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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 53 thrillers in this list.

  • Memento

    2

  • The Lookout

    4

  • Mulholland Drive

    7

  • The Machinist

    8

  • Matchstick Men

    13

  • Mystic River

    19

  • Martha Marcy May Marlene

    22

  • Cube

    27

  • Pi

    28

  • Michael Clayton

    34

  • Misery

    39

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    40

  • The Memory of a Killer

    42

  • Psycho

    44

  • Primal Fear

    46

  • Black Swan

    48

  • Hard Candy

    52

  • Cape Fear

    54

  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    56

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    57

  • No Country for Old Men

    59

  • The Dark Knight

    60

  • Orphan

    61

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    62

  • Side Effects

    63

  • Stoker

    64

  • Play Misty for Me

    65

  • American Psycho

    66

  • Angst

    67

  • Bug

    74

  • The Living and the Dead

    75

  • Take Shelter

    77

  • Traffic

    85

  • The Shining

    98

  • Blue Velvet

    99

  • Antichrist

    102

  • Mother

    120

  • Dead Man's Shoes

    124

  • Magic Magic

    125

  • Simon Killer

    128

  • Another Day in Paradise

    130

  • The Chaser

    131

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    132

  • Dead Again

    138

  • Extracted

    140

  • Bubba Ho-tep

    141

  • Lost Highway

    145

  • Inland Empire

    146

  • The Headless Woman

    150

  • I Saw the Devil

    152

  • Gabriel

    157

  • Frankie & Alice

    160

  • Split

    165