Movies with Psychological disorders

October 4, 2016

2. Silver Linings Playbook

Image of Un tramway nommé désirThere are hundreds of extremely worthy films that have been made over the years that deal with the issue of mental illness, but these ones are fantastic and (in most cases) very educational. They deal with issues across a broad spectrum of mental illnesses, disorders, and clinical psychoses. Films are listed in chronological order, with the conditions they deal with in the notes. Enjoy!


Un tramway nommé désir (1951)

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. (122 mins.)

“ Histrionic personality disorder ” - uhrdavid


Psychose (1960)

A Phoenix secretary steals $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. (109 mins.)

“ Dissociative disorder (multiple personality disorder) ” - uhrdavid


Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou (1975)

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)

“ Anti-social personality disorder ” - uhrdavid


Des gens comme les autres (1980)

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. (124 mins.)

“ Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Clinical depression ” - uhrdavid

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Liaison fatale (1987)

A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family. (119 mins.)

“ Borderline personality disorder ” - uhrdavid


Rain Man (1988)

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)

“ Autism affective disorder ” - uhrdavid


Misery (1990)

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse. (107 mins.)

“ Bipolar disorder ” - uhrdavid


L'échelle de Jacob (1990)

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam war veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. (113 mins.)

“ Dissociative disorder ” - uhrdavid


Gilbert Grape (1993)

After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life. (118 mins.)

Image of Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou“ Autism affective disorder ” - uhrdavid


Benny & Joon (1993)

A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton. (98 mins.)

“ Schizophrenia ” - uhrdavid


Virgin Suicides (1999)

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents. (97 mins.)

“ Clinical depression ” - uhrdavid


American Beauty (1999)

A bored suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)


Une vie volée (1999)

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s. (127 mins.)

“ Anti-social personality disorder, Borderline personality disorder ” - uhrdavid


Fight Club (1999)

An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more... (139 mins.)


Fou(s) d'Irène (2000)

A nice-guy cop with dissociative identity disorder must protect a woman on the run from a corrupt ex-boyfriend and his associates. (116 mins.)


American Psycho (2000)

Image of Des gens comme les autresA wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)

“ Anti-social personality disorder, Narcissistic personality disorder ” - uhrdavid


Punch-drunk love - Ivre d'amour (2002)

A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding. (95 mins.)

“ Schizoaffective disorder ” - uhrdavid


Les associés (2003)

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. (116 mins.)

“ Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Anxiety Disorder (Agoraphobia) ” - uhrdavid


Brødre (2004)

Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan. (117 mins.)

“ Post traumatic stress disorder ” - uhrdavid


The Machinist (2004)

An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. (101 mins.)

“ Insomnia induced psychogenic amnesia ” - uhrdavid


Petits suicides entre amis (2006)

A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide. (88 mins.)


À coeur ouvert (2007)

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. (124 mins.)

“ Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ” - uhrdavid


“ Delusional psychotic disorder ” - uhrdavid


Le nombre 23 (2007)

Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise. (101 mins.)


Le soliste (2009)

A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper. (117 mins.)


Black Swan (2010)

A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)

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