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

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

Swimming Upstream (2003)
PG-13 Drama Sport Biography
Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Suicidal Enabling Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence Depression Alcoholism

Set in late 1950's Brisbane, Australia this is the true story of Tony Fingleton, a young man in Australia from a large troubled family who defied the ...

Director : Russell Mulcahy
Cast : Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Tim Draxl

The Fighter (2010)
R Drama Sport Biography Based on True Events
Substance Abuse Abuse, Psychological Rehabilitation Facility Enabling Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder Insecurity Anxiety Abuse, Verbal

In 1988 Lowell, Mass. welterweight boxer "Irish" Micky Ward is a co-dependent man enabling his own abuse with the management of his abusive, narcissis...

Director : David O. Russell
Cast : Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

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

Miracle Run (2004)
PG Drama Romance Sport Based on True Events
Caregiving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Learning Disabilities Echolalia

Corrine is the mother of twins boys Stephen and Philip. After taking them to a specialist she finds out both boys have autism. When she tells her husb...

Director : Gregg Champion
Cast : Mary-Louise Parker, Aidan Quinn, Zac Efron, Bubba Lewis

The Champ (1979)
PG Drama Romance Sport
Alcoholism Single Parenting Divorce

Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, is now an alcoholic horse trainer who makes just enough money to raise his boy T.J., who he has custody of afte...

Director : Franco Zeffirelli
Cast : Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden

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

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

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

The Wrestler (2008)
R Drama Romance Sport
Addiction, Substance Insecurity Single Parenting Promiscuity Addiction, Physical Challenges

An aging professional wrestler, decades past his prime, barely gets by working in wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery employee. Wr...

Director : Darren Aronofsky
Cast : Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

Life of the Party (2005)
R Comedy Drama Sport
Alcoholism

Michael Elgin, former high school track star, now in his thirties, is an alcoholic in denial about his life. One night after he crashes into a tree an...

Director : Barra Grant
Cast : Eion Bailey, Ellen Pompeo, Clifton Collins Jr., John Ales

A League of Their Own (1992)
PG Comedy Drama Sport War Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Insecurity Illiteracy Alcoholism, Functional Depression, Situational Limp From Injury

During World War II, the owners of baseball teams, not wanting the sport to be dormant indefinitely, decide to form teams with women. A scout passes t...

Director : Penny Marshall
Cast : Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, David Straitham, Garry Marshall, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Bill Pullman

The Hurricane (1999)
R Drama Sport Biography Based on True Events
Stuttering/Stammering

Hurrican Carter was a former middleweight boxer and civil rights activist. Years after he was imprisoned for being wrongly convicted for a triple homi...

Director : Norman Jewison
Cast : Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, John Hannah

Above the Rim (1994)
R Crime Drama Sport
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Story of Kyle-Lee Watson, a promising high school basketball star, and the people around him: Birdie, a drug dealer and Birdie's brother, Thomas, once...

Director : Jeff Pollack
Cast : Duane Martin, Leon, Tupac Shakur, David Bailey

Foxcatcher (2014)
R Drama Sport Biography
Addiction, Substance Caregiving Weight Challenged Depression Self-Mutilation Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

When Mark Schultz and is invited by John du Pont, heir to the du Pont fortune, to move on to the family estate and help form a team to train for the 1...

Director : Bennett Miller
Cast : Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller

Cobb (1994)
R Drama Sport Biography
Bipolar Disorder Abuse, Verbal

Ty Cobb, a famous baseball player who is also bipolar, asks writer Al Stump to co-write his autobiography because he feels misunderstood. Stump, howev...

Director : Ron Shelton
Cast : Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl, Lolita Davidovich, Ned Bellamy

Win Win (2011)
R Comedy Drama Sport
Single Parenting Alzheimer’s Disease

Small town attorney Mike, who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, is suffering from panic attacks due to his mounting debt. In this state of ...

Director : Thomas McCarthy
Cast : Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey, Alex Shaffer, Margo Martindale

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

The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
PG-13 Action Adventure Comedy Drama Sport Biography Roadtrip Senior Interest
Prostate Condition Death of Spouse Death of Sibling Crossdressing Coronary Artery Disease Angina/ Coronary Artery Disease

By 1967 Burt Munro has been working on increasing the speed of his motorcycle, a 1920 Indian, for twenty-five years using home made parts made from hi...

Director : Roger Donaldson
Cast : Anthony Hopkins, Chris Williams, Diane Ladd, Christopher Lawford, Paul Rodriguez, Saginaw Grant, Bruce Greenwood, Jessic Cauffield, Annie Whittle, Tessa Mitchell, Aaron James Murphy

Stick It (2006)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Sport Coming of Age
Abuse, Psychological Addiction, Danger Addiction, Physical Challenges Passive Aggressive Behavior Narcissistic Personality Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder Abuse, Child Insecurity Anxiety Abuse, Emotional Adultery Abuse, Physical

After a run-in with the law for severe sport stunts on a bike in an empty pool in Plano, Texas, seventeen-year-old Haley has a choice: juvenile detent...

Director : Jessica Bendinger
Cast : Jeff Bridges, Missy Peregrym, Julie Warner, Annie Corley, Vanessa Lengies, Nikki SooHoo, Gia Carides

Ice Castles (2010)
PG Drama Romance Sport Remake
Head Injury Brain Injury Blindness

Alexis Winston, along with her boyfriend, Nick, dreams of becoming a champion figure skater. The road to becoming a champion is long and forces her to...

Director : Donald Wrye
Cast : Taylor Firth, Rob Mayes, Henry Czerny, Morgan Kelly

Ice Castles (1978)
PG Drama Romance Sport Original Version
Head Injury Brain Injury Blindness Depression, Situational

A pair of teenagers have dreams. She wants to be a figure skating champion and he wants to play professional ice hockey. They are in love and on top o...

Director : Donald Wrye
Cast : Robby Benson, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Colleen Dewhurst, Tom Skerritt

The Winning Team (1952)
APPROVED Drama Romance Sport Biography
Seizures/Convulsions Alcoholism Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Head Injury Epilepsy Vision

Baseball great Grover Cleveland, Alex, to his friends, develops post-traumatic epilepsy following a traumatic head injury during the pitching of a gam...

Director : Lewis Seiler
Cast : Doris Day, Ronald Reagan, Frank Lovejoy, Eve Miller

The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
None Drama Fantasy Sport
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Death of Parent Alcohol Abuse

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Director : Robert Redford
Cast : Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Bruce McGill

Kingpin (1996)
PG-13 Comedy Sport
Prosthetics Domestic Violence

Roy Munson was raised to be the best bowler in the world, but a crooked bowling manager, Ernie McCracken, and a fight leaves Roy with the loss of his ...

Director : Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Cast : Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, Bill Murray

The Hammer (2010)
PG-13 Drama Sport Biography Based on True Events
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Matt was born deaf, yet he was raised and schooled with people who could hear. Still, Matt felt like an outsider in both the hearing and the deaf comm...

Director : Oren Kaplan
Cast : Russell Harvard, Raymond J. Barry, Shoshannah Stern, Michael Anthony Spady

Flesh and Fury (1952)
Action Drama Romance Sport
Deafness Mute Lipreading/Speechreading

In 1952, Paul, an attractive boxer who is deaf and mute, captures the interest of an ambitious woman, Sonya and retired fight manager, Pop; both of wh...

Director : Joseph Pevney
Cast : Tony Curtis, Jan Sterling, Mona Freeman, Wallace Ford

The Upside of Anger (2005)
R Comedy Drama Mystery Romance Sport Dark Comedy
Substance Abuse Death of Spouse Virginity, Female Enabling Commitment Phobia Virginity, Male Passive Aggressive Behavior Single Parenting Alcoholism Divorce Anxiety Promiscuity Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Stress Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Ulcers

Over the course of three years, in an affluent Detroit suburb, a strong-willed wife named Terry is left to raise her four equally headstrong daughters...

Director : Mike Binder
Cast : Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Keri Russell, Evan Rachel Wood, Alicia Witt, Mike Binder

The Replacements (2000)
PG-13 Comedy Sport
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

When the NFL football team, the Washington Sentinels, goes on strike, the team's owner calls former NFL coach out of retirement to coach a motley asso...

Director : Howard Deutch
Cast : Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones

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

Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
PG Drama Sport Based On Novel
Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities Cancer, Hodgkin's Disease

Author and Bruce are members of the New York Mammoths major league baseball team and roommates when they're on the road. Author is the star pitcher an...

Director : John D. Hancock
Cast : Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello, Phil Foster, Ann Wentworth, Barbara Babcock

The Blind Side (2009)
PG-13 Drama Sport Biography Based on True Events Based On Novel
Substance Abuse Developmental Delays Blended Families Learning Disabilities Abuse, Child Foster Parenting

Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy take in a homeless teenager named Michael "Big Mike" Oher. He has no father, and his mother is a drug addict. Assertive, aff...

Director : John Lee Hancock
Cast : Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head

Warrior (2011)
PG-13 Drama Sport
Domestic Violence Alcoholism, Reformed

An ex-Marine named Tommy who is haunted by past regrets returns home to Pittsburgh to ask his father, a recovered alcoholic and coach, to train him fo...

Director : Gavin O'Connor
Cast : Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison

Trouble with the Curve (2012)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Sport Senior Interest
Prostate Condition Death of Spouse Death of Parent Attachment Disorder Glaucoma Single Parenting Denial Abuse, Sex

Gus has been a baseball scout for decades. He loves his job. And, as far as he's concerned, his eroding vision isn't going to change that. His boss fe...

Director : Robert Lorenz
Cast : Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Scott Eastwood, Matthew Lillard, Robert Patrick, Jay Galloway, Joe Massingill, Chelcie Ross, Raymond Anthony Thomas, Ed Lauter

Rocky (1976)
PG Drama Sport
Asthma Insecurity Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence

Rocky is a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia. When he is arbitrarily chosen to take on the reigning world heavyweight champion, Apollo,...

Director : John G. Avildsen
Cast : Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

The Benchwarmers (2006)
PG-13 Comedy Sport
Agoraphobia

Three guys living in the shadow of bullies for years have decided they're not going to take it anymore. Now they must train with the help of Mel to ta...

Director : Dennis Dugan
Cast : Rob Schneider, David Spade, Jon Heder, Jon Lovitz

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
PG-13 Drama Sport
Respiratory Failure Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Denial Artificial Eyes/One Eyed Vision Addiction, Gambling Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Developmental Delays Spinal Cord Injury Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Amputation Euthanasia/Right To Die

Frankie Dunn, owner of a boxing training gym, has managed several fighters during a lifetime spent around the ring. The most important lesson he teach...

Director : Clint Eastwood
Cast : Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Perfect Body (1997)
Drama Sport Biography Based on True Events
Bulimia Nervosa Anorexia Nervosa

Andie Bradley is a gymnast with hopeful dreams for the Olympics. When she receives an offer to work with one of the leading coaches in the U.S., she a...

Director : Douglas Barr
Cast : Amy Jo Johnson, Brett Cullen, Wendie Malick, Ray Baker

Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story (1996)
Drama Sport Biography Based on True Events
Bulimia Nervosa Anorexia Nervosa

The true story of a wife and competitive marathon runner whose bulimia and anorexia threaten both her dream of competing in the Olympics, and her marr...

Director : Jan Egleson
Cast : Crystal Bernard, Esai Morales, Casey Sander, Tom Atkins

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