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The Best Psychotherapist Movies 

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Updated October 2, 2019 263 votes 113 voters 25.2k views 21 items

A list of the best movies about therapy and therapists ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This psychotherapist movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about therapy you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous psychotherapist movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already.

Click on these psychotherapist movie titles for more information about the films. This list is made up of many different items, including Good Will Hunting and The Three Faces of Eve, answering the questions, "What are the best psychotherapist movies?" and "What is the greatest movie about therapy?" Various bits of information are included with these popular psychotherapist movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these psychotherapist movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good psychotherapist movies can be enjoyed no matter what.

For TV shows with psychotherapists, check out this list of series with therapy scenes.

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psychotherapist Movies
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more

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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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Lee Kirby added Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1975

Directed by: Miloš Forman

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman.

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Lee Kirby added Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 1999

Directed by: James Mangold

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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Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow

Released: 1999

Directed by: Harold Ramis

Analyze This is a 1999 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the screenplay with playwright Kenneth Lonergan and Peter Tolan. The film stars Robert De Niro as a mafioso and Billy ...more

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Lee Kirby 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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Lee Kirby added Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Charlie Korsmo

Released: 1991

Directed by: Frank Oz

What About Bob? is a 1991 comedy film directed by Frank Oz, and starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. Murray plays Bob Wiley, a psychiatric patient who follows his egotistical psychiatrist ...more

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Lee Kirby added 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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JamesVining added Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 2011

Directed by: David Cronenberg

A Dangerous Method is a 2011 historical film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, and Vincent Cassel. The screenplay was adapted by ...more

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Lee Kirby added Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Denzel Washington

Antwone Fisher is a 2002 American biographical drama film directed by and starring Denzel Washington in his feature film directorial debut. He also stars in the film as the psychiatrist Jerome ...more

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Lee Kirby added William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna, J. T. Walsh

Released: 1987

Directed by: David Mamet

House of Games is David Mamet's 1987 directorial debut. He also wrote the screenplay, based on a story he wrote with Jonathan Katz. The film's cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Ricky ...more

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Stacy Keach, Robert Loggia, William Peter Blatty

Released: 1980

Directed by: William Peter Blatty

The Ninth Configuration is a 1980 American film directed by William Peter Blatty. The film is based on Blatty's novel The Ninth Configuration, which was itself a reworking of an earlier version ...more

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When Nietzsche Wept is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psychotherapist Movies
UrosCerar added When Nietzsche Wept Katheryn Winnick, Armand Assante, Joanna Pacuła

Released: 2007

Directed by: Pinchas Perry

When Nietzsche Wept is a 2007 independent American drama film directed by Pinchas Perry and starring Armand Assante, Ben Cross and Katheryn Winnick. It is based on the homonymous novel by Irvin ...more
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Ashley Greene, Robin Williams, Kevin Spacey

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jonas Pate

Shrink is a 2009 American independent comedy film about a psychologist who treats members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, California. It stars an ensemble cast headed by Kevin ...more

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#198 of 212 The Best Drug Movies of All Time #67 of 80 The Best Movies About Depression #63 of 66 The Best Ever Robin Williams Movies

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Lee Kirby added Gene Hackman, Mia Farrow, Ian Holm

Released: 1988

Directed by: Woody Allen

Another Woman is a 1988 American film written and directed by Woody Allen. The drama stars Gena Rowlands as a philosophy professor who accidentally overhears the private analysis of a stranger ...more
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Lee Kirby added Demi Moore, Jennifer Garner, Robin Williams

Released: 1997

Directed by: Woody Allen

Deconstructing Harry is a comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen and released in 1997. This film tells the story of a successful writer named Harry Block, played by Allen, who draws ...more

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UrosCerar added Sarah Michelle Gellar, Erika Christensen, Melissa Leo

Released: 2009

Directed by: Emily Young

Veronika Decides to Die is a 2009 drama film written by Paulo Coelho, Larry Gross and Roberta Hanley and directed by Emily Young.
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Ruben Brandt, Collector ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psychotherapist Movies
Iván Kamarás, Gabriella Hámori, Zalán Makranczi

Released: 2019

Directed by: Milorad Krstic

Ruben Brandt, Collector is a 2019 Hungarian animated film directed by Milorad Krstic. A psychotherapist who suffers violent nightmares inspired by legendary works of art has four patients who ...more
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Lee Kirby added Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1995

Directed by: Jeremy Leven

Don Juan DeMarco is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Johnny Depp as John Arnold DeMarco, a man who believes himself to be Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world. Clad in a ...more

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Grosse Pointe Blank is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psychotherapist Movies
Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack, Hank Azaria

Released: 1997

Directed by: George Armitage

Grosse Pointe Blank is a 1997 American comedy film directed by George Armitage, and starring John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin and Dan Aykroyd. The film received positive reviews from ...more

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The Mountain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psychotherapist Movies
Tye Sheridan, Denis Lavant, Hannah Gross

Released: 2019

Directed by: Rick Alverson

The Mountain is a 2018 American drama film directed by Rick Alverson. in the 1950s, a young photographer (Tye Sheridan) joins a renowned lobotomist (Jeff Goldblum) on a tour to promote the ...more