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

S/O Satyamurthy (2015)
Action Family Romance

Sathyamurthy is a weatlhy businessman with a son named Viraj. When Sathyamurthy dies in an accident, Viraj is left with a lot of debt for his father's...

Director : Trivikram Srinivas
Cast : Allu Arjun, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Adah Sharma, Nithya Menon

Father Goose (1964)
G Action Adventure Comedy Family Romance Suspense War Historical Fiction
Commitment Phobia Passive Aggressive Behavior Alcoholism, Functional Temporary Speech Loss Oppositional Defiant Disorder Denial Self-Esteem Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Insecurity Anxiety

During World War II, Frank, a commander in the Australian Navy, blackmails his American buddy, an alcoholic ex-history professor and confirmed bachelo...

Director : Ralph Nelson
Cast : Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard, Jack Good

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

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
APPROVED Comedy Family Fantasy Animation
Seizures/Convulsions Literacy Angelman Syndrome/Smiling Puppet Syndrome Epilepsy

Jealous of angelic Snow White's beauty, the wicked queen decides to order the murder of her stepdaughter, Snow White, so she is never reminded of her....

Director : William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen
Cast : Roy Atwell, Stuart Buchanan, Adriana Caselotti, Hall Johnson Choir

Mary and Max (2009)
NR Comedy Drama Family
Asperger's Syndrome Alcoholism Weight Challenged

In the 1970's, eight year old Australian Mary Dinkle picks the name of a man out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him, including a chocolate ba...

Director : Adam Elliot
Cast : Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries, Eric Bana

Everybody's Fine (2009)
PG-13 Drama Family Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Addiction, Substance Heart Attack Chronic Respiratory Condition Sexuality Sexual Confusion Death of Child Angina/ Coronary Artery Disease

Frank Goode, a recent widower with a chronic respiratory condition as a result of working with PVC, is the proud father of four that he pushed toward ...

Director : Kirk Jones
Cast : Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell

The Secret (1992)
G Drama Family
Dyslexia Death of Spouse Denial

Mike's pride had caused him to keep, what he believes to be, a shameful secret. One that has affected his personal relationships, even with his son, P...

Director : Karen Arthur
Cast : Kirk Douglas, Bruce Boxleitner, Brock Peters, Laura Harrington

Under the Piano (1996)
G Drama Family Based on True Events
Mental Health Facilities Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Enabling

Rosetta is the autistic child of Regina, a mother bitter over the possible opera career she feels was denied her due to Rosetta's birth; a fact she ne...

Director : Stefan Scaini
Cast : Amanda Plummer, Megan Follows, Teresa Stratas, James Carroll

Elf (2003)
PG Comedy Family Fantasy Holiday
Insecurity Attachment Disorder Single Parenting Little People/People of Small Stature Denial

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole raised by elves. Once he's a full grown adult, Santa a...

Director : Jon Favreau
Cast : Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Edward Asner

The Black Balloon (2008)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Family Romance
Caregiving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Thomas is turning 16 and life is moving quickly: his dad's in the army and they've just moved to a town in New South Wales; his mom is pregnant; and h...

Director : Elissa Down
Cast : Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson, Gemma Ward

Do You Remember Love (1985)
NR Drama Family Romance Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

Barbara is an English professor who begins to forget things. After making the same recipe for dinner every night without realizing it, her husband tak...

Director : Jeff Bleckner
Cast : Joanne Woodward, Richard Kiley, Andrea Barber, Judith Barsi

Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
PG-13 Drama Family
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Death, Sudden Depression, Situational Suicide

Bachir, an Algerian immigrant escaping the terrorism that killed his wife and daugher, is hired as the immediate substitute for an elementary school t...

Director : Philippe Falardeau
Cast : Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Marie-Ève Beauregard

The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980)
G Drama Family Sport Based on True Events

A high school hockey player who is well liked and respected by his coach and peers begins imitating the drinking habits of his father, an ex-hockey st...

Director : Jerrold Freedman
Cast : Scott Baio, Lance Kerwin, Ed Lauter, Mariclare Costello

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

The Bad News Bears (1976)
PG Comedy Family Sport
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Alcoholism Language Acquisition Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Second Language Acquisition

Former minor leaguer Morris Buttermaker is an alcoholic swimming pool cleaner who takes money to coach the Bears, an untrained little league team with...

Director : Michael Ritchie
Cast : Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten

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

Front of the Class (2008)
N/R Drama Family Romance Based on True Events Based On Novel
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Tourette Syndrome

After his mother discovers that he has Tourette Syndrome as a child, Brad is sent to the middle school principal's office for being disruptive in clas...

Director : Peter Werner
Cast : James Wolk, Treat Williams, Patricia Heaton, Bird York, Dominic Scott Kay, Sarah Drew

The War (1994)
PG-13 Drama Family
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

When a Vietnam veteran must deal with a war between his son and their friends with a rival group of children, it stirs memories of his own personal wa...

Director : Jon Avnet
Cast : Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner, Mare Winningham, Lexi Randall

Black (2005)
NR Drama Family Foreign
Alcoholism Blindness Deafness American Sign Language Alzheimer’s Disease Mute Lipreading/Speechreading

Paul and Catherine give birth to their first daughter, Michelle, who is blind, deaf, and mute. They isolate her from the outside world and, consequent...

Director : Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast : Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor

Ocean Heaven (2010)
NR Drama Family
Cancer Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Single Parenting Death of Parent

A loving, terminally ill father who works in an aquarium attempts to teach his autistic son the necessary life skills he needs to ensure that his can ...

Director : Xiao Lu Xue
Cast : Jet Li, Zhang Wen, Lun Mei Gwei, Yuanyuan Zhu

The Thrill of It All (1963)
APPROVED Comedy Family Romance
Infertility Anal Retentive Personality Narcissistic Personality Disorder Abuse, Verbal Unexpected Pregnancy Accent Reduction

Mr. and Mrs. Fraleigh have been trying to conceive a child for twenty years while being involved in a family business run by the controlling patriarch...

Director : Norman Jewison
Cast : Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis, Edward Andrews, Carl Reiner, Zasu Pitts

The Addams Family (1991)
PG-13 Comedy Family Fantasy
Amputation Siamese Twins Retrograde Amnesia

When a man claiming to be Uncle Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams, arrives at the Addams' home, the family is thrilled. Morticia, however, b...

Director : Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast : Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya, Christina Ricci, Elizabeth Wilson, Dana Ivey

A Mile in His Shoes (2011)
PG Drama Family Sport Based on True Events Based On Novel
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Only a miracle can help baseball coach Arthur “Murph” Murphy and his losing minor league baseball team. As he sets out to recruit new talent he happen...

Director : William Dear
Cast : Luke Schroder, Dean Cain, George Canyon, Chilton Crane

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

Honig im Kopf (2014)
NR Comedy Drama Family Foreign Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

Tilda loved her grandfather, Amandus. But, Amandus has Alzheimers. Always the charming, humorous, adored head of the family, now he starts acting like...

Director : Til Schweiger, Lars Gmehling
Cast : Til Schweiger, Dar Salim, Jeanette Hain, Mehmet Kurtulus

Annie (1982)
PG Comedy Drama Family Musical Dance


Director : John Huston
Cast : Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry

My Louisiana Sky (2001)
Drama Family Inspirational
Foster Parenting Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities

In 1950's Louisiana, Tiger Ann is a growing girl out in the country with parents who are mentally challenged adults. Her single, chic aunt comes to vi...

Director : Adam Arkin
Cast : Juliette Lewis, Kelsey Keel, Shirley Knight, Amelia Campbell

Fish Hawk (1979)
G Drama Family

A bitter, alcoholic Native American Indian in Canada finds himself befriending a white farmboy, and together they makea pact to end his drinking prob...

Director : Donald Shebib
Cast : Will Sampson, Don Francks, Charles Fields, Mary Pirie

Fly Away (2011)
Comedy Drama Family Coming of Age
Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Abuse, Physical Panic Attacks Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Scapegoat Identity Single Parenting Depression, Situational Denial Divorce Anxiety

Two weeks in the life of Jeanne, a divorced, single mother growing increasingly overwhelmed with raising her sixteen-year-old daughter. Mandy is autis...

Director : Janet Grillo
Cast : Beth Broderick, Ashley Rickards, J. R. Bourne, Greg Germann, Denise Dowse

Martian Child (2007)
PG Comedy Drama Family
Death of Spouse Attachment Disorder Adoption Single Parenting Foster Parenting

David is a widower who has been grieving for two years. He writes science fiction and he was considered a weird child. David meets Dennis, a foster ch...

Director : Menno Meyjes
Cast : John Cusack, Bobby Coleman, Amanda Peet, Sophie Okonedo

Camilla Dickinson (2012)
Drama Family Romance Coming of Age
Depression, Clinical Abuse, Psychological Adultery Suicidal Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Alcoholism Insecurity Divorce Abuse, Emotional

In 1948 Manhattan, fifteen-year-old Camilla lives an affluent but sheltered life with an immature, needy mother and a cold, controlling father on the ...

Director : Cornelia Moore
Cast : Adelaide Clemens, Samantha Mathis, Gregg Sulkin, Cary Elwes, Camryn Manheim, Margaret Colin, Colby Minifie

Dear Frankie (2004)
PG-13 Drama Family Mystery Romance
Enabling Death of Parent Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Single Parenting Denial Deafness Abuse,Child

Frankie is a nine-year-old boy who is deaf. He and his single mother, Lizzie, have been on the move all over Scotland ever since Frankie can remember;...

Director : Shona Auerbach
Cast : Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, Jack McElhone, Mary Riggans, Sharon Small

One A.M. (1916)
G Comedy Family Silent

After a night on the town, Charlie returns home to the place where he is staying, but he's drunk and unable to find his key. For the next twenty minut...

Director : Charles Chaplin
Cast : Charles Chaplin

Amy (1981)
G Drama Family
Marital Separation Lipreading/Speechreading Death of Child Blindness Deafness American Sign Language

In late 1880's Boston, Amy, a woman married to a lawyer, runs away from her unsatisfying marriage, and the painful memories of their dead son, to work...

Director : Vincent McEveety
Cast : Jenny Agutter, Barry Newman, Kathleen Nolan, Chris Robinson

Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
APPROVED Adventure Family Fantasy
Little People/People of Small Stature

Darby O'Gill is full of blarney, but the stories of leprechauns he tells at the pub are true. In fact, he and King Brian, ruler of the little people, ...

Director : Robert Stevenson
Cast : Sean Connery, Janet Munro, Albert Sharpe, Jimmy O'Dea

Love Actually (2003)
R Comedy Drama Family Romance
Marital Separation Enabling Depression Death of Parent Schizophrenia Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving

Against the backdrop of aged has-been rock star Billy Mack's Christmas themed comeback cover of "Love Is All Around," nine stories intertwine that exp...

Director : Richard Curtis
Cast : Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Rowan Atkinson, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton,Gregor Fisher, Rory MacGregor, Colin Firth

The Champ (1931)
NR Drama Family Romance Sport
Alcoholism Single Parenting Divorce

Dink Purcell loves his alcoholic father, ex-heavyweight champion Andy "Champ" Purcell. In spite of his alcoholism, gambling, and their poor living con...

Director : King Vidor
Cast : Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich, Roscoe Ates

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
APPROVED Drama Family Fantasy Romance Holiday
Parapalegia Mobility Suicidal Death of Parent Heart Attack Chronic Depression Hearing Loss Alcoholism, Functional

A very good, depressed family man named George faces financial ruin on Christmas Eve. Reflecting on the he's led stuck in Bedford Falls, because he co...

Director : Frank Capra
Cast : James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Nobody's Fool (1994)
R Comedy Drama Family
Alcoholism Sexual Dissatisfaction Divorce Single Parenting

Sully, a divorced, unreliable, alcoholic laborer is approaching the age when most men retire. While he is using a worker's compensation suit for a bad...

Director : Robert Benton
Cast : Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith

The Lion King (1994)
G Adventure Drama Family Animation
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Young lion Simba, is the heir of his father, Mufasa. Simba's wicked uncle, Scar, plots to steal Mufasa's throne by luring the father and son into a st...

Director : Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Cast : Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons

Poltergeist (1982)
PG Comedy Family Horror Thriller
Little People/People of Small Stature Delusional Retrograde Amnesia

A family is visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then t...

Director : Tobe Hooper
Cast : Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne,Zelda RubensteinRetro

David's Mother (1994)
G Drama Family Romance
Mental Health Facilities Caregiving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Sally Goodson has been raising her autistic son David alone since his father left years ago. Now a social worker discovers that Sally has been dodging...

Director : Robert Allan Ackerman
Cast : Kirstie Alley, Sam Waterston, Stockard Channing, Michael A. Goorjian

The Family Stone (2005)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Family Romance Holiday
Substance Abuse Enabling Breast Cancer Sexuality Chronic Depression American Sign Language Narcissistic Personality Disorder Denial Deafness Gaslighting Insecurity Anxiety Adoption Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Lipreading/Speechreading

The eldest, prodigal son of five children in the Stone family returns home to Thayer, Mass. to introduce his uptight, soon-to-be fiancee to his tough,...

Director : Thomas Bezucha
Cast : Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Craig T. Nelson, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Tyrone Giordano, Brian J. White, Paul Schneider

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

Pay It Forward (2000)
PG-13 Drama Family Romance
Substance Abuse Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Alcoholism Single Parenting Homelessness

Trevor McKinney is both troubled by his mother's alcoholism and fears of his abusive, absentee father. He's given an intriguing assignment from his ne...

Director : Mimi Leder
Cast : Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, Angie Dickenson, Joh Bon Jovi, Liv Schreiver, Jay Mohr

Annie (2014)
PG Comedy Drama Family Musical Remake Dance


Director : Will Gluck
Cast : Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
N/A Adventure Family Fantasy
Anxiety Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Psychogenic/Dissociative Amnesia Little People/People of Small Stature Abuse, Physical

In 1939, in the farmlands of Kansas, a teenager named Dorothy fears her dog, Toto, will be killed. So they run away from the home she shares with Aunt...

Director : Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor
Cast : Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr,Jack Haley, Billlie Burke, Margaret Hamilton

Back to the Future (1985)
PG Action Adventure Comedy Family Romance Science-Fiction
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Alcoholism

Marty McFly, a typical teenager in the 1980's, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by an eccentr...

Director : Robert Zemeckis
Cast : Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
PG Adventure Family Fantasy

Harry Potter is nine year old boy with epilepsy who dreams of being a magician. Initially scared about using his magic skills outside of school, he is...

Director : Alfonso Cuarón
Cast : Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Griffiths, Pam Ferris, Fiona Shaw

Nim's Island (2008)
PG Action Adventure Comedy Family
Germaphobia Agoraphobia

Nim joins her father, a scientist, when he researches marine life on an island. She spends her time making friends with all the animals, chatting on t...

Director : Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
Cast : Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler, Michael Carman