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 realistic, psychological, twists and turns, visually appealing, intense and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with mental illness, storytelling, mentor, brutality, insanity, adaptation, runaway, loneliness, psychiatrist and weird plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres shot in USA, Canada, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as mental illness: Girl, Interrupted (1999), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Joker (2019), Split (2016), It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010), Prozac Nation (2001), Benny & Joon (1993), Shutter Island (2010), Stonehearst Asylum (2014), Silver Linings Playbook (2012).

List of mental illness movies

Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
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, friendship, mentally unstable, borderline personality disorder, coming of age, patient, female protagonist, eating disorder ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, interesting ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, prodigy, genius, insanity, schizophrenia, existentialism, imagination, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 90s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new jersey, stockholm sweden ...
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 8.5
 923K
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, bleak, suspense, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: mental illness, insanity, psycho, psychological trauma, social decay, villain, social problems, mental patient, evil clown, bad attitude, character change, social problem ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, 20th century, year 1981
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 7.3
 421K
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: twist ending, psychological, suspenseful, surprise ending, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, mental illness, psycho, dissociative identity disorder, serial killer, insanity, schizophrenia, held captive, split personality, paranoia, violence, mercilessness ...
Time: 2010s
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania
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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, humorous, semi serious, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, mental illness, psychiatric ward, teenage love, teenage life, adolescence, coming of age, friends, friendship, psychiatrist, love and romance, shyness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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 6.3
 17K
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, disturbing, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, depression, introspection, university, college, therapy, youth, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, obsession, journalism, writers ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: harvard university, austin texas
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 7.2
 55K
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, humorous, realistic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: mental illness, social misfits, fall in love, love and romance, psychiatrist, misfit, love, siblings relations, artist, family relations, first love, mechanic ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
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 8.2
 1.1M
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, surprise ending, twists and turns, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, plot twist, insanity, paranoia, investigation, mental illness, psychiatrist, psychology, island, uncover truth, isolation ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1954 ...
Place: boston
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Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, 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: twist ending, twists and turns, gothic, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, mental patient, insanity, twists & turns, psychiatrist, doctors and patients, uncover truth, plot twist, escape, love, torture ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, year 1900
Place: england, usa, tuscany, london
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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, offbeat, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, mental illness, life philosophy, love, romance, family drama, social misfits, male female friendship, mentally unstable, family relations, bipolar disorder, troubled ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia, baltimore, new jersey
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 5.4
 6K
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: sentimental, romantic, melancholic, touching, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: mental illness, lovers on the run, high school, opposites attract, teen angst, mental institution, suicide attempt, romance, teenage love, couples, youth, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle, usa, latin america, mexico, seattle washington
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 7.8
 124K
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: uplifting, motivational, touching, sincere, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, hopes, coma, mental institution, doctors and patients, hospital, fighting illness, illness, patient, cure, experiment, doctor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
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 8.0
 697K
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, mind bending ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, hallucination, dancer's life, surrealism, mental illness, psychology, insanity, paranoia, dark fantasy, rivalry, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 6.7
 206K
Glass (2019)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, China
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In a series of escalating encounters, security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. Meanwhile, the shadowy presence of Elijah Price emerges as an ...
Style: twist ending, bad ending, surprise ending, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: mental illness, dissociative identity disorder, plot twist, psychic, sociopath, villain, super powers, superhero, mental institution, psychology, invulnerability, psychopath ...
Time: 2010s
Place: philadelphia
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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, offbeat
Plot: mental illness, split personality, dysfunctional family, jealousy, family relations, dissociative identity disorder, eccentric family, introspection, family life, siblings relations, parents and children, weirdo ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, kansas
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 7.7
 43K
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, suspenseful, tense, bleak, suspense
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, mental illness, psychologist, murder investigation, crime, ritual, police, reporter, violence, crimes, blood, crime investigation ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: new york
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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, suspenseful, tense, twist ending, atmospheric ...
Plot: mental illness, hollywood, old mansion, kidnapping, murder, newspaper, pianist, actress, jealousy, family relations, haunted by the past, forgery ...
Time: 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, year 1917 ...
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 7.4
 91K
Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 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: disturbing, bleak, atmospheric, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: paranoia, mental illness, nervous breakdown, delusion, nightmare, fear, family relations, dreams, insanity, sanity, obsession, construction worker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1986, year 2011
Place: ohio, usa
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 7.7
 188K
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, tense, psychological ...
Plot: legal investigation, split personality, mental illness, courtroom drama, psychopath, corruption, lawyer, murder, neo noir, plot twist, bishop, crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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 6.7
 24K
Marrowbone (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young man and his four younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, twists and turns, tense, scary ...
Plot: brother sister relationship, mental illness, murder, ghost, abandoned house, violence, secret, love, plot twist, attic, murder of family, sibling relationship ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1969
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 5.8
 106K
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, psycho film, suspenseful, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, mental illness, investigation, serial killer, protagonist as suspect, mystery, mind game, supernatural, psychiatrist, crazy, insanity, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new hampshire, connecticut
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 7.0
 41K
Gia (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, ...
Style: psychological, rough, sexual, melancholic, factual ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, addiction, fashion, drug abuse, lesbian romance, model, strong sexual content, mental illness, heroin, aids, supermodel, lesbian love ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
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 7.4
 2K
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, suspenseful, suspense, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: investigation, mental illness, serial killer, crimes, danger, psychosis, brutality, haunted by the past, murder, human nature, uncover truth, good versus evil ...
Time: year 2015
Place: russia
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 6.8
 36K
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, psychological, disturbing, surreal, mind bending ...
Plot: mental illness, childhood trauma, haunted by the past, murder, betrayal, mental patient, vengeance, misfit, mystery, infidelity, past, delusion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s, 50s
Place: london, europe, africa, east end london, britain ...
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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, sweet, sentimental ...
Plot: loneliness, mental illness, doll, human relationship, young man, shyness, delusion, psychologist, grief, social relations, fear, introvert ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, wisconsin, new jersey
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Waking Madison (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A woman suffering from multiple personality disorder tries to piece back together her life.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, realistic, serious ...
Plot: mental illness, dissociative identity disorder, confined, mentally unstable, doctors and patients, power relations, dominatrix, psychiatrist, dishonesty, family relations, friendship, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 7K
Blue Sky (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Hank Marshall is a tough, square-jawed, straitlaced Army engineer and nuclear science expert, assigned to help conduct weapons-testing in 1950's America. Hank has become a thorn in the side of the Army, though, for a couple of very different ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, melancholic, light ...
Plot: mental illness, infidelity, military base, military life, couples, dysfunctional marriage, family problems, couple relations, romance, love affair, adultery, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: alabama, usa, california
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 23K
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, semi serious, romantic, twists and turns, light ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: fall in love, love and romance, mental illness, love story, family relations, love affair, father son relationship, changing lives, relationships, naivete, twists & turns, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, louisiana, southern usa, california, new orleans
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 8.0
 65K
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, offbeat, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: odd, private detective, investigation, unconventional method, intelligence, police investigation, crimes, talented, murder, riddles and clues, mastermind, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 6.9
 6K
Requiem (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Michaela, an epileptic, enrolls in college to study education. She goes off her medication and soon begins hearing voices and seeing apparitions that tell her to avoid religious objects, although she is devoutly Roman Catholic. One priest scoffs at ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, sincere, disturbing, intense ...
Plot: mental illness, epilepsy, college life, friendship, small town, family relations, teenage life, society, youth, depression, grownups, daughter ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, southern germany, tokyo, new jersey
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