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

Gran Torino (2008)
R Crime Drama Suspense Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Language Acquisition Abuse, Verbal Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Second Language Acquisition Rape Alcoholism, Functional Lung Cancer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grum...

Director : Clint Eastwood
Cast : Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Scott Eastwood, Christopher Carly,John Carroll Lynch, Brian Haley, Brian Howe, Geraldine Hughes

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

Doubt (2008)
PG-13 Drama Mystery Suspense Psychological Based on a Play
Abuse, Psychological Sexual Harassment, Male Repression Sociopathy Scapegoat Identity Glaucoma Single Parenting Abuse, Sex Abuse,Child Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Vision Abuse, Physical

It's 1964 at St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, New York. Father Flynn, the new and popular priest is trying to bend the school's strict customs...

Director : John Patrick Shanley
Cast : Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis

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

Chocolat (2000)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Suspense
Diabetes Depression, Situational Denial Domestic Violence Passive Aggressive Behavior Narcissistic Personality Disorder Kleptomania/Shoplifting

In the late 1950's, a beautiful and mysterious single mother, Vianne, and her six-year-old daughter move to a village in rural France. They create a s...

Director : Lasse Hallström
Cast : Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Aurelien Parent Koenig, Antonio Gil

Primal Fear (1996)
R Crime Drama Mystery Suspense Thriller Courtroom Drama
Dissociative Identity Disorder Stuttering/Stammering Psychogenic/Dissociative Amnesia Foster Care Abuse, Sex

In Chicago, 1996, Martin, a self promoting lawyer takes the unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent Catholic priest. Afte...

Director : Gregory Hoblit
Cast : Richard Gere, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand

Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
N/A Crime Drama Mystery Suspense Thriller Film-Noir
Wendy Syndrome Mobility Narcissistic Personality Disorder Psychosomatic Symptoms Panic Attacks Invalid

In the 1940's, Leona is the pampered daughter of a wealthy man. Though she has her pick of suitors, she falls for a handsome man without wealth, conne...

Director : Anatole Litvak
Cast : Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey

Ball of Fire (1941)
N/A Comedy Crime Romance Suspense
Language Acquisition

An assorted group of intellectual bachelors work and live together creating an encyclopedia of all human knowledge backed by the young, wealthy, bore ...

Director : Howard Hawks
Cast : Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Dana Andrews, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers,

Leaves of Grass (2009)
R Action Crime Drama Suspense Dark Comedy
Substance Abuse Depression, Clinical Addiction, Substance Death of Sibling Sexual Harassment, Male Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Chronic Depression Wendy Syndrome

The lives of two identical, but estranged twins: one an Ivy League classics professor and the other a small-time, yet brilliant marijuana grower who r...

Director : Tim Blake Nelson
Cast : Edward Norton, Keri Russell, Susan Sarandon, Lucy DeVito, Josh Pais, Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Blake Nelson, Melanie Lynskey

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
N/A Drama Horror Suspense Thriller
Stem Cell Research People of Small Stature/Little People Blindness Temporary Speech Loss Depression Disfigurement Mute

When Dr. Praetorious offers a toast to Dr. Frankenstein, he believes it's about his upcoming marriage, but it's actually about a different kind of pro...

Director : James Whale
Cast : Boris Karloff, Elsa Lancaster, Colin Clive, Ernest Thesiger, Valerie Hobson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
R Crime Drama Mystery Suspense Thriller

A disgraced journalist named Blomkvist investigates the disappearance of a wealthy patriarch's niece forty years earlier. He is aided by the pierced, ...

Director : David Fincher
Cast : Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

Mystic River (2003)
R Crime Drama Mystery Suspense
Death of Spouse Abuse, Psychological Death, Sudden Death of Parent Death of Child Abuse, Sex Abuse,Child Developmental Delays Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Marital Separation Abuse, Emotional

In the summer of 1975 in a blue collar boston neighborhood, Dave, Jimmy and Sean are playing on the sidewalk when Dave gets pulled into a car and driv...

Director : Clint Eastwood
Cast : Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Laura Linney, Marcia Gay Harden

Marnie (1964)
NR Drama Romance Suspense Thriller
Death of Spouse Antisocial Personality Disorder Frigidity Invalid Masochism Domestic Violence Kleptomania/Shoplifting Single Parenting Psychogenic/Dissociative Amnesia Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Traumatized early by something she can't articulate, by 1964 Marnie has grown up to be a beautiful,yet frigid kleptomaniac who steals to support her m...

Director : Alfred Hitchcock
Cast : Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Mariette Hartley, Bruce Dern, Martin Gabel, Louise Latham

Winter's Bone (2010)
R Crime Drama Mystery Suspense Thriller
Substance Abuse Depression, Clinical Caregiving Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Amputation

With a meth addicted absentee father and a chronically depressed mute mother, seventeen-year-old year-old Ree has raised her two young siblings alone ...

Director : Debra Granik
Cast : Jennifer Lawrence, Isaiah Stone, Ashlee Thompson, Valerie Richards

Traffic (2000)
R Action Crime Drama Suspense
Substance Abuse Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Enabling Abuse, Sex

An intimate look at America's war on drugs told through four separate yet connected stories: a conservative judge who's just been appointed as the US ...

Director : Steven Soderbergh
Cast : Michael Douglas, Erika Christensen, Amy Irving, Catherine Zeta Jones, Benicio Del Toro, Don Cheadle, Dennis Quaid, Luiz Guzman, Topher Grace, Steven Bauer, Benjamin Bratt, Jacob Vargas, Andrew Chavez, Michael Saucedo

He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002)
PG-13 Crime Mystery Romance Suspense Thriller
Mental Health Facilities Depression, Clinical Suicidal Insanity Delusional Paranoia Erotomania Miscarriage Heart Failure Marital Separation Adultery

Angelique, a young student, is in love with a married doctor Loic. Viewers observe her attempts to meet him, gain his attention, leave his wife, and m...

Director : Laetitia Colombani
Cast : Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carré, Sophie Guillemin

Unforgiven (1992)
R Crime Drama Suspense Western
Death of Spouse Smallpox Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical Disfigurement Amputation Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Alcoholism, Reformed

Except for the abusive sheriff Little Bill, the 1880's town of Big Whiskey is people trying to get by. When a couple of cowboys abuse and disfigure on...

Director : Clint Eastwood
Cast : Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, Frances Fisher

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

Persona (1966)
NOT RATED Drama Suspense Thriller Foreign
Dissociative Identity Disorder Mute Caregiving Enabling Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Chronic Depression

In 1966 Sweden, a young nurse named Alma is put in charge of Elisabeth, an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects but will not talk. As they...

Director : Ingmar Bergman
Cast : Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand

Erin Brockovich (2000)
R Drama Romance Suspense Biography
Cancer, Hodgkin's Disease Cancer, Ovariarian Cancer, Leukemia Neck Injury Denial Cancer, Breast Passive Aggressive Behavior

After being seriously injured in a car accident, Erin Brockovich, an unemployed single mother, hires a lawyer to defend her and, due to her behavior o...

Director : Steven Soderbergh
Cast : Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckart, Marg Helenberger,Peter Coyote, Cherry Jones, Conchetta Farrell,Tracy Walter, David Brisbin, Dawn Didawick, Albert Finney

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

Misery (1990)
R Horror Mystery Suspense Thriller
Broken Bones Delusional Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Abuse, Physical Schizophrenia Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Self-Inflicted Wounds Caregiving Psychopathy

In 1990, best-selling novelist Paul Sheldon is on his way home from his Colorado hideaway after completing his latest book when his car crashes his ca...

Director : Rob Reiner
Cast : James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen, Lauren Bacall

The Ice Storm (1997)
R Drama Suspense Coming of Age
Virginity, Female Promiscuity Sexual Dissatisfaction Virginity, Male Sexual Confusion Kleptomania/Shoplifting Death of Child Alcoholism, Functional Depression Death of Sibling Adultery

In 1973 New Canaan, Connecticut affluent families escape through alcohol, adultery, drugs, and spouse swapping at "key parties" over a Thanksgiving we...

Director : Ang Lee
Cast : Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christina Ricci, Tobey McGuire, Katie Holmes, Allison Janney, Jamey Sheridan, Elijah Wood, Kate Burton, Larry Pine, Henry Czerny

16 Years of Alcohol (2003)
R Action Crime Drama Suspense Thriller
Single Parenting Enabling Alcoholism, Reformed Abuse, Physical Domestic Violence Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

A man from Edinburgh, Scotland named Frankie, reflects on his violent childhood raised by an alcoholic father. Then, how his teens were spent with a g...

Director : Richard Jobson
Cast : Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser, Susan Lynch, Jim Carter, Ewen Bremmer, Stuart Sinclair Blyth

Come Fill the Cup (1951)
NR Crime Drama Mystery Romance Suspense
Alcoholism Death of Parent Adultery

Alcoholic newspaperman Lew Marsh hits bottom, loses his job and his woman, Paula. He is rehabilitated by Charley Dolan, who helps him stay clean and f...

Director : Gordon Douglas
Cast : James Cagney, Phyllis Thaxter, Raymond Massey, Gig Young, James Gleason

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

The Verdict (1982)
R Drama Romance Suspense Courtroom Drama
Alcoholism Comatose

In 1982 Boston Frank is an alcoholic lawyer reduced to ambulance chasing. His only remaining friend and former associate, Mickey, gives him a medical ...

Director : Sidney Lumet
Cast : Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Lindsay Crouse, Milo O'Shea, Julie Bovasso

Mother and Child (2009)
R Drama Mystery Romance Suspense
Antisocial Personality Disorder Death of Parent Abortion, Legal Unexpected Pregnancy Attachment Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Single Parenting Illegitimacy Infertility Adoption

Forty years ago a fourteen year old lost her virginity, got pregnant, and gave her baby up for adoption. Fast-forward to three very different women, e...

Director : Rodrigo García
Cast : Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits, Cherry Jones, Shareeka Epps, David Morse, Amy Brenneman, David Ramsey, Alexandria M. Salling, Connor Kramme, Annette Bening, Eileen Ryan

North by Northwest (1959)
APPROVED Action Adventure Mystery Romance Suspense Thriller Roadtrip Psychological
Abuse, Psychological Enabling Commitment Phobia Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Scapegoat Identity Narcissistic Personality Disorder Abuse, Sex Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Gaslighting Insecurity Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Physical

In 1959 Manhattan, at the height of the Cold War, a Madison Avenue advertising executive named Roger is mistaken for another man and kidnapped. To esc...

Director : Alfred Hitchcock
Cast : Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau, Jessie Royce Landis

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
APPROVED Crime Drama Suspense Thriller Film-Noir
Mobility Miscarriage Death, Sudden Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Unexpected Pregnancy Paralysis Psychosis

While on a train, writer Richard meets attractive Ellen. She quickly becomes obsessed with Richard and discards her fiancé Russell to be with him. Cau...

Director : John M. Stahl
Cast : Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Daryll Hickman