films The Best Movies About Eating Disorders  

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List Rules Movies about eating disorders and body image issues.

News of an amazing singer like Karen Carpenter tragically dying, the struggles that athletes, dancers, and gymnastics have over being more thin, people who struggle with body image, and the psychological issues that haunt people who have severe food issues – these are all things that might cross your mind when thinking about eating disorders. These issues are unfortunately prevalent enough in today's society that many films have been made about the subject.
Some of the best movies tell the story of a true event that happened in a person’s life, helping to make something difficult to understand more accessible. Many of the movies featured on this list take an honest look at what makes a person truly struggle with an eating disorder, how it affects their family and close friends and how people who struggle with this disorder can overcome it. Other films are fictional stories, but no less impactful.

This list has the best movies about eating disorders including: Heathers, Girl, Interrupted, Center Stage, and Perfect Body. Vote up your favorite films on this list or add one you love that isn't already included.

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To the Bone Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston To the Bone is a 2017 American drama film, written and directed by Marti Noxon. The film follows a girl named Ellen (Lily Collins) as she battles anorexia.

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Sharing the Secret Mare Winningham, Diane Ladd, Tim Matheson Sharing the Secret is a 2000 American television drama film about a teenage girl's struggle with bulimia and its effect on her parents and friends. Originally airing on CBS television networks in the United States, the film has also aired on ...more

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Girl, Interrupted Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg Girl, Interrupted is a 1999 American drama film, and an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen's 1993 memoir of the same name. The film chronicles Kaysen's 18-month stay at a mental institution. Directed by James Mangold, the film stars Winona Ryder as ...more

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A Secret Between Friends

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Perfect Body Wendie Malick, Amy Jo Johnson, Cathy Rigby Perfect Body is a 1997 American drama film about a young gymnast who develops an eating disorder. It originally aired on NBC on September 8, 1997. It has since aired on Lifetime and ABC Family and been released on DVD. The film stars former ...more

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Thin The 2006 cinéma vérité documentary film, Thin, directed by Lauren Greenfield and distributed by HBO, is an exploration of The Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Florida; a 40-bed residential facility for the treatment of ...more

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For the Love of Nancy Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tracey Gold, Jill Clayburgh For the Love of Nancy is a 1994 television film directed by Paul Schneider. The film, based on a true story, deals with anorexia nervosa. Lead actress Tracey Gold was actually recovering from the disease while making the movie and used her own ...more

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When Friendship Kills Ryan Reynolds, Lynda Carter, Marley Shelton When Friendship Kills, also released as A Secret Between Friends: A Moment of Truth Movie, is a 1996 American television film directed by James A. Contner. The movie is a part of the Moment of Truth franchise and deals with the danger of ...more

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The Karen Carpenter Story Louise Fletcher, Cynthia Gibb, Peter Michael Goetz The Karen Carpenter Story is an American television film about singer Karen Carpenter and the brother-and-sister pop music duo of which she was a part, The Carpenters. The film aired on the CBS television network on January 1, 1989. Directed by ...more

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Kate's Secret Ed Asner, Mackenzie Phillips, Meredith Baxter Kate's Secret is a 1986 television film starring Meredith Baxter Birney, Ben Masters, Tracy Nelson, and Edward Asner. The film's plot, about a seemingly "perfect" suburban housewife and mother who is secretly suffering from bulimia ...more

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Dying to Dance Kimberly McCullough, Mary-Margaret Humes Dying to Dance is a film directed by Mark Haber released on August 12, 2001.

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Dying to Be Thin

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The Best Little Girl in the World Jennifer Jason Leigh The Best Little Girl in the World is a 1981 television film directed by Sam O'Steen and executive produced by Aaron Spelling. The film is based upon the 1978 novel of the same name written by Steven Levenkron. ...more

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Center Stage Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull, Donna Murphy Center Stage is a 2000 American teen drama film, directed by Nicholas Hytner, about a group of young dancers from various backgrounds who enroll at the fictitious American Ballet Academy in New York City. The film explores the issues and ...more

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Secret Life of Mary Margaret

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Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Little Girls in Pretty Boxes is a film directed by Christopher Leitch released on January 19, 1997.

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Hunger Point Christina Hendricks, Barbara Hershey, Susan May Pratt Hunger Point is a 2003 drama film directed by Joan Micklin Silver.

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Likeness Elle Fanning, Eugenia Kuzmina, Ximena Prieto Likeness is a 2013 short drama film written and directed by Rodrigo Prieto.

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Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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Elvis and Anabelle Blake Lively, Mary Steenburgen, Joe Mantegna Elvis and Anabelle is an American romantic drama, directed by Will Geiger. It premiered on March 10, 2007 at the South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas. Premiered on HBO in September/October 2012. ...more

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Welcome to the Quiet Room Yū Aoi, Yuki Uchida, Hideaki Anno Welcome to the Quiet Room is a Japanese movie released in 2007 in Japan, directed by Suzuki Matsuo. It is set in a psychiatric hospital. The movie stars Yuki Uchida in the main role, and features two famous movie and anime directors in ...more

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Life Is Sweet Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis Life Is Sweet is a 1990 British comedy-drama film directed by Mike Leigh, starring Jim Broadbent, Alison Steadman, Claire Skinner, Jane Horrocks and Timothy Spall. Leigh's third cinematic film, it was his most commercially successful title at ...more

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Perfect Illusions

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