Movies and series with characters that have disabilities (compiled by Melisa K Jose)

La Famille Belier

La Famille Bélier is a French film that follows a girl Paula, who is the interpreter for her whole family who are deaf. Paula is a talented singer, with her teacher continuously encouraging her to audition for the prestigious Maîtrise de Radio France music college in Paris, she now has to choose between her passion and her family.

The Miracle

The Miracle which received a sequel called The Miracle 2 is a Turkish drama. The film revolves around a school teacher Mahir, who encourages one of his students Aziz, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, to do better at school despite his disability. Watch it on Netflix


Special is an American comedy-drama lgbtq series starring Ryan O’Connell. It is based on Ryan's memoir. Ryan, a gay man with minor cerebral palsy wants to change his identity and establish a life he wants to live. Watch it on Netflix

Isa Pa With Feelings

This is a Filipino film in which a girl who wants to learn sign language for her niece discovers that her teacher, who also happens to be her neighbour, is deaf. Their growing friendship gradually transforms into love.

Twinkling Watermelon

Twinkling Watermelon is a Korean series about a boy whose entire family is deaf except for him, and this burden has prevented him from pursuing his dream of becoming a musician. But everything changed when he travelled back in time to when his parents were children and discovers that his father, unlike his mother, was not born deaf.


Barfi is a Hindi film about a deaf man who gets cheated by his lover and later develops a special bond with an autistic girl, from a well-to-do household, who he had kidnapped for money. Their relationship starts as friendship and later turns into something more. Watch it on Netflix

Miracle in Cell No. 7

Miracle in Cell No.7 is a Korean comedic drama about a man who is mentally challenged, who is wrongfully convicted of child murder. He befriends his cellmates, who helps him in seeing his daughter again by sneaking her into the prison. The plot of the film is based on a true story of a man who was accused and tortured for the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1972. watch the Turkish version of the film on Netflix