Mentally challenged movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant mentally challenged movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, touching, emotional, sincere and sentimental films and TV shows about / with mentally challenged, misfit, family relations, friendship, disability, society, storytelling, dysfunctional family, mentor and loneliness plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, Canada, France and other countries.
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mentally challenged movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as mentally challenged: Forrest Gump (1994), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), I Am Sam (2001), Rain Man (1988), Flowers for Algernon (2000), The Other Sister (1999), Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005), The Devils (2002), Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013), Snow Cake (2006).

List of mentally challenged movies

 8.8
 1.8M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, sincere, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, human spirit, journey, destiny, true love, philosophy, rise to the top, human relationship, selflessness, army, love and romance ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, san francisco, new york, united states, washington d.c. ...
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: melancholic, touching, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, disability, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family drama, mental illness, parents and children, small town, brothers, family problems, responsibility ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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 7.6
 144K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, parents and children, custody, against the odds, lawyer, social services, parenthood, human spirit, child custody, family relations, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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 8.0
 480K
Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: sincere, uplifting, road movie, touching, captivating ...
Plot: autism, road trip, redemption, mentally challenged, runaway, siblings relations, brother brother relationship, yuppie, greed, family relations, unlikely friendships, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, california, cincinnati ohio, usa, missouri ...
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Flowers for Algernon (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, thought provoking, contemplative
Plot: mentally challenged, prodigy, laboratory, blind ambition, social misfits, hopes, misfit, fall in love, human spirit, romance, disorder, doctors and patients ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa
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The Other Sister (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mentally challenged girl proves herself to be every bit as capable as her "perfect" sister when she moves into an apartment and begins going to college.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, family relations, romance, parents and children, fall in love, love and romance, society, looking for love, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, wedding, female protagonist ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
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Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman spends time with her developmental disabled sister after the death of their father.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, cult film
Plot: mentally challenged, lifestyle, couples, family relations, dysfunctional family, family life, siblings relations, misfit, love and romance, disability, family problems, bus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania
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 7.1
 1K
The Devils (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Les Diables (The Devils) chronicles the struggle of an autistic girl and her brother trying to survive without their parents.
Style: disturbing, captivating, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: brother sister incest, mentally challenged, autism, coming of age, children's home, life is a bitch, society, orphan, kids in trouble, family relations, teenage boy, escape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: marseille, france
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Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A story about a mentally ill man wrongfully accused of murder and his relationship with his lovingly adorable 6 year old daughter.
Style: emotional, touching, semi serious, sincere, bad ending ...
Plot: mentally challenged, innocent, prison, parents and children, friendship, parent child relationship, life is a bitch, false accusation, father daughter relationship, prison life, court, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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 7.4
 12K
Snow Cake (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: mentally challenged, snow, small town, friendship, ex convict, car accident, autism, haunted by the past, sadness, loss of child, revenge, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Separated from his daughter, a father with an intellectual disability must prove his innocence when he is jailed for the death of a commander's child.
Style: sentimental, psychological, captivating, atmospheric, twist ending
Plot: mentally challenged, cell mate, father daughter relationship, prison, arrest, murder, jail cell, love, little girl, friendship, false accusation, couples ...
Time: year 2004, year 1983
Place: turkey
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 7.2
 3K
Me Too (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Daniel - a recent university graduate with Down's Syndrome - falls in love on his first day at work in the Department of Social Services. Laura is an outsider who spends her nights in the city's crowded clubs and singles' bars, ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, fall in love, love and romance, looking for love, society, hopes, college graduate, friendship, unfulfilled love, friends, supportive parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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 5.8
 35K
The Ringer (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Pressured by a greedy uncle (Brian Cox) and a pile of debt, lovable loser Steve Barker (Knoxville) resorts to an unthinkable, contemptible, just-crazy-enough-to-work scheme. He pretends to be mentally challenged to rig the upcoming Special Olympics ...
Style: humorous, not serious, light, idiotic, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, rivalry, dishonesty, ambition, friendship, love and romance, lie, down syndrome, sleazy, bet, make believe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas
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Slaughterhouse (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The owner of a slaughterhouse facing foreclosure instructs his 350lbs, mentally retarded son to go on a killing spree against the people who want to buy his property.
Style: slasher, scary, rough, suspenseful, splatter ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mentally challenged, murder, dark humor, slaughterhouse, vengeance, gory, danger, deadly, buddies, rock, police investigation, pig ...
Time: 80s
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 7.5
 4K
Shower (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: China
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An aged father and his younger, mentally challenged son have been working hard every day to keep the bathhouse running for a motley group of regular customers. When his elder son, who left years ago to seek his fortune in the southern city of ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, emotional, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: bathhouse, mentally challenged, tradition, parents and children, society, human nature, father son relationship, family relations, brother brother relationship, aging, businessman, shower ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, beijing china, asia, tibet, tokyo
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Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bubba, an intellectually disabled man, is falsely accused of attacking a young girl. Disguised as a scarecrow, he hides in a cornfield, only to be hunted down and shot by four vigilante men. After they are acquitted due to lack of evidence, the men ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, scary, serious, cult film ...
Plot: scarecrow, mentally challenged, murder, injustice, false accusation, small town, lynch mob, vengeance, legal action, mystery, righting the wronged, farmer ...
Time: 80s
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 6.8
 30K
The Idiots (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Denmark, France, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: With his first Dogma-95 film director Lars von Trier opens up a completely new film platform. With a mix of home-video and documentary styles the film tells the story of a group of young people who have decided to get to know their ...
Style: controversial, thought provoking, psychological, clever, realistic ...
Plot: sex orgy, explicit sex, male nudity, mentally challenged, strong sexual content, orgy, sexual relations, prank, lifestyle, commune, sex scene, group sex ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: denmark
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Where Hope Grows (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Calvin Campbell is a former professional baseball player sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the plate. Even though he had all the talent for the big leagues, he struggles with the curveballs life has thrown him. Today, he ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: mentally challenged, human spirit, friendship, redemption, family problems, misfit, parents and children, human nature, optimism, cause and meaning, small town, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, kentucky
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 7.2
 2K
Matterhorn (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Fred lives on his own. His wife is dead, his son has left. He leans on the church, busses, meat-and-two-veg. Then Leo appears. Leo is a tramp. Fred lets Leo move in with him. An absurdist feature debut with a laugh and a tear in stuffy Netherlands.
Style: humorous, atmospheric, semi serious, tragicomedy, gloomy ...
Plot: mentally challenged, society, obsession, social relations, friendship, father figure, loneliness, misfit, unfulfillment, dull life, homeless, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: holland, netherlands
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 5.0
 203
Carry Me Home (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A widow named Harriet and her two children Carrie and Brian are living in rural New York in 1947 and are still recovering from the death of Harriet's husband killed in World War II. Carrie is a tomboy and hangs around with boys and they have ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: mentally challenged, countryside, wooing, dysfunctional family, self discovery, prank, hopes, couples, family problems, human nature, family life, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york
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 7.0
 555
Little Chenier (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: LITTLE CHENIER: A CAJUN STORY is the story of a young man who lives a simple life on a houseboat in the Louisiana bayou with his mentally handicapped brother until one is accused of a crime in the small town.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: mentally challenged, mental illness, deputy sheriff, houseboat, against the odds, dishonesty, crimes, disability, uneducated, family problems, family relations, mental retardation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa
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 7.1
 518
Next to Her (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Rachel, 27, is raising her mentally retarded sister Gabby, 24, all by herself. When the social worker finds out she leaves her sister alone in the house while at work, she is forced to place her in a day-care center. For the first time in her life ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: mentally challenged, destructive relationship, fall in love, family relations, family problems, love and romance, love, sister sister relationship, threesome, siblings relations, misfit, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
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 3.0
 174
Black Ribbon (2007)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A writer buys a typewriter which brings out his deepest and darkest desires.
Style: psychological, rough, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: mentally challenged, supernatural, isolation, danger, deadly, kidnapping, couple relations, countryside, sexual abuse, dangerous attraction, curses spells and rituals, reincarnation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
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Lost in Paradise (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Vietnam
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Khoi, a naive twenty-year-old, travels to Ho Chi Minh City from the countryside to begin a new life. It's his first time in the big city and he's looking for a place to live. He befriends Dong, a handsome extrovert who offers to share his ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, prostitute, love affair, gay relationship, pimp, mentally challenged, friends, gender, love and romance, love triangle, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, vietnam, saigon
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Love Belongs to Everyone (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Shy, gentle half-wit Dennis, whose only obsession is train-spotting, is released early on account of good behavior after a rape sentence. His parents who run a modest barbershop, skeptic André and Rita, desperately try to keep him out of girl ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: mentally challenged, family relations, parents and children, forced into action, life is a bitch, hopes, misfit, rehabilitation, society, jail, punishment, beating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, belgium
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 6.5
 32K
Tideland (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: isolation, heroin, dark fantasy, mentally challenged, orphan, imaginary, imagination, life is a bitch, addiction, friendship, down on your luck, figment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, denmark
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My Brother the Vampire (2001)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Josh is about to turn 30; he's mentally retarded, and likes to play at being a vampire. His sister Nicole is 15, and dealing with her impending womanhood; middle brother Mike is the "normal" one, but in some ways the most childish - ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: mentally challenged, love and romance, dysfunctional family, teenage life, obsession, sexual relations, siblings relations, youth, lifestyle, misfit, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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King of the Jungle (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seymore is a young man with the mind of a child. He loves three things in life: basketball, sneaking out for cigarettes, and his mother. But all life's simple pleasures are brutally torn from him when he witnesses his mother gunned down by a ...
Style: psychological, serious, disturbing, tense, bleak ...
Plot: mentally challenged, fighting crime, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, social decay, vengeance, disability, crime, society, deadly, crimes, addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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 8.0
 88K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, mentally challenged, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, crimes, parents and children, human nature, haunted by the past, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
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 7.8
 55K
Mother (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove ...
Style: serious, tense, suspense, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: murder, investigation, parents and children, uncover truth, determination, amateur detective, arrest, single parent, mentally challenged, crime, crimes, desperation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: south korea, asia, korea, tokyo
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