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The Best Disability Movies

Updated October 1, 2019 275 votes 203 voters 18.6k views19 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.
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    Born on the Fourth of July is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    Born on the Fourth of July

    Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe

    Released1989

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American drama film adaptation of the best-selling... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    My Left Foot

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw

    Released1989

    Directed byJim Sheridan

    My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 Irish drama film directed by Jim Sheridan... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Diving Bell and the Butter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    Lenny Kravitz, Max von Sydow

    Released2007

    Directed byJulian Schnabel

    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a 2007 biographical drama film based on Jean-Dominique... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Ray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Children of a Lesser God is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    Children of a Lesser God

    William Hurt, Marlee Matlin

    Released1986

    Directed byRanda Haines

    Children of a Lesser God is a 1986 American romantic drama film directed by Randa Haines and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Upside is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    The Upside

    Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart

    Released2019

    Directed byNeil Burger

    The Upside is a 2017 American comedy drama film directed by Neil Burger, based on the 2011... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Intouchables is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    The Intouchables

    Omar Sy, François Cluzet

    Released2011

    Directed byOlivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

    The Intouchables is a 2011 French comedy-drama film directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Me Before You is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    Me Before You

    Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin

    Directed byThea Sharrock

    Me Before You is a 2016 American-British romantic comedy drama film directed by Thea Sharrock... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Scent of a Woman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    Scent of a Woman

    Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1992

    Directed byMartin Brest

    Scent of a Woman is a 1992 American drama directed and produced by Martin Brest that tells the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy

    Released1995

    Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1995 American drama film directed by Stephen Herek, produced by Ted... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Murderball is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disability Movies
    Murderball is a 2005 American documentary film about physically disabled athletes who play... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far  is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

    Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara

    Released2018

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Theory of Flight is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    The Theory of Flight

    Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh

    Released1998

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    The Theory of Flight is a 1998 film directed by Paul Greengrass from a screenplay written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rust and Bone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    Rust and Bone

    Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts

    Released2012

    Directed byJacques Audiard

    Rust and Bone is a 2012 French–Belgian romantic drama film directed by Jacques Audiard and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Sessions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    The Sessions

    Helen Hunt, William H. Macy

    Released2012

    Directed byBen Lewin

    Starring Academy Award® Nominee John Hawkes, Academy Award® Nominee William H. Macy and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Waterdance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    The Waterdance

    Helen Hunt, Wesley Snipes

    Released1992

    Directed byNeal Jimenez, Michael Steinberg

    The Waterdance is a 1992 American drama film written by Neal Jimenez and directed by Jimenez... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Fundamentals of Caring is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    The Fundamentals of Caring

    Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts

    Directed byRob Burnett

    The Fundamentals of Caring is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Rob... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Love & Other Drugs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    Love & Other Drugs

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2010

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Love & Other Drugs is a 2010 romantic comedy film written and directed by Edward Zwick and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Mac and Me is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Disability Movies
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    Mac and Me

    Jennifer Aniston, Nikki Cox

    Released1988

    Directed byStewart Raffill

    Mac and Me is a 1988 American science fiction adventure film co-written and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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