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30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women 

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Updated August 1, 2019 870 votes 157 voters 7.6k views 32 items

Over the years, many an Academy Award has been given to the lead actress in a depressed woman movie. The top female depression movies feature women struggling with the weight of sadness in their work and home lives. This is a list of movies about depressed women featuring everything from Girl, Interrupted to Melancholia to Prozac Nation.

What movies will you find on this list of the best movies about depression in women? Bookworms might vote The Hours to the top. This multi-part film explores the nature of depression in three different generations of women. Nicole Kidman even took home the Oscar for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in the feature. The Skeleton Twins is another good movie featuring a lead character with depression. The Virgin Suicides, directed by Sofia Coppola, showed the effects of depression on a group of adolescent sisters. Other good films featured on this depressed woman movies list include August: Osage County, Rachel Getting Married, and Thirteen.

When it comes to depression in women, movies can help audiences empathize with some complex emotions. Give your personal picks for best movie a thumbs up to vote them to the top of the list, and add any great titles that are missing.

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Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
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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The Virgin Suicides is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sofia Coppola

The film is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, produced by her father Francis Ford Coppola, starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, and A. ...more

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Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter

Released: 2003

Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

Thirteen is a 2003 semi-autobiographical American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed based on events in Reed's life at age twelve and thirteen. ...more

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

Released: 2015

Directed by: Pete Docter

Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter. In the mind of a young girl, five personified emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), ...more

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Revolutionary Road is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 2008

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Revolutionary Road is a 2008 American-British drama film, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates, directed by Sam Mendes. This is the second collaboration between Leonardo ...more

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Melancholia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Melancholia is a 2011 Danish art film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Cameron Spurr, and Kiefer Sutherland. The ...more

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The Hours is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore

Released: 2002

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by David Hare is based on ...more

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Still Alice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Moore

Released: 2015

Directed by: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland

Still Alice is an upcoming 2015 drama film written by Lisa Genova and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.
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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sam Mendes

American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive (Kevin Spacey) has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best ...more

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Rachel Getting Married ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger, Sebastian Stan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

Rachel Getting Married is a 2008 drama film directed by Jonathan Demme, and starring Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin and Debra Winger. The film was released in the U.S. to select ...more

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28 Days is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2000

Directed by: Betty Thomas

28 Days is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Betty Thomas. Sandra Bullock plays Gwen Cummings, a newspaper columnist obliged to enter rehabilitation. The film costars Viggo ...more

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Cake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jennifer Arzt

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The Skeleton Twins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson

Released: 2014

Directed by: Craig Johnson

The Skeleton Twins is a 2013 drama and comedy film directed by Craig Johnson.
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Prozac Nation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Christina Ricci, Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange

Released: 2001

Directed by: Erik Skjoldbjærg

Prozac Nation is a 2001 American drama film directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg, starring Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs and Anne Heche. It is based on an autobiography of the same name by ...more

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Frances is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Kevin Costner, Jessica Lange, Anjelica Huston

Released: 1982

Directed by: Graeme Clifford

Frances is a 1982 American biographical film starring Jessica Lange as actress Frances Farmer. Kim Stanley and Sam Shepard appeared in supporting roles. The film chronicles Farmer's life from ...more

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Speak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
DeborahTragasz added Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Perkins, Michael Angarano

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jessica Sharzer

Speak is a 2004 American independent drama based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Laurie Halse Anderson. It stars Kristen Stewart as Melinda Sordino, a high school freshman who ...more
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Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Teri Garr

Released: 2001

Directed by: Terry Zwigoff

Ghost World is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Terry Zwigoff, based on the comic book of the same name by Daniel Clowes, with a screenplay cowritten by Daniel Clowes and Terry ...more

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Side Effects is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Channing Tatum

Released: 2013

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Side Effects is a 2013 American psychological thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns. The film stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, ...more
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Closer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Closer is a 2004 romantic drama film written by Patrick Marber, based on his award-winning 1997 play of the same name. The movie was produced and directed by Mike Nichols and stars Julia ...more

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It's Kind of a Funny Sto... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Zach Galifianakis

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden

It's Kind of a Funny Story is a 2010 drama film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

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August: Osage County is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor

Released: 2013

Directed by: John Wells

August: Osage County is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by John Wells, based on the play by Tracy Letts. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose ...more

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To Write Love on Her Arm... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
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Released: 2012

Directed by: Nathan Frankowski

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Helen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Ashley Judd, Mylène Dinh-Robic, Alexia Fast

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sandra Nettelbeck

Helen is a 2009 American drama film starring Ashley Judd and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. It follows a professor who overcomes severe depression after a massive breakdown, with the help of new ...more
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21 Grams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro

Released: 2003

Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu

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Far from Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 30+ Great Movies About Depression in Women
Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Viola Davis

Released: 2002

Directed by: Todd Haynes

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