Autism on the screen

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1. The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.5
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An autistic boy who dreams of flying touches everyone he meets, including a new family who has moved in after their father dies.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Lucy Deakins, Jay Underwood, Bonnie Bedelia, Fred Savage

Votes: 4,690 | Gross: $7.18M

2. Snow Cake (2006)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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54 Metascore

A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Hampshire

Votes: 11,395 | Gross: $0.03M

3. Miracle Run (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Drama

7.6
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The social stigma and discrimination of autistic children is present in the movie Miracle Run. The life of Corrine Morgan-Thomas, the mother of autistic twins Stephen and Philip, changes ... See full summary »

Director: Gregg Champion | Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Aidan Quinn, Zac Efron, Bubba Lewis

Votes: 1,355

4. The Black Balloon (2008)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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68 Metascore

All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?

Director: Elissa Down | Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson

Votes: 7,921 | Gross: $0.09M

5. Mozart and the Whale (2005)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding relationship.

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Radha Mitchell, Gary Cole, Sheila Kelley

Votes: 7,964 | Gross: $0.04M

6. Adam (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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56 Metascore

Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.

Director: Max Mayer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving

Votes: 31,174 | Gross: $2.28M

7. Cries from the Heart (1994 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

6.6
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Michael, a young autistic boy who has trouble with verbalization but a real talent for technology, uses a computer to plead for help after being molested at his school.

Director: Michael Switzer | Stars: Patty Duke, Melissa Gilbert, Bradley Pierce, Markus Flanagan

Votes: 199

8. My Name Is Khan (2010)

PG-13 | 165 min | Drama

8.0
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50 Metascore

An Indian Muslim man with Asperger's syndrome takes a challenge to speak to the President seriously, and embarks on a cross-country journey.

Director: Karan Johar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Sheetal Menon, Katie A. Keane

Votes: 82,891 | Gross: $4.02M

9. Molly (1999)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.8
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21 Metascore

A bachelor becomes the unwilling guardian of his autistic, intellectually disabled sister; then an experimental treatment works a dramatic change in her brain and his attitude.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Aaron Eckhart, Jill Hennessy, Thomas Jane

Votes: 2,431 | Gross: $0.02M

10. Autism: The Musical (2007)

94 min | Documentary, Music

8.0
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Follows five autistic children as they work together to create and perform a live musical production.

Director: Tricia Regan | Stars: Hillary Aaron, Joe Aaron, Adam, Jordan Andrews

Votes: 631

11. Silent Fall (1994)

R | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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An autistic boy witnesses his parents' double murder. Richard Dreyfuss as a controversial therapist, seeks to probe the child's mind in order to solve the case.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Linda Hamilton, John Lithgow, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 3,143 | Gross: $3.18M

12. Mercury Rising (1998)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Shadowy elements in the NSA target a nine-year old autistic savant for death when he is able to decipher a top secret code.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Bruce Willis, Miko Hughes, Alec Baldwin, Chi McBride

Votes: 58,392 | Gross: $32.94M

13. David's Mother (1994 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 92 min | Drama

6.5
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A woman estranged from her husband and family insists on caring for her autistic son alone.

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Sam Waterston, Stockard Channing, Michael A. Goorjian

Votes: 245

14. I Am Sam (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama

7.6
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28 Metascore

A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

Director: Jessie Nelson | Stars: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 130,099 | Gross: $40.31M

15. The Other Sister (1999)

PG-13 | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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28 Metascore

A mentally challenged young woman seeks independence by obtaining her own apartment and attending college while her family plans her sister's wedding.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton, Giovanni Ribisi, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 10,963 | Gross: $27.80M

16. Rain Man (1988)

R | 133 min | Drama

8.0
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65 Metascore

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen

Votes: 414,415 | Gross: $172.83M

17. House of Cards (1993)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama

6.2
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A widow tries to find out why her daughter's strange behavior, a reaction to the death of her father, is progressively worsening.

Director: Michael Lessac | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Tommy Lee Jones, Asha Menina, Shiloh Strong

Votes: 2,326 | Gross: $0.32M

18. Fielder's Choice (2005 TV Movie)

85 min | Drama

5.7
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Phillip Fielder is a man who is struggling to rise up in his competitive career. Then his sister passes away leaving him custody of her 8 year old autistic son. Soon Fielder learns responsibilities of being a father.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Chad Lowe, Kesun Loder, Marin Hinkle, Bodhi Elfman

Votes: 239

19. After Thomas (2006 TV Movie)

93 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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A true story about a couple's struggles to meet the challenges of their son's autism.

Director: Simon Shore | Stars: Keeley Hawes, Ben Miles, Sheila Hancock, Andrew Byrne

Votes: 529

20. Under the Piano (1996 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama

6.7
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An autistic child growing up in the 1940's and 50's with a mother who is bitter because her fear of success has denied to herself a possible career in opera. This anger translates into an ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Scaini | Stars: Amanda Plummer, Megan Follows, Teresa Stratas, James Carroll

Votes: 167

21. Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama

8.3
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A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 22,432

22. Fly Away (2011)

TV-G | 85 min | Drama

6.2
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66 Metascore

The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter's future. As her child becomes an adult, what used to... See full summary »

Director: Janet Grillo | Stars: Beth Broderick, Ashley Rickards, Aramazd Stepanian, Promotion

Votes: 312

23. A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism (2009)

103 min | Documentary

7.4
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76 Metascore

The mother of an autistic child is determined not to accept the pessimistic prognosis for her son.

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson | Stars: Margrét Dagmar Ericsdóttir, David G. Amaral, Simon Baron-Cohen, David Crowe

Votes: 230 | Gross: $0.00M

24. Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

Director: Adam Elliot | Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries

Votes: 135,735

25. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

PG-13 | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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46 Metascore

A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow

Votes: 88,586 | Gross: $31.85M

26. God's Ears (2008)

117 min | Drama

7.8
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Noah Connelly is a boxer with a tireless opponent: Autism. But when he meets a dancer named Alexia, the two discover together that the toughest fight may be not be of the body, but of the heart.

Director: Michael Worth | Stars: Margot Farley, Michael Worth, John Saxon, Mitzi Kapture

Votes: 67

27. Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

7.4
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A young couple is overjoyed when they find out that, after having had two girls, the wife is pregnant again, and this time it will be a son. However, the boy turns out to autistic. Unhappy ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan | Stars: James Farentino, Kathryn Harrold, Stephen Elliott, Henry Olek

Votes: 160

28. The Horse Boy (2009)

Unrated | 93 min | Documentary

7.4
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64 Metascore

A writer documents the journey his family takes to Mongolia to consult with nomadic shamans on the healing of their autistic son.

Director: Michel Orion Scott | Stars: Rupert Isaacson, Kristin Neff, Rowan Isaacson, Kendal Stewart

Votes: 620 | Gross: $0.16M

29. Breaking and Entering (2006)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.5
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56 Metascore

A landscape architect's dealings with a young thief cause him to re-evaluate his life.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Jude Law, Robin Wright, Vera Farmiga, Martin Freeman

Votes: 20,743 | Gross: $0.93M

30. Dear John (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.3
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43 Metascore

A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas

Votes: 117,997 | Gross: $80.01M

31. The Story of Luke (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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57 Metascore

Sheltered by his grandparents, Luke, a young man with autism, is thrust into a world that doesn't expect anything from him. But Luke is on a quest for a job and true love. And he isn't taking no for an answer.

Director: Alonso Mayo | Stars: Lou Taylor Pucci, Jayne Eastwood, Pam Hyatt, Cary Elwes

Votes: 2,758

32. The Big Bang Theory (2007– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg

Votes: 589,699

33. Parenthood (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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The lives and tragedies of the Braverman family tree.

Stars: Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter

Votes: 26,226