Intellectual disability movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant intellectual disability movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, touching, serious, emotional, dramatic and sentimental films and TV shows about / with intellectual disability, disability, family relations, mental illness, mentor, friendship, hopes, storytelling, runaway and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as intellectual disability: Forrest Gump (1994), I Am Sam (2001), Dominick and Eugene (1988), The Eighth Day (1996), Radio (2003), The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), Gaby: A True Story (1987), Lorenzo's Oil (1992), Benny & Joon (1993), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993).

List of intellectual disability movies

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: inspirational, touching, feel good, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, kids, chick flick, family outing ...
Plot: mentally challenged, love, life & death, life philosophy, philosophy, life, vietnam war, destiny, human spirit, rise to the top, journey, selflessness ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, alabama, los angeles ...
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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: emotional, touching, inspirational, sad, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: lawyer, mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, disability, single father, social services, custody, custody battle, child custody, parents and children, parenthood, justice ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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Dominick and Eugene (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together, with Dominick working as garbage man to put Eugene through medical school. Their relationship becomes strained when Eugene must ...
Style: serious, uplifting, sincere, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: medical student, twins, family relations, family problems, misfit, life is a bitch, intern, family life, brother brother relationship, intellectual disability, mental retardation, psychopath ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, pittsburgh
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The Eighth Day (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Belgium, France, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Georges has Down syndrome, living at a mental-institution, Harry is a busy businessman, giving lectures for young aspiring salesmen. He is successful in his business life, but his social life is a disaster since his wife left him and took their two ...
Style: sentimental, road movie, touching, feel good, sexy ...
Plot: down syndrome, disability, friendship, intellectual disability, bittersweet, self discovery, rain, psychology, suicide, love, parenthood, imagination ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, france, belgium, mexico
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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, inspirational, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens, chick flick, date night
Plot: american football, sport, disability, football, underdog, radio, friendship, teacher, prejudice, life philosophy, justice, destiny ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: south carolina, cuba, san francisco
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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: West Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film follows Kaspar Hauser (Bruno S.), who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar with only a toy horse to occupy his time, devoid of all human contact except for a man who wears a black overcoat and top hat who ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, harsh, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: german, existentialism, tragedy, crime gone awry, mentor, human nature, youth, misfit, isolation, village, art, education ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, regency period, 1830s
Place: germany, europe, bavaria, berlin germany
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Gaby: A True Story (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The life of Gaby Brimmer, a girl physically handicapped, who finally gets her goals of study and triumph.
Style: realistic, uplifting, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, hopes, college, artists and showbiz, misfit, unfulfillment, forbidden love, mother daughter relationship, love, father daughter relationship, teenage girl ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: mexico, latin america, austria
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Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phemonenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD: an extremely rare ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, inspirational, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: terminal illness, human spirit, against the odds, family relations, life is a bitch, disability, courage, cure, boy, hopes, research, parent child relationship ...
Time: 20th century, year 1984, year 1986, year 1983, 80s
Place: washington d.c., rome italy, italy, edinburgh scotland, boston ...
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Benny & Joon (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.
Style: feel good, touching, melancholic, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: mental illness, social misfits, brother sister relationship, love, love story, misfit, mechanic, fall in love, disability, love and romance, dysfunctional family, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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, sad ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: disability, dysfunctional family, mentally challenged, self discovery, small town, mental illness, responsibility, coming of age, brothers, family problems, life philosophy, countryside ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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Shine (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.
Style: inspirational, emotional, feel good, thought provoking, intense ...
Plot: music, pianist, prodigy, classical music, child prodigy, psychology, piano, mental illness, insanity, overbearing parent, father son relationship, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 50s
Place: australia, london, south australia
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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: sentimental, touching, feel good, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, wedding, women, disability, family relations, justice, female protagonist, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, parents and children, fall in love, looking for love ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, san francisco, usa
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Mozart and the Whale (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding relationship.
Style: touching, inspirational, emotional, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: asperger's syndrome, autism, mental illness, taxi driver, mathematics, disability, loneliness, bird, hopes, couple relations, support group, love story ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa
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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: touching, emotional, dramatic, uplifting, sad ...
Plot: disability, friendship, cerebral palsy, life, youth, loneliness, human spirit, psychology, friends, life philosophy, character study, bittersweet ...
Place: europe, dublin ireland, ireland
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Call Me Elisabeth (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A 10 year old girl lives in post WWII rural France with her parents, who are about to divorce. Her older sister leaves home to finish school, and the young girl is left with a mysterious, almost silent housekeeper. Being afraid of the dark, and of ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, exciting, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, countryside, master and servant, couples, mute or deaf, father daughter relationship, sister sister relationship, mother daughter relationship, mental illness, friendship, intellectual disability, ghost ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, post world war two
Place: france
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Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher
Style: inspirational, touching, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: tourette's syndrome, teachers and students, teacher, dedicated educator, school, social misfits, disability, stuttering, honest, friendship, father son relationship, understanding ...
Time: 80s, 21st century
Place: louisiana, england, usa, atlanta georgia
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Jewel (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the 1940s a 40-year-old woman with five healthy children gives birth to a girl with Down's syndrome.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: disability, family relations, family problems, family life, society, social relations, couples, couple relations, youth, babies and infants, small town, small town life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s
Place: mississippi, california
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The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A down-on-his-luck crab fisherman embarks on a journey to get a young man with Down syndrome to a professional wrestling school in rural North Carolina and away from the retirement home where he’s lived for the past two and a half years.
Style: touching, uplifting, inspirational, sincere, feel good ...
Audience: kids, chick flick, family outing
Plot: down syndrome, wrestling, friendship, raft, follow your dream, escape, boat, disability, coming of age, friend, travel, chase ...
Time: future
Place: florida, north carolina
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Strangers From Hell (2019)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Yoon Jong-Woo is a man in his 20's. He has lived in a small town for all of his life, but he gets a job at a small office in Seoul. Yoon Jong-Woo moves out to Seoul and stays at a cheap apartment which shares its kitchen and bathroom with other ...
Style: scary, psychotronic, disturbing, suspenseful, twisted ...
Plot: murderer, psychopath, murder, death, suspense, investigation, society, uncover truth, victim, graphic violence, murder investigation, heroes ...
Time: 21st century
Place: seoul
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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: serious, neo noir, touching, bleak, sincere ...
Audience: manly
Plot: small town, friendship, dysfunctional family, murder, redemption, mental institution, death threat, father figure, mental illness, homosexual, domestic violence, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
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The Stand (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 361 min.
TV show
Story: The human race is wiped out by a government invented super flu. The remaining survivors take sides in the forces of good and evil. A mysterious old woman who is a servant of God and a powerful and deadly man who might be the devil himself. A gas ...
Style: scary, atmospheric, serious, futuristic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, disaster, pandemic, supernatural, plague, post apocalypse, natural disaster, good versus evil, survival, end of the world, epidemic, deadly virus ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, usa, nebraska, maine, austin texas ...
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Square Dance (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An awkward 13-year-old (Winona Ryder) leaves her cranky grandfather (Jason Robards) in rural Texas, to live with her mother (Jane Alexander) in Fort Worth.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, young love, estranged family member, women, countryside, disabled child, intellectual disability, youth, hopes, misfit, young lovers, starting over ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
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Pumpkin (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When perfect, perky Carolyn (Christina Ricci) and her Alpha Omega Pi sisters decide to coach mentally challenged athletes for the regional Challenged Games, Carolyn's assigned to coach Pumpkin (Hank Harris), a young disabled man who touches her ...
Style: humorous, romantic, sweet, witty, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: college, friendship, physical disability, fall in love, mother daughter relationship, couples, misfit, love and romance, social misfits, mentally challenged, disability, love story ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Little Chenier (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: mentally challenged, mental illness, against the odds, dishonesty, disability, family relations, family problems, uneducated, brother brother relationship, mental retardation, alligator, small town sheriff ...
Time: 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa
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Marvellous (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dramatisation of the true story of the life of Neil "Nello" Baldwin. Born with a mild learning disability but without the burden of social embarrassment & how his inexhaustible ability to see the good in any situation overcame any ...
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, sentimental, feel good ...
Plot: human spirit, disability, society, hopes, sport team, clergy, friendship, mascot, death of mother, clown, mother son relationship, football ...
Time: 20th century
Place: england
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There's Something About Mary (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Having never fully recovered from a prom date that became a total disaster, a man finally gets a chance to reunite with his old prom date, only to run up against other suitors including the sleazy detective he hired to find her.
Style: humorous, funny, light, romantic, absurd ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night, boys' night ...
Plot: true love, dream girl, stupidity, private detective, farce, dumb, love, teenager, obstacle, dishonesty, wooing, nothing goes right ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: florida, rhode island, miami, usa
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Notes on a Scandal (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
Style: sexy, sexual, psychological, intense, tense ...
Audience: adult
Plot: teacher, lesbian, forbidden love, older woman younger man relationship, age difference, obsession, teachers and students, adultery, older woman teenage boy sex, older woman younger man sex, older woman teenage boy relationship, blackmail ...
Time: 21st century
Place: london, europe, england
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Uno (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Best friends David and Morten work as gym instructors at Jarle's gym. Jarle is a sadistic small-time criminal whom, together with his son Lars, purchase and distribute anabolic steroids.
Style: serious, realistic, offbeat, cult film
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, gang, family problems, custody, life is a bitch, hopes, parents and children, mentally challenged, friendship, death of father, responsibility ...
Place: oslo norway, norway
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The Lookout (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, intense, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: bank robbery, memory loss, heist, suspense, amnesia, casual sex, seduction, female nudity, violence, young man, robbery, murder ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, kansas, california, kansas city
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Open Season (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, Switzerland, USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Three Vietnam vets have become so conditioned to violence that they have developed psychotic tendencies. They kidnap people, brutalize them, then turn them loose and hunt them like animals. However the father of one of their earlier victims is ...
Style: psychotronic
Plot: manhunt, sadism, murder, kidnapping, victim, hunting, serial killer, vengeance, veteran, torture, revenge, gas station ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
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