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10 Movies about Deafness and People Who are Deaf


As the conversation about equity and inclusiveness increases, so does the need for Hollywood to highlight stories that have previously gone untold.

Abigail Herinnger became an overnight sensation after she received her invite to appear on ABC’s, The Bachelor.  She came out loud and clear that she was wearing cochlear implants after she was born stone deaf.

Her courage inspired fresh interest in the campaign to make movies more accessible for deaf people by adding subtitles, and a sign language insert in one corner of the screen. Hers is a great example of things we can do when we stand together.

There’s no need to feel alone, perhaps even slightly embarrassed, if you are hard of hearing. Mild to moderate deafness affects a third of all Americans, by the time they reach retirement age.

We are proud to present our 10 all-time favorite deafness movies, many of which you should still be able to downstream today.

Our All Time 10 Great Movies about Deaf People

  1. THE MOVIE ABOUT THE DEAF DRUMMER

The Sound of Metal made a sensation at its premiere in 2019. It stars Riz Ahmed as a young drummer, who largely destroys his hearing because of the exceedingly loud and incessant sound of drums. Many of the actors and actresses are genuinely deaf, making this a genuine and authentic display of deafness.

  1. THE SUPER HERO WHO HELPS THE DEAF KID

No Ordinary Hero, The SuperDeafy Movie speaks out against the rough treatment deaf kids can get at school. It qualifies as one of the best movies about deaf people in everyday situations. It also deserves a special word for being open-captioned in English throughout the screenplay.

  1. A MOVIE ABOUT A psychosomatically deaf boy

Many of our clients relate to how they gradually withdrew from society because they could no longer understand what people were saying. The movie Tommy highlights this, as it shares the story of a psychosomatically deaf, mute, and blind boy who became a pinball champion. Definitely pulls at the heart strings.

  1. THE FILM THAT BRINGS THE SECRET CENTER STAGE

It can happen fairly often that hard-of-hearing people try to live with their deafness, and miss out on life in all its fullness. The World of Delight is one of the most bittersweet movies about hard of hearing people we know. It tells the story of a young, hard-of-hearing teen too shy about this to meet the boy she has been email -dating.

  1. A DEAF COMPOSER WHO WROTE EVEN BETTER MUSIC

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven retreated to a small town after an unrequited relationship with one of his students. The 1937 movie Beethoven’s Greatest Love relates the story of how he buries himself in his second-greatest love, music. It’s said he no longer heard the applause after he presented his finest work.

  1. THE MOVIE FOR DEAF PEOPLE WITH HEARING KIDS SHOULD WATCH

Raising kids becomes more complicated when they seize on their own identities as teens. The Bélier Family is a 2014 Australian remake of the original French version.  This movie about deaf people raising kids tells what happens, when one develops a magnificent singing voice her parents are unable to hear.

  1. THE TRUE STORY OF COMING OF AGE WITH DEAFNESS

Many families can’t identify with hard-of-hearing children because they figure deafness is ‘what old people get’. The 2010 film, The Hammer, movie knocks heavily on the door of truth, as it shares the autobiographical story of a totally deaf young man. He overcomes this affliction and wins a wrestling championship at college.

  1. ACTING OUT EMOTIONS THROUGH POETRY AND MOVEMENT

If wrestling is not your cup of tea, then you may prefer a movie about a deaf person who achieves success in a gentler way. Deaf Jam is a documentary film about a teen who immerses herself in sign language poetry. This enables her to share her deepest thoughts with other, more experienced poets, and act out her emotions through body movements.

  1. IS THIS THE TOP FILM ABOUT HARD OF HEARING PEOPLE

It’s become a little easier to come to terms with deafness, thanks to these movies for deaf people and the general public too. However, Children of a Lesser God created a stir back in 1988, when it depicted tension between a deaf custodian, and a hearing-speech teacher in a developing romantic relationship.

  1. MAYBE NOT - HOW ABOUT THE MIRACLE WORKER’S STORY …

The 1962 biographical movie The Miracle Worker, retells the story of a young girl who becomes deaf and blind after a severe bout of scarlet fever. However, her home tutor eventually breaks through her wall of silence as she learns to identify hand signs, and objects and gradually becomes able to communicate beyond her world.

As people become more aware of hard of hearing and deafness, much more empathy can be applied and make our world a better place.