Mental Illness 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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Split is listed (or ranked) 2 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 kidnapped in broad daylight: ...more

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 3 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 stealing money from ...more

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Sybil is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Identity is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney Primal Fear is a 1996 American neo-noir crime-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 ...more

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Secret Window is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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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Me, Myself & Irene is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 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) 14 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 Three Faces of Eve is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Number 23 is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is listed (or ranked) 17 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 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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The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Raising Cain is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Taking Lives is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
wiabux added Angelina Jolie, Kiefer Sutherland, Ethan Hawke Taking Lives is a 2004 American psychological thriller film starring Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. The film was marketed with the tagline "He would kill to be you." The original ...more

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is listed (or ranked) 24 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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The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 25 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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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character the Hulk, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the second ...more

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A Tale of Two Sisters is listed (or ranked) 27 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

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A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 American animated science fiction thriller film directed by Richard Linklater based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. The film tells the story of ...more

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Dressed to Kill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz Dressed to Kill is a 1980 American erotic crime thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma and starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen and Keith Gordon. It centers on the ...more

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Jack Palance, Deborah Shelton, Tony Todd The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 2006 adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel. It was directed by John Carl Buechler, and produced by Peter Davy. The film is set in modern ...more

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Separate Lives is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Linda Hamilton, Elisabeth Moss, Jim Belushi Separate Lives is a 1995 drama film directed by David Madden.

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The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle The Nutty Professor is a 1996 American science fiction comedy film starring Eddie Murphy. It is a remake of the 1963 film of the same name, which starred Jerry Lewis, and was itself based on ...more

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The Ward is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
curt-hesprich added Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca, Danielle Panabaker The Ward is a 2010 American psychological horror film directed by John Carpenter. It stars Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker and Jared Harris. The story revolves around a young ...more

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Serial Mom is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Joan Rivers, Kathleen Turner, Suzanne Somers Serial Mom is a 1994 American dark comedy film written and directed by John Waters, starring Kathleen Turner as the title character, Sam Waterston as her husband, and Ricki Lake and Matthew ...more

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Enemy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Lukas Wernig added Jake Gyllenhaal, Isabella Rossellini, Mélanie Laurent Enemy is a 2013 Canadian-Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve, loosely adapted by Javier Gullón from José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double. The film ...more

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Hulk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, Eric Bana Hulk is a 2003 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. Ang Lee directed the film, which stars Eric Bana as Dr. Bruce Banner, as well as Jennifer ...more

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The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Christopher Lee, Oliver Reed, David Kossoff The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll is a 1960 horror film by Hammer Film Productions. It was directed by Terence Fisher, and stars Paul Massie as Dr. Jekyll, and co-stars Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee ...more

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Monkey Business is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers Monkey Business is a 1952 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and written by Ben Hecht, which stars Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, and Marilyn Monroe. To avoid ...more

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Mary Reilly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, Glenn Close Mary Reilly is a 1996 American film directed by Stephen Frears and starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich. The movie was written by Christopher Hampton and adapted from the novel Mary Reilly ...more

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The Man Who Haunted Himself is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Roger Moore, Thorley Walters, Alastair Mackenzie The Man Who Haunted Himself is a 1970 British psychological thriller film directed by Basil Dearden and starring Roger Moore. It was based on the novel The Strange Case of Mr Pelham by Anthony ...more

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Me, Myself and I is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
George Segal, JoBeth Williams Me, Myself and I is a 1992 comedy film directed by Pablo Ferro.

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The Double is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn The Double is a 2013 British black comedy film written and directed by Richard Ayoade and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. The film is based on the novella The Double by Fyodor ...more

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More of Me is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Molly Shannon, Steven Weber, Richard Fitzpatrick More of Me is a 2007 Lifetime Television movie, starring Molly Shannon and directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer.

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Philadelphia, Here I Come! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
David Kelly, Liam Redmond, Siobhán McKenna Philadelphia, Here I Come is a 1975 film written by Brian Friel and directed by John Quested.

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Nutty Professor II: The Klumps is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps is a 2000 American romantic comic science fiction film directed by Peter Segal. It is a sequel to the 1996 film The Nutty Professor and stars Eddie Murphy. As ...more

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Luster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies About Split Personalities
Holly Valance, Matthew Rhys, Billy Burke Luster is a 2010 horror thriller film directed by Adam Mason and written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes.