There's the well-known film based on a play, "Children of a Lesser God," about a teacher of deaf children who falls in love with a deaf woman who refuses to learn to speak or lip read. Incidentally, it has a brief appearance by Linda Bove, the signing woman on Sesame Street.
Then there's the touching drama "Dear Frankie," set in Scotland. A single mother writes letters to her deaf son Frankie, pretending to be the boy's estranged father. When Frankie believes his dad is coming to their town on a merchant marine vessel, the mother looks for a man to pose as the boy's father for one day. It's surprisingly heartwarming and poignant.
As for blind people, try "A Patch of Blue," a classic film from the sixties with Sidney Poitier, Elizabeth Hartman, and Shelley Winters. A young blind woman lives with her drunk and abusive mother and grandfather. In a chance meeting at the park, she befriends a black man who develops protective, loving feelings for her and tries to help her learn how to get around in the world so she can break away from her family.
It's from the fifties and called Bright Victory which is a beautiful written film about blindness and friendships where you can be fooled by the voice.
Sidney Pitier did one with Shelley Winters in the sixties called Patch of Blue.
The movie "Miracle Worker" with Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft profiles the story of Helen Keller. Keller was blind and deaf and she was being taught to make noises, then spell, talk, read; basically communicate. This movie won Oscars for both Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft and I'd highly recommend it.
There is a movie that came out in 2008 that is for the deaf with captions for the hearing. I haven't seen it yet, so I don't know how it is. It is called Universal Signs.
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