Movies about brain injury you need to watch (the 6 best)

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Brain injuries are traumatic, and when they happen they can be life-changing. It's also an issue that is prevalent and seems to be hard to prevent in many circumstances. For this reason, it's no surprise to see that there are lots of movies about brain injury, many of which are very insightful and a fascinating watch. We thought it would be good to round up our favorite movies in this category - the brain injury movies that we think are the best. Let's get into the list:

The Crash Reel (2013)

This documentary is all about snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who suffers a brain injury while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics. This film is about the injury, which was partly fuelled by Pearce's fierce rivalry with Shaun White which caused him to keep pushing himself, but is also about his incredible comeback after his injury. The film shows how he was lucky to survive, but also the strength he needed to bounce back.

Head Games (2012)

This documentary features football player and pro-wrestler Chris Nowinski, who goes on a journey to learn more about the impact of repeated concussions and subconcussive blows. This documentary is great because it doesn't just give the perspectives of experts, it also features interviews with athletes, their families, and journalists. We highly recommend you watch it. You can stream this movie with Tubi.

Concussion (2015)

This film starring Will Smith really brought the topic of concussion to the forefront of the conversation across sport when it was released in 2015. Smith plays a doctor who is determined to raise awareness about the risk of brain injuries from football-related head trauma, after doing an autopsy on a retired NFL player and seeing that he was suffering from neurological deterioration similar to Alzheimer's disease. It's a great movie and we highly recommend you watch it.

Coma (2007)

This documentary follows 4 young people who have all suffered brain injuries, and who are now in recovery after waking from their comas at a medical facility in New Jersey. The film follows each of their journeys as they try to get back to normal through the people of doctors, therapists, and their families. This is a difficult watch, particularly when the people in the movie are so young, but we think it does an excellent job at demonstrating how hard it is to recover after a serious brain injury.

Quiet Explosions: Healing the Brain (2020)

This is another documentary following people in the aftermath of a serious brain injury, this time following 10 different people of all ages and backgrounds including athletes, veterans, and civilians. The film follows the Warrior Angels Foundation, an organization that helps people to overcome Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD so they can regain their normal life. This documentary is particularly interesting because it features a lot of big-name athletes and shows how they managed to overcome their brain issues, including people like Anthony Davis and Shawn Dollar. You can stream this documentary via Hoopla.

Marwencol (2010)

Our last movie in this list is a little different because although this documentary follows a man called Mark who was once beaten into a brain-damaging coma, it is about his life after the coma and the positivity that he tries to foster. Mark builds a small town in his house and calls it Marwencol. He fills the town with dolls that represent his friends and family, and he finds that interacting with the town improves his hand-eye coordination and other aspects of his injury. What we love about this film is that firstly Mark comes across as a genuinely kind and warm person and that he also discovers a skill and passion for art in the aftermath of his brain injury. We found this movie really uplifting and we recommend you give it a watch, you can stream this movie via Kanopy.