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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 and then check out the best television shows about depression.

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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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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
The film 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 Hartnett, and A. ...more
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Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
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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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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 7 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. An advertising executive (Kevin Spacey) has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best ...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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Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Cyber Bully is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
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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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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Depression
bahar-kılıç added Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller
Trainspotting is a 1996 British comedy drama film directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. Based on ...more
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The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 14 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. The title refers to the butterfly effect, a popular ...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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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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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The Royal Tenenbaums is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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Scott Merritt added Kate Beckinsale, Drew Barrymore, Robert De Niro
Everybody's Fine is a 2009 American drama film written and directed by Kirk Jones, and starring Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, and Kate Beckinsale. It is a remake of the Giuseppe ...more
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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 24 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, who has ended his ...more
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Revolutionary Road is listed (or ranked) 25 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