10 Best Movies That Use Sign Language, According to IMDb | Collider

American Sign language holds a unique and profound significance as a vital means of communication for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Therefore, when the characters use sign language in films, it creates a powerful cinematic experience that connects with audiences deeply.

Whether the film starred deaf characters, featured a deaf character, or prominently used sign language as a form of communication, they hold special significance for viewers. It demonstrates how sign language can be executed in films, and captivate audiences.

10. ‘The Silence’ (2019)
IMDb Score: 5.3/10

Released in 2019, The Silence is a post-apocalyptic horror film where the story follows a deaf girl Ally (Kiernan Shipka), and her family, navigating the world by communicating through sign language. Sign language played a crucial role in The Silenceas it was the characters’ primary means of communication.

The movie had a powerful representation of deaf culture, as it showcased sign language in its storytelling. Fans praised the cast, music, and scenes, highlighting the use of sign language.

9. ‘Wonderstruck’ (2017)

IMDb Score: 6.2/10

Wonderstruck follows two kids across two eras. In the 1920s, a young deaf girl named Rose (Millicent Simmonds) searches for her idol, and in the 1970s, a deaf boy named Ben (Oakes Fegley) searches for his father.

The film expertly uses sign language as a form of communication and expression for the characters and portrays the deaf experience. Although some felt that the story went a bit slow, many viewers praised Wonderstruck for a great concept surrounding two deaf characters.

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