Great films that focus primarily on mental illness?

I have to write an essay about a film that revolves around mental illness (es). Any suggestions?


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  • Here's a link that has lots of movies: en.wikipedia.org/.../List_of_films_featuring_mental_disorders

    I can give you my views on some of the movies if you like. Or do you have a certain illness you were more interested in?

    One of my favorite movies is Memento. It uses anterograde amnesia. There have been many scientific responses that say it was one of the most realistic representations of that illness in film.

    There's a film called Spider with Ralph Fiennes. The list categorizes it in schizophrenia. That seemed like a very well represented portrayal of it.

    I'm really into movies, so if you want to talk about any of them I'm open to the discussion. If you have an idea of where you want your essay to go I might be able to skim movies to focus more on. Good luck with your essay.

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    • I'm probably most interested in personality and mood disorders.

    • Antisocial Personality Disorder
      Rope
      A Clockwork Orange
      Kalifornia
      The Talented Mr. Ripley
      We Need to Talk about Kevin
      Nightcrawler
      The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
      Drive

      Borderline Personality Disorder
      Misery
      The Cable Guy
      American Psycho
      One Hour Photo
      Silver Linings Playbook
      Side Effects
      The Skeleton Twins
      Welcome to Me

      Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
      What About Bob?
      As Good as it Gets
      Matchstick Men
      The Aviator

      Anxiety Disorders
      Punch-Drunk Love
      Adaptation
      The King's Speech

      Bipolar Disorder
      The Informant
      Mr. Nobody
      Infinitely Polar Bear

      The United States of Leland: I'm not sure what category it would belong in. From what I remember, it would be some sort of personality disorder.

      Hope that helps.

    • Thanks for Most Helpful.

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What Guys Said 17

  • "Girl Interrupted" is about a teen psych ward for girls and acts as a great commentary on how truly and utterly screwed the mental healthcare system is in America. I know from personal experience that when I was receiving help once for a mental related problem, the workers including a paramedic and police officer simply told me about a "special pill" that can "make all of your problems go away." Not lying. Instead of truly talking to me or trying to approach this professionally, they just wanted to drug me up.

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  • If I remember correctly Sliver Linings is a good one the one with Jennifer Lawrence and Brad Pitt (I think). Concussion might be a good one too

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    • *Silver Linings

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    • @mrf284212 thanks! I know it was one of the Brads 👌🏻

    • Lol, I didn't even realize they were both Brad's. It's weird how sometimes words look completely different with certain characteristics. I was wondering how you came to Brad Pitt, but it makes sense. Thanks for helping me realize their similar names.

  • The guy that wrote kids and Gummo made a good one about a girl with schizophrenia, Just can't remember the name of it.
    I also like girl interrupted and Prozac nation for realism.

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  • A Beautiful Mind is a good one. Think it won best picture.

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  • Benny and joon

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  • Jacket
    Sling Blade
    Girl Interrupted
    Shutter Island
    The Silence of the Lambs
    Donnie Darko

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  • Black Swan. Plus you get to see Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis go at it...

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  • A beautiful mind - Schizophrenia
    X + Y and Rain Man - Autism
    Shutter Island - Psychosis

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  • Forrest Gump

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  • Do you mean something like "Asylum " ? Horror is fine?

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    • Horror could work, yeah, as long as mental illness is the main focus.

  • A Moment to Remember.

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  • Radio

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  • Old one... One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

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  • A Beautiful Mind

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  • The story of your life

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  • K-Pax

    Rain Man

    13 Going on 30

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  • Taxi Driver, Harvey, Donnie Darko

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What Girls Said 2

  • Depression:
    - Melancholia
    - The Virgin Suicides
    - Inside Out (I'm not sure if this is explicitly stated)
    - Little Miss Sunshine

    Schizophrenia:
    - Benny and Joon (not explicitly stated as sz. but pretty obvious)
    - Black Swan
    - A Beautiful Mind
    - Donnie Darko

    Bipolar:
    - The Hours
    - Silver Linings Playbook

    Autism:
    - Rain Man
    - What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    Antisocial personality disorder:
    - We Need To Talk About Kevin

    Borderline personality disorder:
    - American Psycho

    I probably know more but my laptop is about to die :P

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    • I was just about to say We Need to Talk About Kevin. Great film! 👍🏻

  • Literally any movie ever...

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