This is a list of movies about uncommon diseases and agitations. The movies below are linked to wherever I could find the movies- Netflix, YouTube, Amazon. I tried to provide the free copy wherever possible. If you find a better link than what we have here, is letting us know in the comments and I’ll update this affix( same arrives for movies that should be in this list !).

Also! Don’t forget: the US library carries movies and will accept requests for movies. If you want to watch something are shown below, but can’t rent, buy or find it free of charge, asking it from your local library!

As you watch these movies, please keep in mind that there is not a lot of disability representation in these movies. Most of these actors are non-disabled, and this is problem in our disability community. The movies may also be inaccurate with regard to the disability. Keep that as fodder for discussion and learning.

Rare Diseases and Disorders:

February chiefly features rare diseases and agitations in terms of Disability Awareness focus 😛 TAGEND

International Angelman Day( February 15, more info here) /) Rare Disease Day( February 28

This being so, we’ve collected bibles and movies about rare illness and agitations to read and learn more.


Interesting statistics about how many people are affected by rare cancers can be found here: https :// rare-disease /

Movies on Rare Diseases that You Might Be Interested in Watching:


Mask the movie


The story of a boy who has craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, an extremely rare disorder. This is a awesome movie that has it all: fierce mama, alternative living, contending with the school for inclusion and more. A must-see. You can watch it on Netflix DVD( not streaming, unfortunately ), and on Amazon. I couldn’t find it on YouTube either. Request it from your library if they don’t have it: this is a classic.

The Mighty

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The Mighty

A movie about the friendship between two sons, one of whom has Morquio syndrome. Rent it on YouTube for $2.99 and it’s available on Netflix DVD( not streaming in America though ).

The Life We Live

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The Life We Live

A full free programme “thats really not” captioned about their own families with daughters who have NUBPL.

Click to Watch on Netflix



A Netflix original( so only available on Netflix streaming) about chronic illness, ME.

We discussed it in our Disability Movie Club.

Click to Watch on Netflix

The Tic Code

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The Tic Code

A movie about friendship, enjoy and Tourette’s! It’s available on Netflix DVD( not streaming ), and Amazon– I couldn’t find the full movie on YouTube, sorry.

Brain on Fire

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Brain on Fire

A Netflix original movie( so, only available on Netflix streaming) about a woman who is eventually diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis)- We’re discussing this February 28 th( information linked now ).

Click to Watch on Netflix

The Elephant Man

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The Elephant Man

A film about a follower who lived in the late 1800′ s who most likely had Proteus Syndrome. Too available on Netflix DVD, $2.99 rental on YouTube, and there is also a free QED documentary about the real man on YouTube.

Love& Other Drugs

movies about rare diseases

Love& Other Drugs

A movie about a woman with Parkinson’s who dies in love with a drug company representative. It’s available on Netflix DVD( not streaming) and Amazon.


afflicted movie series on netflix

Afflicted– a Netflix series about people who have chronic illnesses- got slammed in HuffPost. That something is detested by us in the disability community isn’t consequently a reason to not watch a movie( – Million Dollar Baby is in relation to psyche ); it could be fodder for some immense discussions. So keep the door open and walk through it knowing that this sequences is hated by a lot of people with chronic illnesses.

Click to Watch Afflicted on Netflix

Lorenzo’s Oil

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Lorenzo’s Oil

The story of mothers probe to find treatment for their lad Lorenzo’s adrenoleukodystrophy( ALD ), a deadly hereditary disease. It’s available for lease( $3.99) on YouTube, on Amazon, and Netflix DVD and streaming. Click the link below to watch it via Netflix streaming!

Click to Watch Lorenzo’s Oil on Netflix

The King’s Speech

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The King’s Speech

The true-blue story of King George and his stuttering( is stuttering actually a rare infection? 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( associated below ), and on Amazon. Your local library is likely to have it, extremely, as it’s recent( but not brand new !)

Click to Watch The King’s Speech on Netflix

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

Early( pre-Grease) John Travolta! This is the story of a son accept without an immune organization and his contact for love with the girl next door. You can watch it on Netflix DVD, and on Amazon.

Bubble Boy

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Bubble Boy

Inspired by the Boy in the Plastic Bubble( understand previous movie ), and written by the same columnists. It’s about a boy stand without an immune arrangement who body-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.

There We Go: The Movie About Rare Diseases and Disorders

That completes the schedule right now. Please drop a comment with a better route to watch a movie( free is enormou !) or movies about uncommon illness and ailments that you recommend. We want to keep this list originating, relevant, informative and awesome.

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