A Disturbance Upstairs

by dog_lover_twelve | created - 06 Feb 2012 | updated - 15 Feb 2012 | Public

Mental Illness Movies.

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1. Shine (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd

Votes: 46,756 | Gross: $35.81M

Character- David Helfgott

Actor(s)- Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor

Diagnosis- Schizophrenia (possibly Disorganized)

2. The Butcher Boy (1997)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Eamonn Owens, Alan Boyle

Votes: 8,398 | Gross: $1.82M

Character- Francie Brady

Actor(s)- Eamonn Owens, Stephen Rea

Diagnosis- Paranoid Schizophrenia

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Character- Annie Brady

Actor(s)- Aisling O'Sullivan

Diagnosis- Bipolar Disorder

3. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 719,485 | Gross: $170.74M

Character- John Nash

Actor(s)- Russell Crowe

Diagnosis- Paranoid Schizophrenia

4. As Good as It Gets (1997)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 244,317 | Gross: $148.48M

Character- Melvin Udall

Actor(s)- Jack Nicholson

Diagnosis- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

5. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,566,249 | Gross: $37.03M

Character- Narrator

Actor(s)- Edward Norton

Diagnoses- *SPOILERS* Multiple Personality Disorder & Schizophrenia

6. The Living and the Dead (2006)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A descent into Hell is triggered when "Ex-Lord" Donald Brocklebank finds that he must leave Longleigh House for London to find a way to pay for the medical treatments for his wife Nancy. ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Rumley | Stars: Leo Bill, Roger Lloyd Pack, Kate Fahy, Sarah Ball

Votes: 2,045

Character- James Brocklebank

Actor(s)- Leo Bill

Diagnosis- Paranoid Schizophrenia

7. Spider (2002)

R | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 32,532 | Gross: $1.64M

8. Buddy Boy (1999)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

36 Metascore

An introvert relieves the tedium of caring for his invalid mother by spying on his neighbor.

Director: Mark Hanlon | Stars: Aidan Gillen, Emmanuelle Seigner, Susan Tyrrell, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 952 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

52 Metascore

A portrait of the effects of schizophrenia on family life is the central focus.

Director: Harmony Korine | Stars: Ewen Bremner, Brian Fisk, Chloë Sevigny, Werner Herzog

Votes: 5,894 | Gross: $0.08M

Character- Julien

Actor(s)- Ewen Bremner

Diagnosis- Paranoid Schizophrenia

11. Michael Clayton (2007)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

82 Metascore

A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit.

Director: Tony Gilroy | Stars: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 144,508 | Gross: $49.03M

12. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Vincent and the Doctor (2010)

TV-PG | 47 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor and Amy travel back in time to meet Vincent Van Gough and face an invisible monster that only the painter can see

Director: Jonny Campbell | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Tony Curran, Nik Howden

Votes: 7,281

13. Santa sangre (1989)

NC-17 | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A former circus artist escapes from a mental hospital to rejoin his armless mother - the leader of a strange religious cult - and is forced to enact brutal murders in her name as he becomes "her arms".

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou

Votes: 15,827

14. Zralok v hlave (2004)

75 min

Shark in the Head unfolds into a stunning cinematic powerhouse that combines comedy and drama for a touching story about how we influence the people we meet while being profoundly affected ... See full summary »

Director: Maria Procházková | Stars: Oldrich Kaiser, Jana Krausová, Kristýna Leichtová, David Máj

Votes: 86

15. Neverwas (2005)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A well-educated psychiatrist leaves an academic career to work at an institution where his father, a novelist, lived before writing a renowned children's book. Acclimating to his position, ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Michael Stern | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Ian McKellen, Brittany Murphy, Nick Nolte

Votes: 6,111

16. I Am Sam (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama

28 Metascore

A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

Director: Jessie Nelson | Stars: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 131,662 | Gross: $40.31M

17. Elling (2001)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and... See full summary »

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Jørgen Langhelle

Votes: 13,098 | Gross: $0.31M

18. David and Lisa (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

The emotional story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis in the environment of others with mental and emotional problems. He finds ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Keir Dullea, Janet Margolin, Howard Da Silva, Neva Patterson

Votes: 2,139

19. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 496,635 | Gross: $32.00M

20. Benny & Joon (1993)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Julianne Moore

Votes: 49,806 | Gross: $23.20M

21. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 140,232 | Gross: $28.87M

22. Red White & Blue (2010)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A woman attracts the attention of a psychopathic former Army interrogator and an emotionally fragile young man caring for his ailing mother.

Director: Simon Rumley | Stars: Amanda Fuller, Marc Senter, Jon Michael Davis, Nick Holden

Votes: 5,059

Character- Nate

Actor(s)- Noah Taylor

Diagnosis- Anti-Social Personality Disorder

23. Long Pigs (2007)

Not Rated | 81 min | Horror

A documentary by two desperate young filmmakers who stumble upon the ultimate subject, a 33 year old cannibalistic serial killer named Anthony McAllister, who has agreed to let them ... See full summary »

Directors: Nathan Hynes, Chris Power | Stars: Anthony Alviano, Jean-Marc Fontaine, Paul Fowles, Shane Harbinson

Votes: 590

Character- Anthony McAllister

Actor(s)- Anthony Aivano

Diagnosis- Anti-Social Personality Disorder

24. Keane (2004)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

79 Metascore

A man in his early 30s (Keane) struggles with the supposed loss of his daughter from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, while fighting serious battles with schizophrenia. We can ... See full summary »

Director: Lodge Kerrigan | Stars: Damian Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Amy Ryan, Liza Colón-Zayas

Votes: 4,988 | Gross: $0.03M

Character- WIlliam Keane

Actor(s)- Damien Lewis

Diagnosis- Paranoid Schizophrenia

25. Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

56 Metascore

Confounded by her clashes with the seemingly rule-obsessed world, a troubled young girl seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher.

Director: Daniel Barnz | Stars: Elle Fanning, Patricia Clarkson, Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman

Votes: 7,052 | Gross: $0.07M

Character- Phoebe Lichen

Actor(s)- Elle Fanning

Diagnosis- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

26. The Yarn Princess (1994 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Margaret, who has certain mental disabilities, struggles when her husband, Jake, is diagnosed with schizophrenia and the authorities wish to take her children away from her. She has to ... See full summary »

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Jean Smart, Robert Pastorelli, Dennis Boutsikaris, Justin Burnette

Votes: 196