Top Movies About People With Disabilities That Will Inspire You
Published February 19th, 2020
Movies are not always about entertainment. They can also be a powerful tool to educate, enlighten, and inspire us. When we watch people overcome hardships and achieve their dreams despite adversities, their courage and determination can be genuinely empowering.
There are many films about physical limitations and other disabilities. And these stories are what make us viewers more understanding, compassionate, and more aware of other’s disabilities.
If you are looking for movies about people with disabilities that illustrate the power of hope and perseverance, here are the films that will surely inspire you.
I Am Sam
I Am Sam is a story about a mentally unstable single-dad, Sam, who’s raising his seven-year-old daughter, Lucy, on his own. Although they receive enough support and help from his friends, their happy home is threatened when Social Services begin to question Sam’s capacity for raising a child.
Even though the main character here in the story is intellectually incapacitated, this emotional tale of disability will show you the value of love, family, and courage.
The Theory of Everything
Based on a memoir written by Jane Hawking, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen,” The Theory of Everything tells the true-to-life story of the writer’s life with her now-deceased ex-husband, a famous physicist, who was battling with a Motor-Neuron disease.
Stephen Hawking was a well-known physicist who developed several theories about the origin of the universe and black holes. At the peak of his career, he was diagnosed with ALS, a disease where the muscles lose its function. Stephen became paralyzed from the neck down.
The film will teach you that you can still live a life full of love and a successful career despite physical challenges. With the right support and determination, anyone can do anything despite having such a cruel disease that strips away one’s ability to live independently.
Breathe is another true to life story of a twenty-eight-year-old man, Robin Cavendish, who became paralyzed after contracting Polio. Back in the day, people with disabilities were not expected to achieve anything in life, nor even expected to live for very long. But, with the help of his wife and friends, he lived a fulfilling life and became an advocate for improving the lives of those who are paralyzed because of Polio.
Yet, here’s another non-fictional story that will remind us of how much we have to hold on to our hope and draw strength from our love for our children.
Miracle Run is about a single mother, Corrine, who learns that her two sons are diagnosed with Autism. Corrine struggles with battling the unjust system and its lack of services. And although her life circles around with people who think that her boys would never amount to anything, she worked hard until her sons grown into men that lead a happy life.
The Elephant Man
Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man is about a 19th century Londoner man with a heavily deformed face who suffered years of mistreatment and abuse in a society that viewed him as a freak. Unable to do a regular job, he worked in a carnival and was called the “Elephant Man.” He was assumed to be retarded until a doctor discovered about him and learned that Joseph is, in fact, a highly intellectual man, who chooses to be kind to everyone despite being treated like a freak.
This film will show you that sometimes, the strangest of people are the ones who have a heart of gold.
Wonder is a fictional story about a ten-year-old boy born with facial differences. His facial deformity has prevented him from living a normal life. But when he decided to go to school like a regular kid, Auggie discovers an extraordinary journey that will prove that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Lorenzo’s oil, one of the top movies about people with disabilities, is a heartwarming true story about parents who never gave up hope in finding a cure for their disabled son. Lorenzo was diagnosed with a rare and incurable disease called ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy), where even scientists have little information about it.
Even though the parents were told to go home and wait until their son dies, they didn’t. Instead, they worked hard and found an oil that can stop the disease from progressing. With courage and strength, not only these parents save their son’s life, but also the lives of hundreds who were suffering from ALD.
Physical disabilities can make life even more challenging. But with hope, courage, determination, and the right amount of support, no limitations can stop you from achieving your dreams.
These top movies about people with disabilities will surely inspire and fill your hearts.
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As a nurse, Franchette Agatha Jardin firmly believes in the importance of understanding the human body and the advancement of science. She writes about what people can do for the betterment of the world and how everyone can be part of something great.