20 films about the blind that can surprise the sighted

We don’t know what it’s like to live in darkness. We cannot even imagine how seemingly ordinary things can turn into a real quest – for example, shopping. What is behind the outstanding achievements of the heroes of the plots? In this selection, films are about blind people who perceive the world differently, but experience the same feelings as everyone else, and sometimes do things that sighted people cannot do.

See (TV series, 2019 – 2021)

According to the plot of the new movie in the future, a terrible epidemic has reduced the population of the earth to two million people. The survivors were mutated and lost their sight. The fierce but fair leader Baba Voss sheltered a pregnant girl and took her as his wife. A few months later, the stranger gave birth to sighted twins. Now the children are in danger, because the gift of sight is considered witchcraft . Thus begins a fantastic action -packed thriller filmed from a script by the creator of Peaky Blinders.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
See

Genre:
Fantasy, action, drama

Actors:
Jason Momoa, Sylvia Hooks, Hera Hilmar …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


In the Dark (TV series 2019 – 2021)

An interesting serial film about blind people is a non-trivial story about an investigation with a share of black humor . Murphy witnessed the murder of her drug dealer friend . However, no one believes her, because in addition to the fact that the girl is blind, she has a rather nasty character. The only one who trusts the heroine is police officer Dean, whose daughter is also blind. Together with him and his guide dog , Murphy begins his own investigation.

Original title:
In the Dark

Genre:
Horror, Action, Crime, Detective

Actors:
Perry Mattfeld, Brooke Markham, Morgan Kranz…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
18+


Unseeing (2019)

The main character of the film is the beautiful violinist Ellen. The winner of many music competitions gets into trouble – she is attacked by an unknown person, as a result of which she loses her sight. Never knowing who did this to her, Helen is forced to get used to a world in which darkness reigns. The girl begins to be tormented by nightmares, not letting her forget about what happened. And it looks like the villain is back to finish what he started.

Original title:
Sightless

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Madeleine Petsch, Jarrod Crawford, Desember Ensminger …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Russian boy (2018)

The protagonist of the film goes to the front, driven by the dream of fame and heroic deeds. In the first battle, gas burns out his eyes and he goes blind. So the boy Lesha becomes a “hearer” and now he determines the approaching enemy airplanes by sound. This Russian drama – a movie about a blind child – shows the horrors of military everyday life, real male friendship at the front, the cruelty of officers and the kindness of ordinary soldiers.

Genre:
Drama, military, history

Actors:
Vladimir Korolev, Mikhail Buturlov, Artem Leshchik …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Invisible (2017)

Sophie, a blind pianist, witnesses the murder of her neighbor, the daughter of a war criminal. The detective assigned to investigate the case believes that Sophia should have heard at least something that can lead him to the truth. However, the girl deliberately hides some facts. But why? Now the heroine of the film becomes the target of intelligence agents and people of the father of the dead girl.

Original title:
In Darkness

Genre:
Thriller, Detective

Actors:
Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein, Emily Ratajkowski…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.8

Age Limits :
16+


No matter what (2017)

The list of the best films about blindness will continue with a film based on real events – a German comedy about friendship, love and dreams. A young man named Salia almost completely lost his sight, but did not lose his desire to work in the most famous hotel in Munich. Courageously overcoming the obstacles that arise in his path, the young man does not give up his dream. And an open character allows a purposeful hero to easily find friends and helpers.

Original title:
Mein Blind Date mit dem Leben

Genre:
Comedy, drama

Actors:
Kostya Ullman, Jacob Machenz, Anna Maria Mue …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Daredevil (TV series 2015 – 2018)

The superhero series tells the story of Matt Murdock, who became blind as a result of a tragic childhood accident. But Matt’s other senses have evolved, many times exceeding the norm, in addition, the guy received an alternative form of vision based on sounds and heat. Growing up, the man decides to clean up his hometown from crime as a mild-mannered lawyer by day and dressed as a superhero ready to lynch villains by night.

Original title:
Daredevil

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Fantasy, Thriller, Drama, Crime

Actors:
Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.6


Don’t Breathe (dilogue, 2015 and 2021)

A gang of petty criminals learns that a large amount of money is hidden in the house of a lonely blind old man. What could be easier to rob an elderly person? However, this grandfather is not as simple as it seems, and many secrets are kept behind the doors of his house. Once in the hermitage, friends understand that they can stay here forever. This 2015 hit thriller about blind people grossed $153 million at the box office on a budget of just $9.9 million.

Original title:
Don’t Breathe

Genre:
Thriller, crime

Actors:
Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Blind (2012)

The plot of the French film takes the viewer to contemporary Paris . A young woman is murdered in her apartment, her body methodically cut into pieces, and there is no evidence at the crime scene. This is the first link in a chain of similar murders that Captain Lassalle will investigate. The detective’s suspicions fall on the blind Narvik man, despite his alibi and infirmity. Between the heroes of the thriller, a cunning game begins, where only one will win.

Original title:
A l’aveugle

Genre:
Action, thriller

Actors:
Jacques Gamblin, Lambert Wilson, Rafael Agoge…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Always (2011)

The list of films about blind people cannot be complete without the famous South Korean movie hit about love that can survive all adversity. Jung-hwa lost her sight in an accident. But despite this, the girl continues to enjoy every day. Another hero of the melodrama is the former  boxer Chul-min, who works as a security guard and has a dark past. A chance meeting of heroes turns their fates upside down. The guy decides to return to the ring so that his beloved has a chance to see the world again.

Original title:
Ojik geudaeman

Genre:
Melodrama, Action

Actors:
So Ji-sop, Han Hyo-ju, Yoon Jong-hwa …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
16+


Epiphany (2010)

Julia suffers from a progressive eye disease that has already taken 20% of her vision. However, this is not the worst thing that could happen to her. The woman’s twin sister, Sarah, blind from the same genetic disease, was found hanged in her basement. Julia refuses to believe in the version of suicide, suspecting her sister’s mysterious boyfriend of the incident. The heroine of the Spanish thriller needs to figure out what is happening before she plunges into darkness.

Original title:
Los ojos de Julia

Genre:
Thriller, detective

Actors:
Belen Rueda, Lewis Omar, Pablo Derki…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Broken Embraces (2009)

The plot of the film is based on the dramatic story of a director who became blind due to a car accident. Mateo lives a reclusive life under the pseudonym Harry Kane, he is visited by his friend Judith and her son Diego, who helps the man write scripts. One day, all three learn about the death of a famous businessman , with whom the hero was connected by a long, difficult story that ended in a car accident and the death of his beloved. Immersed in memories, Mateo begins to tell Diego how it was.

Original title:
Los abrazos rotos

Genre:
Thriller, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Penelope Cruz, Lewis Omar, Blanca Portillo …

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Blindness (2008)

The film  is based on the book of the same name by Jose Saramago and takes the viewer to a metropolis where a mysterious epidemic deprives the inhabitants of the city of sight. Inexplicably, only one woman is immune to the disease and remains sighted. All infected are sent to a special isolation ward, which is surrounded by the military. Our heroine goes there after her blind husband to support him. So she becomes a hope not only for her husband, but also for other patients.

Original title:
Blindness

Genre:
Fiction, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael Garcia Bernal …

Country:
Brazil, Canada, Japan, UK, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Blind date (2005)

As a child, Danny lost almost 100% of his vision. Now he is 22 and he still has not had a relationship, because the guy does not believe that someone can fall in love with a cripple. To change the situation, he agrees to risky treatment and meets a girl in the hospital – Indian Lisa. However, the beauty is already engaged to a compatriot and must marry according to family traditions. So that the guy does not fall into despair at all, his brother comes to his aid. He undertakes to arrange Danny’s personal life and organizes several dates for him, but our hero cannot get Lisa out of his head.

Original title:
Blind Dating

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Chris Pine, Eddie Kay Thomas, Anjali Jai …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Ray (2004)

The rated biopic is based on the biography of a real person – jazz artist Ray Charles. The plot follows a talented man from childhood, when the future musician was completely blind, but had already begun to show interest in music, until the moment he created his own group. The film shows the story of Ray’s life, where there was a place not only for a dream and a career, but also for drugs , envious people, racial hatred , dishonest managers and illegitimate children.

Original title:
Ray

Genre:
Drama, biography, music

Actors:
Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Zatoichi (2003)

Comedy samurai film from director Takeshi Kitano tells about the blind old man Zatoichi. Few people know that the humble masseur and dice player is actually a martial artist , able to lay down anyone, despite his physical ailment. One day the hero finds himself in a small town located in the mountains, where he meets two geishas. Beautiful but dangerous girls have arrived here to avenge the murder of their parents, and Zatoichi finds himself embroiled in a bloody vendetta.

Original title:
Zatôichi

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Ookusu …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
16+


Hollywood Finale (2002)

Once-acclaimed director Val Waxman is now directing commercials and is experiencing a creative block. However, he soon gets a chance to return to feature films. But bad luck, because of a psychosomatic disorder, our hero loses his sight. Do you think he will refuse the offer? Of course not! Taking a few friends as assistants, Val goes to the set, intending to shoot a real super hit, being in absolute darkness.

Original title:
Hollywood Ending

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Woody Allen, Téa Leoni, George Hamilton…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Dancer in the Dark (2000)

In the center of the musical drama is the emigrant Selma, played by the famous Icelandic singer Björk. The woman came to the US with her son for a better life, but for now they spend the night in a trailer and barely make ends meet. Selma works in a factory where no one knows that due to illness she is gradually losing her sight. Her main goal is to accumulate funds so that her son does not suffer the same fate. And her main passion is musicals . To escape from worries, a woman is increasingly immersed in a fantasy world where she is the star of the stage and everyone around her applauds.

Original title:
Dancer in the Dark

Genre:
Musical, drama, crime

Actors:
Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse…

Country:
Denmark, Sweden, USA, Argentina, UK, Germany, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Smell of a Woman (1992)

The hero of the film is a former intelligence colonel Frank, and now just a blind middle-aged man with a bad temper, decides to celebrate Thanksgiving in New York. Worried relatives hire a needy student, Charlie, as a companion. Together they will spend an unforgettable weekend, where Frank will share with a young inexperienced guy his experience in various areas of life, showing by his own example what it means to be a man.

Original title:
Scent of a Woman

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell, James Rebhorn …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.0

Age Limits :
16+


Blind Fury (1989)

During the Vietnam War, Nick Parker lost not only his comrades, but also his eyesight. However, he is not defenseless blind, as one might think. The Orientals taught him to use other senses and masterfully handle the blade. Now the war is over, but the hero will still have to embark on a bloody path again, because his friend fell into the hands of the mafia . It’s time for blind fury and retribution!

Original title:
Blind Fury

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Rutger Hauer, Terry O’Quinn, Brandon Call …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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