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

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

About Schmidt (2002)
R Drama Roadtrip Dark Comedy
Death of Spouse Adultery Enabling Depression, Situational Denial Death, Sudden Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha. Upon his retirement, he realizes he is no longer the boss ...

Director : Alexander Payne
Cast : Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney

Po (2015)
Drama Fantasy
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Death of Spouse Cancer Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Single Parenting Death of Parent

David's wife dies of cancer and, suddenly, he finds he is the single father of a ten-year-old son, Po, with special needs due to autism. Both father ...

Director : John Asher
Cast : Christopher Gorham, Julian Feder, Kaitlin Doubleday, Andrew Bowen

Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975)
NR Drama

Finding herself unable to cope with the divorce of her parents and the stress of her daily life, fifteen-year-old Sarah Travis starts drinking in secr...

Director : Richard Donner
Cast : Linda Blair, Larry Hagman, Verna Bloom, William Daniels

A Time to Remember (2003)
NR Drama Family Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

An artist and single mother returns home for Thanksgiving, after years of estrangement, in order to to try to repair her relationship with her mother....

Director : John Putch
Cast : Dana Delany, Doris Roberts, Megan Gallagher, Louise Fletcher

Rio Bravo (1959)
N/A Action Drama Romance Western Music
Alcoholism Gifted and Talented Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Alcoholic, Recovering

Chance, the sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape...

Director : Howard Hawks
Cast : John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, John Russell

PK (2014)
None Comedy Drama Romance


Director : Rajkumar Hirani
Cast : Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani

Mercury Rising (1998)
R Action Crime Drama
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Asperger's Syndrome

Bruce Willis is an outcast FBI agent who protects a nine year old boy with autism, who is the target for assassins after cracking a top secret govern...

Director : Harold Becker
Cast : Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes, Chi McBride

Mostly Martha (2001)
Comedy Drama Romance Foreign
Depression, Clinical Death of Sibling Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Temporary Speech Loss Death of Parent

German restaurant chef Martha is the narcissistic ruler of her kitchen staff and the adversary of any complaining customer. Her job is her life from h...

Director : Sandra Nettelbeck
Cast : Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, Sergio Castellitto, August Zirner

Beatriz at Dinner (2017)
None Comedy Drama
Depression Narcissistic Personality Disorder Cancer

In Los Angeles, a holistic medicine practitioner who immigrated from Mexico is invited to attend the dinner party of one of her wealthy clients when s...

Director : Miguel Arteta
Cast : Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass

Scent of a Woman (1992)
R Drama Courtroom Drama Dark Comedy
Alcoholism Caregiving Blindness Enabling

Frank is a retired Lt Col in the US army. He's also a blind alcoholic man who challenges anyone who comes near him. Charlie has a scholarship to a boa...

Director : Martin Brest
Cast : Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, Philip Seymour Hoffman

A Rage to Live (1965)
Drama Based On Novel
Dissociative Identity Disorder Adultery Suicidal Promiscuity Rape Chronic Depression Addiction, Sex

Pennsylvania newspaper heiress, Grace's hypersexuality manifests as promiscuous affairs that threaten to destroy the reputation of her affluent Pennsy...

Director : Walter Grauman
Cast : Suzanne Pleshette, Bradford Dillman, Ben Gazzara, Peter Graves

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

Picture Bride (1994)
Drama Romance Foreign Based on True Events Historical Fiction
Tuberculosis Virginity, Female Arranged Marriage Orphaned

In 1916, a teenager named Riyo who has been orphaned since she was a baby because her parents died from tuberculosis, is deemed an undesirable mate fo...

Director : Kayo Hatta
Cast : Yûki Kudô, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita, Akira Takayama

In Her Shoes (2005)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
Dyslexia Weight Challenged Suicidal Enabling Death of Parent Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Bipolar Disorder Depression, Situational Mobility

Two sisters share the same shoe size and traumatic childhood due to their mother's early death. The elder, Rose, is a lonely, responsible Philadelphia...

Director : Curtis Hanson
Cast : Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Mark Feurstein, Shirley MacLaine, Ken Howard, Candice Azzara,Norman Lloyd, Francine Beers, Brooke Smith

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

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

Unexpected (2015)
None Comedy Drama
Unexpected Pregnancy Single Parenting


Director : Kris Swanberg
Cast : Cobie Smulders, Anders Holm, Gail Bean, Elizabeth McGovern

The King's Speech (2010)
R Drama History
Social Anxiety Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Stuttering/Stammering Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical

On the verge of WWII, King George VI must assume the throne, against his wishes, after his brother famously declines it "for the woman he loves." Plag...

Director : Tom Hooper
Cast : Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Timothy Small, Robert Portal

The Piano (1993)
R Drama Romance Music
Enabling Abuse, Physical Amputation Sexual Dissatisfaction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder American Sign Language Mute Caregiving Single Parenting Depression

In the mid-1800's, Ada, the single mother of young Flora who is also mute sails -- with her piano -- from Scotland to the rugged forests of New Zealan...

Director : Jane Campion
Cast : Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
PG-13 Comedy Drama
Substance Abuse Enabling Panic Attacks Narcissistic Personality Disorder Hypochondria Caregiving Single Parenting Infertility Inferiority Complex Alcoholism Genetically Predisposed Divorce In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Blended Families Adultery Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

In 1986, at a Manhattan Thanksgiving Day family gathering, we meet the three daughters of two former actors, now demanding alcoholics. The sisters ar...

Director : Woody Allen
Cast : Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher, Michael Caine, Sam Waterson, Mia Farrow, Woody Allen, Diane Wiest, Lloyd Nolan, Maureen O'Sullivan, Max Von Sydow, Daniel Stern

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

Story of a Girl (2017)
None Drama
Cyber Bullying/Harassment

When a compromising video of sixteen year old Deanna hits social media, her teenage life is changed forever. Overcoming bullies, hurtful school-yard ...

Director : Kyra Sedgwick
Cast : Kevin Bacon, Sosie Bacon, Sarah Grey, Tyler Johnston

Match (2014)
None Comedy Drama
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Adoption Single Parenting Sexual Satisfaction Sexuality Chronic Depression


Director : Stephen Belber, Fanny Sidney
Cast : Patrick Stewart, Matthew Lillard, Carla Gugino

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

Marty (1955)
NR Drama Romance
Social Anxiety Disorder Weight Challenged Enabling Learned Helplessness Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Attachment Disorder Asocial Behavior Wendy Syndrome Inferiority Complex Abuse, Emotional

In 1955 Bronx, New York thirty-four-year Marty is the last of six children, unmarried and living at home with a controlling mother. After being goaded...

Director : Delbert Mann
Cast : Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Jerry Paris, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Joe Mantell, Karen Steele

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

Love Story (1970)
PG Drama Romance
Infertility Death of Spouse Cancer, Leukemia Single Parenting Death of Parent

Rich, legacied Harvard Law student Oliver and Radcliffe scholarship music prodigy, Jennifer, are both smart ambitious students. Oliver is expected to ...

Director : Arthur Hiller
Cast : Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland, Tommy Lee Jones

50/50 (2011)
Comedy Drama Animation
Kidney Condition Chronic Heart Cancer

Adam, a twenty-seven year old writer for radio, receives a cruel surprise: he has malignant tumors along his spine with a 50/50 chance of survival. A...

Director : Jonathan Levine
Cast : Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

No Reservations (2007)
Comedy Drama Romance American Remake
Depression, Clinical Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Death of Sibling Narcissistic Personality Disorder Temporary Speech Loss Death of Parent

A master chef, Kate, lives her life like she runs the kitchen at a trendy restaurant in Manhattan. She is up at dawn to buy fresh produce and fish, an...

Director : Scott Hicks
Cast : Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson

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

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

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

Marathon (2005)
PG Drama Family Sport

A young Korean man with autism finds his only solace by running. His mother is the positive, driving force in his life. And though both mother and son...

Director : Yoon-Chul Chung
Cast : Seung-woo Cho, Mi-suk Kim, Gi-yeong Lee, Seong-hyeon Baek

Saratoga Trunk (1945)
NR Action Drama History Romance
Abuse, Emotional Narcissistic Personality Disorder Suicidal Little People/People of Small Stature Illegitimacy Unexpected Pregnancy

After being exiled to Paris for being the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy New Orleans family, Clio Dulaine's mother accidentally kills her father w...

Director : Sam Wood
Cast : Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Flora Robson, Jerry Austin

Gifted (2017)
Death of Sibling Death, Sudden Death of Parent Foster Parenting Depression, Situational Suicide Narcissistic Personality Disorder Gifted and Talented Single Parenting

When Frank's sister - a mathematician - suddenly dies he is left to raise his seven year old niece who is gifted and talented. Frank's plans for a no...

Director : Marc Webb
Cast : Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer

A Life of Her Own (1950)
Drama Melodrama
Paralysis Depression, Situational Suicide Alcoholism Death, Sudden

In the late 1940's, broke but ambitious Lily leaves Kansas to try modeling in Lily in New York City. She's street-wise and with a her solid work ethic...

Director : George Cukor
Cast : Lana Turner, Ray Milland, Tom Ewell, Louis Calhern, Ann Dvorak, Jean Hagen, Barry Sullivan

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

Dark Victory (1939)
NR Drama Romance
Cancer Blindness

Judith is the height of young society when Dr. Frederick Steele diagnoses her with a brain tumor. After successful surgery Judith falls in love with S...

Director : Edmund Goulding
Cast : Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Used People (1992)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Abuse, Verbal Weight Challenged Delusional Chronic Depression Single Parenting Alcoholism Insecurity Divorce Abuse, Emotional

At her husband's funeral, Pearl, the Jewish mother of two divorced daughters, meets an Italian man who her husband confided in many years earlier, and...

Director : Beeban Kidron
Cast : Shirley MacLaine, Marcello Mastroianni, Bob Dishy, Kathy Bates

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

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
R Comedy Drama
Substance Abuse Death of Spouse Addiction, Substance Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Adultery Death of Parent Agoraphobia Chronic Depression

Thirty-year-old Jeff -- a man who is weight challenged, addicted to pot and unemployed -- lives in the basement of his widowed mother's home watching ...

Director : Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Cast : Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer

Elegy (2008)
Drama Romance Based On Novel
Commitment Phobia Breast Cancer Single Parenting

In Manhattan, David Kepesh is a sixty-ish celebrity professor of literature about American hedonism with prestigious stints as a columnist and public ...

Director : Isabel Coixet
Cast : Penélope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, Debbie Harry

The Namesake (2006)
PG-13 Drama Romance Distant Location Coming of Age
Death of Spouse Marital Separation Broken Bones Virginity, Female Arranged Marriage Death of Parent Chronic Heart Condition Virginity, Male Heart Failure

While reading a book by Nicholai Gogol as he travels by train to visit his grandfather in Calcutta, Bengali-speaking Ashoke converses with fellow-trav...

Director : Mira Nair
Cast : Kal Penn, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Jacinda Barrett

A Child Is Waiting (1963)
None Drama
Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)


Director : John Cassavetes
Cast : Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland, Gena Rowlands, Steven Hill

Don't Look Now (1973)
R Drama Horror Thriller Distant Location Erotica
Depression, Situational Delusional Death of Child

John and Laura are in Venice, where John is to act as a consultant on the restoration of some murals in a church. They come after the grieving period ...

Director : Nicolas Roeg
Cast : Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania

Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)
NR Drama Romance Film-Noir
Enabling Unexpected Pregnancy Sexual Dissatisfaction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Passive Aggressive Behavior Miscarriage Denial Wendy Syndrome Alcoholism

For two decades Doc and Lola Delaney have avoided discussion about Doc's lack of success because he was unable to complete med school due to their "s...

Director : Daniel Mann
Cast : Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore, Richard Jaeckel

Ryan's Daughter (1970)
R Drama Romance
Limp/Antalgic Gait Enabling Disfigurement Sexual Dissatisfaction Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Caregiving Single Parenting Deafness Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

World War I may seem far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula, but the rivalry between the English and Irish is not, especially when reckless and newl...

Director : David Lean
Cast : Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones, John Mills

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Asperger's Syndrome

Barry Egan runs his own company, is continually hounded, but never supported or helped, by his seven sisters, so, he occasionally acts out his anger i...

Director : Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast : Adam Sandler, Jason Andrews, Don McManus, Emily Watson