Breaking Down Barriers: Disability in Film
Movie Recommendations

At First Sight. PG-13. 1999. DVD Drama
A young man who is visually impaired regains his sight through an operation which complicates his relationship with his girlfriend.
Autumn Sonata. Not rated. 1978. DVD World (Swedish)
A famous pianist visits her one daughter only to discover that her other daughter, who is mentally disabled, is being cared for by her sister.
Benny & Joon. PG. 1993. DVD Comedy
A young woman who has a mental disability falls in love with an eccentric who models himself after Buster Keaton.
Beyond Silence. PG-13. 1997. DVD World (German)
A young girl whose parents are hard of hearing/deaf begins to excel in music; something she is unable to share with them.
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi. R. 2003. DVD World (Japanese)
Swordsman Zatoichi, who is visually impaired, encounters gangs, a samurai, and two geishas who want to avenge their parents’ murder.
Blink. R. 1994. DVD Drama
A young woman who has recently had her sight partially restored witnesses a murder.
The Bone Collector. 1999. R. DVD Drama
A homicide detective who is paralyzed from the neck down uses his mind to capture a killer.
Born on the Fourth of July. R. 1989. DVD Drama
Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, who is partially paralyzed, transitions from zealous soldier to anti-war political activist.
Butterflies Are Free. PG. 1972. DVD Comedy
A young man who is visually impaired separates from his over-protective mother by living on his own and falling for a free-spirited young woman.
Children of a Lesser God. R. 1986. DVD Drama
A special education teacher faces challenges and eventually finds love with his student who is deaf/ hearing impaired.
Charly. PG. 1968. DVD Drama
A man who has a mental disability temporarily becomes intelligent after brain surgery, and falls in love with his caseworker.
City Lights. G. 1931. DVD Comedy
A tramp wins the love of a flower girl who is visually impaired and attempts to obtain money from a millionaire to help her regain her sight.
Coming Home. R. 1978. DVD Drama
A sad story about a woman who falls in love with a disillusioned Vietnam veteran who is paralyzed while her husband, a gung-ho Captain, is serving in a war he believes in.
Dear Frankie. PG-13. 2004. DVD Drama
A single mother tries to protect her son who is deaf/hearing impaired, from knowing the truth about his real father and invents a make-believe father for him through letters.
Dominick and Eugene. PG-13. 1988. DVD Drama
Two brothers, one mentally challenged from a childhood accident, help each other out in life.
Door-to-Door. Not rated. 2002. DVD 791.4572 DOO TV
A man with cerebral palsy is determined to become a salesman.
The Elephant Man. PG. 1980. DVD Drama
An historical treatment of the relationship between a man who is severely disfigured and his surgeon.
Forrest Gump. PG-13. 1994. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
A man with a cognitive disability witnesses, and participates in, significant historical events from the late 50s through the 70s.
Girl, Interrupted. R. 1999. DVD Drama
A depiction of a young woman’s stay in a psychiatric facility in the late 1960s and the various people she meets there.
Happy Times. PG. 2001. DVD World (Chinese)
An unusual friendship between aging bachelor Zhao and his fiancé’s daughter, Wu Ying, who is visually impaired.
Hilary and Jackie. R. 1998. DVD Drama
Sisters Hilary and Jacqueline Du Pre are portrayed. Jacqueline becomes a famous cellist and develops multiple sclerosis.
I Am Sam. PG-13. 2001. DVD Drama
Sam, who has a mental disability, is father to a 7 year old girl.
Ice Castles. PG. 1978. DVD Drama
A promising young skater becomes visually impaired after a tragic accident.
Johnny Belinda. Not rated. 1948. DVD Drama
A young girl in Nova Scotia who is a deaf-mute is falsely suspected of having a mental disability.
The King's Speech. R. 2010. DVD Drama and Blu-ray Drama
The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped him.
The Man Without a Face. PG-13. 1993. DVD Drama
A former teacher whose face is horribly disfigured from an automobile accident develops a close relationship with a young boy and tutors him in his exams.
Mask. PG-13. 1985. DVD Drama
A teenager who is facially disfigured comes in to his own with the help of his unconventional mother.
The Miracle Worker (starring Patty Duke). Not rated. 1962.  DVD Drama
Based on the true story of Helen Keller who was deaf and mute and her teacher Annie Sullivan. (This version was based on the play by William Gibson).
The Miracle Worker (made for TV movie starring Melissa Gilbert). Not rated. 1979. 
DVD 791.4572 MIR TV
Based on the true story of Helen Keller who was deaf and mute and her teacher Annie Sullivan.
The Miracle Worker (made for TV movie starring Halle Kate Eisenberg). PG. 2000. 
DVD 791.4572 MIR TV
A contemporary version of the true story of Helen Keller who was deaf and mute and her teacher Annie Sullivan.
My Left Foot. R. 1989. DVD Drama
The story of Christy Brown who was born with cerebral palsy and his achievement in becoming a poet, artist, and author.
Of Two Minds. Not rated. 2012. DVD 791.4572 OF TV
Follow the story of the challenging relationship between Billie and her younger schizophrenic sister, Elizabeth Baby.
The Other Sister. PG-13. 1999. DVD Comedy
A young woman who is mentally challenged moves into her own apartment.
Passion Fish. R. 1992. DVD Drama
A wisecracking soap opera star returns home to rural Louisiana after an auto accident leaves her paralyzed.
The Pride of the Yankees. Not rated. 1942. DVD Drama
The story of baseball’s Lou Gehrig who develops ALS.
Proof. R. 1991. DVD Drama
A man who is visually impaired compulsively takes photographs so others can describe his world back to him.
Pumpkin. R. 2002. DVD Drama
A perky sorority sister falls in love with an athletic coach who is mentally challenged.
Radio. PG. 2003. DVD Drama
A high school football coach mentors a young man nicknamed Radio who is mentally challenged.
Rain Man. R. 1988. DVD Drama
Hustler Charley takes his brother Raymond, who is autistic, for the ride of his life.
Rear Window (starring Christopher Reeve). Not rated. 1998.  DVD 791.4572 REA TV
An architect who is recently paralyzed believes he has witnessed a murder from his apartment window.
Regarding Henry. PG-13. 1991. DVD Drama
After being injured in a robbery a lawyer must cope with his memory loss.
Rory O’Shea Was Here. R. 2004. DVD Drama
A young man living quietly in an institution who has cerebral palsy meets a more adventurous young man who is paralyzed.
Saved! PG-13. 2004. DVD Comedy
Mary is a teen in a Christian high school whose world changes when she befriends some school outcasts; among them is Roland who is wheelchair bound.
Scent of a Woman (starring Al Pacino). R. 1992. DVD Drama
A cranky, retired military man who is visually impaired takes his unwitting weekend caregiver for an unplanned trip to NYC.
Scent of a Woman (starring Vittorio Gassman). R. 1974. DVD World (Italian)
An army cadet accompanies a captain who is visually impaired from Turin to Naples.
The Sea Inside. PG-13. 2004. DVD World (Spanish)
True story of Ramon Sampedro, who is paralyzed, and his fight for the right to end his life.
Second Sight. Not rated. 1999. DVD 791.4572 SEC TV
A BBC Mystery series about a police detective who is gradually becoming visually impaired.
The Secret Life of Words. Not rated. 2006. DVD Drama
Hannah, who wears a hearing aid, is forced to go on holiday. On holiday she finds a job caring for Josef, a burn victim on an oil rig who temporarily lost his sight. Hannah tends to Josef and he slowly breaks her shell of silence.
The Station Agent. R. 2003. DVD Comedy
A man who is of short stature inherits an abandoned train station and meets a number of quirky characters.
Sybil. Not rated. 1976. DVD 791.4572 SYB TV
Fact based story of a woman who has multiple personalities.
Wait Until Dark. Not rated. 1967. DVD Drama
Suspensful drama about a woman who is visually impaired and left to defend herself against intruders who are after a suspicious doll in her possession.
The Waterdance. R. 1991. VHS Drama
A young man who is paralyzed from an accident must rehabilitate himself physically as well as emotionally.
The Way Home. PG. 2002. DVD World (Korean)
A spoiled boy is sent to live with his grandmother who is crippled and somewhat mentally challenged.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? PG-13. 1993. DVD Drama
Gilbert Grape devotes himself to taking care of his family; which includes a mother who is weight challenged and a brother who is autistic.