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The Best Movies About Autism

Updated July 1, 2021 1.5k votes 56 voters52 items

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    Temple Grandin

    Claire Danes, Julia Ormond

    Released2010

    Directed byMick Jackson

    Temple Grandin is a 2010 biopic directed by Mick Jackson and starring Claire Danes as Temple Grandin, a woman with autism who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle...  more
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    Please Stand By

    Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette

    Released2018

    Directed byBen Lewin

    Please Stand By is a 2017 American comedy drama film directed by Ben Lewin. A young Asperger syndrome autistic woman (Dakota Fanning) runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her...  more
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    What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released1993

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a 1993 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, adapted from Peter Hedges 1991 novel. A young man in a small Midwestern town struggles to care for his autistic...  more
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    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1988

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass. It tells the story of an abrasive and selfish yuppie, Charlie Babbitt, who discovers...  more
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    A Brilliant Young Mind

    Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall

    Released2014

    Directed byMorgan Matthews

    A Brilliant Young Mind (aka X+Y) is a 2014 British drama film directed by Morgan Matthews, inspired by the documentary Beautiful Young Minds, focuses on a teenage English mathematics prodigy named...  more
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    Keep The Change

    Jessica Walter, Christina Brucato

    Released2017

    Directed byRachel Israel

    Keep the Change is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Rachel Israel. An autistic man meets a woman in his weekly support group and starts off on an unlikely love story....  more
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    Mozart and the Whale

    Josh Hartnett, Radha Mitchell

    Released2005

    Directed byPetter Næss

    Mozart and the Whale is a 2005 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Petter Næss. A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding...  more
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    My Name Is Khan

    Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol

    Released2010

    Directed byKaran Johar

    My Name Is Khan (aka MNIK) is a 2010 Indian Hindi drama film directed by Karan Johar. An Indian Muslim man who suffers from the Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism that impacts social interaction...  more
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    Nathan's Kingdom

    Madison Ford, Jacob Lince

    Released2018

    Directed byOlicer J. Muñoz

    Nathan's Kingdom is a 2018 American coming of age drama film directed by Olicer J. Muñoz. A 25-year-old autistic man struggling with his teenage sister's addiction helps her search for a kingdom....  more
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    Little Man Tate

    Jodie Foster, Harry Connick

    Released1991

    Directed byJodie Foster

    Little Man Tate is a 1991 drama film directed by and starring Jodie Foster. The film marked her directorial debut. It tells the story of a seven-year-old child prodigy, Fred Tate, who struggles to...  more
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    The Boy Who Could Fly

    Fred Savage, Jason Priestley

    Released1986

    Directed byNick Castle

    The Boy Who Could Fly is a 1986 American film directed by Nick Castle. A teenager with autism is sent to live with his uncle after his parents die in an airplane crash....  more
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    Po

    Christopher Gorham, Julian Feder

    Released2016

    Directed byJohn Asher

    A Boy Called Po (also known as Po) is a 2016 American drama film directed by John Asher. When his wife dies of cancer, an overworked engineer struggles to care for his son with autism....  more
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    Ocean Heaven

    Jet Li, Gao Yuanyuan

    Released2010

    Directed byXue Xiaolu

    Ocean Heaven is a 2010 Chinese-Hong Kong drama film directed by Xue Xiaolu. When widower Sam Wong (Jet Li) learns that he has a terminal illness that will soon leave his autistic son (Lunmei Kwai)...  more
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    Jack of the Red Hearts

    Israel Broussard, Sophia Anne Caruso

    Released2015

    Directed byJanet Grillo

    Jack of the Red Hearts is a 2016 American drama film directed by Janet Grillo. A teenage con artist tricks a desperate mother into hiring her as a live-in companion for her autistic daughter....  more
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    Snow Cake

    Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2006

    Directed byMarc Evans

    Snow Cake is a 2006 American drama film directed by Marc Evans. It focuses on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident....  more
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    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks

    Released2011

    Directed byStephen Daldry

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a 2011 American drama film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Eric Roth. It stars...  more
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    Life, Animated

    Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind

    Released2016

    Directed byRoger Ross Williams

    Life, Animated is a 2016 American documentary by director Roger Ross Williams. A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a...  more
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    The Lighthouse of the Orcas

    Maribel Verdú, Joaquín Furriel

    Released2016

    Directed byGerardo Olivares

    The Lighthouse of the Orcas (aka El faro de las orcas) is a 2016 Argentinean drama film directed by Gerardo Olivares. In trying to help her son find an emotional connection, a mother travels with her...  more
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    Jane Wants a Boyfriend

    Lindsay Arber, Amir Arison

    Released2015

    Directed byWilliam Sullivan

    Jane Wants a Boyfriend is a 2015 American romantic comedy film directed by William C. Sullivan. A young woman with Asperger's syndrome tries to find her first boyfriend with a little help from her...  more
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    Run Wild, Run Free

    John Mills, Fiona Fullerton

    Released1969

    Directed byRichard C. Sarafian

    Run Wild, Run Free is a 1969 American film directed by Richard C. Sarafian. A young boy, unable to speak, befriends both a wild colt with blue eyes and a falcon named "Lady"....  more
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    The Story of Luke

    Seth Green, Kristin Bauer van Straten

    Released2012

    Directed byAlonso Filomeno Mayo

    The Story of Luke is a 2012 drama-comedy film directed by Alonso Filomeno Mayo. Sheltered by his grandparents, Luke, a young man with autism, is thrust into a world that doesn't expect anything from...  more
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    The Accountant

    Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick

    Released2016

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

    The Accountant is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Gavin O'Connor. A highly-functioning autistic small-town certified public accountant (Ben Affleck) makes his living uncooking the...  more
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    I Am Sam

    Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning

    Released2001

    Directed byJessie Nelson

    I Am Sam is a 2001 American drama film directed by Jessie Nelson. A mentally handicapped man (Sean Penn) fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter (Dakota Fanning) and in the process teaches his...  more
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    Adam

    Rose Byrne, Hugh Dancy

    Released2009

    Directed byMax Mayer

    Adam is an American romantic drama film written and directed by Max Mayer, starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne. The film follows the relationship between a young man named Adam with Asperger syndrome,...  more
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    The Reason I Jump

    Jordan O'Donegan

    Released2020

    Directed byJerry Rothwell

    The Reason I Jump is a 2020 American documentary film directed by Jerry Rothwell, based on the book by Naoki Higashida. An immersive first person account of living on the spectrum following five...  more