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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 horror movie 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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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

Released: 1960

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 1999

Directed by: David Fincher

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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Split is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2010

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
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Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Sybil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Jessica Lange, JoBeth Williams, Tammy Blanchard

Released: 2007

Directed by: Joseph Sargent

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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

Released: 1996

Directed by: Gregory Hoblit

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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

Released: 2003

Directed by: James Mangold

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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

Released: 2004

Directed by: David Koepp

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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Anderson

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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
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Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

Released: 2010

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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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

Released: 1941

Directed by: Victor Fleming

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Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
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Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 1999

Directed by: James Mangold

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The Three Faces of Eve ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Joanne Woodward, Lee J. Cobb, Nancy Kulp

Released: 1957

Directed by: Nunnally Johnson

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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The Number 23 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
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Jim Carrey, Rhona Mitra, Logan Lerman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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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

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Polson

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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Me, Myself & Irene ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Jim Carrey, Anna Kournikova, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

Released: 1931

Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

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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

Released: 2007

Directed by: Bruce A. Evans

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The Talented Mr. Ripley ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

Released: 1999

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
John Barrymore, Edgard Varèse, Charles Lane

Released: 1920

Directed by: John S. Robertson

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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

Released: 1963

Directed by: Jerry Lewis

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The Mask is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein

Released: 1994

Directed by: Chuck Russell

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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

Released: 1992

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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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

Released: 2003

Directed by: Kim Jee-woon

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