• Awakenings

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    1990; Robin Williams, Robert De Niro; Based on a true story, Robin Williams plays a research physician who uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease.

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  • Away From Her

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    2006; Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent; Fiona and Grant are an Ontario couple who have been married for over 40 years. During the twilight of their years, Grant is forced to face the fact that Fiona's 'forgetfulness' actually is Alzheimer's. After Fiona wanders away and is found, the decision is made for her to go into a nursing home. For the first time in their relationship, they are forced to undergo a separation since this is the nursing home 'no-vistors,' first 30 days policy of a patient's stay. When Grant visits Fiona after the orientation period, he is devastated to find out that not only has she seemingly forgotten him, but she has transferred her affections to another man. As the distance between husband and wife grows, Grant must draw upon his love for Fiona to perform an act of self-sacrifice in order to ensure her happiness.

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  • Beautiful Mind, A

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    2001; Russell Crowe; Dramatic biography of John Nash, a mathematical genius, who made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his schizophrenia, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize.

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  • Benny & Joon

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    1993; Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn; A mentally ill young woman who lives with her older brother finds her love in an eccentric young man who models himself after Buster Keaton.

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  • Elephant Man

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    1980; John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins; Based on a true story of a man afflicted with neurofibromatosis, the film examines the complex emotional experiences faced by John Merrick, the "Elephant Man" when he is discovered by a dedicated surgeon. Rescued from his degrading life as a circus freak, Merrick is given a chance to live his last years with comfort, respect, and dignity.

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  • Forrest Gump

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    1994; Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Sinise; won 6 Oscars; The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) and his meeting with the love of his life Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950's through the 1970's including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. The problem is, he doesn't realize the significance of his actions. Forrest comes to embody a generation.

  • I Am Sam

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    2001; Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning; Sam Dawson has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He works at a Starbucks and is obsessed with the Beatles. He has a daughter with a homeless woman; she abandons them as soon as they leave the hospital. He names his daughter Lucy Diamond (after the Beatles song), and raises her. But as she reaches age 7 herself, Sam's limitations start to become a problem at school; she's intentionally holding back to avoid looking smarter than him. The authorities take her away, and Sam shames high-priced lawyer Rita Harrison into taking his case pro bono. In the process, he teaches her a great deal about love, and whether it's really all you need.

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  • Mask

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    1985; Eric Stoltz, Cher, Sam Elliott; The true story of Rocky Dennis, a personable young man who has craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, a fatal disease which causes hideous facial disfigurement. Rocky is the son of biker Rusty and he is accepted without question by his mom's boyfriends and her cycle buddies, but treated with pity and disgust by much of the outside world. The local high school principal doesn't want to enroll Rocky, but Rusty fights for her son's rights. Rocky eventually falls in love with Diana, a blind girl who cannot see his deformity and is entranced by the boy's kindness and compassion.

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  • Miracle Worker, The

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    1962; Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke; A dramatization of the story about the struggle of a Boston teacher, Annie Sullivan, to communicate with and teach the deaf, blind, and mute child, Helen Keller.

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  • My Left Foot

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    1989; Daniel Day-Lewis; Tells the true story of Christy Brown, who overcame severe cerebral palsy to become a writer and artist.

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  • My Sister's Keeper

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    2002; Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie; Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Perkins; Christine, a woman with schizophrenia, longs for independence but must rely on others for support. When their mother dies, her sister Judy becomes responsible for Christine's care.

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  • Rain Man

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    1988; Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise; A callous young hustler living in California finds his father has died and left him only rose bushes and a '49 Buick convertible. Feeling cheated out of what he thinks should be his 3 million dollar inheritance, he kidnaps the autistic brother he never knew he had, and takes him on the ride of his life.

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  • Simon Birch

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    1998; Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Ashley Judd; Joe Wenteworth remembers his 1960s childhood in New Hampshire and his friendship with a special young man with dwarfism. Based on the novel "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving.

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  • Soloist

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    2009; Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr.; In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist and recent bike accident victim Steve Lopez more than his banged-up face, was his pressing need for story ideas. He soon discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a skid row schizophrenic street musician, who possesses extraordinary talent - even though he only has half-broken instruments to play. Inspired by Nathaniel's story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about him and attempts to do more to help both him, and the rest of the underclass of L.A. have a better life. Lopez's good intentions run headlong into Nathaniel's personal demons and the larger issues of social injustice facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Nathaniel find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations.

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  • Sybil

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    1976; Sally Field, Joanne Woodward; A landmark, classic drama depicting the extraordinary real life of a young woman suffering from multiple personality disorder.

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  • Three Faces of Eve, The

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    1957; Joanne Woodward, Lee J. Cobb; A fact-based story about a Georgia housewife named Eve, who suffers from multiple personalities. Eve's husband, confused by his wife's behavior seeks help from a psychiatrist. The doctor finds that each of Eve's personalities is aware of the other's existance but none are related. After months of therapy, Eve is purged of her negative selves and is cured. Based on the book by Corbett Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley.

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  • Tic Code, The

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    1999; Gregory Hines, Polly Draper; Set against the background of the Greenwich Village jazz scene, this is the story of a boy with Tourette Syndrome whose only escpae from his troubles is into the world of jazz music.

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