The Best Movies About Disabilities

Jun 19, 2024 | Health, Movies

The Best Movies About Disabilities

Some of the most powerful and impactful films are those that bring attention to important social issues, including disabilities. These movies not only tell compelling stories but also help raise awareness and understanding about people with disabilities. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best movies that portray disabilities in an authentic and respectful way.


1. Disability (2013)

DisabilityLiving as a human being can be challenging, but navigating through life with a disability in America can feel like an insurmountable obstacle course. From trying to access healthcare to qualifying for disability benefits, the road is paved with numerous pitfalls that make it difficult for those who are most vulnerable.  When one is living with a disability, the barriers to basic human needs become even more apparent. Accessing healthcare can be a financial burden, and navigating through insurance policies and benefits can feel like an endless maze.

2. You’re Not You (2014)

You're Not YouIn this story, the protagonist’s struggle with ALS is not just a medical condition, but a catalyst for deeper reflection and contemplation. Through concise language and minimalistic storytelling, the audience is invited to project their own thoughts and emotions onto the characters, creating a personal and immersive experience.

3. Come As You Are (2019)

Come As You AreIn the comedy-drama film “Road Trip to Montreal,” three young men with disabilities leave their restrictive homes for a liberating adventure. Grant, Hayden, and Ravi’s overbearing parents have always held them back, but not anymore. With the help of Sam, a compassionate traveling nurse played by Gabourey Sidibe, they embark on a journey to a brothel in Montreal that caters to people with special needs.






4. The Upside  (2017)

The Upside Official Trailer is a tantalizing glimpse into the world of artistic expression and abstraction. With its minimalist tone and open-ended approach, this trailer invites viewers to contemplate and interpret their own ideas while sparking imagination through concise language. At its core, The Upside is a story about human connection and the power of unlikely friendships. Through stunning visuals and thought-provoking concepts, this film explores the complexities of relationships and the beauty that can be found in unexpected places.

5. Adam (2020)

In this trailer for the film Adam (2020), we are immediately drawn into a world of mystery and intrigue. The use of light and shadow, combined with haunting music, sets the tone for a story that is both contemplative and abstract. As we see glimpses of different characters and settings, our imagination is sparked as we try to piece together what this film may be about. The concise dialogue and visual hints leave much to the viewer’s interpretation, making us curious to see more.


6. Crip Camp (2020)

A powerful and thought-provoking documentary, “A Disability Revolution” explores the history of the disability rights movement in America. Through interviews with activists, organizers, and individuals living with disabilities, this film sheds light on the struggles and triumphs of a movement that has transformed society’s perception of disability. The trailer opens with an impactful quote from disability rights activist Judy Heumann: “We are not seeking charity, we are seeking our rights as human beings.” This sets the tone for a film that is not only about fighting for equal rights and access, but also about reclaiming agency and humanity.


7. Wildflower (2022)

Experience the journey of Bea Johnson in WILDFLOWER, a mesmerizing coming-of-age film that delves into the complexities of growing up with two intellectually disabled parents. From her very first breath to her graduation day, witness how Bea overcomes challenges and discovers herself amidst an extended family who can’t seem to see eye-to-eye on the best way to support her.


8. The Fundamentals of Caring

Ben was a man who had lost everything – his career, his family, and even his will to live. In an attempt to find some semblance of purpose, he decides to become a caregiver for those in need. His first client is Trevor, a young man battling muscular dystrophy with a fierce tongue and rebellious attitude.


9. THE UPSIDE (2019)

In The Upside, Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston bring a heartwarming story to life. With Nicole Kidman also starring in this moving film, audiences are taken on an emotional journey unlike any other. The beauty of The Upside lies within its openness. Rather than spoon-feeding viewers every detail, the film invites them to interpret and project their own ideas onto the unfolding story. This minimalist approach leaves room for contemplation and imagination, making each viewing experience unique.


10. Please Stand By (2018)

Wendy has always been a bit of an enigma. Her sharp wit and playful spirit hide a deeper complexity, one that only those closest to her can truly understand. But for Wendy, understanding others has always been a struggle – their emotions, their thoughts, their actions all seem like an indecipherable code.

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