The Best Disability Movies  

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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
The Fundamentals of Caring is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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
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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
Me Before You is listed (or ranked) 10 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,
The Upside is listed (or ranked) 11 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
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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
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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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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
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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
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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
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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
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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
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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