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 Movie Poster Image
Reading saves the day in charming, mildly perilous tale.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Finding Dory Movie Poster Image
Delightful sequel promotes teamwork; some sadness, scares.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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A Mile in His Shoes Movie Poster Image
Inspirational baseball tale about a pitcher with autism.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Speed Cubers Movie Poster Image
Inspiring short docu about competition and friendship.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Far from the Tree Movie Poster Image
Touching docu about parents raising uniquely different kids.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Reason I Jump Movie Poster Image
Powerful, insightful docu about people with autism.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Rudy Movie Poster Image
Inspiring sports film about a real-life underdog.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Swim Team Movie Poster Image
Inspiring documentary about young athletes with autism.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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How to Dance in Ohio Movie Poster Image
Inspirational, heartwarming doc about living with autism.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Life, Animated Movie Poster Image
Unforgettable doc about autism, communication, Disney.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Where Hope Grows Movie Poster Image
Moving faith-based friendship drama not just for believers.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Adam Movie Poster Image
Surprisingly fresh romance upends your assumptions.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Asperger's Are Us Movie Poster Image
Young men with ASD prep for comedy show in smart docu.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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A Brilliant Young Mind Movie Poster Image
Affecting drama about math whiz tackles loss, special needs.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Peanut Butter Falcon Movie Poster Image
Edgy but surprisingly sweet, compassionate dramedy.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Still Alice Movie Poster Image
Moore turns Alzheimer's drama into acting master class.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Away from Her Movie Poster Image
Melancholy Alzheimer's drama OK for teens and up.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Movie Poster Image
Drama about child's 9/11 loss stirs up sadness.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Sun Dogs Movie Poster Image
Offbeat tale of a patriotic misfit; cursing, mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Temple Grandin Movie Poster Image
Riveting true story of a young autistic woman's journey.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The Horse Boy Movie Poster Image
True story about quest for autism cure; better for parents.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Movie Poster Image
'90s drama about dysfunctional family has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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