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Diseases The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film  

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In films as well as in real life, people with disabilities face unique challenges. Disabled characters in film often must overcome prejudices about their abilities, or struggle against health conditions. Whether these handicapped movie characters suffer from physical disabilities or genetic disorders that affect their minds, their stories capture audiences' imaginations. With such rich roles, it's no wonder that many famous actors and actresses have won Oscars after playing disabled characters in movies.

What fictional figure should top the list of the greatest disabled characters in film? Both mental and physical disabilities were showcased in the 1994 film, Forrest Gump. The title character excelled despite having below average intelligence. As a child, Gump wore leg braces and later in life, he was able to help his friend Lt. Dan cope with the loss of his legs. The real-life Ray Charles was memorably played by Jamie Foxx in the biopic Ray, demonstrating that conditions such as blindness can't limit talent. In 1990, Daniel Day Lewis won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Christy Brown in My Left Foot. Other memorable disabled characters that appear on this list include Jeffery “Big” Lebowski from The Big Lebowski and Ron Kovic from Born on the Forth of July.

Which disabled movie character do you think deserves to be number one on this list? Let your voice be heard by voting your favorite roles up to the top and add any characters that are missing.
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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Forrest Gump

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22 8
Baby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Luthien added Baby

Baby Driver

3
24 11
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Forrest Gump

4
27 17
Stephen Hawking is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
The Theory of Everything

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22 13
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Magneto, X-Men: First Class, Superhero!

6
19 12
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
The Miracle Worker

7
8 2
Temple Grandin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Luthien added Temple Grandin

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12 9
Christy Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
My Left Foot

9
19 18
Arnie Grape is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
What's Eating Gilbert Grape

10
18 17
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film

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10 8
Annie Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
RobLein added The Miracle Worker, Deliverance, The Miracle Worker

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7 5
Bucky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Luthien added Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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11 10
Jake Sully is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Avatar

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15 15
Raymond Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Rain Man

15
13 13
John Merrick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
The Elephant Man

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8 10
L.B. 'Jeff' Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Rear Window

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8 10
Aron Ralston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Aron Ralston 127 Hours

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2 3
Chirrut Imwe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Chirrut Imwe Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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9 12
Alice Daly-Howland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Alice Daly-Howland Still Alice

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8 11
Sarah Norman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Sarah Norman Children of a Lesser God

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6 9
Selina D'Arcey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
RobLein added Selina D'Arcey A Patch of Blue

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7 13
Dr. Strangelove is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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6 12
Ron Kovic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Born on the Fourth of July

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3 9
Mark O’Brien is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Mark O’Brien The Sessions

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4 12
Jeffery Lebowski -