Movies with Characters Who Have Physical Disabilities

Physical limitations can make life more challenging. But these movies show characters with disabilities finding ways to live the lives they want. Stories about characters with physical difficulties can help build understanding, compassion, and tolerance among viewers who don't face those challenges -- and give those who do a chance to see relatable people on-screen. Families will learn about courage, empathy, and perseverance as they watch and discuss these inspiring stories. Check out our Books with Characters Who Have Physical Disabilities and Movies with Characters Who Have Learning and Attention Issues and Developmental Disabilities lists too.

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Finding Nemo Movie Poster Image
Sweet father-son tale has some very scary moments.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars Movie Poster Image
Sweet, inspiring tale about a girl reaching for her dreams.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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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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Dolphin Tale Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming tale is sweet, inspiring for kids and tweens.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie Movie Poster Image
Well-meaning drama about being deaf in a hearing world.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Going to the Mat Movie Poster Image
Sports drama has positive representations; some bullying.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) Movie Poster Image
Touching but dark Disney tale cheers on the outcasts.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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The Secret Garden Movie Poster Image
'90s adaptation of classic book has some heavy themes.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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23 Blast Movie Poster Image
Inspiring true-life tale about blind football player.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Miracle Worker Movie Poster Image
Outstanding movie based on life of Helen Keller.
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(Release Year: 1962)
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Simon Birch Movie Poster Image
Tearjerker is touching but too intense for younger kids.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Soul Surfer Movie Poster Image
Earnest sports biopic tugs at heart despite clichés.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Wonder Movie Poster Image
Earnest, emotional book adaptation has strong messages.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Breathe Movie Poster Image
Feel-good romance tackles serious themes, disability rights.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Hearing Is Believing Movie Poster Image
Docu spotlights blind, musically gifted young woman.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Marie's Story Movie Poster Image
Inspirational subtitled film is emotionally intense.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Miss You Can Do It Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming docu digs into a pageant for disabled girls.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Right Footed Movie Poster Image
Inspiring look at a life of young woman with a disability.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Best Summer Ever Movie Poster Image
Joyous teen musical embraces inclusion; language, drugs.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Dear Frankie Movie Poster Image
Moody but uplifting tale of deaf boy. Get your tissues!
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(Release Year: 2004)
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The Horse Whisperer Movie Poster Image
Gorgeous, slow-paced '90s horse drama has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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The Rebound Movie Poster Image
Inspiring docu about wheelchair basketball players; cursing.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Rising Phoenix Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful Paralympic Games docu has strong language.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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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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The Elephant Man Movie Poster Image
Heartbreaking drama isn't for sensitive viewers.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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A Quiet Place Movie Poster Image
Gripping monster movie has lots of tension, some blood.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Theory of Everything Movie Poster Image
Hawking's brilliant mind comes to life in thoughtful drama.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Upside Movie Poster Image
Charming Hart/Cranston disability dramedy glorifies pot use.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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You're Not You Movie Poster Image
Emotional ALS drama has sad scenes, strong language.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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37 Seconds Movie Poster Image
Intimate look at coming of age of woman with disability.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Children of a Lesser God Movie Poster Image
'80s love story has some strong language, sex.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution Movie Poster Image
Docu about life-changing camp has violence, language.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Mogul Mowgli Movie Poster Image
British rap drama has cursing and questions about identity.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Ray Movie Poster Image
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Excellent portrayal of extraordinary musician.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Come as You Are Movie Poster Image
Touching, mature road comedy about people with disabilities.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Fundamentals of Caring Movie Poster Image
Unforgettable, poignant dark comedy has lots of cursing.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Intouchables Movie Poster Image
Sweet French drama about unlikely friendship has some edge.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Life Feels Good Movie Poster Image
Feel-good coming-of-age movie has nudity, sex.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Murderball Movie Poster Image
Inspiring documentary for older teens and adults.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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My Left Foot Movie Poster Image
Gritty yet uplifting tale of artist with cerebral palsy.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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You & Me Movie Poster Image
Love story about couple with disabilities; sex, drinking.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Born on the Fourth of July Movie Poster Image
Unflinching, violent story of Vietnam vet turned activist.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Rust and Bone Movie Poster Image
Lyrical and gritty French drama for mature viewers only.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Sessions Movie Poster Image
Mature but deeply powerful look at sex and the disabled.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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