Films about therapy (allmovie.com)

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1. 50/50 (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 325,226 | Gross: $35.01M

2. A Dangerous Method (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 101,960 | Gross: $5.70M

3. A.C.O.D. (2013)

R | 88 min | Comedy

50 Metascore

A grown man caught in the crossfire of his parents' 15-year divorce discovers he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children and is enlisted in a follow-up years later, which wreaks new havoc on his family.

Director: Stuart Zicherman | Stars: Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Jane Lynch

Votes: 13,383 | Gross: $0.17M

4. Thanks for Sharing (2012)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A romantic comedy that brings together three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging and often confusing world as they struggle together against a common demon: sex addiction.

Director: Stuart Blumberg | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad

Votes: 27,896 | Gross: $1.06M

5. Hope Springs (2012)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Jean Smart

Votes: 42,234 | Gross: $63.54M

6. For Love's Sake (2013)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Family

For Love's Sake is a faith-based drama based on a true story. After the tragic death of her husband, Mary Walker falls into a spiral of suicidal depression and subsequently loses custody of... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Walkington | Stars: Bruce Marchiano, Robert Purdy, Claire Walkington, Tara Ward

Votes: 46

7. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

R | 100 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo

Votes: 53,668 | Gross: $24.74M

8. Ordinary People (1980)

R | 124 min | Drama

86 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 50,425 | Gross: $54.80M

9. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 921,351 | Gross: $138.43M

10. The Fire Within (1963)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Depressed Alain Leroy leaves the clinic where he was detoxified. He meets friends, acquaintances and women, trying to find a reason to continue living. Will this help him?

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Maurice Ronet, Léna Skerla, Yvonne Clech, Hubert Deschamps

Votes: 9,188

11. Marwencol (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Documentary about Mark Hogancamp. After a vicious attack leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard. Inspired the movie Welcome to Marwen (2018)

Director: Jeff Malmberg | Stars: Mark Hogancamp, Emmanuel Nneji, Edda Hogancamp, Tom Neubauer

Votes: 3,569 | Gross: $0.11M

12. Sybil (1976)

198 min | Biography, Drama

A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed sixteen different personalities is treated by a doctor.

Stars: Joanne Woodward, Sally Field, Brad Davis, Martine Bartlett

Votes: 6,854

13. David and Lisa (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

Teenager David Clemens develops a hysterical fear that he will die if he comes into physical contact with another person. Perturbed, David's overbearing mother places him in a home for mentally disturbed young people.

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

Votes: 2,962 | Gross: $5.01M

14. The Wackness (2008)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Olivia Thirlby, Famke Janssen

Votes: 30,464 | Gross: $2.08M

15. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

Votes: 135,879 | Gross: $52.10M

16. The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Mystery

A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Joanne Woodward, David Wayne, Lee J. Cobb, Edwin Jerome

Votes: 7,766

17. Chances Are (1989)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

62 Metascore

A reincarnated man unknowingly falls in love with his own daughter from his previous life. Once he realizes this, he tries to end their relationship before angels erase his memory.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan O'Neal, Mary Stuart Masterson

Votes: 12,644 | Gross: $16.28M

18. Shortbus (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: Sook-Yin Lee, Peter Stickles, PJ DeBoy, Paul Dawson

Votes: 33,192 | Gross: $1.99M

19. High Anxiety (1977)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

55 Metascore

A psychiatrist with intense acrophobia (fear of heights) goes to work for a mental institution run by doctors who appear to be crazier than their patients, and have secrets that they are willing to commit murder to keep.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman

Votes: 21,561 | Gross: $31.06M

20. The Great New Wonderful (2005)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

The Great New Wonderful weaves five stories against the backdrop of an anxious and uncertain post-9-11 New York City.

Director: Danny Leiner | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Seth Gilliam, Jim Parsons, Martha Millan

Votes: 1,501 | Gross: $0.15M

21. Ira & Abby (2006)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

62 Metascore

A hastily married couple quickly devolve into a life of affairs, meddling parents, and therapy.

Director: Robert Cary | Stars: Jennifer Westfeldt, Chris Messina, Jason Alexander, David Margulies

Votes: 2,343 | Gross: $0.22M

22. Matchstick Men (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, Sam Rockwell, Bruce Altman

Votes: 128,880 | Gross: $36.91M

23. Panic (2000)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

Alex, a hit man, tries to get out of the family business, but his father won't let him do so. While seeking the help of a therapist, he meets a sexually charged 23-year-old woman with whom he falls in love.

Director: Henry Bromell | Stars: William H. Macy, Neve Campbell, John Ritter, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 8,402 | Gross: $0.78M

24. The Ninth Configuration (1980)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

46 Metascore

A former marine arrives at a mental asylum housed in a remote castle to run it. There he attempts to rehabilitate the patients by letting them act out their craziest fantasies and desires.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders

Votes: 7,494

25. You Kill Me (2007)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

64 Metascore

While drying out on the West Coast, an alcoholic hitman befriends a tart-tongued woman who might just come in handy when it's time for him to return to Buffalo and settle some old scores.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Téa Leoni, Luke Wilson, Dennis Farina

Votes: 18,373 | Gross: $2.43M

26. The Quiet One (1948)

65 min | Documentary, Drama

A documentary account of the rehabilitation at the Wiltwyck School of an emotionally disturbed Black boy who is unwanted, misunderstood, and inwardly tortured.

Director: Sidney Meyers | Stars: Gary Merrill, Donald Thompson, Clarence Cooper, Sadie Stockton

Votes: 269

27. Analyze This (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

A comedy about a psychiatrist whose number one patient is an insecure mob boss.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Chazz Palminteri

Votes: 151,093 | Gross: $106.89M

28. Special Treatment (2010)

Unrated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

49 Metascore

Drawing some intriguing parallels between the work of the prostitute and that of the psychiatrist-both have clients, both charge for sessions, both take on roles that serve the needs, ... See full summary »

Director: Jeanne Labrune | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Bouli Lanners, Sabila Moussadek, Richard Debuisne

Votes: 611 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Charlie Bartlett (2007)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school.

Director: Jon Poll | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings

Votes: 64,689 | Gross: $3.95M

30. Pressure Point (1962)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

A black prison psychiatrist is assigned the distasteful task of helping a paranoid American Nazi charged with sedition.

Directors: Hubert Cornfield, Stanley Kramer | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin, Peter Falk, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 1,596

31. The Treatment (2006)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

Jake Singer is at loose ends in New York City, and neck deep in psychoanalysis with the outrageous Dr. Morales, when he meets the enigmatic and beautiful widow Allegra Marshall.

Director: Oren Rudavsky | Stars: Chris Eigeman, Ian Holm, Famke Janssen, Stephanie March

Votes: 1,100 | Gross: $0.08M

32. The Psychiatrist (1970– )

60 min | Drama

Dr. James Whitman is a psychiatrist at a major LA facility who shakes things up with newer techniques, like group therapy. Dr. Altman is his sometime mentor who helps him evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment.

Stars: Roy Thinnes, Luther Adler, Pete Duel, John Rubinstein

Votes: 65

33. 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 late 1960s.

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

Votes: 177,515 | Gross: $28.87M

34. The Dark Past (1948)

Passed | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

An escaped psychopathic killer who takes the family and neighbors of police psychologist hostage reveals a recurring nightmare to the doctor.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: William Holden, Nina Foch, Lee J. Cobb, Adele Jergens

Votes: 1,712

35. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)

R | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A disturbed, institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: Bibi Andersson, Kathleen Quinlan, Ben Piazza, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 1,331

36. Prime (2005)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A career driven professional from Manhattan is wooed by a young painter, who also happens to be the son of her psychoanalyst.

Director: Ben Younger | Stars: Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, Bryan Greenberg, Jon Abrahams

Votes: 40,679 | Gross: $22.83M

37. Lifelines (2008)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

28 Metascore

A day that starts like any other turns out to be one family's bitterly hilarious, ultimately painful, day-long journey of self-realization. "Lifelines" chronicles the hapless Bernstein ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Margolies | Stars: Jane Adams, Josh Pais, Joe Morton, Robbie Sublett

Votes: 125

38. Nuts (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen Stapleton, Karl Malden

Votes: 6,336 | Gross: $30.95M

39. Couples Retreat (2009)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy

23 Metascore

A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional.

Director: Peter Billingsley | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman

Votes: 106,450 | Gross: $109.21M

40. Reign Over Me (2007)

R | 124 min | Drama

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Binder | Stars: Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler

Votes: 95,209 | Gross: $19.66M

41. Coming Apart (1969)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Psychiatrist installs a concealed movie camera in his apartment to record the screwed-up lives of the women who visit him.

Director: Milton Moses Ginsberg | Stars: Rip Torn, Sally Kirkland, Robert Blankshine, Darlene Cotton

Votes: 453

42. The Man Who Loved Women (1983)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A womanizing sculptor named David goes to seek help from a psychiatrist, Marianna, to cure him of his obsession with women.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Julie Andrews, Kim Basinger, Marilu Henner

Votes: 2,287 | Gross: $10.96M

43. Analyze That (2002)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime

37 Metascore

Mobster Paul Vitti is released into Dr. Ben Sobol's care, where only more chaos ensues.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli

Votes: 84,768 | Gross: $32.12M

44. The Fourth Kind (2009)

PG-13 | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

34 Metascore

A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Votes: 76,797 | Gross: $25.46M