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The Best Movies About PTSD 

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Updated July 6, 2020 4.6k votes 976 voters 216.2k views 53 items

List Rules Movies must all contain a character with PTSD.

A list of the best PTSD movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This PTSD movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about post-traumatic stress disorder are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about post-traumatic stress disorder you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous post-traumatic stress disorder movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these post-traumatic stress disorder movie titles for more information about the films.The list you're viewing contains items like The Bourne Identity and Birdy.This list answers the questions, "What are the best post-traumatic stress disorder movies?" and "What is the greatest post-traumatic stress disorder movie of all time?" Various bits of information are included with these popular post-traumatic stress disorder movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these post-traumatic stress disorder movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good post-traumatic stress disorder movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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Fearless is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Milo added Jeff Bridges, Isabella Rossellini, Benicio del Toro

Released: 1993

Directed by: Peter Weir

Fearless is a 1993 American drama film directed by Peter Weir and starring Jeff Bridges, Isabella Rossellini, Rosie Perez and John Turturro. It was written by Rafael Yglesias from his novel of ...more

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

Released: 1978

Directed by: Michael Cimino

The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in Vietnam. The film stars Robert De ...more

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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
MejaEhrenström added Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff

Released: 2015

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal ...more

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The War at Home is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Carla Gugino, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen

Released: 1996

Directed by: Emilio Estevez

The War at Home is a 1996 motion picture starring Emilio Estevez, Kathy Bates, and Martin Sheen. Estevez also directed the film as well as served as a co-producer.

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Jacknife is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
clash1977 added Robert De Niro, Ed Harris, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 1989

Directed by: David Hugh Jones

Jacknife is a 1989 American film directed by David Jones and starring Robert De Niro, Ed Harris and Kathy Baker. The film focuses on a small, serious story, with emphasis on characterization and ...more
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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
MejaEhrenström added Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Adam Baldwin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Robert Redford

Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. It stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. The story ...more

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Brothers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

Brothers is a 2009 American psychological drama war film directed by Jim Sheridan, and a remake of Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish film Brødre. Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) returns from being ...more

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Born on the Fourth of Ju... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger

Released: 1989

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American drama film adaptation of the best-selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, in a performance ...more
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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Milo added Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

Released: 1990

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. ...more

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

Released: 2008

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood's ...more

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The Prince of Tides is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
MejaEhrenström added Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, George Carlin

Released: 1991

Directed by: Barbra Streisand

The Prince of Tides is a 1991 romantic drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name. The film stars Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. It tells the story of the narrator's struggle to ...more

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First Blood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

First Blood is a 1982 American psychological thriller and action film directed by Ted Kotcheff, co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood veteran. ...more

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Short Term 12 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
fox_up added Brie Larson, Stephanie Beatriz, Melora Walters

Released: 2013

Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton

Short Term 12 is a 2013 American drama film written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. The film is based on Cretton's short film of the same name, produced in 2009. It stars Brie Larson as ...more
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The Best Years of Our Li... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
PeteBoyle added Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Fredric March

Released: 1946

Directed by: William Wyler

The Best Years of Our Lives is a 1946 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, and Harold Russell. The ...more

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Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern

Released: 1978

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Coming Home is a 1978 drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern. The screenplay by Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones was from a story by Nancy Dowd. The ...more

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The Edge of Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
MejaEhrenström added Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Maybury

The Edge of Love is a 2008 John Maybury drama film starring Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys from a script by Sharman Macdonald, Knightley's mother. Originally ...more
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The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action and spy film starring Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne character. Though it takes the name of the second Bourne novel, its plot is entirely ...more

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ANONYMOUS 616 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Mike Boss added ANONYMOUS 616 Daniel DeWeldon, Jessica Boss, David Abramsky

Released: April 2018

Directed by: Mike Boss

A reunion between two couples becomes a massacre when one of the guests with PTSD meets an anonymous person online and willingly becomes a participant on a bloody path to becoming God-like.

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Heaven & Earth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Tommy Lee Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Chen

Released: 1993

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Heaven & Earth is a 1993 Vietnam film directed and written by Oliver Stone, and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Haing S. Ngor, Joan Chen, and Hiep Thi Le. It is the third and final film in Stone's ...more

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
miles-nelgez added Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1976

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
KatieKate added Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

Released: 2013

Directed by: Shane Black

Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's ...more

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The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 American-German action spy thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same title. The screenplay was written by Tony ...more

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The Fisher King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
fatihselim added Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Tom Waits

Released: 1991

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

The Fisher King is a 1991 American comedy-drama film written by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Terry Gilliam. It stars Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges, with Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer, ...more

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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
KatieKate added Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2008

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the conflict in Iraq. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay ...more

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Reign Over Me is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About PTSD
cakesmacgowan1982 added Adam Sandler, Liv Tyler, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mike Binder

A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college room mate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.

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