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Law movies
1408 (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: An author who makes a living debunking supernatural phenomena checks into a haunted hotel room where no one has ever lived to check out in the morning.
Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub. Directed by Mikael Håfström.
Categories:  Horror  Contracts  Disability

Law movies
Blindness (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  121 min. 
Plot: Afflicted with a mysterious blindness, a group of those infected must band together to survive a government-imposed quarantine.
Cast: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Yusuke Iseya, Yoshino Kimura, Don McKellar, Maury Chaykin, Mitchell Nye, Danny Glover, Gael García Bernal. Directed by Fernando Meirelles.
Categories:  Disability  Medical  Human Rights

Law movies
F**k the Disabled (2001)
Rated:  NR  Stars:
Format:  DVD  83 min. 
Plot: Chronicle of Greg Walloch's performances, life, daily trips to and from his Harlem apartment. His comedy act is based on the fact that he is disabled and openly gay.
Cast: Greg Walloch, Stephen Baldwin, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara. Directed by Eli Kabillio.
Categories:  Documentary  Disability  Comedy

Law movies
I Am Sam (2001)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  132 min. 
Plot: A mentally retarded man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.
Cast: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest, Laura Dern. Directed by Jessie Nelson.
Categories:  Family  Disability  Drama

Law movies
Man Who Came to Dinner, The (1942)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  113 min. B&W
Plot: An eccentric and acid-tongued radio lecturer, breaks his leg on the doorstep of a prominent Ohio family and must remain confined to the unwilling family's home.
Cast: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Money Woolley. Directed by William Keighley.
Categories:  Comedy  Disability  Romance

Law movies
Miracle Worker, The (1962)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  106 min. B&W
Plot: The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.
Cast: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Kathleen Comegys. Directed by Arthur Penn.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Disability

Law movies
Murderball (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  86 min. 
Plot: A film about paraplegics who play full-contact rugby in Mad Max-style wheelchairs.
Cast: Mark Zupan, Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Joe Bishop, Andy Cohn. Directed by Dana Adam Shapiro.
Categories:  Documentary  Sports  Disability

Law movies
My Left Foot (1989)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: The story of Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy and learned to paint and write with his only controllable limb, his left foot.
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Ray McAnally, Brenda Fricker. Directed by Jim Sheridan.
Categories:  Disability  Drama

Law movies
Rain Man (1988)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  134 min. 
Plot: After leaning that he has an autistic brother who inherits the majority of his father's estate, a self-centered young man kidnaps his brother and takes him on a cross country trip.
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino. Directed by Barry Levinson.
Categories:  Family  Disability  Estates

Law movies
Saved (2004)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  92 min. 
Plot: When a girl attending a Baptist high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized.
Cast: Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit. Directed by Brian Dannelly.
Categories:  Religion  Comedy  Disability

Law movies
Sessions, The (2012)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: A man in an iron lung contacts a professional sex surrogate.
Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Adam Arkin, Rhea Perlman. Directed by Ben Lewin.
Categories:  Disability  Sexuality  Medical

Law movies
Shape of Water, The (2017)
Rated:    Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  123 min. 
Plot: A lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity at a top secret research facility in the 1960s.
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Zelda Fuller, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones . Directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Disability  Government

Law movies
Sound and Fury (2000)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  79 min. 
Plot: A heart-rending tale of an extended family with deaf and hearing members across three generations.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Josh Aronson.
Categories:  Documentary  Disability  Family

Law movies
Spiral Staircase, The (1946)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  84 min. B&W
Plot: A serial killer is targeting disabled young women in a small town, and the mute servant in the Warren mansion fears that she is next.
Cast: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith, Rhinda Fleming, Gordon Oliver, Else Lanchester. Directed by Robert Spiodmak.
Categories:  Disability  Horror  Women

Law movies
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 133 min. B&W
Plot: In a decaying Hollywood mansion a former child star, and her sister, a movie queen forced into retirement after a crippling accident, live in virtual isolation.
Cast: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono. Directed by Robert Aldrich.
Categories:  Horror  Disability  Family

The Wolf Law Library welcomes your suggestions for additions to the Feature Film Collection! If there is a law-related movie you feel we might be missing, please submit your suggestion to the Circulation & Reserve Desk at lawcir@wm.edu.

You can view a list of all law library movies in the online catalog.