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The Best Movies About Mental Illness

Updated January 5, 2021 21.2k votes 2.1k voters 81.1k views123 items

List RulesFilms about mental illness and people who suffer from it. Vote up the best mental illness films.

This list features the best movies about mental illnesses. The films on this list cover an array of different mental illnesses, such as amnesia, clinical depression, autism, anxiety disorders, and many more. You can also find several good mental illness movies on Netflix. But what are the best movies about mental illness? Which films tackle the issue the best? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank.

The movies on this list cover very important topics in our society, and range from a variety of genres. Some take more of a realistic, dramatic look at what happens when a person suffers from a mental illness and how it affects their loved ones. Others are fictional and put a comedic twist on these very common problems. All tell the story of a character struggling with a mental illness.

This list has the best movies about mental illness including, As Good As it Gets, Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Black Swan, The King’s Speech, What Dreams May Come, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Vote up your favorites below or add a film about mental illness that isn't already on the list.

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    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest2
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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    What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released1993

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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  • Shutter Island4
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder

    Released1999

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1988

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe

    Released2001

    Directed byRon Howard

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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

    Released1997

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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    I Am Sam

    Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning

    Released2001

    Directed byJessie Nelson

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    Awakenings

    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams

    Released1990

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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    Sybil

    Sally Field, Joanne Woodward

    Released1976

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

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    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed byMary Harron

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    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

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    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

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    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2004

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    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1991

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    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

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    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

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    Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte

    Released1991

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    Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx

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