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Love and Disability in the Movies: Disabled Love Movies for You to Watch!

This post is about love and disability in the movies – I have 9 movies that go across the disability spectrum and are about love for you to watch.

I tried to get the free versions on YouTube for you, and linked to both Netflix and Amazon as well, when possible. I know finding and watching movies can be a little screwy when we are hunting down captions or descriptions.

Love and Disability in the Movies

Hollywood loves disability (just not disabled actors). It also loves love. There are a lot of movies that have intersections of both love and disability; it’s just super rare to have movies with disabled actors playing disabled roles with intersections of love. That’s super annoying to me, which is why even though I included The Theory of Everything in this list, I wasn’t crazy about it.

Many, many movies have disability and love in a portion of the film, but the love itself wasn’t a central part of the story.

Then there are plenty of movies (- 50 First Dates comes to mind, for example) that are about love and have this twist of disability for flavor but it’s not really the focus or it’s so off-kilter that I didn’t want to add it to this list.

So, here we go with some love and disability (- lovin’ disability?!)

Autism in Love

A  documentary following 4 adults with Autism as they navigate romantic relationships

Autism in Love

Monica and David

A documentary following the weeks before and after the marriage of a couple with Down syndrome.

Monica and David

Children of a Lesser God

A Deaf woman and hearing man’s relationship, set in a Deaf school. The film below is on YouTube but costs $2.99 – you can get it in DVD from Netflix (not available via stream), or on Amazon, linked here.

Children of a Lesser God

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

A man develops locked-in syndrome, and finds love. I couldn’t find a  captioned trailer, but the YouTube rental movie should be – it costs $2.99. It’s also available through Amazon, linked here.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Trailer

Yo, También

One of my very favorite movies related to Down syndrome (- see my post on Sex and Down syndrome).

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it on YouTube for you. I’m pretty sure it’s on Netflix DVD (not streaming though, I checked) and it’s on Amazon, linked here.

Yo, También: Trailer

The Theory of Everything

The full movie is on YouTube for free, sans captions. It’s available to rent on YouTube (with captions), here. I think it’s on Netflix (both streaming and DVD) and it’s linked here for Amazon.

The Theory of Everything

The Phantom of the Opera

My all-time favorite love story, disability-related or not. You can find it in full on YouTube (but I think the captions are only in Spanish in the free version? better check on that!), and on DVD with Netflix; Amazon is linked here.

The Phantom of the Opera

The Fault in Our Stars

It’s there (and captioned) for free on YouTube, but should also be available on Netflix DVD. Amazon is linked here.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Way He Looks

Brazilian gay coming of age film with a blind teen. Available to rent on YouTube (here), you can stream it on Netflix here, or watch on Amazon, linked here.

The Way He Looks

The Waterdance

This looks good! I haven’t seen it personally, but it’s the story of a man struggling to deal with his paralysis (with the intersecting love story).  The full movie is below on YouTube (captions are embedded in Portuguese and auto-captions available in English, a little confusing but there you go…). It seems to be available on Netflix streaming and DVD, you watch on Amazon, linked here

Love and Other Drugs

Love and Other Drugs

A love story about a woman with Parkinson’s and a drug company representative. Available on Netflix (DVD and streaming), a wonky-captioned YouTube version (linked above), non-wonky version available for rent on YouTube and also on Amazon.

The true story of King George and his stuttering (is stuttering really a rare disease? I’m not sure, but it seems rare enough to include here…please correct if wrong!). You can watch it on Netflix DVD  and streaming (linked below), and on Amazon. Your local library is likely to have it, too, as it’s recent (but not brand new!)

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

Early (pre-Grease) John Travolta! This is the story of a boy born without an immune system and his reach for love with the girl next door. You can watch it on Netflix DVD, and on Amazon. The YouTube movie linked above is apparently the full movie but it’s only captioned in Spanish.

Bubble Boy

Inspired by the Boy in the Plastic Bubble (see previous movie), and written by the same authors. It’s about a boy born without an immune system who builds a protective bubble for himself so he can chase his love across the country and win her. You can watch it on Netflix DVD, and on Amazon. The full YouTube movie linked above is not free; it’s for rent at $2.99.

PS

I don’t have more information about this video (- the description on YouTube is all in Hebrew, which I don’t read, unfortunately).

Nevertheless, I loved this celebration of their union and love and wanted to include it in this post.

A Couple with Cerebral Palsy Wed in Israel

That’s the short list for now. I’d love to hear your suggestions and what love and disability movies really floated your boat.

Love and Disability in the Movies: Disabled Love Movies for You! a whole bunch of movies with disability and love themes for you to enjoy!
Meriah
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor, teacher and blogger. Single mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E), she is also a Trekkie who likes her coffee hot and black.
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