30 Classic Movies Dealing With Mental Health


These 30 movie classic sheds the light on mental health awareness with different perspectives. Check them out!


1.) Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)- This is a compilation of 5 stories surrounding mental illness with an all-star cast. Lucy has schizophrenia, Grace’s mother is bi-polar, Alison’s family is ruled by her sister’s sickness, Eddie is severely depressed, and Maggie fights PTSD.

2.) A Beautiful Mind (2001)After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

3.) Girl, Interrupted (1999)Based on writer Susanna Kaysen’s account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the late 1960’s.

4.) Frankie & Alice (2010)A drama centered on a go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and begins working with a psychotherapist to uncover the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.

5.) Sybil (1976)A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed sixteen different personalities is treated by a doctor.

6.) It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)- A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.

7.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

8.) Matchstick Men (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.

9.) 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.

10.) Black Swan (2010)- A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”.

11.) Inside Out (2015)After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

12.) I am Sam (2001)- A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

13.) Still Alice (2014)- A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

14.) Helen (2009)- A talented professor is forced to come to terms with her clinical depression.

15.) Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)- A father struggling with bipolar disorder tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task any easier.

16.) Out of Darkness (1994)A paranoid schizophrenic woman finds treatment to her mental illness after 18 years of suffering.

17.) Henry and Verlin (1996)Verlin is 9 years old and does not talk, nor does he even seem to hear. Henry, a child-like adult, befriends Verlin and pulls him from his shell.

18.) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)After his father’s death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally-disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother. This situation is suddenly challenged though, when love unexpectedly walks into his life.

19.) American Beauty (1999)A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.

20.) Little Miss Sunshine (2006)A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

21.) Ordinary People (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.

22.) The Three Faces of Eve (1957)- A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder.

23.) The Soloist (2009)A newspaper journalist discovers a homeless musical genius and tries to improve his situation.

24.) We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

25.) Good Will Hunting (1997)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.

26.) Rachel Getting Married (2008)- A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister’s wedding.

27.)To The Bone (2017)- A young woman, dealing with anorexia, meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life.

28.) One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (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.

29.) Moonlight (2016)- A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

30.) Carrie Pilby (2016)– A person of high intelligence struggles to make sense of the world as it relates to morality, relationships, sex, and leaving her apartment.

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