Autism in the movies

by weebo1980 | created - 15 Mar 2011 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

a list of films that have the subject of autistic spectrum disorder.

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1. The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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: 4,862 | Gross: $7.18M

2. Snow Cake (2006)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

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: 11,588 | Gross: $0.03M

3. Miracle Run (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Drama

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: 1,376

4. The Black Balloon (2008)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance

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: 8,110 | Gross: $0.09M

5. Mozart and the Whale (2005)

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

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: 8,133 | Gross: $0.04M

6. Adam (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 31,838 | Gross: $2.28M

7. Cries from the Heart (1994 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

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: 207

8. My Name Is Khan (2010)

PG-13 | 165 min | Drama

50 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 87,310 | Gross: $4.02M

9. Dear John (I) (2010)

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

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: 123,442 | Gross: $80.01M

10. Molly (1999)

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

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: 2,501 | Gross: $0.02M

11. Autism: The Musical (2007)

94 min | Documentary, Music

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: 636

12. Silent Fall (1994)

R | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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: 3,220 | Gross: $3.18M

13. Mercury Rising (1998)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

37 Metascore

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: 60,845 | Gross: $32.94M

14. David's Mother (1994 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 92 min | Drama

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: 254

15. I Am Sam (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama

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: 133,228 | Gross: $40.31M

16. The Other Sister (1999)

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

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: 11,171 | Gross: $27.80M

After receiving a well-earned certification from a sheltered boarding school, Carla Tate (Juliette Lewis), an ambitious and mildly mentally challenged young woman, returns home to her over-protective mother Elizabeth (Diane Keaton). Elizabeth seems to act as if she is embarrassed about her daughter's disability. During family discussions, Elizabeth adopts an uneasy attitude. Her wisdom-hard-won father Radley ( Tom Skerritt) is a dentist and (former alcoholic). Carla's ambition is to seek more independence from her family by earning a diploma from a trade school. When Carla meets another mentally challenged student, Daniel McMann (Giovanni Ribisi), they become friends and soon fall in love. Envying Danny's freedom, Carla convinces her parents she is capable of living on her own and moves into her own apartment. After a time, Carla and Danny become sexually active together.

17. Rain Man (1988)

R | 133 min | Drama

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: 429,023 | Gross: $172.83M

18. House of Cards (1993)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama

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: 2,394 | Gross: $0.32M

19. Fielder's Choice (2005 TV Movie)

85 min | Drama

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: 243

20. After Thomas (2006 TV Movie)

93 min | Biography, Drama

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: 539

21. Nell (1994)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama

In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Richard Libertini

Votes: 25,036 | Gross: $33.68M

22. The Wizard (1989)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A boy and his brother run away from home and hitch cross country with the help of a girl they meet to compete in the ultimate video game championship.

Director: Todd Holland | Stars: Fred Savage, Luke Edwards, Jenny Lewis, Vince Trankina

Votes: 12,032 | Gross: $14.28M

23. Under the Piano (1996 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama

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: 170

24. Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama

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: 23,640

25. Fly Away (2011)

TV-G | 85 min | Drama

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: 317

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

TV-G | 103 min | Documentary

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: 233 | Gross: $0.00M

27. Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

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: 145,445

28. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

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

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: 91,256 | Gross: $31.85M

29. A Mile in His Shoes (2011 TV Movie)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Mickey Tussler, an autistic pitcher, joins a minor-league baseball team and has a profound effect on the team and manager Arthur "Murph" Murphy over the course of a season.

Director: William Dear | Stars: Luke Schroder, Dean Cain, George Canyon, Chilton Crane

Votes: 476

30. God's Ears (2008)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

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

31. Breaking and Entering (2006)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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: 21,035 | Gross: $0.93M

32. The Horse Boy (2009)

Unrated | 93 min | Documentary

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: 635 | Gross: $0.16M

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

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

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: 169

34. Joyful Noise (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

44 Metascore

G.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir's newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group's direction as they head into a national competition.

Director: Todd Graff | Stars: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan

Votes: 7,372 | Gross: $30.92M

35. The Story of Luke (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 2,809

36. Alphas (2011–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Alphas is a science fiction drama focusing on a team that investigates people with supernatural abilities.

Stars: David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada

Votes: 25,914

37. Parenthood (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

The lives and tragedies of the Braverman family tree.

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

Votes: 27,267

38. Touch (2012–2013)

43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A widower struggling to raise his emotionally challenged son discovers that he can predict events before they happen.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, David Mazouz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lukas Haas

Votes: 40,250

39. Ocean Heaven (2010)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

Explores the subject of parental love and autism in kids.

Director: Xiaolu Xue | Stars: Jet Li, Zhang Wen, Lun-Mei Kwei, Yuanyuan Zhu

Votes: 2,108

40. White Frog (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Twilight's Booboo Stewart plays a neglected teen trying to make it through each day after tragedy strikes.

Director: Quentin Lee | Stars: Booboo Stewart, Harry Shum Jr., Joan Chen, BD Wong

Votes: 1,746

41. Ben X (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.

Director: Nic Balthazar | Stars: Marijke Pinoy, Greg Timmermans, Cesar De Sutter, Gilles De Schryver

Votes: 17,497 | Gross: $0.00M

42. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

86 Metascore

The story of an autistic youth named Ricky who, after a particularly difficult day at school, escapes into the subways. It's here that he starts his real journey, on a days-long voyage of ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Fleischner | Stars: Jesus Sanchez-Velez, Andrea Suarez Paz, Azul Zorrilla, Tenoch Huerta

Votes: 418

43. A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

Director: Morgan Matthews | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan

Votes: 24,411 | Gross: $0.14M

44. I Am Me (2015)

74 min | Drama, Family

'I Am Me' tells the story of 24 year old Charlie, a young man with a learning disability and autism. Charlie loves gardening and books but hates shouting and graffiti. The story begins as ... See full summary »

Director: Jenni Mason | Stars: Daniel Cameron, Alan Orr, Angela Moore, Dani Heron

Votes: 68

46. A Boy Called Po (2016)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

47 Metascore

After his wife dies of cancer, an overworked engineer struggles to care for his son with autism. His son in response to bullying regresses into a fantasy world escape.

Director: John Asher | Stars: Christopher Gorham, Julian Feder, Kaitlin Doubleday, Andrew Bowen

Votes: 625 | Gross: $1.55M

47. Life, Animated (2016)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.

Director: Roger Ross Williams | Stars: Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Rosenblatt, Owen Suskind

Votes: 4,741 | Gross: $0.24M

48. Journey of the Heart (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Music

Janice is the subject of the town gossips for four reasons: she wears too much lipstick, her hair is too big, she is a single-mother and her two children are strange. Ray (6) is a ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Stephen Lang, Blake Heron, Cassidy Rae

Votes: 177

49. The A Word (2016– )

60 min | Drama

The Hughes family work and love and fight like every other family. Then, their youngest son is diagnosed with autism and they don't feel like every other family anymore.

Stars: Max Vento, Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie, Christopher Eccleston

Votes: 1,295