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DisAbility Related Movies

My Left Foot

Stuck on You


Special People

Inside I’m Dancing

Children of a Lesser God

The Other Sister



Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Extraordinary Measures

Mr. Holland’s Opus

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Temple Grandin

Mary And Max

The King’s Speech

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape


Extreme Measures

The Sessions

The Theory Of Everything

Still Alice

Margarita, With A Straw

Me Before You

The Accountant

The Upside

The Sky Is Pink

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Sound Of Metal

My Feral Heart


This list will keep growing as I think of more movies with DisAbled main characters! Your suggestions are always welcome, either in the comments or e-mailed to

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2009 12:37 pm

    Jong-du, who has three previous convictions, pays a visit to the family of the victim in the hit-and run accident for which he served time and meets Gong-ju, the daughter, who has cerebral palsy. Jong-du is fascinated by her at first sight and visits her again when he knows she is alone. Trying to reassure and pacify the terrified young woman, he l

  2. June 5, 2009 12:37 pm


  3. Vidushi permalink
    July 24, 2009 10:38 am

    The movie ‘in her shoes’ has cameron diaz play a girl with dyslexia;In hindi movies, sadma, koi mil gaya, taare zameen par, anjali.

  4. Asma permalink
    March 10, 2010 7:11 pm

    mercury rising…. the child portray autistic boy

  5. May 12, 2010 12:11 am

    Mr. Holland’s Opus. The main character is not disabled, but the movie carries a very strong sub-theme of dealing with Deafness. It portrays very accurately the struggles of hearing parents raising a Deaf child. I would think it should be on the list.


  6. samedifference1 permalink*
    May 12, 2010 12:26 am

    Thsnks for the suggestion Allen. It has now been added to the list above.

  7. Kelley permalink
    November 15, 2010 9:58 am

    Fifty first dates 😉

    • samedifference1 permalink*
      November 15, 2010 10:24 am

      Thanks Kelley 🙂

  8. Sarah Stevenson permalink
    February 14, 2011 1:02 am

    The Mighty – about the developing friendship between an extremely bright boy who has ?morquio? Syndrome, and tutors a classmate who is delayed.
    The Other Sister- a young lady returning from her special needs boarding school, embarks on her adult life, despite her mothers fears.
    The Music Within- a young man returns from the Vietnam War, and struggling to deal with his acquired deafness, finds himself rejected from college. He starts trying to help other disabled vets, and realizes he can make a difference. (true story)
    The Black Balloon-a young man moves into a new area and new school, and struggles to fit in, embarassed by his autistic brother.
    I Am Sam-a single father with a developmental disability has to fight social services to retain custody of his daughter.

  9. Shelley Son permalink
    April 30, 2011 3:43 am

    How about What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Leanardo deCaprio plays a boy with Autism. Johnny Depp plays his older brother.

  10. samedifference1 permalink*
    April 30, 2011 4:29 am

    Thanks Shelley- it’s been added 🙂

  11. Pramada permalink
    July 5, 2011 8:08 am

    Dance me to my Song and The Sea Inside


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