The Best Movies About Eating Disorders

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Vote 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
    Keanu Reeves, Lily Collins, Alanna Ubach
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Marti Noxon

    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. 

  • Sharing the Secret
    Mare Winningham, Diane Ladd, Tim Matheson
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Katt Shea

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

  • My Skinny Sister
    Rebecka Josephson, Amy Deasismont, Henrik Norlén
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Sanna Lenken

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

  • Perfect Body
    Wendie Malick, Amy Jo Johnson, Cathy Rigby
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Douglas Barr

    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.

  • For the Love of Nancy
    Tracey Gold, Jill Clayburgh, William Devane
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Paul Schneider

    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. 

  • A Secret Between Friends
    Ryan Reynolds, Lynda Carter, Marley Shelton
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: James A. Contner

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

  • Thin
    Shelly Guillory, Brittany Robinson, Alisa Williams
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Lauren Greenfield

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

  • Girl, Interrupted
    Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea Duvall
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: James Mangold

    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. 

  • Starving in Suburbia
    Laura Slade Wiggins, Sharon Lawrence, Izabella Miko
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Tara Miele

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

  • The Road Within
    Zoë Kravitz, Kyra Sedgwick, Robert Patrick
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Gren Wells

    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. 

  • Black Swan
    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

    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. 

  • Thirteen
    Holly Hunter, Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

    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. 

  • Kate's Secret
    Ed Asner, Mackenzie Phillips, Meredith Baxter
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Arthur Allan Seidelman

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

  • Dying to Dance
    Kimberly McCullough, Mary-Margaret Humes
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Mark Haber

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

  • The Karen Carpenter Story
    Louise Fletcher, Cynthia Gibb, Peter Michael Goetz
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Joseph Sargent, Richard Carpenter

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

  • Hunger Point
    Christina Hendricks, Barbara Hershey, Susan May Pratt
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Joan Micklin Silver

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

  • The Best Little Girl in the World
    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Dunning, Eva Marie Saint
    • Released: 1981
    • Directed by: Sam O'Steen

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

  • Center Stage
    Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Susan May Pratt
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

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

  • Likeness
    Elle Fanning, Eugenia Kuzmina, Ximena Prieto
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Rodrigo Prieto

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

  • Feed
    Alex O'Loughlin, Jack Thompson, David Field
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Brett Leonard

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

  • The Machinist
    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Brad Anderson

    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.

  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Lee Daniels

    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. 

  • Heathers
    Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Michael Lehmann

    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. 

  • Hunger
    Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Steve McQueen
  • Life Is Sweet
    Alison Steadman, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Mike Leigh

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