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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 148 dramatic films in this list.

  • The Lookout

    4

  • Paris, Texas

    5

  • Mulholland Drive

    7

  • The Machinist

    8

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    9

  • Mysterious Skin

    10

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    11

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    12

  • Matchstick Men

    13

  • The Deer Hunter

    14

  • Coming Home

    15

  • Sophie's Choice

    16

  • Jacob's Ladder

    17

  • Saving Private Ryan

    18

  • Mystic River

    19

  • Speak

    20

  • Waltz with Bashir

    21

  • Martha Marcy May Marlene

    22

  • The Master

    23

  • Adaptation.

    24

  • Bubble

    25

  • The King's Speech

    26

  • Pi

    28

  • Adam

    29

  • Temple Grandin

    30

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    31

  • Manic

    32

  • The Hours

    33

  • Michael Clayton

    34

  • Leaving Las Vegas

    35

  • The Virgin Suicides

    36

  • Melancholia

    37

  • The King of Comedy

    38

  • Misery

    39

  • Lars and the Real Girl

    41

  • The Memory of a Killer

    42

  • Amour

    43

  • Psycho

    44

  • Persona

    45

  • Primal Fear

    46

  • Fight Club

    47

  • Black Swan

    48

  • Girl, Interrupted

    49

  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    50

  • The Woodsman

    51

  • Hard Candy

    52

  • Little Children

    53

  • Cape Fear

    54

  • A Clockwork Orange

    55

  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    56

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    57

  • Monster

    58

  • No Country for Old Men

    59

  • The Dark Knight

    60

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    62

  • Side Effects

    63

  • Stoker

    64

  • Play Misty for Me

    65

  • American Psycho

    66

  • Angst

    67

  • Shine

    69

  • Through a Glass Darkly

    70

  • Clean, Shaven

    71

  • Julien Donkey-Boy

    72

  • Igby Goes Down

    73

  • The Living and the Dead

    75

  • Reprise

    76

  • Take Shelter

    77

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    78

  • The Spectacular Now

    79

  • Oslo, August 31st

    80

  • Enter the Void

    81

  • Candy

    82

  • Spun

    83

  • Blow

    84

  • Traffic

    85

  • Requiem for a Dream

    86

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    87

  • Trainspotting

    88

  • The Basketball Diaries

    89

  • Drugstore Cowboy

    90

  • Sid & Nancy

    91

  • Christiane F.

    92

  • My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

    93

  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    94

  • Awakenings

    95

  • Taxi Driver

    96

  • Being There

    97

  • May

    101

  • Antichrist

    102

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    103

  • Good Will Hunting

    104

  • Short Term 12

    105

  • Shame

    106

  • Polytechnique

    107

  • Goodbye Solo

    108

  • Blue Valentine

    109

  • The Piano Teacher

    110

  • Nymphomaniac

    111

  • Zero Day

    112