My Left Foot
This film tells the true story of Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy in a large working-class Irish family. Only his mother recognises his intelligence from the outset, but it is through his own perseverance that he demonstrates his abilities to the world. Eventually, Christy matures into a moody writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with and tell his story.
Daniel Day Lewis demonstrates enormous empathy through his intense method acting in portraying a big personality living with cerebral palsy. He has received many accolades for this role and apparently during filming on set he would stay in his wheelchair and in character all day.
As viewers we empathise hugely with Christy Brown, and embrace his cantankerous nature along with his humour and sheer grit, watching him fall in love, be crushed by rejection and find love again.
I'd say this is one of the best films I know for seeing people for themselves, whatever their abilities.