Movies featuring Quadriplegics

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1. The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)

PG | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Young ski champion Jill Kinmont is left paralyzed after a tragic skiing accident. Her best friend suffers the same fate after contracting polio. Jill must slowly put her life back together again with the help of those close to her.

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Marilyn Hassett, Beau Bridges, Belinda Montgomery, Nan Martin

Votes: 878 | Gross: $34.67M

2. The Other Side of the Mountain: Part II (1978)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Several years after the deaths of Dick Buek and her father, Jill Kinmont and her mother leave Los Angeles to spend their summer in their hometown of Bishop, California. They rent a summer ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Marilyn Hassett, Timothy Bottoms, Nan Martin, Belinda Montgomery

Votes: 283 | Gross: $11.57M

3. Joni (1979)

G | 75 min | Biography, Drama

Based on Joni Eareckson's autobiography. She becomes paralyzed after breaking her neck in a swimming accident at age 17. Trying to cope with her new life, she learns to paint using her mouth and finds strength in her new Christian faith.

Director: James F. Collier | Stars: Joni Eareckson Tada, Bert Remsen, Katherine De Hetre, Cooper Huckabee

Votes: 203

4. Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

R | 119 min | Drama

Ken Harrison is an artist who makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk, and he wants to die. In hospital he ... See full summary »

Director: John Badham | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes, Christine Lahti, Bob Balaban

Votes: 2,479 | Gross: $8.21M

5. Monkey Shines (1988)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 9,816 | Gross: $5.34M

6. Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

A real-life story about a high school teacher and football coach who is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease but refuses to give in.

Director: Roy Campanella II | Stars: Pam Dawber, Michael Nouri, Bess Meyer, Peter Berg

Votes: 88

7. My Left Foot (1989)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

97 Metascore

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

Votes: 61,982 | Gross: $14.74M

8. The Waterdance (1992)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

A film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehabilitation centre with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies' man, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Neal Jimenez, Michael Steinberg | Stars: Eric Stoltz, Helen Hunt, Wesley Snipes, William Allen Young

Votes: 2,499 | Gross: $1.72M

9. Above Suspicion (1995)

R | 95 min | Drama, Thriller

A paralyzed cop takes advantage of the sympathy he attracts in order to get rid of his cheating wife and her lover.

Director: Steven Schachter | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Joe Mantegna, Kim Cattrall, Edward Kerr

Votes: 1,642

10. A Step Toward Tomorrow (1996)

G | 93 min | Drama

A divorcee moves her family cross-country to take her paralyzed son to a pioneer neurosurgeon.

Director: Deborah Reinisch | Stars: Judith Light, Tom Irwin, Christopher Reeve, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 202

11. Rear Window (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Modern remake of Rear Window in which the lead character is paralyzed and lives in a high-tech home filled with assistive technology.

Director: Jeff Bleckner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Daryl Hannah, Robert Forster, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 3,578

12. The Bone Collector (1999)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

45 Metascore

A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his female partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker

Votes: 143,921 | Gross: $66.52M

13. The Sea Inside (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 73,439 | Gross: $2.09M

14. Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

When the kinetic Rory moves into his room in the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, his effect on the home is immediate. Most telling is his friendship with Michael, a young man with cerebral palsy and nearly unintelligible speech. Somehow, Rory understands Michael, and encourages him to experience life outside the confines of home.

Director: Damien O'Donnell | Stars: James McAvoy, Steven Robertson, Romola Garai, Alan King

Votes: 13,655 | Gross: $0.02M

15. The Brooke Ellison Story (2004 TV Movie)

PG | 91 min | Biography, Drama

Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.

Director: Christopher Reeve | Stars: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John Slattery, Lacey Chabert, Vanessa Marano

Votes: 1,501

16. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 593,422 | Gross: $100.49M

17. Murderball (2005)

R | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

87 Metascore

Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Directors: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro | Stars: Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Mark Zupan, Joe Bishop

Votes: 9,583 | Gross: $1.52M

18. So Much So Fast (2006)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

A man suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease deals with the woman falling for him and a brother who becomes obsessed with finding a cure.

Directors: Steven Ascher, Jeanne Jordan | Stars: Jesse Abbott-Dallamora, Robert Bonazoli, Tyler DiVittorio, Benjamin Heywood

Votes: 207 | Gross: $0.02M

19. He Was a Quiet Man (2007)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

53 Metascore

An office worker inadvertently becomes a hero after he saves a woman's life.

Director: Frank A. Cappello | Stars: Christian Slater, Elisha Cuthbert, William H. Macy, Michael DeLuise

Votes: 21,406

20. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama

92 Metascore

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

Votes: 99,127 | Gross: $5.99M

22. Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2009)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary, Drama, Romance

After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie and Thea are finally getting married. From the early '60s to the present day, the tireless community activists persevere through ... See full summary »

Directors: Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir | Stars: Thea Spyer, Edea Windsor

Votes: 354

23. Guzaarish (2010)

126 min | Drama

A paralyzed Magician-turned-Radio Jockey files a Petition in Court seeking permission to end his life.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shernaz Patel, Aditya Roy Kapoor

Votes: 15,740 | Gross: $1.02M

24. The Intouchables (2011)

R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano | Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Votes: 690,235 | Gross: $13.18M

25. The Sessions (2012)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 40,055 | Gross: $6.00M

26. Legit (2013–2014)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Jim and his put upon friends try to learn what it means to be a good person.

Stars: Jim Jefferies, Dan Bakkedahl, DJ Qualls, Mindy Sterling

Votes: 7,590

27. The Theory of Everything (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry

Votes: 367,342 | Gross: $35.89M

28. You're Not You (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama

56 Metascore

A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.

Director: George C. Wolfe | Stars: Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel, Stephanie Beatriz

Votes: 22,608

29. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

TV-MA | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

A man suffering a family loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.

Director: Rob Burnett | Stars: Craig Roberts, Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez, Alex Huff

Votes: 50,166

30. Kills on Wheels (2016)

103 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Two disabled teenagers looking for a reason to live, team up with a wheelchaired hitman.

Director: Attila Till | Stars: Szabolcs Thuróczy, Zoltán Fenyvesi, Ádám Fekete, Mónika Balsai

Votes: 2,879 | Gross: $0.02M

31. Who's Driving Doug (2016)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

A sheltered, intelligent college student DOUG (RJ Mitte of "Breaking Bad") changes his life forever when he hires an underachieving driver SCOTT (Ray William Johnson of "Equals Three"). In ... See full summary »

Director: David Michael Conley | Stars: RJ Mitte, Daphne Zuniga, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Shanti Lowry

Votes: 401

32. Me Before You (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of.

Director: Thea Sharrock | Stars: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance

Votes: 180,794 | Gross: $56.25M

33. Breathe (I) (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.

Director: Andy Serkis | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Ed Speleers

Votes: 15,820 | Gross: $0.49M

34. Upgrade (2018)

R | 100 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

67 Metascore

Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.

Director: Leigh Whannell | Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen, Abby Craden

Votes: 114,375 | Gross: $11.87M

35. The Upside (2017)

PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 31,924 | Gross: $108.25M

36. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

R | 114 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

Votes: 15,683 | Gross: $1.44M



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