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

Mean Streets (1973)
R Crime Drama
Psychosis Oppositional Defiant Disorder Epilepsy

For Charlie, the future unclear. A hood, he works for his loan sharking uncle making collections and reclaiming bad debts. He's too kind to succeed as...

Director : Martin Scorsese
Cast : Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson

Gran Torino (2008)
R Crime Drama Suspense Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Language Acquisition Abuse, Verbal Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Second Language Acquisition Rape Alcoholism, Functional Lung Cancer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grum...

Director : Clint Eastwood
Cast : Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Scott Eastwood, Christopher Carly,John Carroll Lynch, Brian Haley, Brian Howe, Geraldine Hughes

Taxi Driver (1976)
R Crime Drama
Prostitution Schizophrenia Grandiose Behavior Disorder Avoidant Personality Disorder Abuse,Child

Travis Bickle is a Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. Since he suffers from insomnia, he spends his nights driving a cab and his days watchi...

Director : Martin Scorsese
Cast : Diahnne Abbott, Frank Adu, Victor Argo, Gino Ardito

The Rainmaker (1997)
PG-13 Crime Drama Thriller
Leukemia Depression, Clinical Abuse, Psychological Delusional Miscarriage Abuse, Sex Alcoholism Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Divorce Bone Marrow Donor Abuse, Verbal Orphaned Abuse, Physical

Broke, evicted and unemployed, Rudy, a recent law school grad must resort to his only job offer: working for a law firm run by a lawyer known as "Bru...

Director : Francis Ford Coppola
Cast : Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Teresa Wright, Mary Kay Place, Mickey Rourke, Danny Glover

The Devils (2002)
NR Action Crime Drama
Foster Parenting Single Parenting Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Siblings Joseph and Chloé, both twelve, have just been placed in another French foster home. Chloé is autistic. She is mute, feels panic when touched,...

Director : Christophe Ruggia
Cast : Adèle Haenel, Vincent Rottiers, Rochdy Labidi, Jacques Bonnaffé

Bless the Child (2000)
R Crime Drama Horror Thriller
Caregiving Asperger's Syndrome

Omens and concepts of good versus evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurs...

Director : Chuck Russell
Cast : Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Christina Ricci, Holliston Coleman, Rufus Sewell

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

Seven Psychopaths (2012)
R Action Comedy Crime Dark Comedy

A struggling screenwriter accidentally finds he's entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih ...

Director : Martin McDonagh
Cast : Michael Pitt, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell

Vera Drake (2004)
R Crime Drama History
Abortion, Illegal Miscarriage

In 1950's London Vera Drake is a wife and mother completely devoted to and loved by, her working class family. She spends her days caring for them, he...

Director : Mike Leigh
Cast : Imelda Staunton, Richard Graham, Eddie Marsan, Anna Keaveney

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
R Crime Drama Dark Comedy
Asthma Diabetes

When an inexperienced criminal named Sonny leads a bank robbery in Brooklyn, everything quickly goes wrong and results in the Sonny holding the bank h...

Director : Sidney Lumet
Cast : Al Pacino, Chris Sarandan, Charles Durning, James Broderick, Carol Kane, Sully Boyar, John Cazale, Beulah Garrick

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

Harsh Times (2005)
R Action Crime Drama
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Jim Davis, an ex-Army Ranger suffering from PTSD finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD dissolve...

Director : David Ayer
Cast : Christian Bale, Freddy Rodríguez, Eva Longoria, Chaka Forman

Suspect (1987)
R Crime Drama Thriller
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Carl Anderson, a war veteran who is deaf, mute, homeless man suffering from PTSD is arrested for the murder of a prominent judge's secretary. But Kath...

Director : Peter Yates
Cast : Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson, John Mahoney

Robot & Frank (2012)
PG-13 Comedy Crime Drama Senior Interest
Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Kleptomania/Shoplifting Caregiving Enabling Dementia Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

In the near future in countrified Colds Springs, New York lives Frank, a long divorced, retired cat burglar. While his successful son, Hunter, tries...

Director : Jake Schreier
Cast : Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandan, Jeremy Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeremy Sisto

The Boston Strangler (1968)
APPROVED Crime Drama Mystery Based on True Events
Rape Dissociative Identity Disorder

Based on the true story of a series of raped and killed women in Boston, the police launch an investigation headed by John Bottomly. Through chance, h...

Director : Richard Fleischer
Cast : Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy, Sally Kellerman, Mike Kellin

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
X Crime Drama Thriller Science-Fiction
Rape Antisocial Personality Disorder Psychopathy Conduct Disorder

Alex DeLarge is a violent youth in futuristic Britain. He is eventually arrested, convicted, and imprisoned for murder and rape. While in prison, Ale...

Director : Stanley Kubrick
Cast : Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

A Time to Kill (1996)
R Crime Drama Romance Thriller Courtroom Drama
Alcoholism Rape Marital Separation Dissociative Identity Disorder Abuse,Child

In Canton, Mississippi, ten-year-old Tonya Hailey is viciously raped by two white racists. Almost immediately after Tonya is found alive, the two abus...

Director : Joel Schumacher
Cast : Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, Kevin Spacey, Oliver Platt, Donald Sutherland

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

Angel Heart (1987)
X Crime Horror Mystery Thriller
Dissociative Identity Disorder

Harry, a private detective, is contracted by Louis to track down a singer named Johnny. Soon, everyone he questions about Johnny seems has met a myste...

Director : Alan Parker
Cast : Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

American Hustle (2013)
R Crime Drama Romance Based on True Events Dark Comedy Historical Fiction True Crime
Substance Abuse Enabling Sociopathy Panic Attacks Agoraphobia Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Gaslighting Insecurity Anxiety Adoption Blended Families Adultery Promiscuity Abuse, Physical Chronic Heart Condition Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Denial

In 1978, Long Island, New York con man Irving Rosenfeld, along with his partner and lover, Sydney, are caught in a scam by ambitious FBI agent Richie ...

Director : David O. Russell
Cast : Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Robert DeNiro, Elisabeth Rohm, Louis C.K.

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

Double Jeopardy (1999)
R Action Crime Mystery Thriller
Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alcoholic, Recovering Death of Child Adultery

When a woman is framed for her husband's murder and imprisoned, she suspects he is still alive and does everything in her power to find him. And if sh...

Director : Bruce Beresford
Cast : Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, Bruce Greenwood

Some Like It Hot (1959)
NOT RATED Action Comedy Crime Romance Music Based on True Events True Crime
Falsifying Gender Alcoholism, Functional Crossdressing Abuse, Physical

When Gerry and Joe, two penniless male musicians, witness and escape the 1929 Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago ordered by mobster Spats Colombo, th...

Director : Billy Wilder
Cast : Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Copycat (1995)
R Crime Drama Mystery Thriller
Panic Attacks Agoraphobia Anxiety

Criminal profiler and psychologist Dr. Helen Hudson becomes entangled in the deadly mind game of a deadly copycat serial killer, Peter Foley. Due to a...

Director : Jon Amiel
Cast : Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney, William McNamara

Ulee's Gold (1997)
R Crime Drama Military Senior Interest
Substance Abuse Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Single Parenting Rape Limp From Injury Chronic Depression

As the is the sole survivor from his squad, Ulee Jackson may have survived Vietnam, but much of him was left behind. A third generation beekeeper, he ...

Director : Victor Nunez
Cast : Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, Christine Dunford, Tom Wood

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

Baby Driver (2017)
Action Crime Music
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Partial Hearing Loss Death of Parent Hearing Condition Foster Parenting

Baby is a young getaway driver living with PTSD and a hearing impairment that he quells with music. He has been in indentured servitude to a crime bos...

Director : Edgar Wright
Cast : Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza González

The Departed (2006)
R Crime Drama Thriller Erotica
Substance Abuse Impotency Abuse, Psychological Panic Attacks Single Parenting Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Anxiety Abuse, Emotional Cancer Abuse, Verbal Orphaned Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Addiction, Sex

Billy, a recent orphan and South Boston police officer graduate is requested by his boss to go undercover to infiltrate the Irish mobster, Frank. As B...

Director : Martin Scorsese
Cast : Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Vera Farmiga, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen

Risky Business (1983)
R Comedy Crime Drama Erotica Satire
Substance Abuse Abuse, Psychological Promiscuity Virginity, Male Passive Aggressive Behavior Psychopathy Abuse, Sex Abuse,Child Prostitution Anxiety

Joel is the only child and teenage son being crushed by the weight of his parent's expectations: achieve perfect grades in order to be accepted by Pri...

Director : Paul Brickman
Cast : Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
PG-13 Comedy Crime Romance

Miles, a successful Los Angeles divorce attorney has reached a crossroads in his life and he's looking for new challenges. Enter Marylin, the soon-to-...

Director : Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast : George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer

Monsieur Hire (1989)
PG-13 Crime Drama Thriller Film-Noir Erotica Psychological
Prostitution Erotomania Antisocial Personality Disorder Voyeurism

In France, their lives a reclusive tailor named, Mr. Hire, an antisocial middle-age man. When his neighbor, Pierrette is found murdered, Mr. Hire beco...

Director : Patrice Leconte
Cast : Michel Blanc, Sandrine Bonnaire, Luc Thuillier, André Wilms

Above the Rim (1994)
R Crime Drama Sport
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Story of Kyle-Lee Watson, a promising high school basketball star, and the people around him: Birdie, a drug dealer and Birdie's brother, Thomas, once...

Director : Jeff Pollack
Cast : Duane Martin, Leon, Tupac Shakur, David Bailey

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

Ondine (2009)
PG-13 Crime Drama Family Mystery Romance Suspense
Mobility Alcoholism Dialysis Single Parenting Kidney Condition Alcoholism, Reformed

On Ireland's coast, Syracuse is a divorced fisherman who has stopped drinking. His precocious daughter Annie is in a wheelchair due to her failing kid...

Director : Neil Jordan
Cast : Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Dervla Kirwan, Alison Barry

Simple Men (1992)
R Crime Drama Romance

When New York City crook Bill is double-crossed by his lover, he's left flat broke. With few options left, he decides to meet up with his sibling Denn...

Director : Hal Hartley
Cast : Robert John Burke, Bill Sage, Karen Sillas, Elina Löwensohn

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

Detective Story (1951)
NR Crime Drama Mystery Film-Noir
Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Emotional Kleptomania/Shoplifting Abuse, Verbal Abortion, Illegal

Jim is a tough, cynical detective who believes in a strict interpretation of the law. The current object of his zealousness is Karl, an abortionist re...

Director : William Wyler
Cast : Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Lee Grant, William Bendix, Cathy O'Donnell

No Way Out (1950)
NR Action Crime Drama Film-Noir Psychological
Mobility Alcohol Abuse Brain Tumor Abuse, Verbal Deafness Abuse, Physical Mute

After John and Ray Biddle are shot while robbing a gas station, they're taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital. Ray, a rabid racist, wants no...

Director : Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast : Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Stephen McNally, Harry Bellaver, Amanda Randolph

Con Air (1997)
R Action Crime Thriller

Recently paroled army ranger Cameron Poe is headed back to his wife, but must fly home aboard a prison transport flight with serious criminals: Diamon...

Director : Simon West
Cast : Colm Meaney, Mykelti Williamson, Nick Chinlund, Renoly Santiago

Betty Blue (1986)
Crime Drama Romance Film-Noir
Insanity Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Zorg is a handyman in France, maintaining bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life, working diligently and pursuing his writing in his spare time...

Director : Jean-Jacques Beineix
Cast : Jean-Hugues Anglade, Béatrice Dalle, Gérard Darmon, Consuelo De Haviland

Romper Stomper (1992)
R Action Crime Drama Thriller
Convulsions/Seizures Incest Epilepsy

A group of Nazi skinheads in Melbourne, Australia enact their anger on local Vietnamese, who they view as threatening the local racial purity. Eventua...

Director : Geoffrey Wright
Cast : Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie, Alex Scott

Memento (2000)
R Crime Mystery Thriller
Death of Spouse Rape Retrograde Amnesia Diabetes Anterograde Amnesia

Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator, is trying to track down the man who raped and murdered his wife. However, this is difficult however because he ...

Director : Christopher Nolan
Cast : Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

The Thin Man (1934)
NR Comedy Crime Mystery

After a four years, detective Nick Charles returns to Manhattan with his wealthy, new wife, Nora, and dog, Asta. Nick re-connects with many of his old...

Director : W.S. Van Dyke
Cast : William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Asta, Cesar Romero

Read My Lips (2001)
R Crime Drama Romance Foreign Film-Noir
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Carla is an overworked secretary for a construction company. She is deaf and mocked by her co-workers about her appearance and subservient position. A...

Director : Jacques Audiard
Cast : Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Devos, Olivier Gourmet, Olivier Perrier

Primal Fear (1996)
R Crime Drama Mystery Suspense Thriller Courtroom Drama
Dissociative Identity Disorder Stuttering/Stammering Psychogenic/Dissociative Amnesia Foster Care Abuse, Sex

In Chicago, 1996, Martin, a self promoting lawyer takes the unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent Catholic priest. Afte...

Director : Gregory Hoblit
Cast : Richard Gere, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand

Hangover Square (1945)
APPROVED Crime Drama Mystery Thriller Film-Noir
Retrograde Amnesia Dissociative Identity Disorder

One morning composer George Harvey Bone wakes with no memory of the previous night. He has a bloody knife in his pocket and it occurs to him he may ha...

Director : John Brahm
Cast : Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Glenn Langan

The Informant! (2009)
R Comedy Crime Drama
Bipolar Disorder

Mark has worked for ADM for many years, finally rising to upper management. But is he prepared to spy for the FBI? As he is pressured into working as ...

Director : Steven Soderbergh
Cast : Matt Damon, Lucas McHugh Carroll, Eddie Jemison, Rusty Schwimmer

Atlantic City (1980)
R Action Crime Drama Romance
Invalid Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Enabling

Training as Atlantic City croupier will help Sally realize her dream of going to Monte Carlo, a glamorous symbol of all that has evaded her since leav...

Director : Louis Malle
Cast : Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli, Al Waxman, Hollis McLaren, Robert Goulet, Robert Joy

The Next Three Days (2010)
PG-13 Crime Drama Romance

Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss after an argument because she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the...

Director : Paul Haggis
Cast : Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Buie, Moran Atias

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