Autism films and series

by LouiseSN | created - 19 Apr 2015 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

A list of autism films and tv series. Some of the characters have autism, or autism features. I have not personally seen all of the movies or series, so I can't recommend all of them.

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1. 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: 23,753

2. 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: 17,541 | Gross: $0.00M

3. 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: 146,100

4. 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: 31,912 | Gross: $2.28M

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: 8,156 | Gross: $0.04M

6. 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: 430,428 | Gross: $172.83M

7. 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: 87,756 | Gross: $4.02M

8. 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: 11,609 | Gross: $0.03M

9. 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: 91,486 | Gross: $31.85M

10. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Andrews

Votes: 127,852 | Gross: $17.84M

11. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama

73 Metascore

After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally-disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother. This situation is suddenly challenged though, when love unexpectedly walks into his life.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 192,503 | Gross: $9.17M

12. 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: 133,519 | Gross: $40.31M

13. 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: 8,123 | Gross: $0.09M

14. 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: 124,012 | Gross: $80.01M

15. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 742,230 | Gross: $170.74M

16. 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: 61,095 | Gross: $32.94M

17. 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: 2,508 | Gross: $0.02M

18. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 193,194 | Gross: $10.10M

19. The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

66 Metascore

As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson

Votes: 82,727 | Gross: $9.08M

20. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin

Votes: 60,644 | Gross: $5.19M

21. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

71 Metascore

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 376,801 | Gross: $102.52M

22. Chocolate (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama

An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, Pongpat Wachirabunjong, Taphon Phopwandee

Votes: 16,231 | Gross: $0.01M

24. 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: 475

25. 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: 1,755

26. 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: 2,815

27. Superbror (2009)

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A young boy wishes he could improve his and his autistic big brother's life somehow. One day a magic remote falls from the skies and changes everything. But can the boy control such a powerful device?

Director: Birger Larsen | Stars: Lucas Odin Clorius, Viktor Kruse Palshøj, Andrea Reimer, Vibeke Ankjær

Votes: 196

28. 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: 319

29. 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

30. I rymden finns inga känslor (I) (2010)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A younger brother with Aspergers syndrome helps his older brother find a girlfriend.

Director: Andreas Öhman | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Martin Wallström, Cecilia Forss, Sofie Hamilton

Votes: 7,497

31. Roaming (2015)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Romance

A socially introverted game designer named William Borchert has barely left his house in years. Once reunited with Olivia, the girl he had loved since high school, he fights to live with ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ray Fox | Stars: Rhys Bevan-John, Christina Cuffari, Cory Bowles, Sarah D. McCarthy

Votes: 64

32. Oasis (2002)

133 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

An irresponsible and childish ex-con befriends a girl with cerebral palsy and develops a progressively stronger bond with her.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, So-Ri Moon, Nae-sang Ahn, Seung-wan Ryoo

Votes: 6,497

33. Maraton (2005)

117 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

An autistic boy discovers he has a talent for running and with the help of the mother participates in a major marathon.

Director: Yoon-chul Chung | Stars: Seung-woo Cho, Mi-suk Kim, Gi-yeong Lee, Sung-Hyun Baek

Votes: 2,018

34. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 592,499 | Gross: $91.13M

35. Burning Bright (2010)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A thriller centered on a young woman and her autistic little brother who are trapped in a house with a ravenous tiger during a hurricane.

Director: Carlos Brooks | Stars: Briana Evigan, Charlie Tahan, Garret Dillahunt, Meat Loaf

Votes: 5,688

36. Bless the Child (2000)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

17 Metascore

Cody, a little girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her aunt, a nurse, is kidnapped. The girl's guardian, aided by an F.B.I. agent, learn that Cody has supernatural abilities, and the abductees are a Satanic cult willing to do anything to gain them.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Rufus Sewell, Holliston Coleman

Votes: 13,081 | Gross: $29.37M

37. 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: 4,888 | Gross: $7.18M

38. 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: 2,402 | Gross: $0.32M

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: 2,114

40. 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: 3,230 | Gross: $3.18M

41. The Boys Next Door (1996 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Jack Palmer is a social worker whose job has taken precedence over his personal life. Mainly, his job is to help four mentally challenged men live regular lives in a home. They consist of: ... See full summary »

Director: John Erman | Stars: Nathan Lane, Robert Sean Leonard, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Jeter

Votes: 396

42. 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: 1,380

43. Silent Things (2010)

PG | 13 min | Short, Drama

An autistic man and woman's friendship becomes tested when a 15-year old girl comes between them.

Director: Rob Brown | Stars: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Georgia Groome, Andrew Scott

Votes: 285

44. Killer Diller (2004)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Music

A guitar playing car thief meets an autistic savant piano player, and together they transform a group of reluctant halfway house convicts into The Killer Diller Blues Band.

Director: Tricia Brock | Stars: Lucas Black, William Lee Scott, Fred Willard, John Michael Higgins

Votes: 369

45. The Candy Snatchers (1973)

R | 94 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

Abused mute autistic boy is the only one who can help a teenage heiress kidnapped, tortured, raped and buried alive by three young psychopathic criminals who want to extort some diamonds from her rich scummy stepfather.

Director: Guerdon Trueblood | Stars: Tiffany Bolling, Ben Piazza, Susan Sennett, Brad David

Votes: 964

46. 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: 540

47. 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: 170

48. Les diables (2002)

105 min | Drama

The siblings Joseph and Chloé are 12 and have just been placed on another children's home. For years they were on the same or separate homes or on the run together. Chloé is an autist. She ...