Best Movies About Autism

There are some really incredible movies about autism out there that you absolutely have to watch! You will find many different kinds of movies about autism on this list! Ranging from action-packed films to ones that will have you curled up in a ball crying! So, if you are looking for some of the best movies about autism out there then you have definitely come to the right place! Please enjoy this wonderful selection of films we have gathered for you and get your popcorn and tissues ready to start binging these movies!

1. The Accountant

If you are looking for a movie about autism that also has non-stop action, this is the one for you! Ben Affleck does it again with another incredible performance! The movie shows you how people affected by autism can have some incredible skills. And, obviously, not killing people but that should go without saying.

The Accountant Movie Summary

At a young age, doctors diagnosed Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) with a form of high functioning autism. In the present, Chris works out of a strip mall office as a forensic accountant. He uses his unmatched math skills as an independent worker for criminal organizations. Not only is Christ an amazing mathematician but also a deadly trained killer. His father, a US Army PSYOP officer trained him at a very young age. Not only does Chris have a Treasury agent picking up on his trail, but he may have an even more dangerous problem he needs to deal with.

2. Rain Man

Now we come to the incredible classic Rain Man! If you haven’t seen this, you have no idea what you are missing. This is definitely one of the best movies out there! It’s a heartfelt film and if you are looking to shed some tears then go ahead and watch this masterpiece!

Rain Man Movie Summary

The alienated father of Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) has recently passed away. Charlie hears the news and is quick to leave his car dealer job and head back to Cincinnati where he used to live. All this because Charlie knows about his father’s fortune. However, to his surprise, Charlie learns that he has an autistic brother named Raymond (Dustin Hoffman). He also discovered the money is going to the mental institution in which his brother resides in. With nothing but the money in mind, Charlie checks his brother out of the hospital so they can both go to LA. However, without knowing, Charlie may have just made a choice that will change the type of person he is for the better.

3. Life, Animated

This is an absolutely beautiful movie! It is based on a true story, and the cast is the family whose story the movie tells! You should definitely give it a watch, and you should expect to cry a little.

Life, Animated Movie Summary

At the age of 3, doctors diagnosed a young boy named Owen (Owen Suskind) with Autism. With little hope from his parents about him becoming a functioning member of society, things soon change. When Owen discovers Disney animated cartoons, his life begins to change. The film follows the life of Owen becoming a functioning member of society by watching these movies. However, as he will soon learn, these cartoons do not have all of life’s answers.

4. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Two of the greatest actors, Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio in a movie together!? Hell yes! This is another classic film that you absolutely need to give a watch! It’s an amazing and touching movie that will have you tearing up!

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Movie Summary

Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp), the older of two brothers becomes the man of the house having to care for everybody in the family. His father passed years ago, and since then his mother has grown obese, never leaving home and only eating and sitting on the couch. Gilbert’s little brother, Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio) suffers from autism and always manages to find trouble. In turn, all this meant that noone else was capable of caring for the family. So, Gilbert took up the role; however, a new girl named Becky (Juliette Lewis) ends up stuck in the town because of a malfunction in their transportation. Little does Gilbert know that she will be the one to throw his life in a tumble whether it be good or bad.

5. Forrest Gump

Just like Rain Man, this film also holds the title as one of the best movies ever made! Watching this movie should be at the top of your list of priorities! We have mentioned Forrest Gump before, uncovering the locations used to film the movie! If you want to learn more about that, then click the link below!

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Forrest Gump Movie Summary

Follow the journey of an autistic boy named Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) as he grows up and experiences all the hardships that life has to throw at him. Forrest never put limits on himself or thought that his disability would ever hold him back. As Forrest grows up, he accomplishes more than the average person ever will and lives through countless incredible experiences. However, Forrest continues to love his childhood sweetheart Jenny (Robin Wright), and she might be the hardest obstacle he has ever faced.

6. Please Stand By

This girl is somewhat relatable to Raymond from Rain Man because their journeys are similar! The last movie on this list is also quite incredible and shows you what the struggle of living with autism can be like. If you haven’t watched it, we definitely recommend you give it a try!

Please Stand By Movie Summary

A young autistic girl named Wendy (Dakota Fanning) has an obsession with Star Trek. One day Wendy learns that Paramount Pictures is holding a screenwriting contest for a Star Trek film with a $100,000 cash prize for first place. Wendy spends her days writing non-stop for the competition. However, Wendy ends up missing the mail in date for the contest and makes a decision that may change her life. She decides to escape the care facility she is in and goes on a journey all the way to L.A. to turn her script in personally. The journey ends up being a significant learning experience for Wendy that she will never forget.

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