30 Great Movies About Mental Illness

There are hundreds of extremely worthy films that have been made over the years that deal with the issue of mental illness, but these ones are fantastic and (in most cases) very educational. They deal with issues across a broad spectrum of mental illnesses, disorders, and clinical psychoses. Films are listed in chronological order, with the conditions they deal with in the notes. Enjoy!
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1.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. (122 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Histrionic personality disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
2.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Dissociative disorder (multiple personality disorder) ” - uhrdavid
 
3.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Anti-social personality disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
4.
Ordinary People (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son. (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Clinical depression ” - uhrdavid
 
5.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family. (119 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ Borderline personality disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
6.
Rain Man (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Autism affective disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
7.
Misery (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Bipolar disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
8.
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. (113 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ Dissociative disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
9.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life. (118 mins.)
“ Autism affective disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
10.
Benny & Joon (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton. (98 mins.)
“ Schizophrenia ” - uhrdavid
 
11.
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s. (97 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ Clinical depression ” - uhrdavid
 
12.
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Clinical depression ” - uhrdavid
 
13.
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s. (127 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Anti-social personality disorder, Borderline personality disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
14.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a alter-ego devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more... (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Dissociative disorder (multiple personality disorder) ” - uhrdavid
 
15.
Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A nice-guy cop with dissociative identity disorder must protect a woman on the run from a corrupt ex-boyfriend and his associates. (116 mins.)
“ Dissociative disorder (multiple personality disorder) ” - uhrdavid
 
16.
American Psycho (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
“ Anti-social personality disorder, Narcissistic personality disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
17.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding. (95 mins.)
“ Schizoaffective disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
18.
Matchstick Men (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly. (116 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Anxiety Disorder (Agoraphobia) ” - uhrdavid
 
19.
Brothers (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan. (117 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ Post traumatic stress disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
20.
The Machinist (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. (101 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
“ Insomnia induced psychogenic amnesia ” - uhrdavid
 
21.
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide. (88 mins.)
Director: Goran Dukic
“ Clinical depression ” - uhrdavid
 
22.
Reign Over Me (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief. (124 mins.)
Director: Mike Binder
“ Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ” - uhrdavid
 
23.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
“ Delusional psychotic disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
24.
The Number 23 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise. (101 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Dissociative disorder (multiple personality disorder) ” - uhrdavid
 
25.
The Soloist (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ Schizophrenia ” - uhrdavid
 
26.
Black Swan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Schizophrenia, Dissociative disorder, Borderline personality disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
27.
A Separation (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ Alzheimers ” - uhrdavid
 
28.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
“ Anti-social personality disorder ” - uhrdavid
 
29.
Robot & Frank (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team. (89 mins.)
Director: Jake Schreier
“ Dementia/Alzheimers ” - uhrdavid
 
30.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
“ Bipolar disorder ” - uhrdavid