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A Complete List of Caregiver Movies

by Leona Small
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A scene from Away from Her

You’ll find here a list of caregiver movies that involve one individual caring for another who needs physical or emotional help as the principal theme. Sometimes friendships form, or problems arise between the caregiver and the individual being cared for. Some are tragic stories that seem as if there can be no happy ending. Others resolve themselves nicely. Regardless, you’ll find heartwarming stories, valuable information, and entertainment when you watch. Enjoy!

Away from Her (2006)

Away from Her (2006) 1hr 49min

Grant’s wife, Fiona, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and eventually moves into a nursing home. Grant’s past infidelities are a looming shadow over his life. Finally, karma catches up to him.

At the Touch of a Butterfly (2008)

At the Touch of a Butterfly (2008) 1hr 49min

Agustin’s lower body is paralyzed. Carlito becomes his caregiver. The two develop an unexpected relationship when Carlito discovers something about himself. 

Breathe (2017)

Breathe (2017) 1hr 58min

The film is based on a true love story. Robin and Diana are a couple battling against an encroaching disease.

The Bone Collector (1999)

The Bone Collector (1999) 1hr 58min

Lincoln Rhyme is a bed-bound quadriplegic forensics expert who was after an accident. Rhyme teams up with a newly recruited police officer to investigate a murder.

Bathing Franky (2012)

Bathing Franky (2012) 1hr 26min

This is a story about ex-con Steve, who cannot appropriately adapt to society after his recent prison release. He develops a friendship with Rodney, who is a caretaker for his mother.

Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter (1994)

Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter (1994) 44min

Deborah Hoffman has shares the toll that Alzheimer’s disease has taken on her mother. She recounts all that she has learned when caring for her mother in this documentary.

Caregiver - Episode I (2008)

Caregiver – Episode I (2008) 2hr 10min

This film is about the story of a woman who is on a journey of self-discovery as she becomes an empowered woman who finds dignity and pride in working as a caregiver.

The Caregiver (2018)

The Caregiver (2018) 16min

A caregiver who is down on her luck is hired by an elderly man who couldn’t care whether he lives or dies. Together they find new paths forward.

The Carer (2016)

The Carer (2016) 1hr 28min

Dorottya is a young home care assistant who dreams of being an actress that begins taking care of Sir Michael Gifford.

The Caretakers (1963)

The Caretakers (1963) 1hr 37min

Dr. Donovan MacLeod wants to prove that non-traditional methods for the mentally ill are better than strait-jackets and padded cells, which the head nurse still believes is the best method.

Caregivers - Episode Two: Doris and Tom (1997)

Caregivers – Episode Two: Doris and Tom (1997) 50min

Doris and Tom Homewood are a couple who vowed to care for each other in sickness and in health. After Tom suffers a massive stroke that leaves him unable to move or speak, Doris still wants to keep the man she loves at home and care for him.

Chasing Rainbows: Young Adults Living with Cancer (2007)

Chasing Rainbows: Young Adults Living with Cancer (2007) 43min

This is a documentary about six young adults, as they discuss their insecurities and problems and try to help each other. This film provides excellent information for patients, families, and caregivers.

Encantada (2008)

Encantada (2008 Video) 13min

This movie is about an 8-year-old boy taken care of by his grandmother. Their roles are reversed when she develops Alzheimer’s.

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) 1hr 37min

Ben is a writer looking for work. His wife is trying to serve him with divorce papers. He later takes a course to become a caregiver and is hired by Elsa to take care of her 18-year-old son, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

For a Better Life (2018)

For a Better Life (2018) 10min

After Fekri was sold for a small price, he goes through years of abuse. After some time, he moves in with a group home, where he finds mentorship and support.

Heavy Girls (2012)

Heavy Girls (2012) 1hr 16min

Sven lives with his mother, who has dementia. They share everything in their lives, but Sven encounters some oddities throughout his life, which lead to him becoming confused about his surroundings.

The Intouchables (2011)

The Intouchables (2011) 1hr 52min

After Philippe is in a paragliding accident, he becomes disabled and hires Driss as a caregiver. Eventually, the two become friends as Philippe learns to live again. 

I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

I Never Sang for My Father (1970) 1hr 32min

After his mother’s death, Gene Garrison is left in charge of his father, who is losing his memory. He then debates with his sister, Alice, about whether they should put him in a nursing home or not.

It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020)

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) 1hr 10min

Moon Gang-tae lives with his autistic older brother. As they move from city to city after witnessing their mother’s murder, Gang-Tae begins working as a caretaker at psychiatric wards.

Mickey and the Bear (2019)

Mickey and the Bear (2019) 1hr 29min

Mickey Peck is put in charge of taking care of an addicted father and tries to keep her head above water with the responsibility.

My Brother Vinnie (2006)

My Brother Vinnie (2006) 30min

Aaron takes responsibility for his brother, Vinnie, who has intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy.

Me Before You (2016)

Me Before You (2016) 1hr 50min

Louisa Clark is a creative and talented woman who starts to work as a caretaker for a recently paralyzed man, who changes her life.

No Thanks, We're Fine (2011)

No Thanks, We’re Fine (2011 Video)

This is a documentary about caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s as they seek support from one another.

Nobody Nobody But Juan (2009)

Nobody Nobody But Juan (2009) 1hr 50min

This film is about an older man who lives in a nursing home as he tries to reconnect with an old love through a Filipino afternoon variety show. His son is not supportive of his endeavor.

Promise (1986)

Promise (1986 TV Movie)

This film is about an older man who lives in a nursing home as he tries to reconnect with an old love through a Filipino afternoon variety show. His son is not supportive of his endeavor.

Please Stand By (2017)

Please Stand By (2017) 1hr 32min

Wendy has autism and wants to submit her manuscript to a Star Trek competition. She runs away from her caregiver to do it.

Remember Isobel (2018)

Remember Isobel (2018) 1hr 46min

When a grandmother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, her daughter assumed responsibility for her care.

The Savages (2007)

The Savages (2007) 1hr 54min

This film is about two siblings’ story, as they try and care for their elderly father, who is slowly being lost to dementia.

Something About Her (2021)

Something About Her (2021)

In this movie, a socialite who has ALS strikes up an unlikely friendship with her caretaker.

States of Grace (2014)

States of Grace (2014)

A woman survives a near-fatal head-on collision and discovers a new meaning to her life as her partner cares for her and their disabled teen daughter.

Caregiver Movies Summary

Producers are making new movies every year. Did we miss any caregiver movies that you know of? Please drop a note in the comments section if we did and we’ll get it added so that this can be a list that’s always updated and always as complete as it can be. Thank you!


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