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The Best Movies About Depression

Updated August 20, 2019 11.6k votes 2.6k voters 137.6k views80 items

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 Wallflower1
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

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    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder

    Released1999

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Girl, Interrupted is a 1999 American drama film, and an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen's 1993...  more

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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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    It's Kind of a Funny Story

    Emma Roberts, Viola Davis

    Released2010

    Directed byRyan Fleck, Anna Boden

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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    The Virgin Suicides

    Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner

    Released1999

    Directed bySofia Coppola

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    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

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    Mary and Max

    Eric Bana, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released2009

    Directed byAdam Elliot

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  • Suicide Room10
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    Suicide Room

    Kinga Preis, Agata Kulesza

    Released2011

    Directed byJan Komasa

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    Thirteen

    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

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    Melancholia

    Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland

    Released2011

    Directed byLars von Trier

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  • Helen13
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    Helen

    Ashley Judd, Mylène Dinh-Robic

    Released2009

    Directed bySandra Nettelbeck

    Helen is a 2009 American drama film starring Ashley Judd and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. It...  more
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    Rushmore

    Bill Murray, Alexis Bledel

    Released1998

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    Trainspotting

    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    The Butterfly Effect

    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart

    Released2004

    Directed byJ. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

    The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and...  more

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  • Wristcutters: A Love Story18
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    Tom Waits, Leslie Bibb

    Released2006

    Directed byGoran Dukić

    Wristcutters: A Love Story is a 2006 American black comedy romance road movie written and...  more

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    What Dreams May Come

    Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Released1998

    Directed byVincent Ward

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  • Pink Floyd – The Wall20
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    Pink Floyd – The Wall

    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof

    Released1982

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    Ordinary People

    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland

    Released1980

    Directed byRobert Redford

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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Prozac Nation

    Christina Ricci, Michelle Williams

    Released2001

    Directed byErik Skjoldbjærg

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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Released2001

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    Leaving Las Vegas

    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1995

    Directed byMike Figgis

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