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

Control (2007)
R Drama Biography Music
Marital Separation Epilepsy Adultery

Ian Curtis is a quiet man who works for an employment agency by day and sings in a band called Warsaw. Ian has epilepsy but is unable to get the right...

Director : Anton Corbijn
Cast : Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara, Joe Anderson

Schindler's List (1993)
R Drama History Biography
Abuse, Emotional Narcissistic Personality Disorder Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Sex Abuse, Physical Rape

Oskar Schindler is an arrogant, greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian during WWII's Nazi reign as he turns his factory into a...

Director : Steven Spielberg
Cast : Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall

Mommie Dearest (1981)
R Drama Biography
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Abuse, Child

Joan Crawford, one of the greatest yet most complex, self-made actresses to emerge from the history of Hollywood -- from the 1930's through the 1960's...

Director : Frank Perry
Cast : Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva

Erin Brockovich (2000)
R Drama Romance Suspense Biography
Cancer, Hodgkin's Disease Cancer, Ovariarian Cancer, Leukemia Neck Injury Denial Cancer, Breast Passive Aggressive Behavior

After being seriously injured in a car accident, Erin Brockovich, an unemployed single mother, hires a lawyer to defend her and, due to her behavior o...

Director : Steven Soderbergh
Cast : Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckart, Marg Helenberger,Peter Coyote, Cherry Jones, Conchetta Farrell,Tracy Walter, David Brisbin, Dawn Didawick, Albert Finney

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

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

The Karen Carpenter Story (1989)
Drama Biography Music
Bulimia Nervosa Abuse, Emotional Anorexia Nervosa

The story of the meteoric rise and the sudden fall of pop singing superstar Karen Carpenter, a talented musician who couldn't recover from her anorexi...

Director : Joseph Sargent, Richard Carpenter
Cast : Cynthia Gibb, Mitchell Anderson, Peter Michael Goetz, Michael McGuire

Waltz with Bashir (2008)
R War Biography Military Animation
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

One night at a bar in Israel a friend tells Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by vicious dogs. The two men decide the dream is con...

Director : Ari Folman
Cast : Ari Folman, Ori Sivan, Ronny Dayag, Shmuel Frenkel

Kinsey (2004)
R Drama Biography Based on True Events Erotica Historical Fiction
Addiction, Substance Abuse, Psychological Virginity, Female Enabling Self-Mutilation Virginity, Male Sexual Confusion Addiction, Sex Abuse, Child Abuse, Emotional Adultery Abuse, Verbal Sexual Therapy Heart Attack

Alfred Kinsey has been interested in biology since he was a child during the early 1900's, despite the rigid criticisms of his overbearing, devoutly C...

Director : Bill Condon
Cast : Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard,Timothy Hutton, John Lithogow, John Krasinski, Oliver Platt, Julianne Nicholson, Lynn Redgrave, Veronica Cartwright, Tim Curry

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

The Danish Girl (2015)
Drama Romance Biography
Sexuality Sexual Dissatisfaction Transgenderism Sexual Confusion Crossdressing


Director : Tom Hooper
Cast : Alicia Vikander, Eddie Redmayne, Tusse Silberg, Adrian Schiller

Temple Grandin (2010)
PG Drama Biography Based on True Events

Temple Grandin, is a woman who is autistic. With the support of several family members, she overcomes the limitations imposed on her to become a Ph.D....

Director : Mick Jackson
Cast : Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Catherine O'Hara

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

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Biography
Alcoholism Tuberculosis Narcissistic Personality Disorder Depression, Situational Suicide Chronic Respiratory Condition Limp From Injury

When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he he didn't realize it would take 20 ye...

Director : John Lee Hancock
Cast : Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell, B.J. Novak, Jason Schwartman, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, Paul Giamatti

Walk the Line (2005)
PG-13 Drama Biography Music Country Western
Substance Abuse Alcoholism Insecurity Divorce Abuse, Emotional Blended Families Rehabilitation Facility Single Parenting

In the 1944 Arkansas, Johnny has grown up picking cotton, loving music, and feeling inadequate compared to his older brother. By 1950, a tragedy with ...

Director : James Mangold
Cast : Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Shelby Lynne

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

Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
PG Drama Romance Biography Music Coming of Age Country Western
Alcoholism Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Virginity, Female Adultery

In 1948 Loretta Webb lives in grinding poverty. She shares, with her parents and seven siblings, a two room tar-paper shack in rural Kentucky. Doolitt...

Director : Michael Apted
Cast : Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Beverly D'Angelo, Phyllis Boyens

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

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

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

The Hurricane (1999)
R Drama Sport Biography Based on True Events

Hurrican Carter was a former middleweight boxer and civil rights activist. Years after he was imprisoned for being wrongly convicted for a triple homi...

Director : Norman Jewison
Cast : Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, John Hannah

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

Pollock (2000)
R Drama Biography Based on True Events
Seizures/Convulsions Alcoholism Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Enabling

By the 1940's, abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock's art work is featured in Life magazine. Had he not met Lee Krasner, who became his wife, agent,...

Director : Ed Harris
Cast : Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Bower, Jennifer Connelly

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

The Theory of Everything (2014)
PG-13 Drama Romance Biography
Adultery ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease

In 1969 Stephen Hawking fell in love with Jane, an arts student, at Cambridge in England. Little was expected from Stephen, a bright but casual studen...

Director : James Marsh
Cast : Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry

Foxcatcher (2014)
R Drama Sport Biography
Addiction, Substance Caregiving Weight Challenged Depression Self-Mutilation Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

When Mark Schultz and is invited by John du Pont, heir to the du Pont fortune, to move on to the family estate and help form a team to train for the 1...

Director : Bennett Miller
Cast : Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller

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

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

Shine (1996)
PG-13 Drama Biography Music Based on True Events Inspirational
Mental Health Facilities Abuse, Psychological Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Schizophrenia Stuttering/Stammering Scapegoat Identity Abuse, Child Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Abuse, Emotional

Australian pianist David Helfgott, is a child prodigy who grows up under the traumatic control of an abusive father who uses his children as scapegoat...

Director : Scott Hicks
Cast : Geoffrey Rush, Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd, Chris Haywood

American Sniper (2014)
R Action Thriller War Biography Military
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Survivor Guilt Insanity Depression, Situational

Chris was Texan rodeo rider who wanted to become a cowboy, but realized in his thirties that this was just an idea that was going no where. An expert ...

Director : Clint Eastwood
Cast : Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
PG-13 Drama Biography Based on True Events

When Bauby, editor-in-chief of the French magazine, Elle has a devastating stroke at age forty-three-years old, the damage to his brain stem leaves hi...

Director : Julian Schnabel
Cast : Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

Music Within (2007)
R Comedy Drama Biography Based on True Events
Cerebral Palsy Alcoholism Lipreading/Speechreading Hearing Loss Deafness

After a confrontation with one of his idols dashes his dreams of studying public speaking in college, Richard joins the Army and is drafted to Vietnam...

Director : Steven Sawalich
Cast : Clint Jung, Melissa George, Marion Ross, Rebecca De Mornay

Cobb (1994)
R Drama Sport Biography
Bipolar Disorder Abuse, Verbal

Ty Cobb, a famous baseball player who is also bipolar, asks writer Al Stump to co-write his autobiography because he feels misunderstood. Stump, howev...

Director : Ron Shelton
Cast : Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl, Lolita Davidovich, Ned Bellamy

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)
APPROVED Drama History Biography Based on True Events
American Sign Language Scarlet Fever Lipreading/Speechreading Deafness

In late 1800's Boston, while teaching at a school for the deaf, Alexander Graham Bell falls in love with Mabel Hubbard. Like his mother, she's deaf fr...

Director : Irving Cummings
Cast : Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

Antwone Fisher (2002)
PG-13 Drama Romance Biography Military
Orphaned Foster Care Abuse, Sex Abuse, Child Sexuality Attachment Disorder

A sailor prone to violent outbursts is finally sent to the naval psychiatrist for a diagnosis. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually ...

Director : Denzel Washington
Cast : Derek Luke, Malcolm David Kelley, Cory Hodges, Denzel Washington

The Sessions (2012)
R Comedy Drama Romance Biography
Sexual Satisfaction Sexuality Polio Virginity, Male Sexual Therapy

In 1988 Berkeley, California lives Mark O'Brien, a 38 year old writer, devout Catholic, and man with polio who lives with an iron lung. After being as...

Director : Ben Lewin
Cast : John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Adam Arkin, Rhea Perlman, Jennifer Kumiyama

Lust for Life (1956)
NR Drama History Biography
Self-Mutilation Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Bipolar Disorder

Vincent Van Gogh is an artistic genius tortured by an unhappy life of failed careers and relationships. Though he's respected among his fellow painter...

Director : Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor
Cast : Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
PG-13 Drama Biography
Schizophrenia Asocial Behavior

John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced the highs and lows of both notoriety and depravity. As a mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early...

Director : Ron Howard
Cast : Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
PASSED Drama Family Sport Biography
ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease

In the 1930's Lou Gehrig, a Columbia University engineering graduate pivots his academic career into one of the most famous baseball players of all ti...

Director : Sam Wood
Cast : Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan

Call Me Anna (1990)
NR Drama Biography
Depression, Clinical Alcoholism Genetically Predisposed Bipolar Disorder Abuse, Child

Actress Patty Duke plays herself in this film based on her autobiography. Born to a poor family in Queens, New York, in the late 1950's she is taken f...

Director : Gilbert Cates
Cast : Patty Duke, Timothy Carhart, Howard Hesseman, Deborah May

Mesmer (1994)
NOT RATED Drama Biography Historical Fiction
Seizures/Convulsions Blindness

In 18th century Vienna, physician Franz Anton Mesmer believes he is able to heal his patients by drawing something unique from inside them. During a p...

Director : Roger Spottiswoode
Cast : Alan Rickman, Donal Donnelly, David Burke, Peter Dvorsky

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

Anastasia (1956)
UNRATED Drama History Biography
Retrograde Amnesia Head Injury

In interwar France, a suicidal amnesiac bears a remarkable resemblance to the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, the youngest daughter of t...

Director : Anatole Litvak
Cast : Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff

The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
PG-13 Action Adventure Comedy Drama Sport Biography Roadtrip Senior Interest
Prostate Condition Death of Spouse Death of Sibling Crossdressing Coronary Artery Disease Angina/ Coronary Artery Disease

By 1967 Burt Munro has been working on increasing the speed of his motorcycle, a 1920 Indian, for twenty-five years using home made parts made from hi...

Director : Roger Donaldson
Cast : Anthony Hopkins, Chris Williams, Diane Ladd, Christopher Lawford, Paul Rodriguez, Saginaw Grant, Bruce Greenwood, Jessic Cauffield, Annie Whittle, Tessa Mitchell, Aaron James Murphy

The Sound of Music (1965)
G Drama Family History Musical Biography
Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Death of Parent

In 1930's Austria Maria is failing in her attempts to become a nun. The forgetful postulate is told to think before committing to the church by taking...

Director : Robert Wise
Cast : Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

An Education (2009)
PG-13 Drama Biography Based on True Events Coming of Age
Enabling Virginity, Female Adultery

In 1961 London, Jenny is a 16-year-old hoping to be accepted at Oxford University when she meets an older man, David, who courts her with concerts and...

Director : Lone Scherfig
Cast : Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosemund Pike, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson, Sally Hawkins, Cara Seymour

Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)
Drama History Foreign Biography Based on True Events
Schizophrenia Psychosis Insanity Depression, Situational Paranoia

In 1915, in the south of France, Camille, the sister of Christian mystic Paul Claudel, and the former protege and mistress of renowned sculptor, Augus...

Director : Bruno Dumont
Cast : Juliette Binoche, Robert Leroy, Jean-Luc Vincent, Marion Keller

Beyond the Sea (2004)
PG-13 Drama Biography Music Dance
Rheumatic Fever Adoption Incest Blended Families Unexpected Pregnancy Chronic Heart Condition Anorexia Nervosa Illegitimacy Abuse, Sex

Spanning 1936 to 1973, Bobby Darin reflects on how his childhood rheumatic fever, which caused permanent heart damage and the prediction of his death ...

Director : Kevin Spacey
Cast : Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins, Brenda Blethyn, Greta Scaachi, Caroline Aaron

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