A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001) – Based on Sylvia Nasar's bestselling biography of John Forbes Nash Jr., the MIT mathematician who successfully conquered mental illness and went on to win a Nobel Prize.
A WALK TO REMEMBER (2002) – A warm touching adaptation of the coming-of-age best seller by Nicholas Sparks. Mandy Moore plays Jamie Sullivan; the archetypal clean teen whose reluctance to engage in the morally questionable practices of her fellow high school students makes her something of an outcast.
AND the BAND PLAYED ON (1993) - Movie about the AIDS crisis as experienced through the first- and secondhand experiences of several unfortunate individuals.
AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE (1990) – true life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand's most distinguished author. The film follows Frame along her inspiring journey, from a poverty-stricken childhood to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and electroshock therapy to, finally, literary fame.
ANTWONE FISHER (2002) – Fisher is placed in the care of a Navy psychotherapist, who guides him through a process of wrenching self-discovery.
AWAKENINGS (1990) - Robin Williams as philanthropic doctor who is granted permission to test drug on seemingly catatonic patients.
BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989) – A film about the effects of war and disability.
CASABLANCA (1942) – Star-crossed lovers meet during wartime under the Moorish arches of Rick’s Café Americain in Casablanca.
COMA (1978) – A feminist intern uncovers a medical conspiracy in this icy thriller about mysterious goings-on at Boston Memorial Hospital.
DOC HOLLYWOOD (1991) – A big city doctor is stranded in a small rural town.
FIRST DO NO HARM (1997) – Meryl Streep delivers a powerful and uplifting performance in this story of one family’s strength and courage in time of extreme crisis.
FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN (2004) – Movie that explores the unexpected mysteries of the afterlife by reminding us what really matters here on earth.
GANDHI (1982) – Sir Ben Kingsley stars as Mohandas Gandhi in Richard Attenborough’s riveting biography of the man who rose from simple lawyer to worldwide symbol of peace and understanding.
GIRL, INTERUPTED (1999) – The fascinating story of a young woman’s life-altering stay at a famous psychiatric hospital in the turbulent late 1960s.
I AM SAM (2001) – Sean Penn portrays a developmentally challenged father waging a custody fight for his daughter.
IRIS (2001) - Biographical portrait of British philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch as she struggles with dementia induced by Alzheimer's disease.
LORENZO'S OIL (1991) – Excellent medical drama based on true story about parents looking for a cure for their terminally ill son.
MY LEFT FOOT (1989) - The story of Irish cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown.
MY LIFE WITHOUT ME (2003) – Tale of a woman dying before her time who makes a series of goals to complete before her time on earth comes to an end.
NELL (1994) – Jodie foster gives a fearless, fierce, beautifully attuned performance as Nell, a young woman living alone in the backwoods of North Carolina.
NEWSIES (1992) – the true story of a courageous group of newsboys who become unlikely heroes when they team up to fight an unscrupulous newspaper tycoon.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975) - Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation.
ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980) - an intense examination of a family being torn apart by tension and tragedy.
PASSION FISH (1992) – Stars Mary McDonnell and Alfre Woodard as two women brought together by fate and united by an unlikely friendship.
PATCH ADAMS (1998) - Robin Williams as eponymous hero thinks making patients laugh is the secret of success.
PATHS OF GLORY (1957) – a blistering indictment of military politics and “an unforgettable movie experience”.
PHILADELPHIA (1993) – Two compelling lawyers who join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination.
RAIN MAN (1988) - Dustin Hoffman as the autistic brother of Charles Babbitt, a car dealer.
RED BEARD (1962) – little known film by Akira Kurosawa about learning to be a doctor in pre-industrial Japan.
SICKO (2007) – Movie about America’s failing health system. Combining powerful personal testimonies with shocking statistics.
SOPHIE’S CHOICE (1982) - Meryl Streep portrays Sophie Zawistowska in this penetrating drama set in 1947 post-world war II Brooklyn.
THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (1999) – Tells a compelling and heartwarming story about how far a young man must travel to find the place where he truly belongs.
THE DOCTOR (1991) – The story of a cardiac surgeon who develops throat cancer and the impact on him, his family and his colleagues.
THE ELEPHANT MAN (2002) - Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, his first opera, depicts the tragic story of Joseph Merrick, who was born with horrible deformities and exploited both as a freak show exhibit and as a medical curiosity.
THE GREAT DEBATERS (2007) – Denzel Washington shines as a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African-American college students into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (1999) – Based on a true-life story. Tuesdays with Morrie is a loving memoir to a man whose lessons on life have much to teach us about ourselves.
WHAT ABOUT BOB? (1991)- Comedy about a doctor- patient relationship.
WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE (1993) – A prisoner of his dysfunctional family's broken dreams, (Johnny Depp) serves as breadwinner and caretaker for his mother and siblings.
WIT (2001) – Emma Thompson stars as a terminally ill cancer patient.
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