medicine, illness & disability

illness is often mystified or demonised on film.

this is a list of films that portray healthcare and illness in a realistic, kind or artistic way.

inspired by susan sontag's essay 'illness as metaphor'

  • Safe
  • It's Only the End of the World
  • The Unknown Girl
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
  • Life Itself
  • Amour
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Melancholia
  • Alps
  • Garage
  • The Orphanage
  • Sicko
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Talk to Her
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • All About My Mother
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Sanctuary
  • Under the Skin
  • Decalogue II
  • The Apple
  • The Elephant Man
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Cries and Whispers
  • The Beguiled
  • Maudie
  • Poison
  • Obvious Child
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Hush
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • BPM (Beats per Minute)
  • The Big Sick
  • Happy End
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • God's Own Country
  • Mary and Max
  • To the Bone
  • Please Stand By
  • My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown
  • Young Adult
  • Stronger
  • The Children Act
  • Private Life
  • Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
  • The Rider
  • The Farewell
  • Little Women