Movies with Characters Who Have Learning and Attention Issues and Developmental Disabilities

Watching movies about characters with learning and attention issues and developmental disabilities can help build understanding, compassion, and inclusivity among viewers who don't face those challenges. Such films also give those who are living with these issues a chance to see relatable on-screen characters facing and overcoming challenges in compelling stories. We have more great picks on our Movies with Characters Who Have Physical Disabilities and Books with Characters Who Have Physical Disabilities lists.

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Eleanor's Secret

age 5+

Reading saves the day in charming, mildly perilous tale.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Finding Dory

age 6+

Delightful sequel promotes teamwork; some sadness, scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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A Mile in His Shoes

age 8+

Inspirational baseball tale about a pitcher with autism.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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The Speed Cubers

age 8+

Inspiring short docu about competition and friendship.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Un Disfraz para Nicolas (A Costume for Nicolas)

age 8+

Animated movie about imaginative boy with Down syndrome.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Far from the Tree

age 10+

Touching docu about parents raising uniquely different kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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The Reason I Jump

age 10+

Powerful, insightful docu about people with autism.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Rudy

age 11+

Inspiring sports film about a real-life underdog.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1993)
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Swim Team

age 11+

Inspiring documentary about young athletes with autism.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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How to Dance in Ohio

age 12+

Inspirational, heartwarming doc about living with autism.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Life, Animated

age 12+

Unforgettable doc about autism, communication, Disney.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Where Hope Grows

age 12+

Moving faith-based friendship drama not just for believers.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Adam

age 13+

Surprisingly fresh romance upends your assumptions.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Asperger's Are Us

age 13+

Young men with ASD prep for comedy show in smart docu.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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A Brilliant Young Mind

age 13+

Affecting drama about math whiz tackles loss, special needs.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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The Peanut Butter Falcon

age 13+

Edgy but surprisingly sweet, compassionate dramedy.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Still Alice

age 13+

Moore turns Alzheimer's drama into acting master class.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Away from Her

age 14+

Melancholy Alzheimer's drama OK for teens and up.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

age 14+

Drama about child's 9/11 loss stirs up sadness.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Sun Dogs

age 14+

Offbeat tale of a patriotic misfit; cursing, mature themes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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