Mental instability movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant mental instability movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspense, psychological, disturbing, serious and tense films and TV shows about / with mental disorder, family relations, death, obsession, insanity, nudity (full frontal - brief), mother daughter relationship, female nudity, flashback and hospital plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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mental instability movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as mental instability: Fight Club (1999), Burnt (2015), Mulholland Drive (2001), Home (2008), It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Everything Put Together (2000), The Adored (2012), Filthy (2017), Visions (2015), Gold Digger (2019).

List of mental instability movies

 8.8
 2.1M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, thought provoking, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: twists and turns, imaginary friend, psychology, fight, plot twist, self destructing, fighting the system, split personality, insanity, losing-it hero, schizophrenia, against the rules ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
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 6.6
 120K
Burnt (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Adam Jones is a Chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.
Style: inspirational, entertaining, talky, exciting, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: chef, cooking, food, abuse of power, violent behavior, male chauvinist, violent man, redemption, psychopath as protagonist, physical abuse, abusive relationship, restaurant ...
Place: new orleans, london, paris france
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, surreal, neo noir, mind bending, art house ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, twists and turns, lesbian, amnesia, hollywood, alternate reality, mystery, hallucination, nightmare, obsession, doppelganger, lesbian sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.9
 5K
Home (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Marthe (Isabelle Huppert) and Michel (Olivier Gourmet) live with their three children in a remote house next to an abandoned highway using it as an extension to their property. One day without warning, construction workers begin to upgrade the road ...
Style: captivating, realistic, semi serious, stylized, thought provoking ...
Plot: highway, husband wife relationship, isolated house, car, house, traffic, parents and children, family relations, life turned upside down, privacy invasion, rebellion, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 62 min.
Story: Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy.
Style: philosophical, surreal, thought provoking, adult animation, atmospheric ...
Plot: illness, mental health, surrealism, dark humor, mental illness, nightmare, divorced parents, hospital, immortality, life philosophy, destiny, existentialism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
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Everything Put Together (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Everything Put Together is a 2000 film directed by Marc Forster starring Radha Mitchell and Megan Mullally.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: losing-it hero, redemption, pregnancy, terminal illness, social decay, dysfunctional family, family life, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, family problems, babies and infants, female friendship ...
Time: 90s
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 3.8
 185
The Adored (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Photographer Francesca builds Maia's confidence while having to control her own obsessive and sexual desires towards Maia. As they spend more time together, Maia becomes the object of her obsession and things slowly spiral out of control.
Style: tense, suspense, captivating, disturbing, sexy ...
Plot: obsession, lesbian, couples, love and romance, lgbt, love, stalking, jealousy, psychiatrist, tragedy, manslaughter, mental disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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 6.5
 611
Filthy (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Lena is a 17-year old girl, experiencing her first love, secret night- time adventures, and magical mornings at the river in Bratislava. Her dream world is shattered after being raped by her math teacher. Lena must set out on a journey that is not ...
Style: captivating, suspense, suspenseful, sincere, non-linear
Plot: teenage rape, coming of age, teacher student sex, first love, teenage girl, suicide attempt, doctor, mental institution, older man younger woman relationship, traumatic experience, rape, teenage protagonist ...
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 5.3
 11K
Visions (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: After moving to a vineyard with her family, a pregnant woman experiences horrifying visions.
Style: scary, psychotronic, suspense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: pregnancy, hallucination, supernatural, ghost, mental disorder, car accident, revenge, husband wife relationship, nightmare, premonition, a vision, afterlife ...
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 6.7
 3K
Gold Digger (2019)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Gold Digger tells the story of wealthy 60 year old Julia as she falls in love with Benjamin, a man 25 years her junior. As this six part series progresses the impact their unconventional relationship has on her family is explored and the secrets of ...
Style: captivating, suspense, enigmatic, scenic, psychological thriller
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, lie, love and romance, mystery, adultery, parents and children, money, rivalry, betrayal, mental disorder, tv show, femdom ...
Place: london
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 8.4
 1.3M
Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
Style: thought provoking, suspense, bleak, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, social problems, mental disorder, psychological trauma, character change, psycho, insanity, loneliness, revenge, social decay, villain, bad attitude ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1981, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york
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 6.8
 475
The Collector (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Finland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Eevi's life isn't going the way she would want it to, so she runs away, leaving destruction in her wake. No one will ever say no to her again.
Plot: female psychopath, mental disorder, arsonist, love, death, obsession, mental illness, cat fight, trespassing, violent behavior, violent woman, car accident ...
Time: 90s
Place: finland
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 5.7
 345
Rosa Salvaje (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 20 min.
TV show
Story: Rosa salvaje is a Mexican telenovela that was broadcast in 1987. It starred the popular Mexican actress Verónica Castro, who played the main character, "Rosa", co-starring with Guillermo Capetillo as her love interest and Laura Zapata as ...
Plot: scandal, secret lover, reconciliation, unplanned pregnancy, marriage proposal, poverty, unwed pregnancy, disfigurement, resentment, ambulance, change of heart, acid ...
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 8.5
 18K
Please Like Me (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 29 min.
TV show
Story: After breaking up with his girlfriend, Josh comes to the realization that he is homosexual. With the support of his now ex girlfriend Claire, and his best friend and house mate Tom, Josh must help his mother with her battle with depression and the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sincere, sitcom ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: gay, friendship, coming out, roommate, suicide attempt, sexuality, depression, gay relationship, lgbt, homosexual, lgbtq, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Mabel, a mother and wife, is on the brink of insanity as her blue-collar husband Nick attempts to understand her plight.
Style: cerebral, art house, psychological, depressing, thought provoking ...
Plot: mental illness, marriage, love, working class, psychology, insanity, husband wife relationship, construction worker, mental disorder, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, domestic violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 218 min.
Story: The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological ...
Style: epic, visually appealing, factual, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, world war one, adventure, war, military, imperialism, historical character, british empire, politics, camel, islam, train ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: middle east, saudi arabia, ottoman empire, arabia, africa ...
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Mickey and the Bear (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In Anaconda, Montana, a strong-willed teenage girl navigates a loving but volatile relationship with her veteran father. In a desperate search for independence and her own identity, she risks family, heartbreak, and her standing in the only place ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: father daughter relationship, addiction, teenager, teenage girl, incest, war veteran, father daughter incest, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, women, woman ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, montana
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Downfalls High (2021)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
Story: When reserved and lonely teenager Fenix meets popular high school girl Scarlett, the two form a bond that shapes the rest of his life.
Audience: teens
Plot: teenager, subculture, high school, downfall, grief, mental disorder, depression, rock music, mental health, mental breakdown, mentally unstable, mental institution ...
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 6.5
 267
The Rose King (1986)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: West Germany, Portugal, France, Netherlands
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A mentally unstable woman and her son move to a sprawling mansion in Portugal to grow roses.
Style: art house
Plot: gay, lgbt, gay interest, male nudity, opera, homosexual, art, mother son relationship, mental disorder, love, farm, rose
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My Friend Henry (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When 12-year-old Elsi Björkman and her mother Paula return from a week's holiday abroad, Elsi immediately notices that someone has been in her room. She tells her mother about it, but she does not believe her. At the local supermarket Elsi ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, sincere, touching, disturbing
Plot: friendship, parent child relationship, childhood, shoplifting, mental health, family relations, father son relationship, dysfunctional family, anxiety, friend, secret, family tragedy ...
Place: finland
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 6.6
 19K
Snowtown (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
Style: psychological, disturbing, tense, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, violence, gay rape, gang, male rape victim, torture, psychopath, suspicion, murder, manipulation, crimes, mother's boyfriend ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, year 1999, year 1998
Place: south australia, australia, adelaide south australia
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 5.1
 9K
Awoken (2019)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Karla, a young medical student, is trying to cure her brother, Blake, from a terminal sleep illness called Fatal Familial Insomnia, where you are unable to sleep until you die. On her quest to treat him, a more sinister reason for his condition is ...
Style: psychological
Plot: terminal illness, cure, disease, nightmare, insomnia, student, illness, medicine, medical student, treatment, sleeping, dream ...
Place: south australia, adelaide south australia, australia
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 6.1
 23K
Excision (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Alienated teen Pauline struggles with the pressures of fitting into high school, pleasing her mother and a burning desire to lose her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life, Pauline is considered a social outcast by ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, surreal, tense, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: social outcast, dysfunctional family, body horror, high school, sister sister relationship, surgeon, mentally unstable, teacher, mentally unstable protagonist, erotic dream, social relations, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa
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The Hijack That Went South (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Aarno Lamminparras hijacked an airplane with a gun in 1978. A true story.
Style: suspenseful, humorous, exciting, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: airplane, abduction, hostage, husband wife relationship, money, reporter, journalist, airport, ransom, hijacking, pilot, passenger ...
Time: year 1978, 70s
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 6.6
 190
Inocente de Ti (2004)
Genre: Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Inocente de Ti is a Miami-based 130 episode telenovela that first aired on the Univision network in 2005. It features Camila Sodi, Valentino Lanús, and Helena Rojo.
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspense, captivating
Plot: sister sister relationship, mother daughter relationship, fall in love, irony of fate, estranged mother, family, love affair, family relations, relationships, sisters, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Place: miami
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United States of Tara (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: United States of Tara is an American television comedy-drama created by Diablo Cody, which began airing on Showtime in 2009. The series follows the life of Tara, a suburban housewife and mother coping with dissociative identity disorder.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic, sitcom ...
Plot: mental illness, split personality, dissociative identity disorder, dysfunctional family, gay, housewife, self discovery, jealousy, family relations, eccentric family, lgbt, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, kansas
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 6.8
 7K
Farinelli (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: France, Italy, Belgium, UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Farinelli is a 1994 biopic film about the life and career of Italian opera singer Farinelli, considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time.
Style: realistic, heartbreaking, factual, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: opera, music, brother brother relationship, art, opera singer, life philosophy, classical music, destiny, musician, siblings relations, artist, gay ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, london, spain, england, madrid ...
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 7.2
 57K
Don't Look Now (1973)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After Laura and John Baxter lose their only child in a horrible drowning, they are greeted by strange sightings of her throughout their everyday lives. When two old ladies approach them in Italy with news that their daughter may still be alive, it ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, atmospheric, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, drowning, serial killer, haunted by the past, twists and turns, hallucination, grief, sex scene, blindness, psychic, mystery, death of daughter ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, venice, europe
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Nora Roberts' Angels Fall (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman starts a new life in a small Wyoming mountain town after suffering a traumatic event on the other side of the country - but one day, she witnesses a murder in the woods......
Style: serious, realistic, touching, exciting, gloomy ...
Plot: restaurant, murder, woman in danger, crimes, romance, hidden identity, dishonesty, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, adultery, extramarital affair, chef, beautiful scenery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, wyoming
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Angel's Dance (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young hitman is asked to prove himself by killing an innocent woman.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, surprise ending, captivating ...
Plot: hitman, gangsters, odd couple, crimes, love and romance, assassination attempt, criminal heroes, relationship vs career, father daughter relationship, organized crime, teaching, student ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, chicago illinois
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