Mentally unstable movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant mentally unstable movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, psychological, suspense, suspenseful, realistic and intense films and TV shows about / with mentally unstable, blood, obsession, murder, mental illness, insanity, storytelling, mentor, catastrophe and death plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
mentally unstable
mentally unstable movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as mentally unstable: Misery (1990), The Roommate (2011), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Unforgettable (2017), Side Effects (2013), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Black Swan (2010), Mommy (2014), The Jacket (2005), Silver Linings Playbook (2012).

List of mentally unstable movies

Misery (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is found by Annie Wilkes, the "number one fan" of Paul's heroine Misery Chastaine. Annie is also somewhat unstable, and Paul finds himself crippled, drugged and at her ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, psycho film, scary ...
Plot: insanity, obsession, loneliness, mentally unstable, captivity, female psychopath, isolation, psychopath, obsessed fan, snow, manic, kidnapping ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: colorado, usa
Is relevant ?
The Roommate (2011)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When Sara, a young design student from Iowa, arrives for college in Los Angeles, she is eager to fit in and get to know the big city. Her wealthy roommate, Rebecca, is more than eager to take Sara under her wing and show her the ropes. The two ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological thriller, scary, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: obsession, female psychopath, female stalker, mentally unstable, obsessive love, college, college life, roommate, jealousy, danger, murder, medication ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, los angeles
Is relevant ?
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: mental illness, suicide, psychiatrist, suicide attempt, psychiatric ward, borderline personality disorder, mentally unstable, coming of age, friendship, patient, female protagonist, mental institution ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
Unforgettable (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Julia moves in with her fiancé, David, but his ex-wife and her own haunting past join forces to rock her quiet suburban existence.
Style: psychological thriller, suspense, rough, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: obsession, mentally unstable, ex husband ex wife relationship, insanity, stalking, jealousy, betrayal, deception, ex husband, frame up, divorce, unrequited love ...
Time: 2010s
Place: san francisco
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
Side Effects (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.
Style: surprise ending, psychological, serious, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: murder, depression, deception, mental illness, life turned upside down, mentally unstable, doctors and patients, dishonesty, manipulation, patient, psychiatrist, mental institution ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, intellectual ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, genius, prodigy, insanity, schizophrenia, existentialism, imagination, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 90s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, stockholm sweden, washington d.c. ...
Is relevant ?
Black Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: psychological, twist ending, atmospheric, cerebral, dramatic ...
Plot: obsession, hallucination, mental illness, ballet, surrealism, insanity, dancer's life, psychology, paranoia, character study, showbiz, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
Is relevant ?
Mommy (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A peculiar neighbor offers hope to a recent widow who is struggling to raise a teenager who is unpredictable and, sometimes, violent.
Style: melancholic, emotional, sincere, psychological, touching ...
Plot: oedipus complex, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, 15 year old, juvenile delinquent, mother son relationship, teenage life, troubled teen, youth, life is a bitch, rebelliousness, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, year 2015, near future ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal, montreal quebec
Is relevant ?
The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.
Style: psychological, surreal, enigmatic, tricky, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, mental institution, time loop, supernatural, supernatural ability, memory loss, disorder, murder, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: vermont
Is relevant ?
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
Style: touching, offbeat, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, life philosophy, mental illness, love, male female friendship, family drama, romance, social misfits, mentally unstable, family relations, bipolar disorder, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania, baltimore, new jersey
Is relevant ?
An American Crime (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Style: serious, bleak, harsh, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, crimes, confined, mentally unstable, murder, family problems, captivity, threat, true crime ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa
Is relevant ?
Mother's Day (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Crazed members of a sadistic family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new owners.
Style: serious, scary, disturbing, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: mentally unstable, hostage, danger, mind game, psychopath, siblings relations, violence spree, home invasion, sadistic horror, sadism, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
The Crush (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A precocious and obsessive teenager develops a crush on a naive writer with harrowing consequences.
Style: sexy, suspenseful, psychological, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: obsession, obsessive love, dangerous attraction, fatal attraction, erotic thriller, female psychopath, mentally unstable, stalking, false accusation, journalism, teenage life, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: seattle washington, seattle
Is relevant ?
Stay (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Psychiatrist Sam Foster has a new patient, Henry Letham, who claims to be suicidal. In trying to diagnose him, Sam visits Henry's prior therapist and also finds Henry's mother -- even though Henry has said that he murdered both of his ...
Style: psychological, surreal, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide, psychiatrist, doctors and patients, unfulfillment, mentally unstable, obsession, mystery, patient, suicidal, mental illness, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
Is relevant ?
Secret Window (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Mort Rainey, a writer just emerging from a painful divorce with his ex-wife, is stalked at his remote lake house by a psychotic stranger and would-be scribe who claims Rainey swiped his best story idea. But as Rainey endeavors to prove his ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, surprise ending, macabre, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychology, split personality, insanity, nervous breakdown, losing-it hero, isolation, murder, mentally unstable, stalking, paranoia, divorce, stephen king ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, new york state, tennessee
Is relevant ?
The Collector (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Freddie is an inept bank clerk with no future. His only hobby is collecting butterflies, which gives him a feeling of power and control that is otherwise totally missing from his life. He comes into a large sum of money, and buys himself a country ...
Style: disturbing, tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, psychopath, obsession, collector, mentally unstable, danger, confined, dangerous attraction, woman in danger, missing person, captivity, butterfly ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london
Is relevant ?
Flesh and Bone (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A talented but emotionally troubled dancer runs away to New York City and quickly finds herself immersed in the cutthroat world of professional ballet.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, psychological, bleak, tense ...
Plot: ballet, rivalry, incest, mentally unstable, dancer's life, dance, ambition, ballerina, artists and showbiz, dancing, uninhibited rivalry, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, pittsburgh
Is relevant ?
On the Edge (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, talky, sincere ...
Plot: mental institution, mentally unstable, human nature, friendship, haunted by the past, fall in love, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, love and romance, youth, romance, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
The Golden Glove (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Horror, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.
Style: macabre, based on true events, bleak, melancholic, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, sex crime, loner, misfit, murder, mentally unstable, brutality, murder of a prostitute, prostitute, alcohol abuse, alcoholic, loser ...
Time: 70s, year 1970, 20th century, year 1974
Place: hamburg germany, central europe, west germany
Is relevant ?
Hush (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jackson and Helen are in love and about to have their first child when they move in with Jackson's mother, Martha, in order to take care of the family estate. But all is not well in this household. Martha is jealous of her son's affection ...
Style: serious, scary, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: mentally unstable, dysfunctional family, family relations, domineering mother, farm, parents and children, family problems, couple relations, manipulations, manipulation, woman in danger, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: kentucky, new york, usa
Is relevant ?
Unhinged (2020)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A case of road rage turns into full-blown terror when an unstable driver follows a woman and her son.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, tense, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: maniac, woman in danger, road rage, evil man, stalker, stalking, mentally unstable, pursuit, threat, psychopath, driving, on the road ...
Time: 2020s, 2010s
Is relevant ?
A Dangerous Method (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, sexy, philosophical, talky ...
Plot: historical character, psychiatrist, psychoanalysis, sexual perversion, spanking, mental illness, patient, mentally unstable, introspection, psychologist, insanity, infidelity ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, year 1912, 1930s
Place: switzerland, europe, vienna, zurich switzerland, austria ...
Is relevant ?
Half Light (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rachel Carson, a best-selling crime novelist, is devastated and filled with guilt over the accidental death of her son. Hoping that a change of scenery will help alleviate her suffering, she leaves her home in the city and moves into a vacant ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, enigmatic, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: ghost, lighthouse, murder, supernatural, mentally unstable, uncover truth, death of child, loss of child, death in the family, woman in danger, female protagonist, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, london, san francisco
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
A Serbian Film (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Serbia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life trying to make ends meet. Presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to financially support his family for the rest of their lives, Milos must participate in one last mysterious film. From ...
Style: banned film, brutal, macabre, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, pedophilia, sadism, insanity, violence, strong sexual content, murder, gory, necrophilia, pornography, sexual perversion ...
Time: 21st century, ancient history
Place: serbia, europe
Is relevant ?
First Born (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Laura's expecting. Her husband, Steven's a loving guy but has little time for her. Her mom lives thousands of miles away. Forced to give up on her dreams, she's always been a bit edgy. A C-section drives her over the edge, making her ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, psychological, tense
Plot: family in danger, mentally unstable, nanny, danger, mind game, parents and children, family problems, isolation, suburbs, obsession, ghost, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary
Is relevant ?
Madhouse (2004)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A young psychiatric intern unearths secrets about the mental health facility in which he works.
Style: scary, serious, psychological, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychiatry, mentally unstable, mental institution, mind game, murder, intern, ghost, investigation, supernatural, mental illness, danger, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Is relevant ?
Irresistible (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A wife and mother is consumed by the thought that her husband's co-worker is trying to win him away from her and their family.
Style: scary, serious, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, infidelity, secret, paranoia, mentally unstable, crimes, fear, seduction, love and romance, stalking, mental illness, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: kosovo, melbourne australia, australia
Is relevant ?
Shrew's Nest (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Spain, 1950s. Montse's agoraphobia keeps her locked in a sinister apartment in Madrid and her only link to reality is the little sister she lost her youth raising. But one day, a reckless young neighbor, Carlos, falls down the stairwell and ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, scary, tense ...
Plot: family relations, isolation, agoraphobia, female psychopath, secret, murder, mentally unstable, danger, obsession, hidden, sister sister relationship, orphan ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: spain, madrid, europe
Is relevant ?
All Good Things (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Newly-discovered facts, court records and speculation are used to elaborate the true love story and murder mystery of the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, twists and turns, enigmatic ...
Plot: mystery, disappearance, murder, mentally unstable, missing person, dysfunctional marriage, investigation, crimes, high society, domestic violence, overbearing parent, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2000, year 1971, year 1978 ...
Place: new york, usa, washington d.c., paris france, florida ...
Is relevant ?
Parasomnia (2008)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Laura Baxter is a young woman, literally a "sleeping beauty," who suffers from a medical condition called "parasomnia." A childhood accident victim, she is actually sleeping her life away, awakening briefly on rare occasions. Art ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, scary, suspense ...
Plot: mentally unstable, insomnia, woman in danger, hypnosis, serial killer, supernatural, supernatural ability, sleeping, deadly, rehabilitation, fall in love, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Is relevant ?