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The Best Movies About Eating Disorders

Updated January 6, 2021 13.6k votes 6.1k voters 255.1k views29 items

List RulesVote up the movies that best portray 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 like anorexia and bulimia. 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: To the Bone, Heathers, Girl, Interrupted, Center Stage, and Perfect Body. Vote up your favorite films so other users know what to watch 

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    To the Bone

    Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves

    Determined to finally confront her anorexia after placed in multiple rehbailitation centers in this powerful drama, Ellen (Lily Collins) sheds light on an everpresent struggle among young women worldwide. 

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    Sharing the Secret

    Mare Winningham, Diane Ladd

    Beth Moss (Alison Lohman) navigates the challenges of teenage life while coping with bulimia in this televised film based on a true story.

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    For the Love of Nancy

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tracey Gold

    Channeling her personal testimony into the protagonist's portrayal, Nancy Walsh (Tracey Gold) addresses her self-induced anorexia nervosa while attending college and rekindling her familial relationships in this made-for-television movie. 

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    Perfect Body

    Wendie Malick, Amy Jo Johnson

    Starring two-time Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby and Amy Jo Johnson, Perfect Body reveals the hidden eating disorders and physical pressures beneath the glitz and glammor of big-time gymnastics.

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    Thin

    Shelly Guillory, Brittany Robinson

    This educational documentary follows the emotional journey of four Floridian young women struggling with anorexia and bulimia at a treatment center.

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    A Secret Between Friends

    Ryan Reynolds, Lynda Carter

    Two girls' vanity transforms into bulimia, resulting in a dangerous fight for their lives. 

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    Starving in Suburbia

    Laura Slade Wiggins, Sharon Lawrence

    An online platform promoting starvation and thinness causes a suburban teenager to develop anorexia. 

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    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder

    A young woman (Winona Ryder) at a mental institution grapples with two different worlds, her inner circle and reality, while trying not to succumb to her inmates' eating disorders or perilous lifestyles. Angelina Jolie and Brittany Murphy also star in this classic film, for which Jolie won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. 

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    The Road Within

    Zoë Kravitz, Kyra Sedgwick

    Two friends suffering from anorexia and OCD join Tourette's Syndrome stricken Vincent (Robert Sheehan) on a road trip to drop his late mother's ashes in the ocean. 

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    My Skinny Sister

    Rebecka Josephson, Amy Deasismont

    A girl entering the world of adolescence copes with older sister's eating disorder while trying to keep her dysfunctional family in line. 

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    Kate's Secret

    Ed Asner, Mackenzie Phillips

    A beautiful aerobics-obsessed housewife (Meredith Baxter) secretly suffers from bulimia nervosa in '80s suburbia.

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    Dying to Dance

    Kimberly McCullough, Mary-Margaret Humes

    A ballerina's struggle with anorexia dangerously affects her health and talent. 

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    The Karen Carpenter Story

    Louise Fletcher, Cynthia Gibb

    Cynthia Gibb stars as the late singer Karen Carpenter in this dynamic made-for-television biopic, who ultimately passed from eating disorders.

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    Hunger Point

    Christina Hendricks, Barbara Hershey

    Two sisters combat their traumatizing upbringing by overcoming their mother's eating disorder habits. 

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    The Best Little Girl in the World

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Dunning

    The Powell parents (Charles Dunning, Eva Marie Saint) try to navigate the recent anorexia nervosa diagnosis of their teenage daughter (Jennifer Jason Leigh). 

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    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Winning the Academy Award for Best Actress, Natalie Portman stars in this psychological thriller as the prima ballerina of Swan Lake, doing whatever it takes to prevent Lily (Mila Kunis) from stealing her spotlight. Her loss of appetite and self-inflicted harm ultimately blur the lines between reality and imagination. 

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    Likeness

    Elle Fanning, Eugenia Kuzmina

    This haunting short film starring Elle Fanning showcases traumatizing visuals of a bulimic teen's distorted image of herself. 

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    Thirteen

    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood

    An honor student befriends junior high's queen bee, ultimately spiraling into a drug-addicted, juvenile delinquent with body issues that develop into an eating disorder. 

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    Center Stage

    Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull

    Twelve driven ballet students edure physical and emotional stress while competing for acceptance at a renowned dance company. 

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    Feed

    Alex O'Loughlin, Jack Thompson

    A cybercrime investigator cracks the case of a serial killer's force-feeding abuse towards innocent, overweight women. 

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    Pregnant by her father for the second time, teenager Claireece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) turns her life around when transfered to an alternative school, escaping her life of oppression to one of self-worth and healtheir choices. 

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    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    A cult classic that paved the way for many iconic chick-flicks, this dark comedy glorifies suicide while providing a window into the pressures of fitting into high school's notorious cliques. 

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    The Machinist

    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    A factory worker (Christian Bale) who suffers from extreme insomnia plunges into severe paranoia, taking drastic tolls on his mental health, appetite, and eventually his weight.

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    Life Is Sweet

    Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall

    A working class woman takes care of her family in London while dealing with her twin sister's eating disorder.

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    Welcome to the Quiet Room

    Yū Aoi, Yuki Uchida

    This Japanese dramedy highlights eating disorders in a light-hearted, yet emotionally profound fashion.