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 -- as well as give those who do a chance to see relatable people on screen. Families will learn a lot about courage, compassion, and perseverance as they watch and discuss these inspiring stories.

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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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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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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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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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The Brooke Ellison Story Movie Poster Image
Stirring tale of quadriplegic girl's fight has heavy themes.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Dark Horse (1992) Movie Poster Image
'90s drama about overcoming challenges has some violence.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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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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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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Mask Movie Poster Image
Complex, moving story of disfigured boy best for teens.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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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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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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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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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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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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