscuity Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence Single Parenting Abuse, Child Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Asthma Alcoholism Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal

In 1969 Saint Augustine, Florida eight-year-old Tommy, incorrectly viewed as developmentally delayed by the locals, lives alone with his promiscuous m...

Director : Ido Mizrahy
Cast : Deborah Kay Unger, Peter Gerety, Laila Robins, Daniel Von Bargen

Exodus Fall (2011)
PG-13 Drama
Domestic Violence Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Death of Parent Abuse, Child

In 1974 Texas, three teenage siblings struggle with the death of their father while they try to live with their hostile, terrifying, abusive mother. W...

Director : Ankush Kohli, Chad Waterhouse
Cast : Jesse James, Rosanna Arquette, Adrien Finkel, Devon Graye, Dee Wallace

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