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The Best Psychotherapist Movies

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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.

  • 1

    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams


    Directed byGus 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 Damon, and...  more

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  • 2

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito


    Directed byMiloš 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. A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where...  more

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  • 3

    Ordinary People

    Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland


    Directed byRobert 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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  • 4

    Analyze This

    Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal


    Directed byHarold 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 Crystal...  more

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  • 5

    Don Juan DeMarco

    Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando


    Directed byJeremy 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 cape...  more

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  • 6

    What About Bob?

    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss


    Directed byFrank 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 Dr....  more

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  • 7

    The Three Faces of Eve

    Joanne Woodward, Lee J. Cobb


    Directed byNunnally 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 based on...  more
  • 8

    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder


    Directed byJames 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 by...  more

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  • 9

    House of Games

    William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna


    Directed byDavid 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 Jay,...  more

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  • 10

    Antwone Fisher

    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis


    Directed byDenzel 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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  • 11

    Another Woman

    Gene Hackman, Mia Farrow


    Directed byWoody 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 but...  more
  • 12

    The Prince of Tides

    Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte


    Directed byBarbra 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 overcome...  more

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  • 13


    Ashley Greene, Robin Williams


    Directed byJonas 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 Spacey as...  more

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  • 14


    Terence Stamp, Lois Chiles


    Directed byLance Young

    Bliss is a 1997 film directed by Lance Young....  more
  • 15

    The Wackness

    Famke Janssen, Ben Kingsley


    Directed byJonathan Levine

    The Wackness is a 2008 American coming-of-age drama film by Jonathan Levine and starring Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Mary-Kate Olsen, Famke Janssen, and Olivia Thirlby. The film is distributed by Sony...  more

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  • 16

    Analyze That

    Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal


    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Analyze That is a 2002 mafia comedy film, and a sequel to the 1999 film Analyze This. The film was directed and co-written by Harold Ramis and stars Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal who respectively...  more
  • 17

    Angel Baby

    Jacqueline McKenzie, Deborra-Lee Furness


    Directed byMichael Rymer

    Angel Baby is a 1995 Australian drama film written and directed by Michael Rymer and starring John Lynch, Jacqueline McKenzie and Colin Friels. The film was produced in 1993–94. It is a love story of...  more
  • 18

    An Unmarried Woman

    Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates


    Directed byPaul Mazursky

    An Unmarried Woman is a 1978 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Mazursky, and starring Jill Clayburgh. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and Clayburgh...  more

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  • 19

    Autumn Leaves

    Joan Crawford, Vera Miles


    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Autumn Leaves is a 1956 Columbia Pictures drama film starring Joan Crawford and Cliff Robertson in an older woman/younger man tale of mental illness. The screenplay was written by Jean Rouverol and...  more
  • 20

    A Child Is Waiting

    Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster


    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    A Child Is Waiting is a 1963 American drama film written by Abby Mann and directed by John Cassavetes. Burt Lancaster portrays the director of a state institution for mentally handicapped and...  more
  • 21

    A Couch in New York

    Juliette Binoche, William Hurt


    Directed byChantal Akerman

    A Couch in New York is a 1996 film about an anonymous exchange of apartments between a successful New York psychoanalyst and a young woman from Paris. It was written and directed by Chantal Akerman....  more
  • 22

    Bad Timing

    Harvey Keitel, Art Garfunkel


    Directed byNicolas Roeg

    Bad Timing is a 1980 British psychological thriller film directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel and Denholm Elliott. The plot focuses on an American woman...  more
  • 23

    Beyond Therapy

    Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Guest


    Directed byRobert Altman

    Beyond Therapy is a 1987 American comedy film written and directed by Robert Altman, based on the play of the same name by Christopher Durang....  more
  • 24

    Cat's Eye

    Drew Barrymore, James Woods


    Directed byLewis Teague

    Cat's Eye is a 1985 American anthology horror film directed by Lewis Teague and written by Stephen King. It comprises three stories, "Quitters, Inc.", "The Ledge", and "General". The first two are...  more

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  • 25

    Crazy People

    Daryl Hannah, Dudley Moore


    Directed byTony Bill, Barry L. Young

    Crazy People is a 1990 comedy film starring Dudley Moore and Daryl Hannah, and directed by Tony Bill....  more