Photo: chrissallans/via Tumblr

Diseases The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film  

Ranker Characters
575 votes 225 voters 3.5k views

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.

1
123 11
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump

2
21 10
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

3
17 7
Baby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Luthien added Baby Baby Driver

4
17 10
Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Helen Keller The Miracle Worker

5
22 16
Stephen Hawking is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Stephen Hawking The Theory of Everything

6
17 11
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Professor X Magneto, X-Men: First Class, Superhero!

7
17 14
Arnie Grape is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Arnie Grape What's Eating Gilbert Grape

8
17 14
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film

9
10 7
Christy Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Christy Brown My Left Foot

10
4 1
Temple Grandin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Luthien added Temple Grandin Temple Grandin

11
8 6
Annie Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
RobLein added Annie Sullivan The Miracle Worker, Deliverance, The Miracle Worker

12
13 12
Raymond Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Raymond Babbitt Rain Man

13
11 10
John Merrick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
John Merrick The Elephant Man

14
8 8
Alice Daly-Howland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Alice Daly-Howland Still Alice

The Best Female Scientists in Film

15
8 8
Sarah Norman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Sarah Norman Children of a Lesser God

16
7 7
L.B. 'Jeff' Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
L.B. "Jeff" Jefferies Rear Window

17
1 0
Chirrut Imwe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Chirrut Imwe Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

18
6 6
Selina D'Arcey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
RobLein added Selina D'Arcey A Patch of Blue

19
3 3
Bucky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Luthien added Bucky Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

20
7 9
Jake Sully is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Jake Sully Avatar

21
6 8
Aron Ralston is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Aron Ralston 127 Hours

22
7 10
Dr. Strangelove is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

23
6 9
Ron Kovic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Ron Kovic Born on the Fourth of July

24
3 6
Mark O’Brien is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Disabled Characters in Film
Mark O’Brien The Sessions

25
4 9
Jeffery Lebowski -