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

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

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

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

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

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

The Music Man (1962)
N/A Comedy History Musical Romance
Single Parenting Death of Parent

In the early 1900's, a con man and grifter named Harold Hill arrives in cynical River City, Iowa intending to cheat the community with his standard sc...

Director : Morton DaCosta
Cast : Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Ron Howard, Pert Kelton, Paul Ford, Timmy Everett

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

My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
G Drama History
Substance Abuse Alcoholism Alcoholics Anonymous

The true story of Bill W., a successful stock broker and alcoholic whose life falls apart after the 1929 stock crash. He founded Alcoholics Anonymous ...

Director : Daniel Petrie
Cast : James Woods, JoBeth Williams, James Garner, Gary Sinise

Elmer Gantry (1960)
NOT RATED Drama History Romance
Alcoholism Rape Promiscuity Abuse, Sex Abuse, Physical

In the late 1920's, Elmer Gantry is a charismatic, alcoholic con man and natural evangelist, ready and able to make a quick buck using his genuine kno...

Director : Richard Brooks
Cast : Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Shirley Jones, Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger, Patti Page

The Right Stuff (1983)
PG Action Adventure Drama Epic History
Marital Separation Stuttering/Stammering Grandiose Behavior Disorder Depression, Situational Panic Attacks

The story of the U.S. Space program begins in the 1950's in a Nevada desert where pilots live under isolated, limited circumstances testing new aircra...

Director : Philip Kaufman
Cast : Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Fred Ward, Levon Hlem, Mary Jo Deschanel, Jeff Goldblum, Scott Wilson, Kathy Baker, Dennis Quaid, Barbara Hershey, Veronica Cartwright, Kim Stanley

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
PG-13 Drama History Based on True Events
Alcoholism Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Heart Failure Delusional Unexpected Pregnancy Depression, Situational Suicide

In 1932, during the Depression a manipulative, alcoholic emcee named Rocky enlists contestants for a dance marathon in Santa Monica, California offeri...

Director : Sydney Pollack
Cast : Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young, Red Buttons, Bonnie Bedelia, Susannah York,Bruce Dern, Michael Conrad, Al Lewis

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

Whisky Galore (1949)
NR Action Comedy Crime History Based on True Events
Alcohol Abuse

During World War II, a small Scottish island named Todday runs out of whisky. Then the freighter S.S. Cabinet Minister runs ashore during a heavy fog,...

Director : Alexander Mackendrick
Cast : Basil Radford, Catherine Lacey, Bruce Seton, Joan Greenwood, Compton Mackenzie

Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
N/A Comedy Drama History Romance
Falsifying Gender Crossdressing

Escaping to England from a French embezzlement charge, widower Henry Scarlett is accompanied by his daughter Sylvia who, to avoid detection, disguises...

Director : George Cukor
Cast : Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Brian Aherne, Edmund Gwenn

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

The Cider House Rules (1999)
PG-13 Drama History Romance Coming of Age
Substance Abuse Incest Abortion, Illegal Orphaned Abuse, Sex Paralysis

Homer is the fully grown orphan in a remote orphanage in St. Cloud, Maine. As the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch, he is taught everything ab...

Director : Lasse Hallström
Cast : Michael Caine,Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd,Kathy Baker, Jane Alexander, Kate Nelligan, J.K. Simmons

Gone with the Wind (1939)
G Drama Epic History Romance War
Histrionic Personality Disorder Death of Spouse Death of Parent Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Unexpected Pregnancy Alzheimer’s Disease Sexual Confusion Death of Child Miscarriage Abuse, Sex Developmental Delays

Scarlett is a beautiful, strong-willed, southern woman used to getting what she wants. She survives the Civil War despite the deaths of multiple husba...

Director : Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood
Cast : Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Vivien Leigh, Evelyn Keyes

Albert Nobbs (2011)
R Drama History
Rape Falsifying Gender Crossdressing Abuse, Sex

In 19th century Dublin, Ireland, Albert Nobbs, a very private, hard working hotel waiter is saving his money to one day own a tea shop. He is all alon...

Director : Rodrigo García
Cast : Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Mia Wasikowska, Pauline Collins

Black Hawk Down (2001)
R Drama History Thriller
Asthma

In 1993, the United States sent special forces to Somalia to attack the government and bring food and humanitarian aid to the starving population. Usi...

Director : Ridley Scott
Cast : Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana

Hysteria (2011)
R Comedy History Romance
Sexual Satisfaction Sexuality

In 1880's London, a pioneering doctor named Mortimer Granville was fired for challenging his superiors' dated methods. He accepts a job with Dr. Dalry...

Director : Tanya Wexler
Cast : Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones

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

Lust for Life (1956)
NR Drama History Biography
Self-Mutilation Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Bipolar Disorder

Vincent Van Gogh is an artistic genius tortured by an unhappy life of failed careers and relationships. Though he's respected among his fellow painter...

Director : Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor
Cast : Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown

Splendor in the Grass (1961)
NR Drama History Romance Coming of Age
Sexuality Insecurity Virginity, Female Bipolar Disorder Suicidal

In 1928 in oil-rich Kansas high school seniors Bud and Deanie are in love. Bud has a wealthy, dysfunctional family with a promiscuous sister and domin...

Director : Elia Kazan
Cast : Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie, Barbara Loden

Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
G Action Adventure Comedy Epic History Remake
Anal Retentive Personality Antisocial Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder

In late 1800's London, eccentric bachelor Phileas Fogg makes a bet, waging his entire fortune during a regular cardgame, that he can travel around the...

Director : Buzz Kullik
Cast : Pierce Brosnan, Eric Idle, Peter Ustinov, julia Nickson, Lee Remick, Roddy McDowell, Jack Klugman, John Mills

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

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

Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)
Drama History Foreign Biography Based on True Events
Schizophrenia Psychosis Insanity Depression, Situational Paranoia

In 1915, in the south of France, Camille, the sister of Christian mystic Paul Claudel, and the former protege and mistress of renowned sculptor, Augus...

Director : Bruno Dumont
Cast : Juliette Binoche, Robert Leroy, Jean-Luc Vincent, Marion Keller

The Man from Laramie (1955)
APPROVED Drama History Western Military
Death of Spouse Head Injury Death of Sibling Blindness Enabling Abuse, Physical Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder

While attempting to deliver a wagon of dry goods, former cavalry officer Will is attacked and beaten by Dave, the vicious son of the local cattleranch...

Director : Anthony Mann
Cast : James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell

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

Of Mice and Men (1939)
APPROVED Drama History
Developmental Delays Promiscuity Death, Sudden

During the Great Depression in the 1930's, George Milton and Lennie Small are migrant workers traveling together to seek work. Lennie is a large, phys...

Director : Lewis Milestone
Cast : Burgess Meredith, Betty Field, Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Bickford

Eleanor and Franklin (1976)
Drama History Romance Biography Based on True Events Based On Novel
Polio Abuse, Psychological Respiratory Failure Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Sexual Confusion Narcissistic Personality Disorder Mobility Alcoholism Insecurity Anxiety Abuse, Emotional Adultery Death of Parent Heart Attack Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Denial Abuse, Child

From Eleanor and Franklin's meeting as cousins and teenagers in the late 1890's, to their courtship and marriage during their uncle Teddy Roosevelt's ...

Director : Daniel Petrie
Cast : Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann, Rosemary Murphy, Pamela Franklin

Freaks (1932)
NR Drama History Horror Romance Suspense
Weight Challenged Enabling Disfigurement Amputation Siamese Twins Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder Little People/People of Small Stature Denial

A circus trapeze artist, Cleopatra, takes an interest in Hans, a man of small stature who works with her in the circus, to use him. She is the show's ...

Director : Tod Browning
Cast : Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

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

Marie's Story (2014)
NR History Foreign Biography
Blindness Single Parenting Deafness Foster Parenting American Sign Language Mute Lipreading/Speechreading

Marie Heurtin is a girl who was born blind, deaf, and mute to single father who in a poor villager in France. Though rejected by others, a nun named S...

Director : Jean-Pierre Améris
Cast : Isabelle Carré, Ariana Rivoire, Brigitte Catillon, Noémie Churlet

A City of Sadness (1989)
Drama History Foreign
Substance Abuse Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Deafness

Prior to WWII, Taiwan was a Japanese colony for fifty years. The oldest of four brothers in the Lin family turns his bar into "Little Shanghai" to pro...

Director : Hsiao-hsien Hou
Cast : Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Shufen Xin, Sung Young Chen, Jack Kao

The Shipping News (2001)
R Action Drama History Romance Suspense
Addiction, Substance Enabling Down’s Syndrome Rape Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving Single Parenting Denial Anxiety Incest Abuse, Verbal

After being abused by a loveless father, Quoyle marries an equally abusive wife who soon leaves him to raise their daughter alone. Once his father and...

Director : Lasse Hallström
Cast : Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans, Judi Dench, Gordon Pinchett, Larry Pine, Pete Postethwaite

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

Cleopatra (1963)
APPROVED Drama History Biography
Seizures/Convulsions Epilepsy

In 48 B.C. Egypt, Cleopatra manipulated Julius Caesar (who tried to hide his epilepsy from her) and Marc Antony in her ill-fated attempt to save her E...

Director : Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian, Darryl F. Zanuck
Cast : Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Camille Claudel (1988)
R Drama History Foreign Biography Based on True Events Based On Novel
Depression, Clinical Schizophrenia Psychosis Insanity Paranoia

In 1880s France, young Camille, sister of noted writer, poet and mystic Paul, first meets famous sculptor August Rodin when she is hired as his assist...

Director : Bruno Nuytten
Cast : Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grévill

Steal This Movie (2000)
R Drama History Romance Biography
Bipolar Disorder Sexuality

After Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, a reporter is contacted to publish material about the FBI...

Director : Robert Greenwald
Cast : Vincent D'Onofrio, Janeane Garofalo, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Kevin Pollak

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

The Miracle Worker (1962)
APPROVED Drama History Biography Based on True Events
American Sign Language Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Blindness Deafness

In the 1880's, Helen Keller is a girl who, after suffering a severe fever as a baby, was left blind, deaf, and mute. Her parents are desperate to hel...

Director : Arthur Penn
Cast : Anne Bancroft, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine

The Story of Adele H (1975)
PG Drama History Foreign Biography Distant Location Historical Fiction
Psychopathy Delusional Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Adèle Hugo, daughter of French writer Victor Hugo, falls in love with British soldier Albert Pinson while living in exile off the coast of England. T...

Director : François Truffaut
Cast : Isabelle Adjani, Bruce Robinson, Sylvia Marriott, Joseph Blatchley

Serena (2014)
R Action Crime Drama History Romance Senior Interest Based On Novel
Stillbirth Postpartum Depression Sociopathy Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Psychopathy Illegitimacy Infertility Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Death of Sibling Orphaned Death of Parent Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Amputation Survivor Guilt

In 1930's Depression-era North Carolina, the fate of the Pumberton timber empire hangs as it faces a buyout at a huge loss so the Smoky Mountains loca...

Director : Susanne Bier
Cast : Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones

Jane Eyre (2006)
Drama Epic History Romance
Cancer Blindness Abuse, Verbal Promiscuity Orphaned Schizophrenia Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Abuse, Child Death of Friend

In the mid 1800's, Jane Eyre is an orphaned child who grows to be a forthright, intelligent, artistic women. At eighteen, she advertises for a job as ...

Director : N/A
Cast : Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, Aidan McArdle

Ford: The Man and the Machine (1987)
Action Crime Drama History Biography Based on True Events Based On Novel
Abuse, Psychological Cancer Adultery Promiscuity Enabling Delusional Psychosis Bipolar Disorder Genetically Predisposed Abuse, Emotional

During the late 1870's, a humble Michigan farm boy named Henry is fascinated, not with animals, but with machines. He's obsessed with creating a horse...

Director : Allan Eastman
Cast : Cliff Robertson, Hope Lange, Heather Thomas, Michael Ironside

Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977)
Drama History Romance Biography Based on True Events Based On Novel
Mobility Polio Insecurity Adultery Chronic Respiratory Condition Amputation Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Heart Failure

Beginning with his Washington DC presidential election in 1932, in this second half of a the two-part biopic, Eleanor Roosevelt recalls their lives d...

Director : Daniel Petrie
Cast : Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann, Priscilla Pointer, Walter McGinn