The Best Movies About Eating Disorders 

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Updated December 13, 2019 8.9k votes 4.4k voters 200.8k views 23 items

List Rules Movies about 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. 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: Heathers, Girl, Interrupted, Center Stage, and Perfect Body. Vote up your favorite films on this list or add one you love that isn't already included.
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To the Bone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Eating Disorders
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To the Bone

To the Bone is a 2017 American drama film, written and directed by Marti Noxon. The film follows a girl named Ellen (Lily Collins) as she battles anorexia. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp, + more

Released: 2017

Directed by: Marti Nixon

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Sharing the Secret is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Eating Disorders
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Sharing the Secret

Sharing the Secret is a 2000 American television drama film about a teenage girl's struggle with bulimia and its effect on her parents and friends. Originally airing on CBS television networks in the United States, the film has also aired on cable television's Lifetime Network. In 2001, the film received a Peabody Award for "an impressive, moving, and candid portrait of a teenager in crisis." ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Mare Winningham, Diane Ladd, Tim Matheson, Alison Lohman

Released: 2000

Directed by: Katt Shea

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Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Eating Disorders
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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 by James Mangold, the film stars Winona Ryder as Kaysen, with a supporting cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Redgrave. Girl, Interrupted was released on December 21, 1999. Though the film received mixed reviews from film critics, Jolie received considerable praise for her performance and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg, Jared Leto, Brittany Murphy, + more

Released: 1999

Directed by: James Mangold

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Thin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Eating Disorders
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The 2006 cinéma vérité documentary film, Thin, directed by Lauren Greenfield and distributed by HBO, is an exploration of The Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Florida; a 40-bed residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders. The film mostly revolves around four women with anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia and their struggles for recovery. It premiered on HBO on November 14, 2006. THIN is the centerpiece of a multi-faceted campaign designed to explore issues surrounding body image and eating disorders, including a companion book, traveling exhibition of Greenfield's work and a website. Having already shot photographs at Renfrew for her book Girl Culture, Greenfield ...more on Wikipedia

Released: 2006

Directed by: Lauren Greenfield

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