Mental illness movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant mental illness movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out psychological, realistic, weird, intense, twists and turns and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with mental illness, mental disorder, insanity, psychology, storytelling, runaway, obsession, loneliness, psychiatrist and adaptation plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, Canada, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as mental illness: Girl, Interrupted (1999), Prozac Nation (2001), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Shutter Island (2010), Black Swan (2010), It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010), Joker (2019), Split (2016), Benny & Joon (1993), Mad Love (1995).

List of mental illness movies

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, heartbreaking, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: mental illness, suicide, psychiatrist, suicide attempt, coming of age, female protagonist, borderline personality disorder, friendship, psychiatric ward, mental institution, insanity, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Prozac Nation (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Elizabeth is on the verge of losing her grip on life after she leaves her emotionally fraught home to start college. Quickly, her life takes a turn for the worse: She clashes with her roommate and decides her boyfriend, Rafe, is her sole salvation. ...
Style: psychological, emotional, disturbing, melancholic, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, depression, college, university, coming of age, introspection, dysfunctional family, youth, therapy, suicide attempt, adolescence, nude girl ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: harvard university, austin texas
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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, touching, cerebral, motivational, captivating ...
Plot: mathematics, mental illness, genius, paranoia, schizophrenia, prodigy, mathematician, obsession, insanity, scientist, nobel prize, existentialism ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, 70s, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: new jersey, boston, massachusetts, usa, washington d.c. ...
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Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, investigation, mystery, insanity, psychiatrist, paranoia, mental institution, psychology, losing-it hero, uncover truth, disorder, isolation ...
Time: 50s, year 1954, year 1945, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: boston
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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, sexy, surreal, cerebral ...
Plot: ballet, mental illness, obsession, character study, hallucination, surrealism, psychology, insanity, paranoia, dancing, ballerina, dancer's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.
Style: touching, sentimental, funny, humorous, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: mental illness, coming of age, depression, teenage love, teenage life, psychiatric ward, friendship, adolescence, anxiety, mental institution, teenage boy, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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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: suspense, thought provoking, bleak, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: mental illness, psycho, social problems, insanity, psychological trauma, loneliness, mental patient, villain, evil clown, mental disorder, social decay, psychopath ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1981, 20th century
Place: new jersey
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Split (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant ...
Style: suspense, twist ending, psychological, macabre, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, mental illness, split personality, dissociative identity disorder, insanity, serial killer, schizophrenia, psycho, violence, survival, murder, paranoia ...
Time: 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia
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Benny & Joon (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.
Style: feel good, touching, sweet, humorous, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: mental illness, social misfits, love, poker, brother sister relationship, romance, fall in love, love and romance, mechanic, misfit, disability, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Mad Love (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Matt falls for Casey, the new girl in school. She's fun-loving and eccentric, but there's a darkness to her whimsy that Matt can't begin to comprehend. When Casey attempts to commit suicide, her parents place her in a mental ...
Style: romantic, touching, melancholic, sentimental, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: mental illness, high school, mental institution, opposites attract, romance, bipolar disorder, love, teenage love, coming of age, manic depression, lovers on the run, teen angst ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, usa, seattle, mexico
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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Extremely shy Lars finds it impossible to make friends or socialize. His brother and sister-in-law worry about him, so when he announces that he has a girlfriend he met on the Internet, they are overjoyed. But Lars' new lady is a life-size ...
Style: touching, psychological, humorous, thought provoking, sweet ...
Plot: mental illness, loneliness, shyness, small town, sex doll, introvert, delusion, doll, psychologist, young man, forbidden love, human relationship ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, wisconsin, usa
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Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Harvard Medical School graduate takes a position at a mental institution and soon becomes obsessed with a female mental patient, but he has no idea of a recent and horrifying staffing change.
Style: twists and turns, twist ending, gothic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, insanity, mental patient, psychiatrist, doctors, doctors and patients, happy ending, conspiracy, mad scientist, madhouse, uncover truth ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, year 1900
Place: england, usa, tuscany, london
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Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, ...
Style: motivational, inspirational, uplifting, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, hospital, doctors and patients, hopes, illness, fighting illness, coma, doctor, disability, patient, cure ...
Time: 20th century, year 1969, 1930s, 60s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
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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, romantic, dramatic, depressing, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: mental illness, love, romance, life philosophy, depression, bipolar disorder, social misfits, mentally unstable, male female friendship, fall in love, supportive parent, young widow ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia, new jersey, baltimore
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Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Style: psychological, mind bending, surreal, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: time travel, mental illness, parallel universe, insanity, hallucination, imaginary friend, social misfits, surrealism, supernatural ability, time loop, schizophrenia, psychology ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, year 1988
Place: virginia, usa
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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Two aging film actresses live as virtual recluses in an old Hollywood mansion. Jane Hudson, a successful child star, cares for her crippled sister Blanche, whose career in later years eclipsed that of Jane. Now the two live together, their ...
Style: psychological, gothic, scary, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: mental illness, sibling rivalry, female protagonist, sister sister relationship, jealousy, child star, aging, dysfunctional family, physical abuse, filmmaking, actress, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, year 1917, year 1962, year 1935 ...
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Fear of Rain (2021)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenage girl living with schizophrenia begins to suspect her neighbor has kidnapped a child. Her parents try desperately to help her live a normal life, without exposing their own tragic secrets, and the only person who believes her is Caleb – a ...
Style: suspense, psychological, intense, realistic, touching ...
Plot: mental illness, fear, schizophrenia, teen angst, schizophrenic, missing child, imaginary friend, abduction, mental patient, hearing voices, teenager, paranoid schizophrenia ...
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A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A recently released patient from a mental institution returns home with her sister, only to face disturbing events between her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house- all of which are connected to a dark past in the family's history.
Style: psychological, surreal, scary, atmospheric, mind bending ...
Plot: mental illness, ghost, haunted house, tragedy, suicide, losing-it hero, nightmare, guilt, amnesia, mystery, delusion, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea, south korea, japan
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Spider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: bleak, mind bending, psychological, disturbing, surreal ...
Plot: mental illness, childhood trauma, misfit, murder, mental patient, haunted by the past, paranoia, betrayal, psychopath, mystery, surrealism, schizophrenia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s
Place: london, europe, east end london, england, united kingdom ...
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, dramatic, thought provoking, tragicomedy, uplifting ...
Plot: fighting the system, mental institution, mental illness, freedom, human spirit, insanity, crazy, unlikely friendships, nurse, psychiatrist, escaped mental patient, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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Primal Fear (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, psychological, neo noir ...
Plot: lawyer, mental illness, legal investigation, court, split personality, murder, courtroom drama, corruption, courtroom, psychopath, hotshot lawyer, court case ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, ambiguous ending, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: mental illness, paranoia, schizophrenia, obsession, nightmare, nervous breakdown, insanity, dreams, apocalypse, delusion, fear, storm ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011, year 1986
Place: ohio, usa
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The Alienist (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Crime reporter, John Moore, meets with psychologist, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century.
Style: exciting, tense, suspenseful, suspense, bleak ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, mental illness, murder investigation, crime investigation, police, psychologist, ritual, crimes, murder mystery, violence, prostitution, private detective ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, victorian era
Place: new york
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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: humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic, sitcom ...
Plot: mental illness, split personality, dissociative identity disorder, dysfunctional family, gay, housewife, self discovery, jealousy, family relations, eccentric family, introspection, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, kansas
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Repulsion (1965)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Roman Polanski's first English-language film, beautiful young manicurist Carole suffers from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men). When her sister and roommate, Helen, leaves their London flat to go on an Italian ...
Style: surreal, disturbing, atmospheric, scary, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, hallucination, rape, schizophrenia, delusion, surrealism, female protagonist, murder, isolation, repression, insanity, rabbit ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe
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Gothika (2003)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Canada, Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After a car crash, a criminal psychologist (Halle Berry) comes to, only to find that she's a patient in the same mental institution that currently employs her. It seems she's been accused of murdering her husband -- but she has no memory ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, serial killer, investigation, murder, supernatural, psychiatrist, mental institution, mystery, insanity, crazy, mind game, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, new hampshire
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Proof (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Catherine is a woman in her late twenties who is strongly devoted to her father, Robert, a brilliant and well-known mathematician whose grip on reality is beginning to slip away. As Robert descends into madness, Catherine begins to wonder if she may ...
Style: emotional, clever, enigmatic, intellectual, serious ...
Plot: mathematics, mental illness, paranoia, prodigy, science, insanity, life, character study, university, adaptation, depression, manic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, chicago illinois, usa, new york, wisconsin
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Monk (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Adrian Monk was once a rising star with the San Francisco Police Department, legendary for using unconventional means to solve the department's most baffling cases. But after the tragic (and still unsolved) murder of his wife Trudy, he ...
Style: witty, humorous, realistic, semi serious, odd ...
Plot: investigation, mental illness, private detective, mastermind, talented, police investigation, prodigy, unconventional method, murder, riddles and clues, intelligence, investigator ...
Time: 2000s, future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
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The Method (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: The main character is an extraordinary and mysterious person, at the same time, he (Rodion Meglin) is an outstanding inspector. Rodion is used to work alone in order to keep the secrecy of his unusual method. Young graduate Esenya Steklova is ...
Style: psychological, suspense, exciting, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, mental illness, haunted by the past, murder, crimes, psychosis, human nature, uncover truth, brutality, good versus evil, life is a bitch ...
Time: year 2015
Place: russia
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Barefoot (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The "black sheep" son of a wealthy family meets a young psychiatric patient who's been raised in isolation her entire life. He takes the naive young woman home for his brother's wedding an improbable romance blooms, as she ...
Style: sweet, romantic, twists and turns, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, fall in love, mental illness, love story, happy ending, romance, love affair, teenager, runaway, road trip, relationships, betrayal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, louisiana, southern usa, new orleans
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