Entertainment

The Best Disability Movies 

All Genre Movies Lists
477 votes 188 voters 16.7k 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.
list ordered by
1
Ranker Video
Lee Kirby added
Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker
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

More My Left Foot 

#323 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #298 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Starslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

2
The Upside is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disability Movies
Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman
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
3
Ranker Video
Lee Kirby added
Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard
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

More Ray 

#334 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys #433 of 582 The Greatest Film Scores of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

4
Ranker Video
Omar Sy, François Cluzet, Anne Le Ny
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

More The Intouchables 

#1,632 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #439 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #110 of 135 The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History

5
Me Before You is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disability Movies
Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman
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,

More Me Before You 

#80 of 177 The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked #72 of 199 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

6
Ranker Video
Lee Kirby added
William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie
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

More Children of a Lesser God 

#123 of 292 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #61 of 383 The Best Movies Directed by Womenlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

7
Ranker Video
Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger
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
8
Ranker Video
Lee Kirby added
Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gabrielle Anwar
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

More Scent of a Woman 

#364 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #38 of 97 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

9
Ranker Video
Lenny Kravitz, Max von Sydow, Emmanuelle Seigner
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

More The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 

#552 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #38 of 78 The Best French Movies That Are Absolute Masterpieces

10
The Fundamentals of Cari... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disability Movies
The Fundamentals of Caring
Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez
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

More The Fundamentals of Caring 

#109 of 177 The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked #10 of 33 The Best Indie Movies Streaming on Netflix

11
Ranker Video
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaimie Alexander
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

More Love & Other Drugs 

#234 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #70 of 172 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time #46 of 51 Romantic Movies Your Girlfriend Forces You To Watch

12
Ranker Video
Lee Kirby added
Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard
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

More Mr. Holland's Opus 

#12 of 205 The Best Movies About Music #93 of 173 Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals

13
Ranker Video
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

More Murderball 

#48 of 403 The Greatest Documentaries of All Time #108 of 159 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

14
Ranker Video
Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh, Ray Stevenson
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
15
Ranker Video
Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Bouli Lanners
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
16
Don't Worry, He Won't Ge... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disability Movies
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill
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
17
Ranker Video
Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood
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
18
Ranker Video
Helen Hunt, Wesley Snipes, Eric Stoltz
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
19
Ranker Video
Jennifer Aniston, Nikki Cox, Danny Cooksey
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

More Mac and Me 

#98 of 99 The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies #172 of 186 The Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1980s