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, disturbing and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with mental institution, mental illness, insanity, hospital, murder, psychiatrist, death, doctors and patients, blood and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Horror genres shot in USA, Germany, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as mental institution: Shutter Island (2010), Stonehearst Asylum (2014), The Ward (2010), Unsane (2018), American Horror Story (2011), Veronika Decides to Die (2009), Ratched (2020), The Jacket (2005), Manic (2001), Eloise (2016).

List of mental institution movies

 8.2
 1.2M
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, investigation, mystery, insanity, plot twist, paranoia, psychology, mental illness, psychiatrist, uncover truth, isolation, delusion ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1945 ...
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, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, mental patient, insanity, psychiatrist, twists & turns, doctors and patients, plot twist, happy ending, uncover truth, doctors, escape ...
Time: 19th century, year 1900, 1800s
Place: england, usa, tuscany, london
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 5.6
 41K
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: twist ending, scary, psychological, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: mental institution, supernatural, dissociative identity disorder, ghost, mental illness, doctors and patients, survival, danger, confined, split personality, murder, isolation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1960s, 60s, 80s
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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, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: mental institution, human spirit, fighting the system, freedom, insanity, anti hero, nurse, dehumanization, escaped mental patient, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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 6.4
 43K
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: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, psychological thriller, disturbing ...
Plot: mental institution, maniac, obsession, fear, mental patient, psychopath, stalker, mental illness, murder, sexual assault, chase, pursuit ...
Place: pennsylvania, portugal, boston
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American Horror Story (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, tense, scary, captivating ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, ghost, mental institution, death, witch, danger, nightmare, insanity, evil, nun, evil force ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 60s, year 1952 ...
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa, massachusetts, north carolina ...
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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, controversial, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: mental institution, terminal illness, suicidal, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, starting over, suicide, hopes, coma, doctors and patients, mental patient, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ireland
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 7.3
 45K
Ratched (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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, disturbing, suspense, tense, brutal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mental institution, strong sexual content, lesbian relationship, lesbian romance, manipulative woman, mutilation, lesbian, lobotomy, psychiatric nurse, medical malpractice, body horror, fatal attraction ...
Time: 50s
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 7.1
 110K
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, tricky, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, mental institution, time loop, supernatural, supernatural ability, memory loss, disorder, murder, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: vermont
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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, mistreatment, investigation, violence, fish out of water, psychiatrist, strong female lead, doctors and patients, abuse, murder ...
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 7.2
 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, mental illness, dysfunctional family, youth, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, teenage life, addiction, doctors and patients, manic, society, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
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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, suspenseful, suspense, bleak, rough
Plot: mental institution, time travel, phobia, mental illness, torture, missing person, mad doctor, haunted, inheritance, death certificate, ghost, baby ...
Time: year 1982
Place: michigan
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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, dark, macabre, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: found footage, mental institution, fear, night, ghost, camera, ghosts, youth, video camera, friends, haunted, crew ...
Place: south korea
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 7.8
 132K
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, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, hopes, coma, hospital, fighting illness, illness, patient, cure, experiment, doctor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1960s, 1930s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
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 5.8
 110K
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, mystery, investigation, serial killer, mental institution, protagonist as suspect, supernatural, mind game, psychiatrist, crazy, insanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new hampshire, connecticut
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 6.3
 2K
Cover Up (1974)
Genre: Comedy, 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: slasher, cult film, scary, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: mental institution, psychopath, serial killer, murder, mental illness, danger, gory, family life, haunted by the past, woman in danger, who done it, ghost ...
Time: 70s
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: It's been many years since Freddy Krueger's first victim, Nancy, came face-to-face with Freddy and his sadistic, evil ways. Now, Nancy's all grown up; she's put her frightening nightmares behind her and is helping teens cope with ...
Style: scary, slasher, urban fantasy, surreal, macabre ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: mental institution, murder, supernatural, nightmare comes true, disfigurement, serial murder, serial killer, back from the dead, ghost, psychopath, group therapy, dream ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa
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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: supernatural, mental institution, ghost, haunted house, insanity, halloween, spirit, pursuit, danger, deadly, paranormal investigation, ouija board ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s, 21st century
Place: canada, los angeles
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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, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: mental illness, suicide, psychiatrist, suicide attempt, psychiatric ward, borderline personality disorder, mentally unstable, coming of age, friendship, patient, female protagonist, mental institution ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 3.2
 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, obsession, woman in danger, isolation, violence spree, track down, deadly, murder, serial killer, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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, supernatural, ghost, mental institution, evil spirit, danger, murder, haunted by the past, survival, gory, vengeance, rescue ...
Time: 90s, 1930s, 1990s
Place: los angeles
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 7.4
 178K
K-PAX (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.
Style: psychological, odd, atmospheric, touching, surprise ending ...
Plot: benign alien, mysterious character, psychiatrist, patient, crazy, planet, research, mystery, mental institution, investigation, hypnosis, alien ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, 80s, 90s ...
Place: usa, new york, new mexico, manhattan new york city, newfoundland ...
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 7.0
 4K
On the Edge (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, talky, sincere ...
Plot: mental institution, mentally unstable, human nature, friendship, haunted by the past, fall in love, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, love and romance, youth, romance, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
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 6.4
 56K
Session 9 (2001)
Genre: 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, twist ending, atmospheric, twists and turns, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychology, mental institution, hazmat suit, supernatural, haunted by the past, mind game, rivalry, mentally unstable, lobotomy, murder, transformation, insanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: psychological, realistic, tense, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, criminal psychologist, society, deadly, characters in danger, psychopath, woman in danger, haunted by the past, peril, strong female presence, danger, clergy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, scandinavia, denmark
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 5.1
 323
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, couple relations ...
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, alien contact, hospital, supernatural ability, investigation, mystery, mysterious character, supernatural, society, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: argentina, latin america
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 6.1
 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, slasher, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, mental institution, hospital, murder, psychoanalysis, psychologist, haunted by the past, investigation, mysterious character, mind game, doctors and patients, hallucination ...
Time: 90s
Place: new zealand
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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, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, supernatural ability, doctors and patients, psychiatrist, video surveillance, devil, research, obsession, power relations, good versus evil, guilty conscience ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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, slasher ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, murder, danger, patient, isolation, obsession, doctors and patients, mystery, losing-it hero, mind game, psychopath ...
Time: 70s, 80s
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