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The Best Disability Movies 

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Updated October 1, 2019 510 votes 200 voters 17.8k views 19 items

List Rules Movies about physical disabilities or that feature otherly abled characters

A list of the best disability movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This disability movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about disability are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about disability you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous disability movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these disability movie titles for more information about the films.

List features items like My Left Foot and I Am Sam.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best disability movies?" and "What is the greatest disability movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular disability movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these disability movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good disability movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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Lee Kirby added Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

Released: 2004

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The independently produced film was written, produced and directed by Taylor Hackford, and ...more

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Lee Kirby added Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 Irish drama film directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It tells the story of Christy Brown, an Irishman born with cerebral ...more

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#308 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #7 of 15 The Most Intense Method Actor Performances In Movie Historylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Lee Kirby added William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie

Released: 1986

Directed by: Randa Haines

Children of a Lesser God is a 1986 American romantic drama film directed by Randa Haines and written by Hesper Anderson and Mark Medoff. An adaptation of Medoff's Tony Award–winning stage play ...more

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Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger

Released: 1989

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American drama film adaptation of the best-selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, in a performance ...more
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The Upside is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disability Movies
Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman

Released: 2019

Directed by: Neil Burger

The Upside is a 2017 American comedy drama film directed by Neil Burger, based on the 2011 French film The Intouchables. A paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston) strikes up an unlikely ...more
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Omar Sy, François Cluzet, Anne Le Ny

Released: 2011

Directed by: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

The Intouchables is a 2011 French comedy-drama film directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young ...more

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Lee Kirby added Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar

Released: 1992

Directed by: Martin Brest

Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible, blind, ...more

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Lenny Kravitz, Max von Sydow, Emmanuelle Seigner

Released: 2007

Directed by: Julian Schnabel

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a 2007 biographical drama film based on Jean-Dominique Bauby's memoir of the same name. The film depicts Bauby's life after suffering a massive stroke, on 8 ...more

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The Fundamentals of Cari... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disability Movies
The Fundamentals of Caring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez

Directed by: Rob Burnett

The Fundamentals of Caring is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Rob Burnett, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jonathan Evison and stars Paul Rudd, Craig ...more

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro

Murderball is a 2005 American documentary film about physically disabled athletes who play wheelchair rugby. It centers on the rivalry between the Canadian and U.S. teams leading up to the 2004 ...more

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Me Before You is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disability Movies
Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman

Directed by: Thea Sharrock

Me Before You is a 2016 American-British romantic comedy drama film directed by Thea Sharrock and adapted by Jojo Moyes from her 2012 novel of the same name. The film was released on June 3,

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Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh, Ray Stevenson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

The Theory of Flight is a 1998 film directed by Paul Greengrass from a screenplay written by Richard Hawkins, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh. It premiered at the 23rd Toronto ...more
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Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Bouli Lanners

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jacques Audiard

Rust and Bone is a 2012 French–Belgian romantic drama film directed by Jacques Audiard and based on Craig Davidson's short story collection of the same name. It tells the story of an unemployed ...more

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Don't Worry, He Won't Ge... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disability Movies
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill

Released: 2018

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, based on the memoir by John Callahan. After nearly losing his life, a slacker (Joaquin Phoenix) ...more
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Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ben Lewin

Starring Academy Award® Nominee John Hawkes, Academy Award® Nominee William H. Macy and Academy Award® Winner Helen Hunt, the film is based on the true story of California-based ...more
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Helen Hunt, Wesley Snipes, Eric Stoltz

Released: 1992

Directed by: Neal Jimenez, Michael Steinberg

The Waterdance is a 1992 American drama film written by Neal Jimenez and directed by Jimenez and Michael Steinberg. It stars Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes, William Forsythe and Helen Hunt. The film ...more
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Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaimie Alexander

Released: 2010

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Love & Other Drugs is a 2010 romantic comedy film written and directed by Edward Zwick and based on the non-fiction book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy. The ...more

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Lee Kirby added Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

Released: 1995

Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1995 American drama film directed by Stephen Herek, produced by Ted Field, Robert W. Cort, and Michael Nolin, and written by Patrick Sheane Duncan. It stars Richard ...more

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Jennifer Aniston, Nikki Cox, Danny Cooksey

Released: 1988

Directed by: Stewart Raffill

Mac and Me is a 1988 American science fiction adventure film co-written and directed by Stewart Raffill about a "Mysterious Alien Creature" that escapes from nefarious NASA agents and ...more

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