Autism and More

by paigepaige | created - 15 Mar 2012 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

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1. 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: 32,919 | Gross: $2.28M

2. Tim (1979)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuses his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.

Director: Michael Pate | Stars: Piper Laurie, Mel Gibson, Alwyn Kurts, Pat Evison

Votes: 2,985

3. Zig Zag (2002)

R | 101 min | Drama

58 Metascore

An autistic 15-year-old boy steals money from his boss to provide rent for his abusive father, who uses the money to repay a loan shark.

Director: David S. Goyer | Stars: John Leguizamo, Natasha Lyonne, Wesley Snipes, Oliver Platt

Votes: 1,306 | Gross: $0.00M

4. 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: 8,448 | Gross: $0.04M

5. My Louisiana Sky (2001 TV Movie)

98 min | Drama

A 12-year-old girl re-evaluates her relationship with her developmentally disabled parents.

Director: Adam Arkin | Stars: Juliette Lewis, Kelsey Keel, Shirley Knight, Amelia Campbell

Votes: 652

6. 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: 11,527 | Gross: $27.80M

7. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A young man in a small Midwestern town struggles to care for his mentally-disabled younger brother and morbidly obese mother while attempting to pursue his own happiness.

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

Votes: 203,842 | Gross: $9.17M

8. 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: 2,584 | Gross: $0.02M

9. Manic (2001)

R | 100 min | Drama

60 Metascore

After attacking another player with a bat during baseball at school, Lyle's sent to the psych ward. He meets other teenagers with problems. Will group therapy help?

Director: Jordan Melamed | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Bacall, Zooey Deschanel, Don Cheadle

Votes: 9,022 | Gross: $0.07M

10. The War (1994)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama

An emotionally fractured Vietnam vet returns to his family in rural Mississippi, counseling his kids when they have to fight their own neighborhood battle. From the director of Fried Green Tomatoes.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner, Mare Winningham, Lexi Randall

Votes: 11,671 | Gross: $16.55M

11. 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: 377

12. Sling Blade (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter

Votes: 83,949 | Gross: $24.48M

13. The Dream Team (1989)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

54 Metascore

Four mental patients on a field trip in New York City must save their caring chaperon, who ends up being taken to a hospital in a coma after accidentally witnessing a murder, before the killers can find him and finish the job.

Director: Howard Zieff | Stars: Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Boyle, Stephen Furst

Votes: 12,148 | Gross: $28.89M

14. Love, Ludlow (2005)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

When Myra agrees to date the charming but vulnerable Reggie, her eccentric brother Ludlow is threatened, forcing Myra to finally take charge of her own life.

Director: Adrienne Weiss | Stars: Alicia Goranson, David Eigenberg, Brendan Sexton III, Jay Patterson

Votes: 630

15. The Stranger I Married (2005 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The life story of Terry Evanshen, a Canadian Football League star who fell into a coma after a near-fatal car crash. When he wakes up, he has no recollection of his family or anything else in his life.

Director: Helen Shaver | Stars: David James Elliott, Wendy Crewson, Katie Boland, Clare Stone

Votes: 340

16. Dominick and Eugene (1988)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due to an accident in his youth. They live together, with Dominick working as garbage man to put Eugene through medical ... See full summary »

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Tom Hulce, Ray Liotta, Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Levine

Votes: 2,579 | Gross: $3.08M

17. Little Chenier (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama

Deep in the bayou sits a floating town called Little Chenier. It is here that Beaux and his mentally challenged brother, Pemon, run a bait-and-tackle shop. Pemon is accused of a crime, and Beaux chooses to protect his brother at all costs.

Director: Bethany Ashton Wolf | Stars: Johnathon Schaech, Frederick Koehler, Tamara Braun, Jeremy Davidson

Votes: 548 | Gross: $0.09M

18. 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: 407

19. The Ringer (2005)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Sport

46 Metascore

A young guy's only option to erase a really bad debt is to rig the Special Olympics by posing as a contestant.

Director: Barry W. Blaustein | Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Katherine Heigl, Brian Cox, Jed Rees

Votes: 34,297 | Gross: $35.42M

20. Of Mice and Men (1992)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Western

Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.

Director: Gary Sinise | Stars: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Ray Walston, Casey Siemaszko

Votes: 38,602 | Gross: $5.10M

21. Benny & Joon (1993)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Julianne Moore

Votes: 52,719 | Gross: $23.20M

22. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,690,332 | Gross: $330.25M

23. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

R | 133 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, Michael Berryman

Votes: 864,097 | Gross: $112.00M

24. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 563,752 | Gross: $32.00M

25. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

6 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 199,427 | Gross: $0.50M

26. The War at Home (1996)

R | 123 min | Drama

Haunted by his experiences in the Vietnam War, a young man returns home and has trouble adjusting back to civilian life, his family and his stern father.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen, Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Votes: 2,198 | Gross: $0.04M

27. My Sister's Keeper (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

Two sisters take a journey of discovery and reconciliation based on the memoirs of Margaret Moorman. Christine has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and must rely on others for support even... See full summary »

Director: Ron Lagomarsino | Stars: Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Perkins, Clark Gregg, Kathleen Wilhoite

Votes: 374

28. The Scout (1994)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

The story of a baseball scout who discovers a talented but troubled baseball player.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Albert Brooks, Brendan Fraser, Dianne Wiest, Anne Twomey

Votes: 5,667 | Gross: $2.67M

29. 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: 138,525 | Gross: $40.31M

30. Front of the Class (2008 TV Movie)

PG | 95 min | Drama

Brad Cohen who, despite being challenged by Tourette's Syndrom at a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher.

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: James Wolk, Treat Williams, Dominic Scott Kay, Sarah Drew

Votes: 5,837

31. Tru Confessions (2002 TV Movie)

TV-G | 112 min | Drama, Comedy, Family

Trudy Walker hated her life. She thought it was totally messed up until she found out about a contest that could change everything..

Director: Paul Hoen | Stars: Clara Bryant, Shia LaBeouf, Mare Winningham, William Francis McGuire

Votes: 2,854

32. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Rain, Seong-hun Cheon, Hee-jin Choi

Votes: 21,867

33. The Lawnmower Man (1992)

R | 108 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Mark Bringelson

Votes: 32,609 | Gross: $32.10M

34. About Sarah (1998 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

When the matriarch of the family suddenly dies, custody of a mentally disabled mother is inherited by her normal daughter.

Director: Susan Rohrer | Stars: Kellie Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Baker, Marion Ross

Votes: 278

35. The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama

A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society.

Director: Paul Johansson | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Kevin Zegers, David Schofield, Leslie Hope

Votes: 551

36. The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama

A father separates his son from his twin sister at birth to prevent him and the mother from knowing she was born with Down syndrome. Based on the novel by Kim Edwards.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Emily Watson, Dermot Mulroney, Hugh Thompson, Krystal Hope Nausbaum

Votes: 2,631

37. Chattahoochee (1989)

R | 97 min | Biography, Drama

In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Frances McDormand, Pamela Reed

Votes: 1,742 | Gross: $0.26M

38. Neo Ned (2005)

97 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Like most kids, Ned idolized his father and dreamed of following in his footsteps. Unfortunately, his father was a two-bit crook who spent most of his life in jail. Without a family of his ... See full summary »

Director: Van Fischer | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Gabrielle Union, David E. Allen, Blaine Gray

Votes: 1,519

39. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

Votes: 116,386 | Gross: $52.10M

40. Asylum (2005)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

51 Metascore

A woman becomes very curious about one of her psychiatrist husband's inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Natasha Richardson, Sean Harris, Marton Csokas, Ian McKellen

Votes: 4,681 | Gross: $0.37M

41. The Jacket (2005)

R | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

44 Metascore

A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.

Director: John Maybury | Stars: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 105,511 | Gross: $6.30M

42. Self Medicated (2005)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

A pill-popping mom has her drug-abusing teen son abducted into a private intervention facility that means well.

Director: Monty Lapica | Stars: Monty Lapica, Diane Venora, Michael Bowen, Greg Germann

Votes: 854 | Gross: $0.10M

43. 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: 1,428

44. Clean, Shaven (1993)

Not Rated | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After a man suffering from schizophrenia is released from a mental institution, he attempts to get his daughter back from her adoptive family.

Director: Lodge Kerrigan | Stars: Peter Greene, Alice Levitt, Megan Owen, Jennifer MacDonald

Votes: 5,013