Movies with main characters who are blind

by fcf-41980 | created - 03 Mar 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

I've always been interested in how various disabilities are portrayed in movies and tv. It's become a hobby (mild obsession?) to find and watch these movies and films. This list contains all the movies that I've found across all regions that prominently feature a character who is blind. I have made a point of adding films that you may not have heard of before.

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Disclaimer: The notes are my own opinions. I recognize that you may have your own and they may differ. This list is more for me to keep track of my collection than anything else and part of that is recording my thoughts so I know whether I want to watch it again (or when I want to watch it, as the case may be).

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1. Bright Victory (1951)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Romance, War

After he gets blinded by a German sniper's bullet in 1943, Sergeant Larry Nevins begins the long and painful road to recovery.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Peggy Dow, Julie Adams, James Edwards

Votes: 740

By far one of my favorites. I've watched this one so many times, I've lost count. It's a great, if generic, romance. The blind character is the main character. This shows some of the rehabilitation techniques for the blind used in the 50s, some of which are still used today. It was written by an ophthalmologist, so it's as accurate as media can do.

2. Thaandavam (2012)

Not Rated | 160 min | Action, Thriller

A blind man with his 'Echolocation' power takes on a revenge mission.

Director: A.L. Vijay | Stars: Vikram, Jagapathi Babu, Anushka Shetty, Amy Jackson

Votes: 1,574 | Gross: $0.21M

Tamil film. The blind character is the main character. He was blinded in a terrorist attack and seeks vengeance against the people who did the attack. He uses echolocation.

3. Blind Dating (2006)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

A blind young man (Pine) thinks he finds love with an Indian woman (Jay), though their relationship is fraught with cultural differences.

Director: James Keach | Stars: Chris Pine, Anjali Jay, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jennifer Alden

Votes: 11,415 | Gross: $0.09M

Chris Pine is the main character, a blind-from-birth virgin looking for love.

4. Aankhen (2002)

TV-14 | 165 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After a temperamental man is unceremoniously stripped of his duties as a bank manager, he decides to seek revenge by robbing the bank. He trains three blind men to do this risky task for him.

Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen, Arjun Rampal

Votes: 11,461

Three characters for the price of one. The only negative of this movie is that no one believes it's possible for a person who is blind to rob a bank.

5. Imagine (II) (2012)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

A blind teacher breaks the rules to help a female student rediscover the pleasures of life.

Director: Andrzej Jakimowski | Stars: Edward Hogg, Alexandra Maria Lara, Melchior Derouet, Francis Frappat

Votes: 2,239

Not all that original, but it is a compelling story. The main character uses a kind of echolocation and leads a minor rebellion in the school for the blind.

6. Cactus (1986)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Romance

A woman who injured her eyes in car accident and a young blind man fall for each other. Is sight the only way to see the world?

Director: Paul Cox | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Robert Menzies, Norman Kaye, Monica Maughan

Votes: 168

Not a very strong plot, but the music is good.

7. Love Leads the Way: A True Story (1984 TV Movie)

99 min | Drama, Family, History

A recently blinded man becomes one of the first American users of a seeing eye dog and must fight to remove the legal barriers impeding its use.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Eva Marie Saint, Arthur Hill, Glynnis O'Connor

Votes: 163

The best part of this movie is the dog, but it's an important story. Your standard made-for-TV docu-drama.

8. Pride of the Marines (1945)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Marine hero Al Schmid is blinded in battle and returns home to be rehabilitated. He readjusts to his civilian life with the help of his soon to be wife.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark, John Ridgely

Votes: 1,146

This is a good story, but it's extremely hard to watch. It portrays the main character, a marine blinded in WWII, as less than human. The main character falls into a deep depression after he is wounded in action. I always have to pair this one with _Bright Victory_ to remember that this was not the way all blinded vets felt.

9. Ordinary Heroes (1986 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama, War

This is about a man falling in love with a woman and then immediately gets drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. In the war he becomes blind and gets discharged.

Director: Peter H. Cooper | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Richard Baxter, Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse D. Goins

Votes: 100

A near scene-for-scene remake of _Pride of the Marines_, but for a Vietnam vet instead of WWII. It doesn't fix any of the issues I found in the original, and in fact, may have even pushed more of the helplessness.

10. Scent of a Woman (1992)

R | 156 min | Drama

59 Metascore

A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar

Votes: 237,756 | Gross: $63.90M

Definitely my favorite of Pacino's films. My problem is that this story suggests that Pacino's character's depression is a result of being blinded and feeling helpless. Still, Pacino is fabulous enough for me to forget my objections and I've watched it many times.

11. Daredevil (2003)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Crime

42 Metascore

A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 199,627 | Gross: $102.54M

I debated whether to put this one on this list. Technically, Matt Murdock is blind, but his senses maybe make up for his sight? That said, I was obsessed with this movie to the point that I became a diehard Daredevil fan. Luckily, we have the TV show now, so I don't have to watch this one to see my favorite superhero.

12. Daredevil (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 54 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A blind lawyer by day, vigilante by night. Matt Murdock fights the crime of New York as Daredevil.

Stars: Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Votes: 337,168

This is everything a Daredevil comic fan like me craves. A true work of movie art.

13. Blind Justice (2005)

60 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

NYPD Detective Jim Dunbar returns to work after being blinded in the line of duty.

Stars: Ron Eldard, Marisol Nichols, Reno Wilson, Frank Grillo

Votes: 393

I really like that this show realistically portrays the capabilities and limitations of a person who is blind.

14. Longstreet (1971–1972)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases of a blind insurance investigator.

Stars: James Franciscus, Marlyn Mason, Peter Mark Richman, Ann Doran

Votes: 367

The title character, Mike Longstreet, was blinded in a bomb, but he doesn't let that stop him. The acting is a bit forced, but given it was made in the early 70s, I can't hold that against it too much. Mike doesn't let anyone walk over him because he is blind, but he doesn't overreach, so it gets a lot of bonus points for that.

15. Blind Fury (1989)

R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A blind Vietnam vet, trained as a swordfighter, comes to America and helps to rescue the son of a fellow soldier.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Terry O'Quinn, Brandon Call, Noble Willingham

Votes: 13,574 | Gross: $2.69M

Classic B-movie, but I've seen it so many times, I think I've got it memorized. It's based on the Zatochi franchise. There are some scenes that go beyond what a standard person who is blind can do, but it's supposed to be an over-the-top samurai-type movie.

16. Blind Man (2012)

94 min | Action, Thriller

A police inspector must solve two grisly murders. The problem is that his only suspect is a blind man.

Director: Xavier Palud | Stars: Jacques Gamblin, Lambert Wilson, Raphaëlle Agogué, Arnaud Cosson

Votes: 1,011

The main character, the blind man, is a compelling, if not very likable.

17. What Love Sees (1996 TV Movie)

85 min | Drama

Based on a true story, spanning fifteen years during the turmoil of the Second World War, this is an incredible and inspiring saga of two young people whose very special relationship helps ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Switzer | Stars: Richard Thomas, Annabeth Gish, August Schellenberg, Kathleen Noone

Votes: 105

It doesn't compare to the book of the same name, but it's a solid made-for-TV based-on-real-life drama.

18. Eyes in the Night (1942)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Mystery

A blind detective and his seeing-eye dog investigate a murder and discover a Nazi plot.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Donna Reed, Stephen McNally

Votes: 1,044

The best part of this movie is the dog, Friday, but the story was written by the same ophthalmologist who wrote _Bright Victory_, so the blind character isn't overdone.

19. Lafangey Parindey (2010)

Not Rated | 126 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Set in grungy Mumbai, an edgy love story of a blindfolded street fighter and a blind dancer and their never-say-die spirit to achieve the impossible.

Director: Pradeep Sarkar | Stars: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika Padukone, Vijay Adhav, Manish Chaudhary

Votes: 1,865

One of the few movies I've been able to find where the character who is blind is female.

20. Hoodwink (1981)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

True story about a jailed bank robber who pretends he's become blind to get an early release. Cops don't believe him, but a lonely minister's wife arrives to teach him how to live with his "condition". They fall in love. Big mistake.

Director: Claude Whatham | Stars: John Hargreaves, Judy Davis, Dennis Miller, Wendy Hughes

Votes: 86

The most interesting part of this movie is how the main character thinks a man who is blind should act. That said, it can be a bit difficult to watch, if you're sensitive to morality issues.

21. Covert Affairs (2010–2014)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Fresh out of the farm, Annie Walker must adapt to the challenging life of a CIA operative under the guidance of her handler, Auggie. But soon she realizes her recruit might have to do with her last boyfriend rather than her talent.

Stars: Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 25,570

Auggie Anderson is the character who is blind in the show. Christopher Gorham does a particularly good job acting. The writers don't make his character do anything too strange for blind person, but still manage to make him a strong, independent CIA agent.

22. Once Upon a Warrior (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Family

In a teardrop-shaped land called Sangarashtra, a 9-year-old girl with special healing powers tries to save her homeland from the tyranny of an evil queen with the help of a blind swordsman.

Director: Prakash Kovelamudi | Stars: Siddharth, Shruti Haasan, Lakshmi Manchu, Ravi Babu

Votes: 462

This story is your classic Bollywood-style (though it's not Bollywood) fantasy.

23. Quest for Camelot (1998)

G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An adventurous girl, a young blind hermit, and a goofy two-headed dragon race to find the lost sword Excalibur to save King Arthur and Camelot from disaster.

Director: Frederik Du Chau | Stars: Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Andrea Corr, Bryan White

Votes: 13,698 | Gross: $22.72M

This was one of my favorite movies when I was little. It's also the only cartoon with a disabled character I've been able to find.

24. The Secret Life of Words (2005)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A hearing impaired factory worker gives up her first holiday in years and instead travels out to an oil rig, where she cares for a man suffering from severe burns.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Javier Cámara

Votes: 11,459 | Gross: $0.02M

This movie makes me cry every time I watch it. This is one of the few movies in my collection that fit into both my deaf and my blind disability categories. Warning, triggers abound here for war survivors.

25. Jennifer 8 (1992)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An LA homicide investigator moves and starts a murder investigation after a woman's hand etc. are found at a dump. Could it be a Jennifer (victims of a serial killer are called Jennifer).? It leads him to a witness; a cute, blind woman.

Director: Bruce Robinson | Stars: Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman, Lance Henriksen, Graham Beckel

Votes: 14,351 | Gross: $11.39M

26. Vaada (2005)

122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A blind husband. An obsessed lover. And the missing body of a murdered wife...?

Director: Satish Kaushik | Stars: Arjun Rampal, Zayed Khan, Ameesha Patel, Alok Nath

Votes: 757 | Gross: $0.09M

Another classic version of a wronged man seeking vengeance for the death of his wife, but the acting is solid. It's not as vibrant as I've come to expect from Bollywood, but that actually plays really well into the story.

27. At First Sight (1999)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Romance

40 Metascore

A blind man has an operation to regain his sight at the urging of his girlfriend and must deal with the changes to his life.

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino, Kelly McGillis, Steven Weber

Votes: 12,559 | Gross: $22.37M

Okay, I confess, I put this in only because it fit in with my rules for the list. I actually cannot stand this movie. I've watched a few times, each time hoping that I'll like the main female character, but each time, I'm disappointed again. Val Kilmer is great, but the story is so contrived, I can't help it.

28. Becker (1998–2004)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Dr. John Becker goes through his daily routine of being a doctor, stopping at his favorite diner, and other various situations, all the while hating life and everything around him.

Stars: Ted Danson, Hattie Winston, Terry Farrell, Shawnee Smith

Votes: 11,037

One of my favorite sitcoms. The blind character is Becker's best friend. Now tell me, who doesn't love Ted Danson as a sarcastic but oddly-lovable general practitioner?

29. Early Edition (1996–2000)

TV-PG | 41 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

His name is Gary Hobson. He gets tomorrow's newspaper today. He doesn't know how. He doesn't know why. All he knows is when the early edition hits his doorstep, he has twenty-four hours to set things right.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis, Fisher Stevens, Billie Worley

Votes: 10,684

30. If You Could See What I Hear (1982)

PG | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A light comedy/love story based on the life of blind musician Tom Sullivan.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Marc Singer, R.H. Thomson, Sarah Torgov, Shari Belafonte

Votes: 738 | Gross: $8.69M

This tweaks some of the "facts" from Tom Sullivan's life (according to his autobiography, which is a good light read), but it's a good story in its own right.

31. The Touch (1980)

145 min | Drama, Romance

Anirudh Parmar is blind, but he does not let this impairment bind him down. He runs a school for the blind as a Principal. He meets with social worker, Kavita. Kavita is attracted to him, ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Sudha Chopra, Mohan Gokhale

Votes: 574

32. Blind Revenge (2009)

Not Rated | 88 min | Thriller

Sir Paul, a distinguished author, blinded in a horrific accident, advertises for an amanuensis, an assistant to help him with his writing. He employs the amiable Jane Ryder to be his eyes ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Tom Conti, Daryl Hannah, Miriam Margolyes, Elaine Paige

Votes: 425

33. The White Countess (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History, Romance

60 Metascore

Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 5,903 | Gross: $1.67M

34. Second Sight (1999 TV Movie)

169 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A hard-working detective tries to disguise the fact that he's going blind, while working on a challenging murder case.

Director: Charles Beeson | Stars: Clive Owen, Claire Skinner, Stuart Wilson, Phoebe Nicholls

Votes: 825

35. Blind Justice (1994 TV Movie)

R | 85 min | Action, Western

Canaan, a mysterious gunfighter left nearly blind from Civil War combat, roams through Mexico with a baby he has sworn to protect. On his way to a town where a family will supposedly adopt ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Spence | Stars: Armand Assante, Elisabeth Shue, Robert Davi, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 679

This movie celebrates the classic trope of a blind sharpshooter, but it's a fun B western nevertheless.

36. MacGyver (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The adventures of a secret Agent armed with almost infinite scientific resourcefulness.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill, Robin Mossley

Votes: 33,290

Only season 6 and 7 fit into the category, but I recommend season 3. MacGyver, the character not necessarily the show, is awesome and season 3 is by far the best.

37. Silent River (2006)

Not Rated | 89 min

Wen Zhi dreams about being a singer, but his parents don't think him sufficient to be a singer. So he enters himself for an examination for a normal school. Before his graduation, he goes ... See full summary »

38. Blind Detective (2013)

130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A cop is forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector - who believes he has acute senses - they team up in hope to solve the case.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Tao Guo, Yuanyuan Gao

Votes: 2,714

39. Treasure Blind (2008)

Not Rated | 83 min

A struggling cabbie finds a map that'll lead him to Civil War gold, but his treasure-hunting eventually brings him face-to-face with the past he's tried to bury for years in this Christian-themed drama.

Director: Brian Shoop | Stars: Jo Babbitt, Elisabeth Barnett, Milton Berry, Jon Biggs

Votes: 49

40. Wait Until Dark (1967)

Not Rated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

81 Metascore

A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Votes: 25,648 | Gross: $17.55M

41. More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

Joan devoted her life to her daughter Joy, to her husband Joe, a gym teacher and her colleague, and especially to her job, teaching at a blind school. The she gets a macula-degeneration, ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Robe | Stars: Carey Lowell, Dylan Walsh, Rod Wilson, Jennifer Pisana

Votes: 162

42. Crippled Avengers (1978)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama

Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 2,026

I honestly didn't think I'd like this one until I watched it. It's not my standard fare--the blind character is technically in an ensemble--but it's interesting how the disabilities of the all characters are displayed. Particularly the one who is "dumb" (suffers from brain damage that makes him cognitively challenged). It's dated, but it hold up better than some of the other classic martial arts movies I've seen from the period.

43. Going to the Mat (2004 TV Movie)

G | 120 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Jace Newfield has a problem. Besides being blind and being the new kid at school, his problem is that the kids at his new school thinks he's a jerk. Jace has to find a way to be accepted ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Andrew Lawrence, Khleo Thomas, Alessandra Torresani, Wayne Brady

Votes: 1,183

44. Fanaa (2006)

Not Rated | 168 min | Drama, Romance

A sweet blind girl Zooni meets a flirty Rehan. She ignores her friends' warnings. It's her time to discover life. Is she making the right love choice?

Director: Kunal Kohli | Stars: Aamir Khan, Kajol, Rishi Kapoor, Tabu

Votes: 29,165 | Gross: $2.10M

45. See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

44 Metascore

Dave is deaf, and Wally is blind. They witness a murder, but it was Dave who was looking at her, and Wally who was listening.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 44,734 | Gross: $46.91M

46. Proof (1991)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot, Russell Crowe, Heather Mitchell

Votes: 5,829 | Gross: $0.52M

This movie is really thought-provoking. You can read the summary above, so I'm not going to repeat it, but this is worth a watch. It was the first movie I ever found that had the blind character not depressed or angry at his disability, but rather angry at the world for being able to see. Now I've been able to find more, and they're mostly all on this list already, but this is still the rawest of them all.

47. Cold Comes the Night (2013)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

37 Metascore

A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.

Director: Tze Chun | Stars: Alice Eve, Ursula Parker, Logan Marshall-Green, Sarah Sokolovic

Votes: 8,369

48. If I Had Wings (2013)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Family, Sport

A policeman father gets a repeat juvenile offender