World Deaf Culture Films, TV Movies and TV series

by deano11 | created - 17 Nov 2011 | updated - 5 days ago | Public

We can see where the Deaf or hearing impaired actors/actresses (or hearing actors/actresses who play as deaf or mute) appeared in this movies, straight-to-DVDs, TV movies, TV series, short films, and documentary films listing with using the world's sign languages and other communications.

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1. Deaf Mute Recitation (1901)

Short, Documentary

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A young girl reciting "The Star Spangled Banner" in sign language as taught at Gallaudet Institute.

2. Wolcott Coombs: The Phenomenal Deaf and Blind Boy (1912)

Documentary, Short

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Young Coombs is deaf and blind and only seventeen years of age, yet in three years he has accumulated more education and practical knowledge than most sighted boys master in twice that time... See full summary »

Star: Wolcott Coombs

3. What New York Is Doing for Its Deaf, Dumb and Blind (1913)

Documentary, Short

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The wonderful progress made by science in helping the afflicted is demonstrated in this interesting production. We see deaf and dumb children regaining the power of speech through the ... See full summary »

4. Deliverance (1919)

90 min | Biography, Drama

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The true story of Helen Keller, who lost her vision and hearing at the age of two, was considered a hopeless case, but who through the diligent aid of teacher Anne Sullivan became a ... See full summary »

Director: George Foster Platt | Stars: Etna Ross, Tula Belle, Edith Lyle, Betty Schade

Votes: 36

Silent film tells the life story of a brave deaf and blind Helen Keller played by Etna Ross (as young), Ann Mason (as young woman) and herself, and her teacher, Annie Sullivan played by Edith Lyle (as young woman) and herself.

5. Asilados de la escuela de sordo mudos (1921)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Fernando Orozco

6. You'd Be Surprised (1926)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.9
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A diamond is stolen at a houseboat party given by the district attorney. He gives the thief a chance to return it by putting an empty box on a table and turning out the lights. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Rosson | Stars: Edward Martindel, Earle Williams, Tom McGuire, Dorothy Sebastian

Votes: 31

A Victor/Victoria-esque Deaf role where Granville Redmond, a Deaf actor, played a hearing guy pretending to be a Deaf guy in order to provide the plot twist.

7. Beongeoli Sam-ryong (1929)

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Director: Woon-gyu Na | Stars: Woon-gyu Na, Shin-bang Yu, Sam-son Ju, Bong-chun Yun

A Korean silent film based on a short story by Na Do-Hyang about a deaf servant (played by Korean actor Na Woon-gyu) who's in love with his landlord's daughter-in-law.

8. Beggars in Ermine (1934)

Passed | 72 min | Drama

6.1
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John Dawson loses control of his factory when he is crippled in an accident caused by a rival. Destitute, he travels the country organizing the homeless to help him regain control of his ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Betty Furness, Henry B. Walthall, Jameson Thomas

Votes: 73

9. The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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Alexander Graham Bell falls in love with deaf girl Mabel Hubbard while teaching the deaf and trying to invent means for telegraphing the human voice. She urges him to put off thoughts of ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

Votes: 836

Loretta Young played as Alexander Graham Bell's wife, Mabel Gardiner Hubbard, who contracted scarlet fever at an early age and became completely deaf. She used to lip-read and speak, not ASL.

10. Lady Gangster (1942)

Passed | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.8
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Dot Burton (Faye Emerson)has acted as a decoy in a bank robbery and fails to get away. Her arrest attracts the attention of Ken Phillips (Frank Wilcox), a former childhood sweetheart who ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Faye Emerson, Julie Bishop, Frank Wilcox, Roland Drew

Votes: 300

Dorothy Adams played as deaf woman, Annie.

11. Le loup des Malveneur (1943)

99 min | Horror, Mystery

5.9
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A young governess arrives at the Castle of the Malveneurs and begins to investigate some peculiar disappearances.

Director: Guillaume Radot | Stars: Madeleine Sologne, Pierre Renoir, Gabrielle Dorziat, Michel Marsay

Votes: 52

AKA The Wolf Malveneur.

12. Une vie de chien (1943)

84 min

7.0
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Director: Maurice Cammage | Stars: Fernandel, Édouard Delmont, Josseline Gaël, Tramel

Votes: 5

AKA A Dog's Life.

13. Pursuit to Algiers (1945)

Approved | 65 min | Adventure, Crime, Film-Noir

7.1
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Holmes is recruited to escort the heir to a European throne safely back to his homeland after his father's assassination.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Marjorie Riordan, Rosalind Ivan

Votes: 2,684

William 'Wee Willie' Davis played as a deaf-mute killer, Gubec, who used sign languages to communicate.

14. Out of the Past (1947)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.1
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A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming

Votes: 26,398

Dickie Moore, a former child actor, played as Jeff Bailey's (Robert Mitchum) deaf young assistant.

15. Johnny Belinda (1948)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama

7.8
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In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor's efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 3,553

Jane Wyman played a deaf-mute girl, Belinda McDonald based on the play of the same name by Elmer Blaney Harris.

16. Crash of Silence (1952)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

7.5
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Mandy Garland was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and enroll her with a special teacher.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 485

Based on the book The Day Is Ours by Hilda Lewis about in this British film about a family drama involving a deaf-mute child played by English child actress Mandy Miller.

17. Galawgaw (1954)

Comedy, Musical, Romance

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Director: F.H. Constantino | Stars: Jaime de la Rosa, Nida Blanca, Eddie San Jose, Nita Javier

18. The Unconquered (1954)

Approved | 55 min | Documentary

8.2
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This documentary chronicles the life of Helen Keller, who was struck by an illness as a young child that left her both blind and deaf. Aided by her devoted teacher, Anne Sullivan, Keller is... See full summary »

Director: Nancy Hamilton | Stars: Katharine Cornell, Helen Keller, Polly Thompson, Dwight D. Eisenhower

Votes: 47

A biographical documentary film about a blind and deaf girl who struggle her life.

19. Thursday's Children (1954)

Approved | 21 min | Documentary, Short

7.6
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Won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short of 1954. The subject deals with the children at The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent. The hearing-handicapped children are ... See full summary »

Directors: Lindsay Anderson, Guy Brenton | Star: Richard Burton

Votes: 244

A British short documentary film about The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent, UK.

20. The Court Jester (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.9
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A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king.

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama | Stars: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 9,905

21. The First Texan (1956)

Approved | 82 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.1
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Eastern lawyer Sam Houston moves to Texas where, at the request of President Jackson, he leads the Texan independence movement and wins several battles against the Mexican army.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Joel McCrea, Felicia Farr, Jeff Morrow, Wallace Ford

Votes: 260

Real-life American frontiersman Erastus "Deaf" Smith (played by Chubby Johnson) appeared in this part of story about the Texas Revolution and the Army of the Republic of Texas. He used to lip reading.

22. Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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The life and career of vaudevillian and silent screen horror star Lon Chaney, his contentious relationship with his neurotic wife, and his premature death.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 1,943

American and silent movie actor Lon Chaney's (played by James Cagney) parents were deaf mutes and used ASL in this real-life film.

23. The Story of Esther Costello (1957)

103 min | Drama

5.8
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Eighteen-year-old Esther has been deaf and blind since the accident which killed her mother. Wealthy Margaret Landi, a native of Esther's village in Ireland, is talked into helping to ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller | Stars: Joan Crawford, Heather Sears, Rossano Brazzi, Lee Patterson

Votes: 561

English actress Heather Sears played the title role, a 15-year-old deaf and blind Irish girl.

24. For the First Time (1959)

Unrated | 92 min | Musical

6.7
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The brilliance of one of the world's most beloved tenors and the exciting world of opera highlight this delightful romantic adventure set in the most beautiful cities of Europe. Tonio Costa... See full summary »

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Mario Lanza, Johanna von Koczian, Kurt Kasznar, Hans Söhnker

Votes: 210

German actress Johanna von Koczian played a young German woman, Christa, who happens to be deaf.

25. The Tingler (1959)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

6.7
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An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts

Votes: 5,775

Martha (played by Judith Evelyn), who is deaf and mute and a movie theatre owner's wife and used ASL.

26. El sordo (1959)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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Director: René Cardona | Stars: Antonio Espino, Irma Dorantes, Cesáreo Quezadas 'Pulgarcito', Lilia Guízar

Votes: 8

27. Johnny Belinda (1961 TV Movie)

125 min | Drama

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Director: Franz Josef Wild | Stars: Hellmut Lange, Violetta Ferrari, Carl Wery, Mila Kopp

Violetta Ferrari played a deaf-mute girl, Belinda McDonald based on the play of the same name by Elmer Blaney Harris.

28. The Miracle Worker (1962)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama

8.1
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The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson

Votes: 13,516

True story of a brave deaf and blind Helen Keller played by Patty Duke and her teacher of the deaf and blind, Anne Sullivan played by Anne Bancroft.

29. The Dumb Samyong (1964)

85 min | Drama

7.2
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Deaf Samryong works as a farmhand. He loves the landlord's daughter-in-law. This film describes his true love and humanity to resist old customs.

Director: Sang-ok Shin | Stars: Jin Kyu Kim, Eun-hie Choi, No-shik Park, Do Kum-Bong

Votes: 17

A South Korean remake film of 1929's Beongeoli Sam-Ryong in the same short story. Kim Jin-kyu played as a deaf farmhand who's in love with the landlord's daughter-in-law.

30. The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

Unrated | 84 min | Horror

6.1
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Penniless, Baron Frankenstein, accompanied by his eager assistant Hans, arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad, vowing to continue his experiments in the creation of life. ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamont, Sandor Elès

Votes: 2,796

Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) and Hans (Sandor Elès) nearly run over Rena the Begger Girl (played by Katy Wild), a wild haired, deaf-mute young woman, who is being accosted by a couple of thugs.

31. Vision On (1965–1976)

30 min | Family

8.3
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A show presenting art projects and pantomime performances oriented for a hearing impaired youth audience.

Stars: Pat Keysell, Rex Hays, Ralph Thompson, Robin Pitman

Votes: 53

English actress Pat Keysell, who is fluent in British Sign Language (BSL) taught deaf children in this British children's television programmee.

32. The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

8.1
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A carpenter in the Nazi-occupied Slovak State is appointed Aryan controller of a Jewish widow's store.

Directors: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos | Stars: Ida Kaminska, Jozef Kroner, Hana Slivková, Martin Hollý

Votes: 6,728

Polish-Jewish actress Ida Kamińska played as an old, near-deaf Jewish woman and owner of the sewing notion store.

33. Who's Minding the Mint? (1967)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy

7.1
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A mint worker accidentally destroys some money and decides to break in and reprint it, but find he has some unwanted partners.

Director: Howard Morris | Stars: Jim Hutton, Dorothy Provine, Milton Berle, Joey Bishop

Votes: 834

34. Johnny Belinda (1967 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

7.6
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In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor's efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Mia Farrow, Ian Bannen, David Carradine, Barry Sullivan

Votes: 18

Mia Farrow played as a deaf-mute girl, Belinda McDonald based on the play of the same name by Elmer Blaney Harris.

35. Psych-Out (1968)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

6.0
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A deaf runaway arrives in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury hippie district looking for her missing brother.

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern

Votes: 1,967

Susan Strasberg played as Jenny, a deaf runaway who can only understand others through lip reading.

36. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)

G | 123 min | Drama

7.7
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When deaf mute Singer moves to a small city to be near his only friend confined in a hospital, he grows attached to his landlady's sensitive 16-year-old daughter.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Chuck McCann, Peter Mamakos

Votes: 2,961

Alan Arkin played a deaf-mute John Singer with use ASL.

37. Priya (I) (1970)

152 min

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Director: Madhu | Stars: Adoor Bhasi, Madhu, Sukumari

38. Helen Keller and Her Teacher (1970)

Drama

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Director: Noah Keen | Stars: Noah Keen, Barboura Morris, Peri Weinstein, Patricia Smith

Votes: 11

More true story of a brave deaf and blind Helen Keller played by Peri Weinstein and her teacher of the deaf and blind, Anne Sullivan played by Barboura Morris.

39. Hoa Binh (1970)

GP | 93 min | Drama

6.6
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A small Vietnamese boy grows up during the horrors and hardships of The Vietnam War era.

Director: Raoul Coutard | Stars: Phi Lan, Huynh Cazenas, Le Quynh, Marcel Lan Phuong

Votes: 44

40. The Wild Child (1970)

G | 83 min | Drama

7.6
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In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who cannot walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: François Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Cargol, Françoise Seigner, Jean Dasté

Votes: 6,410 | Gross: $0.06M

41. Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

8.0
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Through examining Fini Straubinger, an old woman who has been deaf and blind since adolescence, and her work on behalf of other deaf and blind people, this film shows how the deaf and blind... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Fini Straubinger, M. Baaske, Elsa Fehrer, Heinrich Fleischmann

Votes: 2,030

A West German film documentary film about the story of Fini Straubinger, a deaf-blind German woman.

42. Deaf Mute Heroine (1971)

84 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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A bounty hunter who makes her living hunting outlaws finds herself the one being hunted when a psychopathic princess wants her dead.

Director: Wu Ma | Stars: Helen Ma, Ching Tang, Chok Chow Cheung, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung

Votes: 48

AKA Deaf Mute Heroine. Hong Kong actress Helen Ma played as the title role, a swordswoman, who can neither hear nor speak leaves with a bag of pearls after slashing a group of evil men.

43. Koshish (1972)

125 min | Drama

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Romantic drama spaning nearly 20 years involving a deaf-mute couple, Haricharian and Aarti. Deaf and dumb bicycle messenger Haricharian meets equally deaf Aarti, and persuades her to go to ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri, Asrani, Seema Deo

Votes: 1,168

An Indian drama film about a deaf and mute couple (played by Indian actor Sanjeev Kumar and actress Jaya Bhaduri) and their conflicts, pain and struggle to carve out a niche for themselves in a desensitized society. They used in Indo-Pakistani Sign Language.

44. Églantine (1972)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

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Director: Jean-Claude Brialy | Stars: Valentine Tessier, Claude Dauphin, Odile Versois, Micheline Luccioni

Votes: 29

45. Maxie (1973)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

3.2
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A mute young girl finds out that a butcher is using his store as a front for murder.

Director: Paulmichel Mielche | Stars: K.T. Baumann, Morgan Upton, Ford Clay, Robert Walden

Votes: 94

K.T. Baumann played as Maxie, a deaf-mute young girl, who finds out that a butcher is using his store as a front for murder.

46. Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1973)

PG | 91 min | Western

6.2
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Set in 1830's Texas just after the Republic won its independence from Mexico. The Republic's future is in doubt, with various factions and foreign powers hoping to sway matters to their own... See full summary »

Director: Paolo Cavara | Stars: Franco Nero, Anthony Quinn, Pamela Tiffin, Ira von Fürstenberg

Votes: 532

AKA Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears.

47. Silence (1974)

G | 88 min | Drama, Family

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Barbara and Al adopt Eric, who is deaf and mute, and take him camping in Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Eric becomes lost and is found by a hermit named Crazy Jack, who teaches him how to survive in the woods.

Director: John Korty | Stars: Will Geer, Ellen Geer, Richard Kelton, Ian Geer Flanders

Votes: 19

Eric (played by Ian Geer Flanders), a deaf boy, who is lost in the wilderness is a Crazy Jack (played by Will Geer) family affair.

48. The Towering Inferno (1974)

PG | 165 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway

Votes: 33,075 | Gross: $116.00M

Actress Carol McEvoy played as Mrs. Allbright, a deaf and mother of two hearing children, Angela (Carlena Gower) and Phillip (Mike Lookinland). She used ASL to communicate with Lisolette (Jennifer Jones) and her daughter interpreted for her.

49. Deafula (1975)

95 min | Horror

6.1
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A theology student finds himself turning into a vampire and hunting other students for their blood.

Director: Peter Wolf | Stars: Peter Wolf, James Randall, Lee Darel, Dudley Hemstreet

Votes: 64

A classic horror movie completely in ASL for Deafies without the captioned. The actors are all hearing who learned to use ASL for their actings.

50. Nashville (1975)

R | 160 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
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Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Shelley Duvall

Votes: 19,486 | Gross: $9.98M

Linnea and Del Reese (Lily Tomlin and Ned Beatty) are having communication problems with their two deaf children (played by James Dan Calvert and Donna Denton). The children used ASL.

51. Tommy (1975)

PG | 111 min | Drama, Musical

6.6
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A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Elton John

Votes: 16,649 | Gross: $34.25M

Roger Daltrey played as the title role who was born and raised in post-WWII England grows up seemingly deaf and mute due to a traumatic experience in his youth. He eventually gains fame as a pinball champion, is billed as a messiah and attempts to lead a religious sect.

52. The Sound of Love (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 77 min

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A romance about two people who are both disabled. Racing car driver Dave and street-girl Eileen fall in love after he has a car accident. Made as part of a South Australian Film Corporation... See full summary »

Director: John Power | Stars: John Jarratt, Celia De Burgh, George Ogilvie, John Beynham

Votes: 10

An Australian TV movie about a young car mechanic, David (played by John Jarratt), becomes deaf after the motor sport accident and falls in love with a deaf-mute small-time pickpocket and drifter, Eileen (played by Celia de Burgh).

53. Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

7.5
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A documentary that follows Dr. Penny Patterson's current scientific study of Koko, a gorilla who communicates through American Sign Language.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Koko, Penny Patterson, Saul Kitchener, Carl Pribram

Votes: 572

French documentary focuses on Dr. Francine 'Penny' Patterson and her work with Koko, the gorilla Patterson claims to have taught to communicate with humans using symbols taken from American Sign Language.

54. Dummy (1979 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

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A deaf and dumb young man is accused of murdering a prostitute and defended by a deaf lawyer.

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Paul Sorvino, LeVar Burton, Brian Dennehy, Rose Gregorio

Votes: 160

LeVar Burton played as Donald Lang, a real-life African-American deaf-mute teenager, who is accused of killing a prostitute and he was unable to read or write, and did not know lip-reading or sign language. He was represented the case by a deaf attorney Lowell J. Myers (played by Paul Sorvino).

55. The Miracle Worker (1979 TV Movie)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama

7.3
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Devoted teacher Anne Sullivan leads deaf and blind Helen Keller into the light of learnedness.

Director: Paul Aaron | Stars: Patty Duke, Diana Muldaur, Charles Siebert, Anne Seymour

Votes: 422

True story of a brave deaf and blind Helen Keller played by Melissa Gilbert and her teacher of the blind-deaf Anne Sullivan played by Patty Duke (she played Helen Keller in 1962 feature film).

56. Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story (1979 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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Based on the life of Kitty O'Neil, a young girl who overcame her deafness to become one of the top stuntwomen in Hollywood, and the holder of the women's land-speed record for driving a rocket-powered racing car.

Director: Lou Antonio | Stars: Stockard Channing, James Farentino, Colleen Dewhurst, Edward Albert

Votes: 60

True story of an American former stuntwoman and racer who became deaf when she was four months old played by Stockard Channing.

57. ...And Your Name Is Jonah (1979 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama

7.0
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A couple whose son had been diagnosed as intellectually disabled, and was institutionalized, are shocked to discover that the diagnosis was wrong, and that their son is deaf, not intellectually disabled.

Director: Richard Michaels | Stars: Sally Struthers, James Woods, Randee Heller, Titos Vandis

Votes: 298

Jeffrey Bravin, a deaf former child actor, played as a lonely deaf child who has been misdiagnosed as retarded.

58. Voices (1979)

PG | 106 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.9
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A young man meets a deaf teacher and finds she is a great dancer. He encourages her to follow her dream of becoming a professionaL dancer.

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Michael Ontkean, Amy Irving, Alex Rocco, Barry Miller

Votes: 224 | Gross: $0.03M

Actress Amy Irving played as a young deaf woman and teacher of deaf children who dreams of becoming a dancer is not supported by her mother. She used her ASL.

59. Resurrection (1980)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.4
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Edna Mae Macaulay experiences the afterlife for a brief time after a car accident that kills her husband. As she begins her long process of physical healing, she discovers that she has the ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom

Votes: 2,329 | Gross: $3.91M

60. Neumi (1980)

100 min

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A deaf woman boarding with an elderly laborer suffers many hardships upon the latter's death. The old man's son offers to care for her, but she feels she must leave in order to protect the young man's reputation.

Director: Ki-young Kim | Stars: Mi-hee Chang, Myeong-jung Ha, Il-seob Baek, Mi-hye Kwon

South Korean actress played as the title role who works at a brick factory and she used Korean Sign Language (KSL).

61. Eyes of a Stranger (1981)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

5.9
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A reporter suspects a creepy neighbor, who lives in the high-rise building across from hers, is a serial killer terrorizing the Miami area.

Director: Ken Wiederhorn | Stars: Lauren Tewes, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John DiSanti, Peter DuPre

Votes: 1,528 | Gross: $1.12M

62. See What I Say (1981)

Documentary, Short

8.2
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This film features interviews with a number of hearing-impaired women (no men), often in their homes, where the lighting is unusually dark.

Votes: 5

A short documentary film about hearing-impaired women who discuss their use of sign language (ASL).

63. Amy (1981)

G | 100 min | Family, Drama

6.7
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A woman leaves her husband after the death of her child to teach deaf children how to speak. Her own child was deaf and although she has no formal training she successfully teaches one boy.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Jenny Agutter, Barry Newman, Kathleen Nolan, Chris Robinson

Votes: 203

Amy (Jenny Agutter), a teacher teaches deaf and blind students how to speak.

64. La surditude (1981)

85 min | Documentary

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This film acquaints its audience with the problems connected with impaired hearing: communication, education, social integration, jobs. It shows how many of these problems can be surmounted... See full summary »

Director: Yves Dion | Star: Michèle Magny

AKA To Be Deaf. This film acquaints its audience with the problems connected with impaired hearing: communication, education, social integration, jobs in Canada.

65. Madhouse (1981)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

5.6
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A woman is pursued by her taunting, murderous, sadistic, psychopathic twin sister and her relentless demonic Rottweiler on a killing spree.

Director: Ovidio G. Assonitis | Stars: Trish Everly, Michael MacRae, Dennis Robertson, Morgan Most

Votes: 739

AKA Madhouse. Actress Trish Everly played as a young schoolteacher for deaf children and used ASL to communicate each other.

66. See Hear (1981– )

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The weekly magazine programme for deaf and hard of hearing people, produced in sign language with open subtitles.

Stars: Jean Breeze, Martin Colville, Joseph Taylor, Maggie Woolley

A monthly magazine programme for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the United Kingdom, broadcast on Wednesday mornings. The programme focuses on the British and the worldwide deaf community and covers a broad range of topics from areas such as education, deaf people's rights, technology and language. The programme is presented entirely in BSL and is broadcast with voice-over and subtitles in English. Using these methods allow not only deaf, but also hearing people learning sign language to understand the programme, too.

67. A Single Light (1981 TV Movie)

Drama

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Director: Karl Epstein | Stars: Nia Peeples, William Atherton, Paul Eiding, W.H. Cherry

Votes: 5

Nia Peeples played a deaf girl.

68. Johnny Belinda (1982 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

6.5
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Director: Anthony Page | Stars: Richard Thomas, Rosanna Arquette, Dennis Quaid, Candy Clark

Votes: 171

Rosanna Arquette played a deaf-mute girl, Belinda McDonald based on the play of the same name by Elmer Blaney Harris.

69. Tin Man (1983)

PG | 89 min | Drama

6.1
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A young man, born deaf, invents a computer so he can hear and speak with others.

Director: John G. Thomas | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Deana Jurgens, John Phillip Law, Troy Donahue

Votes: 74

Timothy Bottoms played as a young auto mechanic, born deaf, invents a computer so he can hear and speak with others.

70. Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Family, Fantasy

8.4
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As the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes, Big Bird decides to leave his Sesame Street friends behind in search of Snuffy. Once locked inside for the night, educational hilarity ensues as ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson

Votes: 187

Deaf American actress Linda Bove played the part of Linda the Librarian from the children's television program Sesame Street.

71. Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (1984 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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Set in 1898, Cambridge, Massachusetts, depicts Annie Sullivan Macy supporting her student Helen Keller at Radcliffe College.

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Blythe Danner, Mare Winningham, Perry King, Vera Miles

Votes: 118

A semisequel to the 1979 TV movie version of The Miracle Worker about the continue life of Helen Keller (Mare Winningham) and her teacher and companion, Anne Sullivan (Blythe Danner).

72. Höhenfeuer (1985)

R | 119 min | Drama

7.2
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A year on an Alpine farm: an older couple have two children, Belli, who wanted to be a teacher, and the younger Franzi, deaf, and although he works like a man, child-like. Belli teaches him... See full summary »

Director: Fredi M. Murer | Stars: Thomas Nock, Johanna Lier, Dorothea Moritz, Rolf Illig

Votes: 637

Switzerland film with Thomas Nock played a deaf boy who works like a man, child-like.

73. Follow That Bird (1985)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.7
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Big Bird is sent to live far from Sesame Street by a pesky social worker. Unhappy, Big Bird runs away from his foster home, prompting the rest of the Sesame Street gang to go on a cross-country journey to find him.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

Votes: 3,857

Deaf American actress Linda Bove played the part of Linda the Librarian from the children's television program Sesame Street.

74. A Summer to Remember (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Comedy

7.1
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Silent since losing his hearing to meningitis, young Toby Wyler takes a bitter stance against the world and his family, refusing to accept his new stepfather. But when a highly trained ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Michael Lewis | Stars: James Farentino, Louise Fletcher, Tess Harper, Bridgette Andersen

Votes: 105

A bitter deaf boy (real-life deaf actor Sean Gerlis) befriended by signing chimp with use ASL.

75. Love Is Never Silent (1985 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

8.1
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Margaret Ryder has always looked after her deaf parents, Janice and Abel. Long the only contact her folks have had with the speaking world, Margaret struggles with whether she should strike... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Mare Winningham, Cloris Leachman, Sid Caesar, Phyllis Frelich

Votes: 241

Deaf actors Phyllis Frelich and Ed Waterstreet played as Margaret Ryder's (Mare Winningham) deaf parents.

76. Deaf (1986)

164 min | Documentary

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Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 32

A documentary film about the School for the Deaf at the Alabama Institute is organized around a theory of total communication i.e. the use of signs and finger spelling in conjunction with speech, hearing aids, lip reading, gestures and the written word. They used ASL.

77. Children of a Lesser God (1986)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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A new speech teacher at a school for the deaf falls in love with the janitor, a deaf woman speechless by choice.

Director: Randa Haines | Stars: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco

Votes: 12,714 | Gross: $31.85M

Deaf American actress Marlee Matlin's debut feature film. This film is notable for being the first since the 1926 silent film You'd Be Surprised to feature a deaf actor in a major role.

78. Le sourd dans la ville (1987)

97 min | Drama

6.5
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A middle-aged woman is abandoned by her wealthy husband and moves into a cheap, dilapidated hotel where she develops relationships with the eternally optimistic owner and her deaf and terminally ill child.

Director: Mireille Dansereau | Stars: Angèle Coutu, Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Sophie Léger, Han Masson

Votes: 11

AKA Deaf to the City. Quebec actor Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge played as a deaf and terminally ill child of a middle-aged woman (Béatrice Picard).

79. Crazy Moon (1987)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A rich young kleptomaniac and a deaf store worker form a relationship after an ordeal with a stolen mannequin.

Director: Allan Eastman | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Vanessa Vaughan, Peter Spence, Ken Pogue

Votes: 537

Real-life deaf actress Vanessa Vaughan played Ann, a deaf female employee from a clothes store where Brooks (Kiefer Sutherland) steals a mannequin and he falls in love with her.

80. Walker (1987)

R | 94 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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An unconventional retelling of the life of William Walker, a 19th century American mercenary leader who became the president of Nicaragua.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Ed Harris, Richard Masur, Rene Auberjonois, Keith Szarabajka

Votes: 2,737 | Gross: $0.26M

Marlee Matlin played as William Walker's (Ed Harris) deaf fianceé with used ASL for only 10 minutes.

81. Suspect (1987)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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A legal team defending a homeless, mute man of murder, find a web of corruption that may have dangerous implications.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson, John Mahoney

Votes: 7,767 | Gross: $18.78M

Liam Neeson played a homeless, deaf-mute Vietnam veteran accused of murdering a file clerk at the Justice Department.

82. Beauty and the Beast (1987–1990)

60 min | Crime, Fantasy, Drama

7.1
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The adventures and romance of a sensitive and cultured lion-man and a crusading assistant district attorney in Manhattan, New York City.

Stars: Ron Perlman, Roy Dotrice, Jay Acovone, Linda Hamilton

Votes: 5,086

Real-life deaf actress Terrylene played as a deaf girl Laura Williams who supports Vincent known as "The Beast" after he saved her life. She appeared in 4 episodes.

83. La brute (1987)

90 min | Drama

4.4
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Based on Guy Des Cars novel La Brute. A Deaf and blind young boy is accused of commiting a brutal murder.

Director: Claude Guillemot | Stars: Xavier Deluc, Assumpta Serna, Jean Carmet, Rosette

Votes: 28

French actor Xavier Deluc played as a blind-deaf-mute man who is accused of murdering his wife's lover.

84. Captain Johnno (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Family

6.9
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A deaf boy befriends an Italian fisherman in his village.

Director: Mario Andreacchio | Stars: John Waters, Damien Walters, Rebecca Sykes, Michele Fawdon

Votes: 58

Australian young unknown actor Damien Walters played as a ten-year-old with a hearing impairment title role and he used Auslan to communicate with his family.

85. Bridge to Silence (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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John and Peg are both deaf and they have a six year old daughter, Lisa. On their way to Peg's parents they have a car accident and John is killed. Peg has a nervous breakdown and Peg's ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Lee Remick, Marlee Matlin, Michael O'Keefe, Candace Brecker

Votes: 186

Based on the Broadway that Marlee Matlin also played the role as a deaf widow and mother of a six-year-old hearing daughter in this TV movie.

86. See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

6.8
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Dave is deaf, and Wally is blind. They witness a murder, but it was Dave who was looking at her, and Wally who was listening.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 40,879 | Gross: $46.91M

Gene Wilder played Dave Lyons, a deaf guy who can read lips only.

87. Erreur de jeunesse (1989)

93 min | Drama

7.2
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Director: Radovan Tadic | Stars: Francis Frappat, Muni, Géraldine Danon, Patrick Bauchau

Votes: 42

88. A Scene at the Sea (1991)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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The lives of a young, hearing-impaired and gloomy couple are fulfilled after the boy holds interest in surfboarding.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Claude Maki, Hiroko Ôshima, Sabu Kawahara, Toshizo Fujiwara

Votes: 4,047

A Japanese romance film about the lives of a young, deaf and gloomy couple (played by Claude Maki and Hiroko Ôshima) are fulfilled after the deaf garbage collector (Maki) holds interest in surfboarding.

89. L'homme au masque d'or (1991)

Drama

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In San Luis de la Paz, a small and and very poor town in northern Mexico, the priest Father Victorio manages an orphanage with nearly 50 children. He does wrestling, disguised with a golden... See full summary »

Director: Éric Duret | Stars: Jean Reno, Marlee Matlin, Marc Duret, Luis de Icaza

Votes: 167

AKA The Man with the Golden Mask.

90. Wildflower (1991 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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An abused and partially deaf girl is helped back into society by two resourceful children.

Director: Diane Keaton | Stars: Beau Bridges, Susan Blakely, William McNamara, Reese Witherspoon

Votes: 1,023

Patricia Arquette played as Alice, an abused and partially deaf girl is helped back into society by two resourceful children.

91. The Linguini Incident (1991)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime

6.4
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Two disgruntled restaurant employees (David Bowie, Rosanna Arquette) decide to rob their employers (Buck Henry, Andre Gregory).

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: Rosanna Arquette, David Bowie, Eszter Balint, Andre Gregory

Votes: 1,029

Marlee Matlin played as Jeanette, a deaf colleague of Monte (David Bowie) and Lucy (Rosanna Arquette) in the restaurant.

92. High Heels (1991)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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51 Metascore

A girl's mother returns after 15 years to find her daughter has married one of her (the mother's) old boyfriends. They try to mend their broken mother/daughter relationship and deal with ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes, Miguel Bosé, Anna Lizaran

Votes: 11,209 | Gross: $1.71M

Isabel (played by Spanish actress Miriam Díaz Aroca), the Spanish sign language interpreter of Rebeca's (Victoria Abril) words on the TV news.

93. Grand Canyon (1991)

R | 134 min | Crime, Drama

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Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Steve Martin, Mary McDonnell

Votes: 13,390 | Gross: $33.24M

Marlee Matlin played brief as an uncredited role, a mother using ASL to communicate with her child as several youth are being sent off to camp. And Simon's (Danny Glover) daughter is deaf when he and her lover communicate to her on TTY (Telephone Typewriter).

94. Le pays des sourds (1992)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary

7.7
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With unerring curiousity and sensitivity, director Philbert portrays the difficulties and joys of being deaf, offering vivid portraits of people of all ages coping with and surmounting their challenges.

Director: Nicolas Philibert | Stars: Jean-Claude Poulain, Abou Bakar, Anh Tuan, Betty

Votes: 275

Focuses on the interrelationships between Deaf culture and language in France. Presented in French Sign Language (FSL).

95. Alexander Graham Bell: The Sound and the Silence (1991 TV Movie)

420 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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Director: John Kent Harrison | Stars: John Bach, Ian Bannen, Vanessa Vaughan, Brenda Fricker

Votes: 62

The true story of an inventor Alexander Graham Bell who instructed the deaf students to speak and avoided the use of ASL at a deaf school. Helen Keller (played by Rhondee Beriault), a deaf and blind woman, appeared brief as one of Bell's most famous pupils.

96. Hear No Evil (1993)

R | 97 min | Thriller

5.1
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Jillian Shanahan, a deaf woman, becomes the target of a ruthless and corrupt cop. The cop is looking for a stolen coin, which he plans to keep for himself. A journalist briefly acquires the... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Marlee Matlin, D.B. Sweeney, Martin Sheen, John C. McGinley

Votes: 927 | Gross: $5.68M

Marlee Matlin played Jillian Shanahan, a deaf woman, becomes the target of a ruthless and corrupt cop. She used ASL.

97. Reasonable Doubts (1991–1993)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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A drama about the working relationship between Assistant DA Tess Kaufman, a prosecutor sensitive to the rights of the accused, and hard-charging, gruff Detective Dicky Cobb, an old-fashioned cop with a "bust-the-perps" attitude.

Stars: Mark Harmon, Marlee Matlin, William Converse-Roberts, Tim Grimm

Votes: 299

Marlee Matlin played D.A. Tess Kaufman, who is deaf, with the assist to Chicago police detective Dicky Cobb (Mark Harmon) as her investigator because he is fluent in ASL.

98. Första kärleken (1992– )

25 min

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Stars: Linus Aaberg, Alexandra Royal, Johan Lilja, Christopher Luschan

Votes: 40

Young Swedish actress Alexandra Royal played as Anna, a deaf girl who used Swedish Sign Language (STS) being friend with a hearing boy, Daniel (played by Linus Åberg), who falls in love with her.

99. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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89 Metascore

A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin

Votes: 68,966 | Gross: $40.16M

American actress and Oscar winner Holly Hunter played as a mute Scotswoman and piano player Aba McGrath who expressed through her British Sign Language (BSL).

100. Picket Fences (1992–1996)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Family

7.8
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An aging Sheriff tries to keep the peace in a small town plagued by bizarre and violent crimes.

Stars: Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly, Costas Mandylor

Votes: 3,301

Marlee Matlin played as Laurie Bay, a deaf-mute former bank robber turned female mayor of Rome, Wisconsin, who used to communicate in ASL and lip-reading.