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

Flipped (2010)
PG Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest Coming of Age Inspirational
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Depression, Clinical Abuse, Emotional Narcissistic Personality Disorder Abuse, Verbal Down’s Syndrome

Juli Baker devoutly believes in the sanctity of trees, the eggs she collects from her backyard flock of chickens and that, someday, she'll kiss Bryce ...

Director : Rob Reiner
Cast : Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards

A Dog Year (2009)
Comedy Drama Dark Comedy Inspirational
Panic Attacks Depression, Clinical Writer's Block Marital Separation

Jon Katz is a writer with writer's block. His emotional distance has caused his wife to depart and he can barely answer the phone. When a kennel sends...

Director : George LaVoo
Cast : Jeff Bridges, Lauren Ambrose, Lois Smith, Domhnall Gleeson

Waitress (2007)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Inspirational
Abuse, Emotional Adultery Abuse, Verbal Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Unexpected Pregnancy Single Parenting Depression, Chronic Body Image

Jenna is unhappily married and squirreling away money in the small southern town where she lives with her possessive, immature husband, Earl. She work...

Director : Adrienne Shelly
Cast : Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Adrienne Shelly, Andy Griffith, Eddie Jemison, Lew Temple

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Inspirational
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Depression, Situational Denial Delusional Death of Parent Asocial Behavior

Lars is a touching, amusing, and humorous man. Unfortunately, his mother's death during his childbirth and his father's ensuing depression and death ...

Director : Craig Gillespie
Cast : Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Patricia Clarkson, R.D. Reid

A Wedding For Bella (2001)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Inspirational
Developmental Delays Commitment Phobia Down’s Syndrome

Dominic is a successful businessman who trades in the single lifestyle to work two jobs. One job he hates: being a well-paid white collar corporate ra...

Director : Melissa Martin
Cast : Scott Baio, John Seitz, Kim Martin, Zachary Mott

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
R Drama War Biography Based on True Events Inspirational
Substance Abuse Death, Sudden Virginity, Male Sexual Confusion Depression, Situational Prostitution Parapalegia Mobility Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alcohol Abuse

In the mid 1960s, a patriotic, suburban teenager Ron Kovic enlists in the Marines to fulfill his American duty. During his second tour in Vietnam, he ...

Director : Oliver Stone
Cast : Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Josh Evans

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

Door to Door (2002)
Drama Biography Based on True Events Dark Comedy Inspirational
Cerebral Palsy

Due to an injury at birth, Bill Porter was born with cerebral palsy. By the late 1950's, after being raised by a positive, determined and supportive m...

Director : Steven Schachter
Cast : William H. Macy, Helen Mirren, Kyra Sedgwick, Kathy Baker, Joel Brooks

Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 Drama Epic Fantasy Romance War Dark Comedy Coming of Age Inspirational
Substance Abuse Virginity, Male Single Parenting Abuse,Child Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Developmental Delays Asperger's Syndrome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Incest Promiscuity Death of Parent Amputation AIDS/HIV Scoliosis

Though young Forrest Gump is told he's slow and has scoliosis, he never thinks of himself as disadvantaged thanks in part to his positive, supportive ...

Director : Robert Zemeckis
Cast : Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Senise, Sally Field

Precious (2009)
R Drama Fantasy Music Based on True Events Inspirational Psychological
Abuse, Psychological Eating Disorders Domestic Violence Sexual Confusion Single Parenting Developmental Delays Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Dissociative Identity Disorder Incest Abuse, Verbal Weight Challenged Down’s Syndrome Diabetes Denial Body Image Abuse,Child HIV infected

In Harlem, 1987, sixteen-year-old Precious, an illiterate, obese black teen is pregnant with her second child; both children fathered by her biologica...

Director : Lee Daniels
Cast : Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz

St. Vincent (2014)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Military Senior Interest Inspirational
Death of Spouse Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Dementia Alzheimer’s Disease Memory, Short Term Single Parenting Memory, Long Term Addiction, Gambling Prostitution Mobility Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Alcoholism Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Divorce Unexpected Pregnancy Stroke

Vincent is a gambling, alcoholic Vietnam veteran with PTSD who owns a run down house in Brooklyn. What money he does have is used to pay for his belov...

Director : Theodore Melfi
Cast : Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
PG-13 Drama Romance Coming of Age Inspirational
Adultery Weight Challenged Single Parenting Down’s Syndrome Agoraphobia

The Grape family lives in the one street, working class town of Endora, Iowa. The family includes Ellen, Amy, Arnie, Gilbert and their weight-challeng...

Director : Lasse Hallström
Cast : Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen

Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
NR Drama Romance Inspirational
Mental Health Facilities Dependent Personality Disorder Rehabilitation Facility Enabling Detoxification Alcoholic, Recovering Single Parenting Denial Prostitution Alcoholism Marital Separation Adultery Alcoholics Anonymous Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

In 1962 San Francisco, Joe is a rising public relations man obligated to procure anything a client wants, whether it's an article in a prominent magaz...

Director : Blake Edwards
Cast : Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
R Drama Romance Based on True Events Inspirational
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Abuse,Child

Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai is about to experience the biggest day of his life as all of India watches while he is one...

Director : Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan
Cast : Dev Patel, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor, Rajendranath Zutshi

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
PG-13 Drama Biography Inspirational
Alcoholism Insecurity Enabling Denial Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

Kelly and Evelyn live in Defiance, Ohio with their ten children. Kelly was a garage-band singer resigned to a dead-end factory job that barely pays th...

Director : Jane Anderson
Cast : Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Trevor Morgan

An Angel at My Table (1990)
R Drama Biography Inspirational
Mental Health Facilities Schizophrenia Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

This is the inspiring story of Janet Frame, one of New Zealand’s most distinguished author. It begins with her poverty-stricken childhood, to her misd...

Director : Jane Campion
Cast : Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn

Chef (2014)
R Comedy Drama Roadtrip Inspirational
Addiction, Substance Divorce Anxiety Weight Challenged Chronic Depression Narcissistic Personality Disorder Alcoholism, Functional Single Parenting Denial

Carl Casper is a divorced dad and acclaimed, but depressed chef losing whatever artistic freedom he thought he had in the celebrated L. A. restaurant ...

Director : Jon Favreau
Cast : Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Emjay Anthony, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman, Amy Sedaris

Shine (1996)
PG-13 Drama Biography Music Based on True Events Inspirational
Mental Health Facilities Abuse, Psychological Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Schizophrenia Stuttering/Stammering Scapegoat Identity Abuse,Child Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Abuse, Emotional

Australian pianist David Helfgott, is a child prodigy who grows up under the traumatic control of an abusive father who uses his children as scapegoat...

Director : Scott Hicks
Cast : Geoffrey Rush, Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd, Chris Haywood

The Loretta Claiborne Story (2000)
Drama Sport Inspirational
Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities

Loretta Claiborne was born with mental and physical disabilities, yet realizes from an early age that she's a talented athlete. Always able to defend ...

Director : Lee Grant
Cast : Kimberly Elise, Tina Lifford, Camryn Manheim, Damon Gupton