Disability movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant disability movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, emotional, touching, sentimental and melancholic films and TV shows about / with disability, friendship, storytelling, hopes, wheelchair, mentor, destiny, hospital, misfit and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
disability movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as disability: Inside I'm Dancing (2004), The Intouchables (2011), Me Before You (2016), Music Within (2007), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Theory of Everything (2014), The Sea Inside (2004), Five Feet Apart (2019), A Silent Voice (2016), Breathe (2017).

List of disability movies

Inside I'm Dancing (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in.
Style: emotional, uplifting, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, cerebral palsy, life, loneliness, human spirit, character study, love triangle, life philosophy, friends, broken heart ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
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The Intouchables (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Style: feel good, uplifting, touching, inspirational, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, life philosophy, unlikely friendships, french, disability, lifestyle change, caregiver, starting over, friends, culture clash, friendship between men, handicapped ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
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Me Before You (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds ...
Style: touching, romantic, emotional, sentimental, tear jerker ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: romance, fall in love, love and romance, love story, love, disability, handicapped, caregiver, euthanasia, self discovery, accident, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, usa, paris france, switzerland, mallorca ...
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Music Within (2007)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After a confrontation with one of his idols dashes his dreams of studying public speaking in college, Richard Pimentel joins the Army and ships off to Vietnam. During his service, Richard loses nearly all of his hearing. Joining a new circle of ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, hippie, paralysis, friendship, vietnam war, human spirit, society, mute or deaf, social activist, self discovery, hopes, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1940s, 50s ...
Place: vietnam, seattle, portland oregon, california
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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, depressing, emotional, compassionate ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, dysfunctional family, disability, siblings relations, brothers, family problems, character study, mental illness, parents and children, small town, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, compassionate, sincere ...
Plot: genius, prodigy, disability, against the odds, love, fall in love, cambridge university, handicapped, supportive spouse, life is a bitch, couples, physical disability ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 90s, 80s
Place: oxford university, england, united kingdom
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The Sea Inside (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, serious, sad, philosophical ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, dignity, freedom, lawyer, mercy killing, fighting the system, nursing, suicide, euthanasia, introspection, court ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, galicia, catalonia
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Five Feet Apart (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love.
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, talky, meditative
Plot: fighting illness, star crossed lovers, forbidden love, disability, suffering, fall in love, true love, couple relations, terminal illness, destiny, long distance relationship, hospital ...
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A Silent Voice (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Shouya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shouko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shouya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shouko and Shouya ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, touching, romantic, biting ...
Plot: bullying, deaf, sign language, friendship, high school, disability, japanese school, redemption, deafness, suicide attempt, coming of age, single mother ...
Place: japan
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Breathe (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.
Style: factual, compassionate, sentimental, sad, realistic ...
Plot: disability, husband wife relationship, illness, paralysis, supportive spouse, polio, adaptation, human spirit, englishman abroad, twins, countryside, baby boy ...
Time: year 1973, year 1971, year 1970, year 1965, year 1960 ...
Place: germany, spain, england, africa, kenya
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Silenced (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Based on actual events that took place at Gwangju Inhwa School for the hearing-impaired, where young deaf students were the victims of repeated sexual assaults by faculty members over a period of five years in the early 2000s.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: child abuse, rape, sex crime, disability, mute or deaf, deaf mute, teacher student sex, sexual abuse, punishment, life is a bitch, sign language, social activist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: uplifting, inspirational, sincere, dramatic, serious ...
Plot: stuttering, british history, unlikely friendships, royal family, historical character, friendship, disability, queen, british royal family, king, aristocracy, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, 20th century, 1940s, year 1939 ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, buckingham palace ...
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, psychological, depressing ...
Plot: french, disability, human spirit, paralysis, coma, nurse, rehabilitation, life turned upside down, patient, tragic event, courage, therapy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france, africa, nepal ...
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My Left Foot (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be ...
Style: sincere, captivating, uplifting, biting, thought provoking ...
Plot: handicapped, disability, cerebral palsy, paralysis, irish, poet, working class, artist, human spirit, painting, family relations, writer's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
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Radio (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: High school football coach, Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: underdog, disability, american football, mentally challenged, football, radio, bully, graduation, sport, friendship, couples, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: south carolina, cuba, san francisco
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The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Having suffered a tragedy, Ben becomes a caregiver to earn money. His first client, Trevor, is a hilarious 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor hit the road on a trip into the ...
Style: sweet, touching, sentimental, compassionate, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, disability, caregiver, unlikely friendships, friendship, handicapped, teenage boy, loss of son, abandoned by father, guilty conscience, tragedy, honest ...
Place: seattle
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Frida (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: "Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and ...
Style: colourful, stylized, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: bohemian life, painter, art, feminism, lifestyle, couple relations, jealousy, painting, artist, lesbian love, disability, female artist ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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Wait Until Dark (1967)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with heroin, and a group of criminals led by the ruthless Roat has followed Hendrix back to his place to ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, clever, psychological, serious ...
Plot: heroin, disability, home invasion, blindness, murder, crimes, drug dealing, blind woman, neighbor, photographer, blind character, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, montreal
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See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A murder takes place in the shop of David Lyons, a deaf man who fails to hear the gunshot being fired. Outside, blind man Wally Karue hears the shot but cannot see the perpetrator. Both are arrested, but escape to form an unlikely partnership. Being ...
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, light, absurd ...
Plot: farce, murder, friendship, mute or deaf, chase, blindness, odd couple, disability, false accusation, witness, deaf, partners ...
Time: 80s
Place: manhattan new york city, new jersey
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Stuck on You (2003)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In Martha's Vineyard, Mass., conjoined twins Walt (Greg Kinnear) and Bob Tenor (Matt Damon) make the best of their handicap by being the fastest grill cooks in town. While outgoing Walt hopes to one day become a famous actor, shy Bob prefers to ...
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, witty, funny ...
Plot: hollywood, disability, twins, family relations, bully, fall in love, artists and showbiz, love and romance, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love, siamese twins ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills, santa monica california ...
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The Elephant Man (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, surreal, harsh ...
Plot: disfigurement, social misfits, freak, dignity, life is a bitch, exploitation, melancholy, disability, human nature, hopes, suffering, cruelty ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe
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It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Tells the story of Paul (Steven C. Stewart), a man suffering from Cerebal Palsy, who spends his days wasting away in a nursing home. To pass his time, he fantasizes about the man he should be despite his twisted body. People are able to understand ...
Style: experimental, serious, surreal, atmospheric, sexy ...
Plot: disability, retirement home, introspection, love affair, sexual abuse, human spirit, sexual relations, dangerous attraction, voyeurism, love and romance, hopes, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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, looking for love, love and romance, fall in love, friendship, society, college graduate, hopes, friends, unfulfilled love, supportive coworker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
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Crescendo (1970)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: An innocent project transforms into a perilous nightmare when researcher Susan Roberts arrives in France in search of information on a deceased composer. She contacts his widow whose mental deterioration, precipitated by the death of her husband, ...
Style: sexy, scary, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: disability, curses spells and rituals, addiction, drug abuse, twins, life is a bitch, master and servant, nude swimming, mansion, american abroad, widow, drug addict ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, south of france
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Long Ago, Tomorrow (1971)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Bruce Pritchard is paralysed in a soccer game and is confined to a wheelchair in a convalescence home. But this doesn't slow his lust for life. Then he meets Jill and has to think about the effects of disability.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: disability, wedding, paraplegic, paralysis, couples, isolation, destiny, fall in love, human nature, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, england
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The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During a blizzard in 1964, Dr. David Henry delivers his son Paul with the help of nurse Caroline. But when Henry realizes his wife is also carrying a girl with Down syndrome, he hands the second child over to Caroline without his wife's ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: down syndrome, twins, haunted by the past, disability, parents and children, family problems, crumbling marriage, obsession, love and romance, child illness, family in crisis, hidden identity ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s
Place: pittsburgh, kentucky
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He Was a Quiet Man (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A troubled loner, Bob Maconel, imagines blowing up the tower in Los Angeles where he works. He takes a revolver to his office intent on killing colleagues, and then himself. At home, he holds conversations with his fish, who encourage him to do it. ...
Style: psychological, surreal, disturbing, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: loner, office, disability, surrealism, suicide attempt, workplace, crimes, self discovery, humiliation, workplace situations, loser, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006
Place: usa, los angeles
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Proof (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker.
Style: witty, serious, sincere, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: blind character, obsession, friendship, disability, blind man, photographer, romance, couples, power relations, couple relations, master and servant, betrayal ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, melbourne australia, cannes, new york, california
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Quid Pro Quo (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A semi-paralyzed radio reporter is sent out to investigate a story that leads him into an odd subculture and on a journey of disturbing self-realization.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: paraplegic, disability, paralysis, doctors and patients, switching roles, obsessive quest, mother daughter relationship, forgiveness, mental illness, blind date, art, disappearance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Benim Dünyam (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 100 min.
Story: At 2 Ela lost her ability of seeing and hearing because of a severe illness. And then she became a total disappointment of her family due to her untamed behaviors. But everything changed after an unorthodox teacher stepped into their lives to ...
Style: realistic, emotional, uplifting, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: disability, deaf mute, teachers and students, human spirit, dedicated educator, social misfits, parents and children, against the odds, family relations, mute or deaf, hopes, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, turkey
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