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The Best Movies About Split Personalities  

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List Rules Films with characters that have multiple or dissociative identities

Oftentimes, the most interesting characters are the ones who are split on a dilemma. The internal struggle can be fun to watch because you can never be quite sure which side will win out. But what happens when that internal struggle becomes external and one character becomes two within the same body? Now that’s a character that’s truly struggling. The movies on this list are the best at depicting the war between two or more split personalities and characters who have multiple personalities or dissociative identity disorder. These movies feature characters who have no idea that there’s a darker, sometimes malevolent personality within them, trying to do harm.

Not only do these movies feature split personalities, there is also often a mystery involved, whether it’s about a murder or some other way a second personality is destroying a life. In movies like The Mask and The Nutty Professor, there’s a humorous take on split personalities. Meanwhile movies like The Three Faces of Eve take a more clinical look, while M. Night Shyamalan's Split shows the darker sides. However, most of the movies on this list are about darker split personalities.

This list of the best movies about split personalities features good split personality movies and multiple personality disorder movies. Which are the best movies about split personalities? This list features quality films about characters dealing with two or more personalities. Vote up the best of these films below! This list of the best movies about split personalities features good split personality movies and multiple personality disorder movies.

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter
Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more
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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins
Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more
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Split is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley
Split is a 2016 American psychological horror thriller film directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan. After a wholesome teen birthday party, three girls are taken in broad daylight: friends ...more
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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Yelda Duman added Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo
Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more
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Sybil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Jessica Lange, JoBeth Williams, Tammy Blanchard
Sybil is a 2007 American docudrama directed by Joseph Sargent. The teleplay by John Pielmeier is based on the 1973 book of the same name by Flora Rheta Schreiber, which fictionalized the story ...more
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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Yelda Duman added Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers
The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more
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Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney
Primal Fear is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film, based on William Diehl's 1993 novel of the same name and directed by Gregory Hoblit. The film tells the story of Chicago defense attorney ...more
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Identity is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina
Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a screenplay written by Michael Cooney. The film stars John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina, ...more
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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro
Secret Window is a 2004 American psychological thriller film starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro. It was written and directed by David Koepp, based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden ...more
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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
wiabux added Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder
Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production ...more
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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside
The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. The film stars Christian Bale with Jennifer Jason Leigh, John ...more
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1941 horror film starring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner. Rather than being a new film version of the novel, it is a direct remake of the 1931 film of ...more
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The Three Faces of Eve is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Joanne Woodward, Lee J. Cobb, Nancy Kulp
The Three Faces of Eve is a 1957 American CinemaScope film adaptation based on a book by psychiatrists Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley, who also helped write the screenplay. It was ...more
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Me, Myself & Irene is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Jim Carrey, Anna Kournikova, Renée Zellweger
Me, Myself & Irene is a 2000 American comedy film directed by the Farrelly brothers, and starring Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger. Chris Cooper, Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins, Daniel ...more
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Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
martinpaul39 added Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg
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 ...more
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Hide and Seek is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen
Hide and Seek is a 2005 American horror film starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning. It was directed by John Polson. The film opened in the United States on January 28, 2005 and was a ...more
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The Number 23 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
tripperemmemm added Jim Carrey, Rhona Mitra, Logan Lerman
The Number 23 is a 2007 American psychological thriller film written by Fernley Phillips and directed by Joel Schumacher. Starring Jim Carrey, the film was released in the United States on ...more
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The Mask is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein
The Mask is a 1994 American fantasy slapstick action comedy film based on a series of comic books published by Dark Horse Comics. This film was directed by Chuck Russell, and produced by Dark ...more
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Mr. Brooks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Demi Moore, Kevin Costner, Danielle Panabaker
Mr. Brooks is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Bruce A. Evans starring Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, and William Hurt. It was released on June 1, 2007. The film ...more
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1931 American Pre-Code horror film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Fredric March. The film is an adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, ...more
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The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon
The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. An adaptation of the 1955 Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name, ...more
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The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson
The Nutty Professor is a 1963 American comic science fiction feature film produced, directed, co-written and starring Jerry Lewis. The score was composed by Walter Scharf. The film is a parody ...more
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
John Barrymore, Edgard Varèse, Charles Lane
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1920 horror silent film, produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released through Paramount/Artcraft. The film is based upon Robert Louis Stevenson's novella The ...more
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Raising Cain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Gabrielle Carteris
Raising Cain is a 1992 psychological thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma, and starring John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich and Steven Bauer.
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A Tale of Two Sisters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Moon Geun-young, Im Soo-jung, Yum Jung-ah
A Tale of Two Sisters is a 2003 South Korean psychological horror film written and directed by Kim Jee-woon. The film is inspired by a Joseon Dynasty folktale entitled "Janghwa Hongryeon ...more