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List Rules Vote up your favorite movies in which a character experiences a nervous breakdown or deals with life after a mental break.

Everyone goes a little mad sometimes, and that's why mental breakdown films are favorites among movie-goers. The top nervous breakdown movies feature an unhinged character diving deeper and deeper into his or her own psychosis. This is a list of the best movies about a nervous breakdown including everything from Shutter Island to What About Bob? to Falling Down.

What films will you find on this list of mental illness movies? Taxi Driver scored Robert De Niro an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Travis Bickle, a cabbie who becomes consumed with thoughts of the cesspool of New York City and its corrupt politicians. Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho reigns supreme among crazy person movies, thanks to a chilling performance by Anthony Perkins. The best film set in a mental hospital might just be be One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson. Other acclaimed films about mental breakdowns include Punch Drunk Love, Silver Linings Playbook, and A Clockwork Orange.

It's up to you to determine which nervous breakdown movie deserves the top spot on this list. Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any great features that are missing.

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins Psycho is a 1960 Psychological thriller and horror film written by Joseph Stefano and directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshal Edward ...more

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman.

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent images to comment on psychiatry, juvenile ...more

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Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
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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Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Silver Linings Playbook Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with ...more

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A Dangerous Method is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
A Dangerous Method Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen A Dangerous Method is a 2011 historical film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, and Vincent Cassel. The screenplay was adapted by writer Christopher Hampton from his 2002 stage play ...more

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Taxi Driver Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film stars Robert De Niro and features Jodie Foster, ...more

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What About Bob? is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
What About Bob? Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Charlie Korsmo What About Bob? is a 1991 comedy film directed by Frank Oz, and starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. Murray plays Bob Wiley, a psychiatric patient who follows his egotistical psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin on vacation. When the unstable Bob ...more

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Falling Down is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Falling Down Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tuesday Weld Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith. The film stars Michael Douglas in the lead role of William Foster, a divorcé and unemployed former defense engineer. The film centers on Foster ...more

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Benny & Joon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Benny & Joon Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy Benny & Joon is a 1993 romantic comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer about how two eccentric individuals, Sam and Juniper "Joon", find each other and fall in love. Aidan Quinn also stars, and it was directed by Jeremiah S. ...more

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Sling Blade is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Sling Blade Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Ritter Sling Blade is a 1996 American drama film set in rural Arkansas, written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also stars in the lead role. It tells the story of a man named Karl Childers with a developmental disability who is released from a ...more

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The Three Faces of Eve is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
The Three Faces of Eve Joanne Woodward, Lee J. Cobb, Nancy Kulp The Three Faces of Eve is a 1957 American CinemaScope film adaptation based on a book by psychiatrists Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley, who also helped write the screenplay. It was based on their case of Chris Costner Sizemore, also ...more

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MASH is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
MASH Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The picture is the only feature film in the M*A*S*H ...more

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Affliction is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Affliction Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek Affliction is an American drama film produced in 1997, written and directed by Paul Schrader from the novel by Russell Banks. It stars Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn and Willem Dafoe. Affliction tells the story of Wade Whitehouse, a ...more

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Mad Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Mad Love Drew Barrymore, Liev Schreiber, Chris O'Donnell Mad Love is a 1995 teen romantic drama film directed by Antonia Bird and starring Drew Barrymore and Chris O'Donnell. The screenplay was written by Paula Milne. The original music score is composed by Andy Roberts. ...more

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Punch-Drunk Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Punch-Drunk Love Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis Guzmán. After the release of his previous film ...more

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Marnie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Marnie Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren Marnie is a 1964 psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by Jay Presson Allen was based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Winston Graham. The film stars Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery. The music was composed by ...more

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Crazy/Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Crazy/Beautiful Kirsten Dunst, Taryn Manning, Jay Hernandez Crazy/Beautiful is a 2001 romantic drama film starring Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez. It is largely set at Palisades Charter High School and the surrounding area, including Downtown Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, and East Los ...more

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet Solaris is a 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem's novel Solaris. The film was co-written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative psychological drama occurring mostly aboard a space ...more

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Frank is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Frank Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Domhnall Gleeson Frank is a 2014 comedy-drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the title character. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It was released ...more

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I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK Rain, Im Soo-jung, Oh Dal-su I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK is a 2006 South Korean romantic comedy film directed by Park Chan-wook.

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Fear Strikes Out is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Fear Strikes Out Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Adam Williams Fear Strikes Out is a dramatic feature film depicting the life and career of American baseball player Jimmy Piersall. It is based on Piersall's biography Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story, written by Al Hirshberg. The film stars Anthony ...more

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Chattahoochee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Chattahoochee Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Frances McDormand Chattahoochee is a 1989 film directed by Mick Jackson and starring Gary Oldman and Dennis Hopper. The film is based on the real-life experiences of Chris Calhoun, who met screenwriter James Hicks, who then wrote a script based on his internment ...more

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The Seventh Veil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
The Seventh Veil Herbert Lom The Seventh Veil is a 1945 British melodrama film made by Ortus Films and released through General Film Distributors in the UK and Universal Pictures in the United States.

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The House of Yes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
The House of Yes Tori Spelling, Rachael Leigh Cook, Parker Posey The House of Yes is a 1997 American film starring Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Geneviève Bujold, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Tori Spelling. The movie is based on the play of the same name, which was written by Wendy MacLeod. It was produced ...more

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Stateside is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Stateside Val Kilmer, Carrie Fisher, Rachael Leigh Cook Stateside is a 2004 romantic drama film film based on a true story. It is an adventurous love story about a high school rich kid serving in the Marine Corps to avoid jail, who eventually falls in love with a schizophrenic actress. Those around ...more

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Proof is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Proof Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anthony Hopkins Proof is a 2005 American drama film directed by John Madden and starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Hope Davis. It was written by Rebecca Miller, based on David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same ...more

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Shock Corridor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Shock Corridor James Best, Peter Breck, Constance Towers Shock Corridor is a 1963 film, directed and written by Samuel Fuller. The film tells the story of a journalist who gets himself committed to a mental hospital in order to track an unsolved murder.

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Frankie & Alice is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Frankie & Alice Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashād Frankie & Alice is a 2010 Canadian drama film directed by Geoffrey Sax starring Halle Berry. Filming began in Vancouver, British Columbia, in November 2008 and ended in January 2009. To qualify for awards season, the film opened in a ...more

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Prime is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Prime Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, Mini Andén Prime is a 2005 American romantic comedy film starring Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep and Bryan Greenberg. It was written and directed by Ben Younger. The film grossed $67,937,503 worldwide.

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Mumford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Mumford Zooey Deschanel, Kelly Monaco, Martin Short Mumford is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is set in a small town where a new psychologist gives offbeat advice to the neurotic residents. Both the psychologist and the town are named Mumford, a ...more

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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Great Movies About a Mental Breakdown
Secretary Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren Secretary is a 2002 erotic romance film directed by Steven Shainberg and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway and James Spader as E. Edward Grey. The film is based on a short story from Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill, and explores the ...more