Top 'Special Needs' Flicksby Hello-Beautiful | created - 11 Feb 2013 | updated - 04 Sep 2013 | Public
Movies focused on the challenges & perseverance found in having Special needs, being developmentally challenged, victims of trauma, tourette’s syndrome, being deaf etc.
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1. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,439,175 | Gross: $330.25M
A slightly mentally challenged man has an extraordinary life & long awaited happy ending.
2. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
PG-13 | 118 min | Drama
After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life.
Votes: 186,114 | Gross: $9.17M
Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie whom has special needs and his chronically obese mother, which gets in the way when he seeks to have a love life.
3. I Am Sam (2001)
PG-13 | 132 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 130,218 | Gross: $40.31M
A mentally handicapped man fights for the custody of his 7-year-old daughter with the help of a reluctant pro bono lawyer.
4. Speak (2004)
PG-13 | 89 min | Drama
After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak.
After a horrible, but blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school as a selective mute.
5. Rain Man (1988)
R | 133 min | Drama
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Votes: 414,954 | Gross: $172.83M
A touching drama about an autistic savant whose late father has left him $3 million in a trust & a materialistic younger brother.
6. Radio (2003)
PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.
Votes: 34,260 | Gross: $52.28M
The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man whom he took under his wing.
7. Of Mice and Men (1992)
PG-13 | 115 min | Drama
Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Votes: 34,812 | Gross: $5.10M
Lenny & George find themselves unemployed in Depression-era California, unable to keep jobs because of Lennie’s developmental disability that makes him somewhat childlike.
8. Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
PG | 143 min | Drama, Music
A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.
Votes: 31,959 | Gross: $82.57M
A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher after he learns his only son is deaf.
9. Adam (I) (2009)
PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Romance
Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.
Votes: 31,191 | Gross: $2.28M
Adam is not a typical romantic comedy. The death of his father leaves Adam living alone in the apartment they shared. He struggles with trying to express his attraction to his pretty downstairs neighbor, but faces challenges...as he has Asperger’s Syndrome.
10. Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama
Confounded by her clashes with the seemingly rule-obsessed world, a troubled young girl seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher.
Votes: 6,989 | Gross: $0.07M
Phoebe clashes with the seemingly rule-obsessed world, which is made worse by her early onset of tourette’s syndrome
11. The Sessions (2012)
R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.
Votes: 38,392 | Gross: $6.00M
Paralyzed & in an iron lung, Mark O'Brien hires a sex therapist & seeks the counsel of his unorthodox priest
12. 50/50 (2011)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
Votes: 288,701 | Gross: $35.01M
The ups & downs of the life of a 20-something with a rare form of cancer
13. Proof (2005)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Mystery
The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students, who wants to search through his papers, and her estranged sister, who shows up to help settle his affairs.
Votes: 39,002 | Gross: $7.52M
All about inheriting insanity & brilliance.
14. Personal Effects (2009)
R | 106 min | Drama
Walter, 24, is a wrestler, competing for a spot on the national team when he learns of his sister's brutal death. He comes home to help his mother; he works out, takes a dead-end job, and ... See full summary »
A deaf boy who underwent a traumatic & life altering change finds an outlet in wrestling, while his mother seeks out a support group & new love
15. Reign Over Me (2007)
R | 124 min | Drama
A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
Votes: 87,560 | Gross: $19.66M
A quirky look at a devastated man rebuilding & trying to live life with severe PTSD.
16. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
PG-13 | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 88,698 | Gross: $31.85M
A 9 year old boy, who has amazing talent as an amateur inventor, seeks clues left behind from his father. His social anxiety caused by Aspergers syndrome makes his travels across New York City a frightening & challenging adventure.
17. Martian Child (2007)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A science-fiction writer, recently widowed, considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially rejected boy who says he's really from Mars.
Votes: 18,377 | Gross: $7.49M
18. Ray (I) (2004)
PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.
Votes: 120,178 | Gross: $75.33M