List of films featuring diabetes
There is a body of films that feature diabetes as a major or minor characteristic. In the late twentieth century, most films' references to diabetes were minor, though diabetes "played a more significant role" in films like Steel Magnolias and Panic Room. Dr. Kevin L. Ferguson investigated such films in the Journal of Medical Humanities and reported, "Films that represent diabetes must work around the disease's banal invisibility, and images of diabetics in film are especially susceptible to metaphor and exaggeration." Everyday Health reported, "Sometimes, filmmakers get it wrong: mixing up different types of diabetes, imagining symptoms or complications that aren't accurate, or unfairly portraying another aspect of the condition."
List of films
|Alma||1999||A documentary film about Alma Thorpe, who suffers diabetes as well as schizophrenia and other psychoses.|
|Ambulance, TheThe Ambulance||1990||A rogue doctor in an ambulance kidnaps diabetics for his experiment.|
|Basic Instinct 2||2006||Insulin plays a role in the film as a red herring.|
|Beats, Rhymes & Life||2011||A documentary film about the band A Tribe Called Quest, including diabetic member Phife Dawg.|
|Big Nothing||2006||In the black comedy film, criminals kill a diabetic FBI agent by force-feeding him a lollipop.|
|Bread and Roses||2000||A married couple has financial difficulties because the husband has diabetes.|
|Brokedown Palace||1999||The father of one of the wrongfully imprisoned women is a diabetic.|
|Broken||2012||The coming-of-age film stars an 11-year-old diabetic.|
|Chocolat||2000||An old woman in the film hides her diabetes from her family.|
|Click||2006||The protagonist's father is a diabetic.|
|Cliffhanger||1993||The female pilot of the criminal gang radio for emergency backup and fake that they need insulin.|
|Con Air||1997||The film's protagonist helps one of the fellow convicts who is diabetic.|
|Confessional, TheThe Confessional||1995||A family mystery is investigated, and hereditary diabetes is a clue in establishing a family link.|
|Derailed||2005||The daughter of a blackmail victim is a diabetic.|
|Dog Day Afternoon||1975||The manager of the bank at which the robbery takes place is a diabetic.|
|Fed Up||2014||The documentary film highlights sugar as the reason for the prevalence of diabetes mellitus type 2 in the United States.|
|General, TheThe General||1998||The titular Irish crime boss Martin Cahill develops Type 2 diabetes.|
|Gigli||2003||A diabetic character is helped by another character.|
|Godfather Part III, TheThe Godfather Part III||1990||The film's crime boss suffers diabetic symptoms.|
|Gubra||2006||When a woman's father is hospitalized due to diabetic complications, she meets a man with whom she falls in love.|
|Half Baked||1998||The stoner comedy film features a diabetic horse.|
|Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters||2013||As a result of consuming too much candy in Hansel and Gretel, Hansel became diabetic and must periodically inject insulin.|
|It Runs in the Family||2003||The protagonist's wife suffers from diabetes and is on dialysis.|
|Jerry and Tom||1998||The film's hitman suffers from diabetes.|
|Just Before Dawn||1946||A criminal psychologist is tricked into injecting a diabetic with poison instead of insulin.|
|Mad Money||2008||One of the bank robbers is a diabetic.|
|Meeting Daddy||2000||The Colonel in the film has diabetes and uses a glucometer.|
|Memento||2000||In a side plot, a man with anterograde amnesia treats his diabetic wife.|
|Next Three Days, TheThe Next Three Days||2010||A husband attempts an escape plan for his wrongfully imprisoned and diabetic wife.|
|No Good Deed||2002||The film's diabetic police officer is shown performing a self-maintenance routine.|
|Nothing in Common||1986||The protagonist's parents divorce, and he learns that his diabetic father has been avoiding treatment.|
|Over the Brooklyn Bridge||1984||The lead character Alby (played by Elliott Gould) has diabetes.|
|Panic Room||2002||A young diabetic girl and her mother are trapped in a safe room during a home invasion.|
|Patch Adams||1998||The comedy-drama film, based on Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams, depicts a scene in which medical residents scrutinize a gurney-bound patient with diabetics, and Patch Adams, unlike the others, asks for the patient's name.|
|Planet of Junior Brown, TheThe Planet of Junior Brown||2000||A diabetic character is helped by another character.|
|Regarding Henry||1991||The film's attorney, recovering from a shooting, meets an elderly diabetic man.|
|Reversal of Fortune||1990||A husband defends against charges that he killed his diabetic wife.|
|Scarecrow Gone Wild||2004||A college-age man suffers a diabetic shock as a result of a prank but is resurrected as a killer scarecrow.|
|Soul Food||1997||A matriarch's refusal to address her diabetes leads to her death and her family falling apart.|
|Species||1995||An alien seductress rejects and kills a candidate mate because he is diabetic.|
|Steel Magnolias||1989||A recent bride suffers from diabetes.|
|This Old Cub||2004||A documentary film about diabetic baseball player Ron Santo.|
|To Kill a Man||2014||A diabetic caretaker of a forest preserve has his medicine stolen, and his son's attempt to recover the medicine leads to the family being terrorized by the gang that stole it.|
|Warlock||1989||A witch hunter enlists a sidekick who is diabetic.|
|Weavers: Wasn't That a Time!, TheThe Weavers: Wasn't That a Time!||1982||The documentary film shows the band The Weavers, including the diabetic bass vocalist Lee Hays.|
|Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name?||1971||The film's diabetic amateur sleuth helped by another character.|
|Witches, TheThe Witches||1990||The young protagonist's grandmother has diabetes.|
|Wonderful World||2009||The protagonist's roommate falls into a diabetic coma, and the protagonist falls in love with the roommate's sister who comes to visit.|
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