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

Frankie and Johnny (1991)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Infertility Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Promiscuity Abuse, Physical Chronic Depression Epilepsy Depression, Situational Abuse, Sex

Upon his release from his jail for writing bad checks, Johnny is hired as a short order cook in a diner after mastering his cooking skills in jail. It...

Director : Garry Marshall
Cast : Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hector Elizondo, Nathan Lane

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

El Dorado (1966)
G Action Adventure Drama Western

Hired gunman Cole Thornton refuses a job offer with Bart Jason, since it would mean having to fight with an old sheriff and friend. Some months later,...

Director : Howard Hawks
Cast : John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt

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

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

Eight Men Out (1988)
PG Drama History Sport Based on True Events
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Illiteracy Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Emotional Depression, Situational

In 1919 Chicago's professional baseball team, the pennant winning White Sox, are resentful and frustrated because their are under paid by their manage...

Director : John Sayles
Cast : John Cusack, John Sayles, David Strathairn, D.B. Sweeney, Charlie Sheen, John Mahoney, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd, Studs Terkel

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

My Zinc Bed (2008)
TV-MA Drama Romance
Substance Abuse Alcoholism, Reformed

When a hotheaded Alcoholics Anonymous member and poet named Paul is sent on a job interview for a wealthy businessman named Victor, Victor's obsession...

Director : Anthony Page
Cast : Uma Thurman, Jonathan Pryce, Paddy Considine, Sara Powell

Educating Rita (1983)
PG Comedy Drama
Alcoholism Anxiety Fertility Abuse, Verbal Denial Asocial Behavior Smoking/Nicotine Addiction

In the 1980's, a married hairdresser from Liverpool named Rita is accepted into an open education program designed to offer a free college education t...

Director : Lewis Gilbert
Cast : Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman

Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story (1994)
Drama Based on True Events
Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities

The true story of a landmark Supreme Court decision. Carrie Buck, was a woman who was used as the test subject in a 1927 experiment to sterilize woman...

Director : John David Coles
Cast : Marlee Matlin, Melissa Gilbert, Peter Frechette, Pat Hingle

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

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

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

Of Two Minds (2012)
G Drama
Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Schizophrenia Caregiving Death of Parent

Billie's younger schizophrenic sister, Baby, is taken care of by their mother. After she dies, Billie has Baby move in with her family, including her...

Director : Jim O'Hanlon
Cast : Kristin Davis, Tammy Blanchard, Louise Fletcher, Joel Gretsch, Bonnie Bartlett

A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)
Asperger's Syndrome Alcoholism Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Self-Inflicted Wounds Multiple Sclerosis Death of Parent

In a suburb of London, Nathan, a teenage math prodigy with Asperger's syndrome, experiences PTSD flashbacks about his father's sudden death in the car...

Director : Morgan Matthews
Cast : Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Distant Location
Asperger's Syndrome Death, Sudden Avoidant Personality Disorder Sexual Dissatisfaction Survivor Guilt Narcissistic Personality Disorder Depression, Situational Denial

A visionary sheik believes in his passion for salmon fishing and decides to bring the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no ex...

Director : Lasse Hallström
Cast : Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked, Rachael Stirling, Tom Mison

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 Big Lift (1950)
Drama Romance War Military Based on True Events Historical Fiction
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical

Following WWII, in 1948, the Russians in the Soviet Union blockaded the Allied sectors of Berlin, Germany in an early attempt at Cold War to control t...

Director : George Seaton
Cast : Montgomery Clift, Paul Douglas, Cornell Borchers, Bruni Löbel

Art School Confidential (2006)
R Comedy Drama Dark Comedy
HIV infected Alcoholism Virginity, Male Adultery Death, Sudden

Jerome, a teenager from the suburbs passionate about art, goes to New York City's Strathmore College as a drawing major. Competition and petty jealous...

Director : Terry Zwigoff
Cast : Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Angelica Huston, Jim Broadbent

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

PK (2014)
None Comedy Drama Romance


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

Mine Own Executioner (1947)
APPROVED Drama Thriller War Film-Noir
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Molly Lucian enlists the reluctant help of psychologist, Felix Milne, in treating her potentially homicidal husband, Adam, who refuses to see psychiat...

Director : Anthony Kimmins
Cast : Burgess Meredith, Dulcie Gray, Michael Shepley, Christine Norden

Mandy (1952)
APPROVED Drama Based on True Events
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Harry and Christine Garland have a daughter named Mandy who is deaf and mute. After fully realizing their daughter's needs, the Garlands enroll Mandy ...

Director : Alexander Mackendrick
Cast : Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan, Godfrey Tearle

The In Crowd (2000)
PG-13 Drama Mystery Thriller

Adrien Williams enters the "in crowd" after she's hired by an East Coast country club. Soon she's befriended by Brittany Foster, the charismatic leade...

Director : Mary Lambert
Cast : Susan Ward, Lori Heuring, Matthew Settle, Nathan Bexton

The Collector (1965)
UNRATED Drama Thriller
Impotency Virginity, Male Sexual Confusion Delusional Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Erotomania

Clerk Freddie, an avid butterfly collector, wins a sports bet. He uses the money to buy a country house with a large basement that he insulates and fu...

Director : William Wyler
Cast : Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar, Mona Washbourne, Maurice Dallimore

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

Stepmom (1998)
PG-13 Comedy Drama
Divorce Cancer Blended Families Death of Parent

Anna and Ben, the two children of Jackie and Luke, must cope with their parents divorce and the new, younger woman in their father's life, Isabel, a p...

Director : Chris Columbus
Cast : Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone

One for the Road (2009)
NR Drama

Based on French journalist Herve Chabalier's autobiography about his war with alcoholism, the story takes place in a French Alps retreat where Herve s...

Director : Philippe Godeau
Cast : François Cluzet, Mélanie Thierry, Michel Vuillermoz, Anne Consigny

One True Thing (1998)
R Drama
Passive Aggressive Behavior Cancer Alcoholism, Functional Denial

When Manhattan journalist Ellen finds her mother Kate has cancer, she accept the request of her father, George, to take a leave of absence and return ...

Director : Carl Franklin
Cast : Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, William Hurt, Tom Everett Scott

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

You're Not You (2014)
R Drama
Mobility Marital Separation ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Kate was a classical pianist who now has ALS. Bec is an irresponsible college student. Yet, when Bec takes a job assisting Kate, just as her marriage ...

Director : George C. Wolfe
Cast : Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel, Stephanie Beatriz

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

Danika (2006)
R Drama Horror Mystery
Adultery Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Danika has become an overprotective mother to her family consisting of her successful husband, Randy, two sons, Kurt and Brian, and teenager daughter,...

Director : Ariel Vromen
Cast : Marisa Tomei, Hannah Marks, Guy Camilleri, Akuyoe Graham

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

Mermaids (1990)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Coming of Age
Depression, Clinical Alcohol Abuse Virginity, Female Delusional Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Denial

In 1963, after another failed relationship, Mrs. Flax, a single, Jewish mother uproots and moves her two daughters for the eighteenth time since kinde...

Director : Richard Benjamin
Cast : Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, Michael Schoeffling

Words and Pictures (2013)
PG-13 Drama Romance Dark Comedy
Sexual Harassment, Female Rhumetoid Arthritis Passive Aggressive Behavior Narcissistic Personality Disorder Alcoholism, Functional Single Parenting Oppositional Defiant Disorder Depression, Situational Denial Mobility Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)

In a private school in Maine, Jack is the outspoken, alcoholic English teacher is prone to competitive word games on lunch breaks with colleagues. Din...

Director : Fred Schepisi
Cast : Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Davison, Navid Negahban, Any Brenneman, Valerie Tian

Hateship Loveship (2013)
R Drama Romance Senior Interest
Substance Abuse Depression, Clinical Orphaned Enabling Death of Parent Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Single Parenting Foster Care Asocial Behavior

Johanna, an orphan who has grown to be quiet caregiver unused to communicating with others, starts a job working for Mr. McCauley and his teenage gran...

Director : Liza Johnson
Cast : Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte, Christine Lahti, Jennifer Jason Leigh

The Majestic (2001)
PG Drama Romance
Retrograde Amnesia

Peter Appleton is an ambitious young screenwriter working for HHS Studios in 1951. After Appleton spends a night at a bar, he drives intoxicated throu...

Director : Frank Darabont
Cast : Jim Carrey, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn, Hal Holbrook

Georgia Rule (2007)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Genetically Predisposed Divorce Promiscuity Single Parenting Denial Abuse, Sex Alcoholism

Seventeen year old Rachel is sent to Idaho to spend the summer with her Grandmother, Georgia, who she hasn't seen her sine she was a girl. Georgia and...

Director : Garry Marshall
Cast : Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman, Dermot Mulroney

Kinky Boots (2005)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Music Coming of Age Dance
Anxiety Alcohol Abuse Enabling Death, Sudden Death of Parent Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Depression, Situational Crossdressing Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)

Charlie may have grown up in Manchester, England beside his father's family shoe business, but he never wanted to fill his shoes. Then, his father's s...

Director : Julian Jarrold
Cast : Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah-Jane Potts, Nick Frost

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

Shall We Dance (2004)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Music American Remake Ballroom Dancing Dance
Weight Challenged Repression Panic Attacks Sexuality Chronic Depression Sexual Confusion Narcissistic Personality Disorder Alcoholism, Functional Denial Body Image Anxiety

Despite having a long career as a lawyer and a loving family, John Clark is depressed over the fact that something is missing in his life. Then, one n...

Director : Peter Chelsom
Cast : Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Lisa Ann Walter

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

The Book Thief (2013)
PG-13 Drama War
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In 1938 a young girl Liesel is traveling by train with her mother and her younger brother when he dies. Her mother buries the boy in a cemetery by the...

Director : Brian Percival
Cast : Roger Allam, Sophie Nélisse, Heike Makatsch, Julian Lehmann

Yentl (1983)
PG Drama History Musical Romance
Suicidal Falsifying Gender

In an early 1900's Ashkenazic shtetl in Poland, Yentl Mendel is the intellectually precocious daughter and only child of widowed Rebbe Mendel, who te...

Director : Barbra Streisand
Cast : Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving, Nehemiah Persoff

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

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
PG Drama
Seizures/Convulsions Single Parenting Epilepsy

In 1972 a single mother named Beatrice lives in her chaotic house barely equipped to survive modern life. Her daughter Ruth is a rebellious adolescen...

Director : Paul Newman
Cast : Joanne Woodward, Nell Potts, Roberta Wallach, Judith Lowry

The Hurt Locker (2008)
R Drama Thriller War Military
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Grandiose Behavior Disorder Addiction, Danger

During their final weeks of duty in Iraq, these soldiers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming live bombs in the heat of combat....

Director : Kathryn Bigelow
Cast : Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce