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Mental Disorders in Cinema: 150+ Great Depictions

Note: in dire need of an update. Prior to adding Tyrannosaur, Frownland, Notes on a Scandal, & To the Bone on 12/03/17, and Nyctophobia today, I hadn't added to (or removed from) this list in nine months or so.

I got my bachelor's degree in abnormal psychology, and I've always been interested in the depiction of this subject matter in cinema. This list covers a very broad range illnesses and even includes films which only briefly cover certain specific disorders (e.g. the character of Curtis' mother in Take Shelter). If you'd like me to specify how a certain film qualifies for the list, leave a question in the comments. A number of these choices are somewhat speculative, but please make sure…

There are 40 crime films in this list.

  • The Lookout

    4

  • Matchstick Men

    13

  • Mystic River

    19

  • Adaptation.

    24

  • Bubble

    25

  • The Memory of a Killer

    42

  • Primal Fear

    46

  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    56

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    57

  • Monster

    58

  • No Country for Old Men

    59

  • The Dark Knight

    60

  • Side Effects

    63

  • Play Misty for Me

    65

  • American Psycho

    66

  • Angst

    67

  • Clean, Shaven

    71

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    78

  • Spun

    83

  • Blow

    84

  • Traffic

    85

  • Requiem for a Dream

    86

  • Trainspotting

    88

  • The Basketball Diaries

    89

  • Drugstore Cowboy

    90

  • Taxi Driver

    96

  • Blue Velvet

    99

  • Polytechnique

    107

  • Bully

    114

  • Mother

    120

  • Filth

    122

  • Dead Man's Shoes

    124

  • The Dirties

    129

  • Another Day in Paradise

    130

  • The Chaser

    131

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    132

  • Bronson

    135

  • Bad Lieutenant

    147

  • Observe and Report

    149

  • Elephant

    158