Film The Best Movies About Depression  

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The films on this list of the best movies about depression, have been ranked by the community as the best. This list features the best depression movies and is compiled from the most popular titles on the subject of depression. Many famous and critically acclaimed films have been made that feature characters struggling with depression and look at depression in other ways. What are the top movies about depression?
 
This list includes titles that have been top box office hits and many of the films featured on this list have received multiple awards as well. Some of these films about depression feature true events that inspired the movie, while others are completely fictional in nature. A variety of genres are also on this list, including drama, action, comedy, and romance.
 
The top films that deal with the topic of depression appear on the list below including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Hours, Little Miss Sunshine, What Dreams May Come, The Royal Tenenbaums, American Beauty, Winter’s Bone, and Prozac Nation. Vote up the best movies about depression or add a film you think is great that isn't already on the list.
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The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel of the same name; it was written and directed by the novel's ...more

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Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
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 ...more

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It's Kind of a Funny Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Zach Galifianakis It's Kind of a Funny Story is a 2010 drama film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes ...more

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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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The Virgin Suicides is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito The Virgin Suicides is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, produced by her father Francis Ford Coppola, starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh ...more

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Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
luís-guilherme-agostinho-rodrigues added 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 ...more

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Nicolas Tertoleone Sorg added Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more

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Suicide Room is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Kinga Preis, Agata Kulesza, Mateusz Kościukiewicz "Dominik is the product of a marriage driven by success and ambition between Andrzei, a businessman, and his wife Beata. There are only one hundred days to go before Dominik will leave the ...more

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Cyber Bully is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
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Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
GeorgiaMac added Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter Thirteen is a 2003 semi-autobiographical American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed based on events in Reed's life at age twelve and thirteen. ...more

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Melancholia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt Melancholia is a 2011 Danish art film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Cameron Spurr, and Kiefer Sutherland. The ...more

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The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart. The title refers to ...more

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
bahar-kılıç added Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller Trainspotting is a 1996 British crime comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. ...more

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Prozac Nation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Christina Ricci, Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange Prozac Nation is a 2001 American drama film directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg, starring Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs and Anne Heche. It is based on an autobiography of the same name by ...more

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Wristcutters: A Love Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Tom Waits, Leslie Bibb, Will Arnett Wristcutters: A Love Story is a 2006 American black comedy romance road movie written and directed by Goran Dukić, starring Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham, and Shannyn Sossamon. Its premise is set ...more

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
JeremyElmkies added 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 ...more

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The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and co-written with Owen Wilson. The film stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, ...more

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The Hours is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by David Hare is based on ...more

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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
JakeFraser added Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley Pink Floyd - The Wall is a fulldome production about Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. It was screened at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.

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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. It stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. The story ...more

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What Dreams May Come is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Max von Sydow What Dreams May Come is a 1998 American fantasy drama film, starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra and Max von Sydow. The film is based on the 1978 novel of the same name ...more

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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 romantic drama film written and directed by Mike Figgis and based on a semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by John O'Brien. Nicolas Cage stars as a suicidal ...more

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Revolutionary Road is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
bahar-kılıç added Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Revolutionary Road is a 2008 American-British drama film, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates, directed by Sam Mendes. This is the second collaboration between Leonardo ...more

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Garden State is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
SyrahLondon added Natalie Portman, Jim Parsons, Ian Holm Garden State is a 2004 comedy-drama film written and directed by Zach Braff and starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm and Braff himself. The film centers on Andrew Largeman, a ...more

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Side Effects is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Channing Tatum Side Effects is a 2013 American psychological thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns. The film stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, ...more

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A Single Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm, Ginnifer Goodwin A Single Man is a 2009 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood. It is directed by Tom Ford in his directorial debut and stars Colin Firth, who was ...more

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Welcome to the Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
bahar-kılıç added Heather Matarazzo, Eric Mabius, Ken Leung Welcome to the Dollhouse is a 1995 American independent coming of age comedy film. An independent film, it launched the careers of Todd Solondz and Heather Matarazzo.

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Mary and Max is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
bahar-kılıç added Eric Bana, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette Mary and Max is a 2009 Australian stop motion animated comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam Elliot and produced by Melanie Coombs. The voice cast included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni ...more

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Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel, Brian Cox Rushmore is a 1998 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson about an eccentric teenager named Max Fischer, his friendship with rich industrialist Herman Blume, and their mutual love for ...more

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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Ria added Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to ...more

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Helen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Ashley Judd, Mylène Dinh-Robic, Alexia Fast Helen is a 2009 American drama film starring Ashley Judd and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. It follows a professor who overcomes severe depression after a massive breakdown, with the help of new ...more

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House of Sand and Fog is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Kim Dickens House of Sand and Fog is a 2003 American drama film directed by Vadim Perelman. The screenplay by Perelman and Shawn Lawrence Otto is based on the novel of the same name by Andre Dubus III. The ...more

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Veronika Decides to Die is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Erika Christensen, Melissa Leo Veronika Decides to Die is a 2009 drama film written by Paulo Coelho, Larry Gross and Roberta Hanley and directed by Emily Young.

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The Ice Storm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Danny Tedford added Katie Holmes, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver The Ice Storm is a 1997 American drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Rick Moody. The film features an ensemble cast of Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Tobey ...more

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Frances is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Danny Tedford added Kevin Costner, Jessica Lange, Anjelica Huston Frances is a 1982 American biographical film starring Jessica Lange as actress Frances Farmer. Kim Stanley and Sam Shepard appeared in supporting roles. The film chronicles Farmer's life from ...more

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Winter’s Bone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt "Deep in the Ozark Mountains, clans live by a code of conduct that no one dares defy—until an intrepid teenage girl has no other choice. When Ree Dolly's crystal-meth-making father skips ...more

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Keith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
soul-eater added Jennifer Grey, Jesse McCartney, Elisabeth Harnois Keith is a 2008 American, independent drama film directed by Todd Kessler. It was written by Todd Kessler and David Zabel based on the short story "Keith" by author Ron Carlson, from ...more

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Chatroom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Imogen Poots, Richard Madden, Michelle Fairley "When five teenagers meet online, innocent friendships are forged. But soon one dysfunctional member of the group, increasingly drawn to the darker side of the online world, singles out the ...more

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Detachment is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, Bryan Cranston Detachment is a 2011 American drama film about the high school education system directed by Tony Kaye, starring Adrien Brody with an ensemble supporting cast.

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Cake is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
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The Beaver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Jennifer Lawrence, Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster The Beaver is a 2011 dramedy film directed by and starring Jodie Foster, written by Kyle Killen, and starring Mel Gibson, Anton Yelchin, and Jennifer Lawrence. This is Gibson and Foster's first ...more

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My Suicide is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
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Sylvia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Siersha 2 added Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Michael Gambon Sylvia is a 2003 British biographical drama film directed by Christine Jeffs and starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Jared Harris, and Michael Gambon. It tells the true story of the romance ...more

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Suicide Club is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Redone101 added Kimiko Yo, Ryo Ishibashi, Akaji Maro Suicide Club, known in Japan as Suicide Circle is a 2002 Japanese independent horror film that gained a considerable amount of notoriety in film festivals around the world for its controversial ...more

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Prayers for Bobby is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
heartexters added Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Carly Schroeder Prayers for Bobby is a 2009 television film that premiered on the Lifetime network on January 24, 2009. It is based on the book, Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of ...more

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Lucas Clark Rios added Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie Shame is a 2011 drama film written by Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan and directed by Steve McQueen. It premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2011.

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Oslo, August 31st is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
ThomasHuber added Iselin Steiro, Anders Danielsen Lie, Ingrid Olava Oslo, 31. August is a 2011 drama film written and directed by Joachim Trier. "Anders will soon complete his drug rehabilitation in the countryside. As part of the program, he is allowed to ...more

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I Melt with You is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
ThomasHuber added Sasha Grey, Carla Gugino, Rob Lowe I Melt with You is a 2011 American arthouse thriller film directed by Mark Pellington. It completed filming in September 2010. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011. The ...more

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Naked is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
emregecer added David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Lesley Sharp Naked is a 1993 British black comedy-drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh. Before this film, Leigh was known for subtler comedic dissections of middle-class and working-class manners. ...more