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The Best Disability Movies

Updated March 12, 2021 424 votes 216 voters 19.8k views68 items

List RulesMovies 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.
  • 1

    My Left Foot

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw
    My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 Irish drama film directed by Jim Sheridan...  more

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    The Intouchables

    Omar Sy, François Cluzet
    The Intouchables is a 2011 French comedy-drama film directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric...  more

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    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    Lenny Kravitz, Max von Sydow
    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a 2007 biographical drama film based on Jean-Dominique...  more

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    The Fundamentals of Caring

    Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts
    The Fundamentals of Caring is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Rob...  more


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    The Upside

    Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart
    The Upside is a 2017 American comedy drama film directed by Neil Burger, based on the 2011...  more
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    Me Before You

    Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin
    Me Before You is a 2016 American-British romantic comedy drama film directed by Thea Sharrock...  more

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    Love & Other Drugs

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal
    Love & Other Drugs is a 2010 romantic comedy film written and directed by Edward Zwick and...  more

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    The Theory of Flight

    Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh
    The Theory of Flight is a 1998 film directed by Paul Greengrass from a screenplay written by...  more
  • 9

    Rust and Bone

    Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts
    Rust and Bone is a 2012 French–Belgian romantic drama film directed by Jacques Audiard and...  more
  • 10

    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

    Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara
    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant,...  more
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    Scent of a Woman

    Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the...  more

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    The Sessions

    Helen Hunt, William H. Macy
    Starring Academy Award® Nominee John Hawkes, Academy Award® Nominee William H. Macy and...  more
  • 13

    Children of a Lesser God

    William Hurt, Marlee Matlin
    Children of a Lesser God is a 1986 American romantic drama film directed by Randa Haines and...  more

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    Born on the Fourth of July

    Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe
    Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American drama film adaptation of the best-selling...  more

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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx
    Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray...  more

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    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy
    Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1995 American drama film directed by Stephen Herek, produced by Ted...  more

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    Dancer in the Dark

    Björk, Catherine Deneuve
    Dancer in the Dark is a 2000 Danish musical drama film directed by Lars von Trier and starring...  more

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    Salma Hayek, Edward Norton
    Frida is a 2002 Miramax/Ventanarosa biopic which depicts the professional and private life of...  more

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    Mac and Me

    Jennifer Aniston, Nikki Cox
    Mac and Me is a 1988 American science fiction adventure film co-written and directed by...  more

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    Cher, Laura Dern
    Mask is a 1985 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Cher, Sam Elliott,...  more

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    Miracle in Lane 2

    Frankie Muniz, Molly Hagan
    Miracle in Lane 2 is a 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie starring Frankie Muniz, Rick...  more
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    Joe Soares, Keith Cavill
    Murderball is a 2005 American documentary film about physically disabled athletes who play...  more

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    Open Hearts

    Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
    Open Hearts, is a 2002 Danish drama film directed by Susanne Bier using the minimalist...  more
  • 24


    Russell Crowe, Hugo Weaving
    Proof is a 1991 Australian drama film by Jocelyn Moorhouse starring Hugo Weaving, Geneviève...  more
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    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris
    Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by...  more

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