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

Rio Bravo (1959)
N/A Action Drama Romance Western Music
Alcoholism Antalgic Gait/Limp 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

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

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

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

Cat Ballou (1965)
G Action Adventure Comedy Romance Western Music
Alcoholism Single Parenting Death of Parent

It's the late 1800's, and no sooner has newly graduated school teacher Catherine "Cat" Ballou boarded a train headed west back home, than she's secre...

Director : Elliot Silverstein
Cast : Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, Nat King Cole, Stubby Kaye, John Marley, Tom Nardini

A Star Is Born (1976)
R Drama Romance Music Second Remake
Substance Abuse Alcoholism

Legendary rock star John Norman Howard's self-destructive alcoholism has caused his career to decline. Life on the road has made him cynical, then he ...

Director : Frank Pierson
Cast : Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Oliver Clark

The Country Girl (1954)
NR Drama Romance Music
Insecurity Adultery Enabling Sexual Dissatisfaction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Death of Child Caregiving Denial Alcoholism

Alcoholic singer Frank has a chance to make a Broadway come-back after a decade without work when director Bernie Dodd offers him the lead in his new ...

Director : George Seaton
Cast : Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross

Country Strong (2010)
PG-13 Drama Romance Music
Alcoholism Stillbirth Rehabilitation Facility Enabling Depression, Situational Suicide Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Caregiving

A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter, who sparks with an alcoholic singing star. Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, wh...

Director : Shana Feste
Cast : Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, Leighton Meester

Crazy Heart (2009)
R Drama Romance Music Country Western
Alcoholism Insecurity Single Parenting Denial

Bad Blake is an alcoholic, hard-living country music singer and songwriter who's had numerous marriages and years on the road, all fueled by alcohol. ...

Director : Scott Cooper
Cast : Jeff Bridges, Maggie Glynnenthaall, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, James Keane, Anna Felix, Paul Herman

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

I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
PG Drama Biography Music
Depression, Situational Suicide Alcoholism Domestic Violence

Deprived of a childhood due to her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a Broadway and Hollywood star by twenty. Shortly before her marriage ...

Director : Daniel Mann
Cast : Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert, Jo Van Fleet

Little Voice (1998)
R Comedy Drama Romance Music Dark Comedy
Social Anxiety Disorder Enabling Delusional Death of Parent Agoraphobia Caregiving Denial Alcoholism Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Insecurity Abuse, Verbal

Painfully shy "LV" or "Little Voice," is a recluse who listens closely to her late father's old albums in her room to deny the reality of her lonely l...

Director : Mark Herman
Cast : Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent, Philip Jackson

Tender Mercies (1983)
PG Drama Romance Music Country Western
Death of Spouse Alcoholism Single Parenting Death of Parent

A former country singer and now alcoholic, Mac Sledge becomes friends with a young widow and her son. Through this relationship, he's inspired to pull...

Director : Bruce Beresford
Cast : Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley

Where the Boys Are (1960)
APPROVED Comedy Drama Romance Music Roadtrip Coming of Age Based On Novel
Virginity, Female Vision Temporary Blindness Sexual Harassment, Female Rape Sexual Confusion Depression, Situational Insecurity Anxiety Alcohol Abuse

In 1960, four female college students share a car during spring break to drive south from their snowbound college to the mobbed beaches of Fort Lauder...

Director : Henry Levin
Cast : Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Paula Prentiss, Yvette Mimieux, Jim Hutton, Connie Francis, Frank Gorshin, Chill Wills, Barbara Nichols

Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
PG Drama Romance Biography Music Coming of Age Country Western
Alcoholism Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Virginity, Female Adultery

In 1948 Loretta Webb lives in grinding poverty. She shares, with her parents and seven siblings, a two room tar-paper shack in rural Kentucky. Doolitt...

Director : Michael Apted
Cast : Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Beverly D'Angelo, Phyllis Boyens

Change of Habit (1969)
G Crime Drama Romance Music
Domestic Violence

Elvis plays urban Dr. John Carpenter. Mary Tyler Moore and her fellow incognito nuns play opposite him. Everyone has the same mission: help the cultur...

Director : William A. Graham
Cast : Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair, Jane Elliot

A Song for Martin (2001)
PG-13 Drama Romance Foreign Music Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

Composer, Martin meets violinist, Barbara at one of his performances. Despite the fact that both of them are married and middle aged they fall in love...

Director : Bille August
Cast : Sven Wollter, Viveka Seldahl, Reine Brynolfsson, Linda Källgren

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

Sweet Dreams (1985)
PG-13 Drama Romance Biography Music Country Western
Alcoholism Head Injury Domestic Violence Divorce

From 1956 until 1963 Patsy Cline was a feisty, provocative, yet soft-spoken woman with a passionate voice; one of the first country vocalists to succe...

Director : Karel Reisz
Cast : Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon, John Goodman

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

Take the Lead (2006)
PG-13 Drama Music Based on True Events Ballroom Dancing Dance
Substance Abuse Abuse, Psychological Enabling Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Single Parenting Abuse, Sex Prostitution Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Alcoholism Abuse, Emotional Artificial Insemination Abuse, Verbal Weight Challenged Abuse, Physical Sexual Harassment, Female Stress

In New York, a dance instructor, Pierre, sees a black teenager vandalizing the car of an inner city high school principal due to his frustration over ...

Director : Liz Friedlander
Cast : Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta, Alfre Woodard

Some Like It Hot (1959)
NOT RATED Action Comedy Crime Romance Music Based on True Events True Crime
Falsifying Gender Alcoholism, Functional Crossdressing Abuse, Physical

When Gerry and Joe, two penniless male musicians, witness and escape the 1929 Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago ordered by mobster Spats Colombo, th...

Director : Billy Wilder
Cast : Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Danny Collins (2015)
R Comedy Drama Music Based on True Events Senior Interest
Substance Abuse Suicidal Death of Parent Chronic Depression Single Parenting Learning Disabilities Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Alcoholism, Reformed Divorce Alcohol Abuse Cancer, Leukemia

In Los Angeles, Danny, a seventy-year-old rock star legend who is still singing songs he hates, abusing drugs and alcohol, and living with women decad...

Director : Dan Fogelman
Cast : Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer

To Sir, with Love (1967)
UNRATED Drama Music Coming of Age Based On Novel
Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Sexual Harassment, Female Domestic Violence Learning Disabilities Abuse, Child Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Developmental Delays Divorce Abuse, Emotional

Mark, an unemployed engineer living in London in 1967, begins as a new teacher in a reform school in the poverty stricken East End to earn money whil...

Director : James Clavell
Cast : Sidney Poitier, Christian Roberts, Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall

Black Snake Moan (2006)
R Drama Music
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Domestic Violence Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Sex Abuse, Child

In rural Mississippi, Lazarus finds a girl, Rae, nearly beaten to death near his home. She's lived a life of sexual abuse from her father, and verbal ...

Director : Craig Brewer
Cast : Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
R Adventure Comedy Drama Suspense Music Roadtrip
Depression, Clinical Crossdressing Sexual Reassignment Surgery

Two drag performers and a transsexual female accept a contract to perform a show at a resort in Alice Springs in the remote Australian desert. They bu...

Director : Stephan Elliott
Cast : Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell

Dirty Dancing (1987)
PG-13 Drama Romance Music Ballroom Dancing Dance
Insecurity Abortion, Illegal Sexual Harassment, Male Abuse, Sex Unexpected Pregnancy

In 1963, eighteen-year old "Baby" goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in comfort. She is goin...

Director : Emile Ardolino
Cast : Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Beyond the Sea (2004)
PG-13 Drama Biography Music Dance
Rheumatic Fever Adoption Incest Blended Families Unexpected Pregnancy Chronic Heart Condition Anorexia Nervosa Illegitimacy Abuse, Sex

Spanning 1936 to 1973, Bobby Darin reflects on how his childhood rheumatic fever, which caused permanent heart damage and the prediction of his death ...

Director : Kevin Spacey
Cast : Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins, Brenda Blethyn, Greta Scaachi, Caroline Aaron

Like Sunday, Like Rain (2014)
R Drama Music Coming of Age
Alcoholism Abuse, Emotional Depression, Chronic Denial Death of Parent Narcissistic Personality Disorder Gifted and Talented

In Manhattan twenty-three-year-old Eleanor is working as a waitress and living with her dishonest boyfriend, an aspiring musician. After she leaves hi...

Director : Frank Whaley
Cast : Leighton Meester, Julian Shatkin, Debra Messing, Billie Joe Armstrong

Dreamgirls (2006)
PG-13 Drama Musical Music Dance
Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Weight Challenged Enabling

In 1960's Detroit, Curtis Taylor, Jr. breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, calls them the Dreamettes, gets ...

Director : Bill Condon
Cast : Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
R Drama Romance Biography Music Based on True Events
Addiction, Substance Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Sex Abuse, Child Rape Attachment Disorder

Born Elinore Harris, Billie Holiday had a rough childhood that included rape, then working in brothels first as a cleaning woman and then as a prostit...

Director : Sidney J. Furie
Cast : Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan

Baby Driver (2017)
Action Crime Music
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Partial Hearing Loss Death of Parent hearing condition Foster Parenting

Baby is a young getaway driver living with PTSD and a hearing impairment that he quells with music. He has been in indentured servitude to a crime bos...

Director : Edgar Wright
Cast : Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza González

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

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

Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
PG Drama Music
Passive Aggressive Behavior Lipreading/Speechreading Artificial Insemination Deafness Panic Attacks American Sign Language

In early 1960's Oregon, recent graduate and hopeful composer, Glenn, Holland believes it's his destiny to write a transcendent piece of music. Since ...

Director : Stephen Herek
Cast : Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis

Stage Door (1937)
APPROVED Comedy Drama Music Dance
Depression, Situational Suicide Depression, Clinical Narcissistic Personality Disorder

In 1937 at a cheap boardinghouse for unemployed female actresses arrives a wealthy socielite, Terry, slumming it for novelty. She lacks talent, but no...

Director : Gregory La Cava
Cast : Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Ann Miller, Gail Patrick

A Chorus Line (1985)
PG-13 Drama Musical Music Based on a Play Dance
Abuse, Psychological Biracial Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Sexuality Depression Body Image Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Insecurity Anxiety Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Suicidal Abuse, Physical

Inside a dark Broadway theater in New York City in the mid-1980's, Zach, a famous choreographer, must narrow down hundreds of unemployed, hopeful danc...

Director : Richard Attenborough
Cast : Michael Douglas, Alyson Reed,

Ray (2004)
PG-13 Drama Biography Music
Alcoholism Addiction, Substance Death of Sibling Blindness Single Parenting Little People/People of Small Stature Abuse, Sex

Legendary rhythm and blues singer Ray Charles' story begins by being born with sight and raised in poverty by a single, intuitive mother. He loses his...

Director : Taylor Hackford
Cast : Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Sharon Warren, Curtis Armstrong, Richard Schiff

Beyond Silence (1996)
PG-13 Drama Foreign Music
Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Caregiving Enabling Deafness American Sign Language

Since childhood in a small German village, Lara has had the task of translating the communication of the outside world to her parents, who are both de...

Director : Caroline Link
Cast : Sylvie Testud, Tatjana Trieb, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit

The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
R Drama Romance Music
Anal Retentive Personality Insecurity Promiscuity Enabling Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Chronic Depression Passive Aggressive Behavior Single Parenting

Brothers Frank and Jack Baker have been playing piano as partners in Seattle since...they can't remember when. Polar opposites they've enabled each ot...

Director : Steve Kloves
Cast : Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Ellie Raab

Song One (2014)
PG-13 Drama Romance Music
Depression, Situational Comatose

After being absent from her family in Brooklyn, Franny returns home after an accident leaves her brother, a musician, comatose. In an effort to assuag...

Director : Kate Barker-Froyland
Cast : Anne Hathaway, Mary Steenburgen, Johnny Flynn, Li Jun Li

Valley of the Dolls (1967)
PG-13 Drama Romance Music
Mental Health Facilities Depression, Clinical Addiction, Substance Adultery Abortion, Illegal Unexpected Pregnancy Depression, Situational Suicide Breast Cancer Alcoholism

Bright, pretty Anne Welles arrives in Manhattan and becomes a secretary at an entertainment law firm. There she falls in love with attorney Lyon Burke...

Director : Mark Robson
Cast : Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward, Lee Grant

Sincerely Yours (1955)
UNRATED Drama Music
Lipreading/Speechreading Deafness

In 1955 Manhattan, Tony, a multi-talented pianist, appears to have it all. He has a well connected fiancee, money, a penthouse overlooking Central Par...

Director : Gordon Douglas
Cast : Liberace, Joanne Dru, Dorothy Malone, Alex Nicol

The Chorus (2004)
PG-13 Drama Music
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Pierre is an aimless child at an strict boarding school in France. The students and faculty are constantly arguing with one another until a music teac...

Director : Christophe Barratier
Cast : Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Kad Merad, Jean-Paul Bonnaire

Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)
NR Drama Music Film-Noir
Alcoholism Enabling

Angie is a rising nightclub singer who interrupts her career to marry a struggling songwriter named Ken. When Ken's career rises as a radio singer, An...

Director : Stuart Heisler
Cast : Susan Hayward, Lee Bowman, Marsha Hunt, Eddie Albert

Amy (1997)
PG-13 Drama Music
Mute Temporary Speech Loss Death of Parent Deafness Catatonia

Amy's father was a legendary Australian rock musician who was accidentally electrocuted while performing on stage. The psychological trauma leaves Amy...

Director : Nadia Tass
Cast : Alana De Roma, Rachel Griffiths, Ben Mendelsohn, Nick Barker

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

Married to the Mob (1988)
R Comedy Crime Romance Music
Death of Spouse Delusional Death, Sudden Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Depression, Situational Suicide Psychosis Chronic Depression Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Strabismas Eye Disorder Insecurity

In the suburbs of Long Island In 1988, Angela is the unhappily married wife of Frank, a hit man who works directly for the mob boss,Tony. She lives in...

Director : Jonathan Demme
Cast : Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Mercedes Ruehl, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lazar, Alec Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Joan Cusack

Ricki and the Flash (2015)
Comedy Drama Music
Divorce Blended Families Suicidal Single Parenting Depression, Situational

Ricki left her husband Pete and their three children in Indianapolis to chase her dreams of becoming a famous rock star in Los Angeles, yet she's stil...

Director : Jonathan Demme
Cast : Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald

Jersey Boys (2014)
R Crime Drama Musical Biography Music
Substance Abuse Substance Overdose Enabling Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Chronic Depression Virginity, Male Narcissistic Personality Disorder Death of Child Denial Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In 1951 Belleville, New Jersey four on and off juvenile delinquents who like to sing form a group managed by their troublemaker, Tommy. The draw of th...

Director : Clint Eastwood
Cast : Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Steve Schirripa, Christopher Walken