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

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)
Drama Biography
ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Accomplished sports writer Mitch Albom feels that his life lacks meaning, despite his success. Then Mitch watches a television interview with his form...

Director : Mick Jackson
Cast : Jack Lemmon, Hank Azaria, Wendy Moniz, Caroline Aaron

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

Philomena (2013)
PG-13 Drama Mystery Biography Roadtrip Based on True Events Dark Comedy
Abuse, Psychological Chronic Depression Death of Child Illegitimacy Depression, Situational Abuse,Child Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Adoption Abuse, Emotional Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Unexpected Pregnancy AIDS/HIV

In 1952 Ireland, a naive teenager named Philomena became pregnant. Her mother dead and her father horrified, he abandoned her to a an abusive workhous...

Director : Stephen Frears
Cast : Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham,Anna Maxwell Martin

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 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

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

Phil Spector (2013)
Drama Biography Based on True Events True Crime
Parkinson’s Disease Passive Aggressive Behavior Narcissistic Personality Disorder Pneumonia

In Los Angeles, 2009, the historic, celebrated yet infamous record producer, Phil Spector, hired Bruce Cutler to defend him when he was accused of mur...

Director : David Mamet
Cast : Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, Jeffrey Tambor, Chiwetel Ejiofor

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

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

Ray (2004)
PG-13 Drama Biography Music
Alcoholism Addiction, Substance Death of Sibling Blindness Single Parenting Little People/People of Small Stature Abuse, Sex

Legendary rhythm and blues singer Ray Charles' story begins by being born with sight and raised in poverty by a single, intuitive mother. He loses his...

Director : Taylor Hackford
Cast : Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Sharon Warren, Curtis Armstrong, Richard Schiff

Gods and Monsters (1998)
R Drama Biography Based on True Events
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Suicidal Delusional Stroke Sexual Dissatisfaction Chronic Depression Sexual Confusion Denial Seizures/Convulsions

In 1950's Los Angeles, the once powerful Hollywood director best known for creating "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein," James Whale, has b...

Director : Bill Condon
Cast : Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich, David Dukes

The Last King of Scotland (2006)
R Drama History Biography
Adultery Abortion, Illegal Insanity Illegitimacy Abuse, Physical Psychosis Epilepsy

In 1970's Uganda, an idealistic Scottish doctor named NIcholas arrives to assist a rural hospital. Once there, he meets the new President, Idi Amin, w...

Director : Kevin Macdonald
Cast : Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

The Hammer (2010)
PG-13 Drama Sport Biography Based on True Events
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Matt was born deaf, yet he was raised and schooled with people who could hear. Still, Matt felt like an outsider in both the hearing and the deaf comm...

Director : Oren Kaplan
Cast : Russell Harvard, Raymond J. Barry, Shoshannah Stern, Michael Anthony Spady

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

Fearless (2006)
PG-13 Action Drama Biography
Asthma

Huo Yuanjia is the most famous martian arts fighter in China at the end of the 20th Century. He faced personal tragedies, but fought his way from dark...

Director : Ronny Yu
Cast : Jet Li, Li Sun, Yong Dong, Yun Qu

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
R Drama Biography Based on True Events
Depression, Clinical

In 1972, a disturbed office furniture salesman concocts a plot to kill President Nixon by dropping a bomb over the White House. The man has separated ...

Director : Niels Mueller
Cast : Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson

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

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
R Drama Romance Biography Music Based on True Events
Addiction, Substance Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Sex Abuse,Child Rape Attachment Disorder

Born Elinore Harris, Billie Holiday had a rough childhood that included rape, then working in brothels first as a cleaning woman and then as a prostit...

Director : Sidney J. Furie
Cast : Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

The Aviator (2004)
PG-13 Drama Biography Historical Fiction
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Germaphobia

A close look at legendary aviator, movie director and early millionaire Howard Hughes from the early 1930's through the 1940's, which includes his clo...

Director : Martin Scorsese
Cast : Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

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

Auto Focus (2002)
R Crime Drama Biography Based on True Events
Substance Abuse Adultery Addiction, Sex

A successful television star during the 1960s on the program "Hogan's Heroes," actor Bob Crane projects a droll, funny, wholesome image that masks a s...

Director : Paul Schrader
Cast : Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe, Rita Wilson, Maria Bello

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

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

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

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

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

Door to Door (2002)
Drama Biography Based on True Events Dark Comedy Inspirational
Cerebral Palsy

Due to an injury at birth, Bill Porter was born with cerebral palsy. By the late 1950's, after being raised by a positive, determined and supportive m...

Director : Steven Schachter
Cast : William H. Macy, Helen Mirren, Kyra Sedgwick, Kathy Baker, Joel Brooks