Mental institution movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant mental institution movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric and realistic films and TV shows about / with mental institution, mental illness, insanity, doctors and patients, hospital, psychiatrist, murder, death, doctor and violence plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Horror genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as mental institution: Shutter Island (2010), The Ward (2010), Stonehearst Asylum (2014), Veronika Decides to Die (2009), Unsane (2018), The Jacket (2005), American Horror Story (2011), Eloise (2016), Manic (2001), Session 9 (2001).

List of mental institution movies

 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, insanity, plot twist, paranoia, investigation, mental illness, losing-it hero, uncover truth, island, psychology, confined ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1954 ...
Place: boston
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 5.6
 40K
The Ward (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost.
Style: scary, psychological, twist ending, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: mental institution, dissociative identity disorder, isolation, supernatural, ghost, mental illness, doctors and patients, danger, confined, murder, survival, mentally unstable ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1960s, 60s, 80s
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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, runaway, infatuation, doctors and patients, doctor patient relationship, uncover truth, escape, love ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: england, usa, tuscany, london
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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, tragicomedy, dramatic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, fighting the system, mental institution, freedom, insanity, anti hero, nurse, anti heroes, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, dehumanization, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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Veronika Decides to Die (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika awakens inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live.
Style: psychological, touching, emotional, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: mental institution, terminal illness, psychiatrist, starting over, suicide, hopes, doctors and patients, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, life, depression, suicidal, coma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ireland
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 6.4
 39K
Unsane (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution amid uncertainty as to whether her greatest fear is real or delusional.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, suspense, surprise ending, psychological thriller ...
Plot: mental institution, obsession, maniac, fear, mental patient, psychopath, murder, pursuit, stalker, mental illness, psychiatric ward, sexual assault ...
Place: portugal, pennsylvania, boston
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 7.1
 107K
The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
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, bleak, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, mental institution, psychology, supernatural ability, memory loss, time loop, supernatural, disorder, murder, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: vermont
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American Horror Story (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, scary, captivating, tense ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, haunted house, death, witch, danger, mental institution, insanity, nun, evil, couple relations, nightmare ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 60s, year 2013 ...
Place: los angeles, new orleans, usa, massachusetts, florida ...
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 4.6
 4K
Eloise (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Four friends break into an abandoned insane asylum in search of a death certificate which will grant one of them a large inheritance. However, finding it soon becomes the least of their worries in a place haunted by dark memories.
Style: psychological, bleak, rough, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: mental institution, time travel, mad doctor, phobia, torture, mental illness, missing person, haunted, inheritance, death certificate, ghost, baby ...
Time: year 1982
Place: michigan
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 7.3
 9K
Manic (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: rough, disturbing, psychological, compassionate, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, therapy, dysfunctional family, youth, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, teenage life, addiction, doctors and patients, society, manic, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
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Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (2019)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An investigative reporter Nellie Bly, who’s on a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, and feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, atmospheric, dark
Plot: mental institution, female reporter, torture, investigation, fish out of water, violence, mistreatment, strong female lead, psychiatrist, doctors and patients, murder, abuse ...
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 6.4
 53K
Session 9 (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.
Style: twist ending, atmospheric, twists and turns, psychological, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychology, mental institution, supernatural, haunted by the past, mind game, rivalry, mentally unstable, lobotomy, murder, transformation, insanity, obsession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018)
Genre: Horror
Country: South Korea
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An internet broadcaster recruits a handful of people for their 'experience the horror' show at Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital, a place selected as one of the '7 freakiest places on the planet'. They are to explore the haunted ...
Style: scary, macabre, dark, suspenseful
Plot: found footage, mental institution, fear, ghosts, crew, youth, friends, video camera, violent death, night, high heels, beer ...
Place: south korea
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 7.8
 121K
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, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, doctors and patients, hopes, mental institution, coma, hospital, illness, patient, doctor, fighting illness, treatment, cure ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
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House on Haunted Hill (1999)
Genre: Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A remake of the 1959 film of the same name. A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, mental institution, evil spirit, danger, ghost, murder, haunted by the past, survival, supernatural, gory, isolation, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 1930s, 1990s
Place: los angeles
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 5.2
 308
Samuel Bleak (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a quiet southern town, several lives are changed forever when an isolated mute with a dark secret is admitted to a mental institution.
Style: disturbing, serious, suspense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: mental institution, family problems, isolation, small town life, small town, crimes, mute, suspect, society, danger, mute or deaf, in the woods ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana
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Man Facing Southeast (1986)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Argentina
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A new patient mysteriously appears in a psychiatric ward. He claims to come from another planet to study humans and their behavior. The alien is gentle but criticizes humans for their harsh treatment of each other. The assigned psychiatrist is ...
Style: thought provoking, talky, clever, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: mental institution, psychiatry, insanity, hospital, life is a bitch, supernatural ability, investigation, society, benign alien, mystery, supernatural, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: argentina, latin america
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 6.0
 3K
The Ugly (1997)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A female psychologist wants to understand the minds of a confessed serial killer who spent the last five years in a mental hospital because of his state.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, scary, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, mental institution, hospital, murder, psychoanalysis, psychologist, slasher, haunted by the past, mysterious character, investigation, mind game, doctors and patients ...
Time: 90s
Place: new zealand
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 6.0
 983
Crazy as Hell (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A famous psychiatrist (Ty Adams) takes on the job of trying to cure patients at the Sedah State Hospital, run by it's folksy doctor (Sam Delazo). All this takes a strange turn when a mysterious patient (Satan, he calls himself) enters the ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, psychological, suspenseful
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, supernatural ability, doctors and patients, psychiatrist, devil, video surveillance, obsession, research, good versus evil, power relations, man dressed as woman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Don't Look in the Basement (1973)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young psychiatric nurse goes to work at a lonesome asylum following a murder. There, she experiences varying degrees of torment from the patients.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, scary, rough, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, murder, danger, patient, isolation, obsession, doctors and patients, mystery, mind game, losing-it hero, psychopath ...
Time: 70s, 80s
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 7.4
 11K
Shock Corridor (1963)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Determined to pull in the Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett will go to any length necessary to win the coveted award. When he learns of an unsolved murder committed at a mental institution, Barrett devises a scheme to solve it and earn himself ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: mental institution, murder, mental illness, investigation, doctors and patients, journalism, losing-it hero, power relations, uncover truth, insanity, psychiatrist, stripper ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: africa, mount fuji, united states, usa, japan
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 3.1
 1K
Escapee (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: While on a class observation trip at a local mental hospital, young psychology major, Abby Jones has a chilling encounter with high-risk patient, Harmon. She returns home for an evening of normal study with her two roommates unaware of the darkness ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, scary, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, psychopath, convict, woman in danger, obsession, isolation, track down, deadly, violence spree, murder, serial killer, escape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.3
 3K
Lunacy (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Horror
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Loosely based on two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe and inspired by the works of the Marquis de Sade. In 19th century France a young man is plagued by nightmares in which he is dragged off to a madhouse. On the journey back from his mother’s ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, surreal, rough ...
Plot: mental institution, blasphemy, faked death, psychopath, haunted by the past, curses spells and rituals, doctors and patients, society, danger, social misfits, s&m, gory ...
Time: contemporary
Place: czech republic, europe
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Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A man inherits a mansion, which once was a mental home. He visits the place and begins to investigate some crimes that happened in old times, scaring the people living in the region.
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: mental institution, murder, psychopath, serial killer, gory, haunted by the past, family in danger, slasher, small town life, who done it, rivalry, ghost ...
Time: 70s
Place: new england, usa
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 6.9
 2K
Lilith (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Lilith is a about a mysterious young woman in an elite sanitarium in New England, who seems to weave a magical spell all around her. A restless, but sincere young man with an equally obscure past is seemingly drawn into her web. As time passes, ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, suspense, contemplative ...
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, hospital, schizophrenia, sex addict, couples, mentally unstable, fall in love, femme fatale, love and romance, doctors and patients, obsession ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, maryland
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Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Dr Simon Helder, sentenced to an insane asylum for crimes against humanity, recognises its director as the brilliant Baron Frankenstein, the man whose work he had been trying to emulate before his imprisonment. Frankenstein utilises Helder's ...
Style: bleak, gothic, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: mad scientist, mental institution, psychopath, experiment gone awry, zombie, danger, deadly creature, crimes, supernatural, violence, murder, frankenstein ...
Time: 19th century, 30s, 1930s, 1800s
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The Attic Expeditions (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Trevor Blackburn is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Faith, in a brutal ritual. He's sentenced to live in an experimental rehabilitation community and falls into a coma. When he wakes up, he meets the mysterious Dr. Elk, who tortures Trevor ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, rough, dark humor, scary ...
Plot: murder, mental institution, mental illness, surgery, psychopath, supernatural, mind game, mad scientist, losing-it hero, manipulations, danger, ghost ...
Time: contemporary
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Don Juan DeMarco (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: John Arnold DeMarco is a man who believes he is Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world. Clad in a cape and mask, DeMarco undergoes psychiatric treatment with Dr. Jack Mickler to cure him of his apparent delusion. But the psychiatric sessions have ...
Style: sexy, feel good, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: womanizer, mental institution, mental illness, self discovery, psychiatrist, patient, romance, love, love and romance, doctors and patients, introspection, couples ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: usa, new york
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 7.1
 178K
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, captivating, serious, suspense ...
Plot: depression, murder, deception, mentally unstable, life turned upside down, doctors and patients, manipulation, mental institution, mental illness, psychiatrist, patient, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 2004
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.3
 2K
Cover Up (1974)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In 1957, Dorothy and Edmund Yates (Keith and Rupert Davies) were committed to an institution for the criminally insane, she for acts of murder and cannibalism and he for covering up her crimes. Fifteen years later, they are pronounced fit for ...
Style: cult film, scary, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: mental institution, psychopath, serial killer, murder, slasher, danger, mental illness, gory, golden years, mysterious character, mind game, ghost ...
Time: 70s
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