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 psychological, serious, suspense, suspenseful, disturbing and weird films and TV shows about / with mental institution, mental illness, hospital, insanity, psychiatrist, psychology, doctors and patients, murder, mental disorder and hiding place plots mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as mental institution: Stonehearst Asylum (2014), Unsane (2018), Shutter Island (2010), Manic (2001), The Ward (2010), Shock Corridor (1963), Ratched (2020), Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018), Stay (2005), American Horror Story (2011).

List of mental institution movies

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: gothic, twist ending, atmospheric, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, twists and turns, insanity, mental patient, psychiatrist, doctors, plot twist, doctors and patients, conspiracy, mad scientist, madhouse ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, year 1900
Place: england, usa, tuscany, london
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 6.4
 47K
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: psychological, suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, surprise ending ...
Plot: mental institution, obsession, stalking, mental illness, psychopath, maniac, mental patient, murder, psychiatric ward, sexual assault, stalker, nurse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, pennsylvania, portugal
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 1.3M
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, twist ending, suspense, confusing ...
Plot: twists and turns, plot twist, mental illness, investigation, insanity, mystery, psychology, psychiatrist, paranoia, mental institution, memory, schizophrenia ...
Time: year 1954, year 1945, 1940s, 20th century, year 1952 ...
Place: boston
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 10K
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: psychological, rough, disturbing, compassionate, depressing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, coming of age, addiction, depression, life philosophy, psychiatry, therapy, dysfunctional family, youth, teenage life, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, california
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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, disturbing, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: mental institution, mistreatment, female reporter, investigative reporter, torture, abuse, female psychopath, journalist, fish out of water, violence, lifetime, investigative journalism ...
Time: victorian era
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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, thought provoking, dramatic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, fighting the system, freedom, human spirit, insanity, psychiatrist, unlikely friendships, escaped mental patient, dehumanization, crazy, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: oregon
Is relevant ?
 5.5
 43K
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, tense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, ghost, supernatural, dissociative identity disorder, split personality, murder, doctors and patients, twists and turns, brutality, confined, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s, 21st century, contemporary, 60s
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 12K
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, enigmatic, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: mental institution, insanity, murder, mental illness, investigation, psychiatrist, journalism, twists and turns, murder mystery, serial killer, obsession, doctors and patients ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: africa, japan, usa, mount fuji
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 58K
Ratched (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An origins story, beginning in 1947, which follows Ratched's journey and evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster tracking her murderous progression through the mental health care system.
Style: sexy, suspense, disturbing, tense, brutal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lesbian, mental institution, manipulative woman, strong sexual content, lesbian relationship, lesbian romance, psychiatric nurse, nymphomaniac, lobotomy, mutilation, nurse, hate crime ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, post world war two
Place: northern california
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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: macabre, dark, suspenseful, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: found footage, mental institution, ghost, fear, night, youth, paranormal investigation, vlogger, legend, friends, supernatural horror, paranormal activity ...
Place: south korea
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 6.7
 80K
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, confusing, surprise ending, suspense ...
Plot: suicide, suicide attempt, mentally unstable, obsession, twists and turns, psychiatrist, unfulfillment, mental institution, mental illness, surrealism, mystery, doctors and patients ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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American Horror Story (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, scary, tense, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, witch, haunted house, evil force, vampire, death, insanity, mental institution, coven, nightmare, paranormal activity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 80s, year 2013 ...
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa, massachusetts, florida ...
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Elephant Song (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A psychiatrist is drawn into a complex mind game when he questions a disturbed patient about the disappearance of a colleague.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mental institution, mind game, doctors and patients, dishonesty, uncover truth, psychiatrist, investigation, missing person, power relations, gay, manipulation, mystery ...
Time: 60s, contemporary, 21st century, year 1966
Place: usa, africa
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 143K
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: inspirational, sincere, motivational, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, hospital, doctors and patients, hopes, illness, fighting illness, disability, patient, cure, catatonia, experimental drug ...
Time: 20th century, year 1969, 1930s, 60s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 4K
Too Close (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 143 min.
TV show
Story: A dedicated forensic psychiatrist, Emma Robertson, is assigned to assess the sanity of Connie Mortensen, a “yummy mummy” accused of a despicable crime.
Style: melancholic, suspense, suspenseful, psychological, sincere
Plot: mental institution, doctor patient relationship, husband wife relationship, grieving mother, psychiatric patient, grief, married couple, female psychopath, murder mystery, mentally unstable, unsolved crime, crime solving ...
Place: england, london
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 114K
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, gothic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, serial killer, murder, investigation, psychiatrist, supernatural, mental institution, insanity, mind game, hospital, mystery, crazy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new hampshire, connecticut
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 114K
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, mind bending, tricky ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, time loop, memory loss, mental institution, supernatural, murder, hallucination, supernatural ability, amnesia, disorder, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, future, 90s, 2000s, 20th century ...
Place: vermont
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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, thought provoking, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: mental illness, coming of age, suicide, female protagonist, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, insanity, psychiatric ward, psychology, friendship, borderline personality disorder, mental institution ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
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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, funny, humorous, sentimental, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, mental illness, depression, friendship, psychiatric ward, adolescence, teenage love, teenage life, anxiety, mental institution, teenage boy, supportive friend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
Is relevant ?
 4.5
 4K
Eloise (2016)
Genre: Horror, 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, rough, suspenseful, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, time travel, haunted, mad doctor, missing person, brutality, torture, little girl, supernatural, trapped, inheritance ...
Time: year 1982
Place: michigan
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 60K
Session 9 (2001)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 97 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: psychological, scary, twist ending, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, mental institution, mental illness, twists and turns, psychology, lobotomy, ghost, haunted house, insanity, transformation, obsession, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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The Hour of the Lynx (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Helen, a priest, is approached by scientist Lisbeth with a desperate plea for help. A young man, who has been sent to a high security psychiatric ward after having killed an old couple, has attempted suicide while rambling about God. Having been ...
Style: tense, realistic, psychological, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: mental institution, winter, characters in danger, psychopath, society, strong female presence, peril, woman in danger, haunted by the past, clergy, race against time, criminally insane ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, scandinavia, denmark
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 189K
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: psychological, surprise ending, suspense, captivating, tricky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mental illness, psychiatrist, murder, depression, twists and turns, mental institution, life turned upside down, sleepwalking, patient, deception, conspiracy, doctors and patients ...
Time: future, year 2004, 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Grave Encounters 2 (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Tortured by the ghosts of the demonized insane asylum that killed the crew of GRAVE ENCOUNTERS, film students fight to escape death as their own paranormal investigation goes terribly wrong in this horrifying sequel.
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, serious, dark ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, mental institution, found footage, halloween, spirit, paranormal phenomena, insanity, haunted house, abandoned hospital, death, ouija board ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s, 21st century
Place: los angeles, canada
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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, melancholic, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: mental institution, suicide, coma, suicide attempt, mental illness, psychiatrist, suicidal, terminal illness, depression, starting over, hopes, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ireland
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The Devil's Chair (2007)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: With a pocketful of drugs, Nick West takes out his girlfriend Sammy, for a shag and a good time. When they explore an abandoned asylum, the discovery of a bizarre device - a cross between an electric chair and sadistic fetish machine - transforms ...
Style: psychological, scary, atmospheric, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: mental institution, murder, psychopath, uncover truth, supernatural, ghost, supernatural ability, serial killer, hospital, psychotic, twists and turns, abandoned building ...
Time: contemporary
Is relevant ?
 5.4
 7K
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, psychological, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: mental institution, psychiatry, mental illness, mentally unstable, ghost, intern, murder, supernatural, investigation, psychopath, woman in danger, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary
Is relevant ?
 6.2
 88K
Case 39 (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In her many years as a social worker, Emily Jenkins believes she has seen it all, until she meets 10-year-old Lilith and the girl's cruel parents. Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm the child, and so Emily ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, evil child, social worker, mysterious character, supernatural horror, child abuse, uncover truth, twists and turns, murder, demon, evil force, mental institution ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 1K
Wakefield (2021)
Genre: Mystery
Country: Australia
TV show
Story: Nikhil Katira is a psychiatric nurse working at Wakefield, a facility perched on the edge of Australia's spectacular Blue Mountains. There's one problem - while his patients are getting better, he's getting worse.
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, psychological thriller, interesting
Plot: mental institution, medical, psychiatric ward, psychiatry, insane, medicine, doctor patient relationship, doctors and patients, physician, insanity, self discovery, mental illness ...
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The Secret Scripture (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The hidden memoir of an elderly woman confined to a mental hospital reveals the history of her passionate yet tortured life, and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and 30s.
Style: touching, realistic, compassionate, psychological, emotional
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: mental institution, diary, tragic love, female protagonist, destiny, mental illness, irish, life is a bitch, injustice, false accusation, psychotherapist, obsession ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: ireland
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