Best 10 Rated Hollywood Movies About Autistic Characters
Movies featuring characters with autism which help educate the masses and work to eliminate the stigma surrounding ASD are worthy to be seen.
Here is my top list of highly recommended films that show different angles of ASD:
Life, Animated This is a story of inspiration. Owen Suskind as a child was diagnosed with autism and cannot talk. He and his family inevitably discovered special means of communication for him, by immersing in classical Disney animated movies, which are available at Amazon, iTunes, and YouTube.
Wretches & Jabberers They follow closely 2 autistic men who embark on an ambitious mission to change the attitudes which society has about intelligence and disability. Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher lived isolated lives trapped in adult disability centers and mental institutions. But once they learned they can communicate successfully through typing, that change permanently. The movie is available at Amazon.
The Story of Luke After his grandmother and caretaker dies, Luke, a 25-year-old autistic, must learn to navigate through the world–all on his own. He sets out with determination to locate a job and falls in love.
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump is a movie that teaches, though everyone experiences setbacks, we could still persevere and go on moving forward. Forrest, who might have autism, is a kind-hearted and unforgettable character. The movie is available to stream at Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, and YouTube.
A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism This film is about a mother’s quest to understand her autistic son’s condition. Margret who has tried different treatments to cure her son, goes to Iceland and the USA to consult with health experts and scientists and meet families impacted by ASD, in order to learn much more about autism. The documentary film is now available at Vudu, Amazon, and iTunes.
The Boy Who Could Fly Eric Gibb who is a nonverbal, autistic teenager, has a strange fascination of standing on window ledges and rooftops, since he thinks he could fly. His behavior confounds everyone around him, until after saving his neighbor Milly from a fatal fall, everyone starts to wonder if he truly can fly! The film is available at Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu.
A Mile in His Shoes The coach of a minor league team gets inspired when he searches for a new pitcher Mickey Tussler, who suffers from Asperger’s. Film is available at YouTube, Amazon, and Itunes.
White Frog When Nick, who has Asperger’s, is struggling to move on after his brother’s death, Chaz, Chaz’s closest friends come to his rescue and try to create a sort of brotherhood. This comedy/drama movie is available to see at Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Gilbert Grape takes on the role as the main caregiver for his brother Arnie, who is an energetic, autistic teenager. Because of their mother’s immobility and father’s death, and because Arnie does not understand norms and social expectations, Gilbert becomes over-protective of his younger brother. Film is now available to stream at Google Play, Amazon, and YouTube.
Autism in Love It’s a story about 4 autistic adults who search for romance. These brave souls take the audience on a trip that will challenge you to re-think your beliefs of what love is supposed to look like and what it means to love. You may stream the movie at Amazon, Vudu, and YouTube.