5. Rain Man (1988)
Big shot LA Car dealer Charlie Babbitt finds out that his father has died and has left his $3 Million estate to an unnamed trustee. Charlie later finds out that the trustee is his own brother Raymond, an autistic savant whose existence he never knew about. Charlie plans to get Raymond to give him the estate, but in the process learns more about his brother and establishes a connection with him.
6. Taare Zameen Par/Every Child is Special (2007)
Taare Zameen Par is an Indian film produced, directed, and starred by Amir Khan. It tells the story of Ishaan, an 8-year-old boy with dyslexia and his more than colorful imagination. Excelling in the arts but failing in academics, his parents decide to enroll him in a boarding school where he meets his teacher Nikumbh, played by Khan. Nikumbh recognizes his special needs and helps him overcome his disability.
7. Wonder (2017)
Wonder is based on a novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio and tells the story of Auggie Pullman who has a rare medical facial deformity he refers to as “mandibulofacial dysostosis.” Previously homeschooled, Auggie’s parents decide to enroll him in Beecher Prep for middle school. He struggles with other children rejecting him but soon forms friendships and learns what it’s like to have friends who got your back no matter what.
8. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Gilbert is a 24-year-old grocery store clerk who, after his father passed away, is left to care for his developmentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother. The film gives us a glimpse of the challenges of taking care of a family member with autism. Although Gilbert sometimes gets angry at Arnie and his obsession with climbing the water tower, he still loved him and took care of him.
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