Mentally unstable protagonist movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant mentally unstable protagonist movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, serious, suspense, psychological, psychotronic and scary films and TV shows about / with mentally unstable protagonist, mentally unstable, husband wife relationship, murder, screaming woman, male objectification, crying, violence, mentally unstable woman and death plots mostly in Horror, Drama and Thriller genres shot in USA, Czech Republic, UK and other countries.
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mentally unstable protagonist movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as mentally unstable protagonist: Love Me! (2014), The Sublet (2015), Unknown Hour (2009), You're Killing Me (2015), The Noonday Witch (2016), Tilt (2017), Lost Transmissions (2019), Apartment Zero (1988), A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971), Play It As It Lays (1972).

List of mentally unstable protagonist movies

 5.5
 646
Love Me! (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Sarah is loud, non-conform, rude, honest and provocative. She seems invincible, but she is lonely and lost. Struggling with her daily life.
Style: mumblecore, humorous, light, psychological, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: promiscuous woman, mentally unstable protagonist, love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, female protagonist, student, emotionally unstable, young woman, older man younger woman relationship, german, mother daughter relationship, loneliness ...
Place: germany, berlin germany
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 4.8
 962
The Sublet (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The Sublet is a suspense driven psychological thriller about Joanna, a new mom coping with her baby alone in an odd sublet apartment. As her husband neglects her to focus on his career, Joanna questions her sanity as she discovers a violent past to ...
Style: psychological thriller, tragic ending, scary, suspense, exciting
Plot: mentally unstable protagonist, police detective, apartment, mentally unstable woman, mentally unstable, death of protagonist, possession, disappearance, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, jealousy, pursuit ...
Place: canada
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 6.4
 84
Unknown Hour (2009)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Hynek Michánek wants to study medicine but fails his entrance exams five times. He starts a job as an orderly in a district hospital where one of the doctors on the examining board works as well. He feels no-one takes him seriously and he loathes ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, suspense, unusual plot structure, psychotronic ...
Plot: mentally unstable protagonist, corruption, murder, husband wife relationship, social awkwardness, doctor, nurse, colleague colleague relationship, antagonist as protagonist, serial killer as protagonist, revenge, death ...
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You're Killing Me (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Joe just told his boyfriend, George, that he is a serial killer. George thinks that his boyfriend, Joe, is hilarious... and he just saw Patricia Arquette at Target!!! In the horror/comedy hybrid, 'You're Killing Me', we take a look at ...
Style: homoerotic, lgbt cinema, gay cinema, topical humor, humorous ...
Plot: gay lead character, serial murder, criminal, doctor patient relationship, serial killer, killer as protagonist, son murders mother, group of friends, flash forward, friendship between men, son murders father, criminal as protagonist ...
Place: los angeles
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The Noonday Witch (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A story of Eliska and her daughter, starting a new life in a remote house with the 'father away on business', as the mother claims. After the lie is disclosed, their relationship begins to wither. At that time, the mythical Noonday Witch ...
Style: suspense, scary, unusual plot structure, psychotronic
Plot: paranoia, husband wife relationship, little girl, female protagonist, drunkenness, mother daughter relationship, female hysteria, hysterical woman, family secret, accidental killing, motherhood, countryside ...
Place: central europe
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 5.0
 480
Tilt (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: All seems normal with Joseph and Joanne. Joanne is pregnant with their first child. Life in their little urban house is cozy and familiar. But something is off about Joseph. He doesn’t seem excited about the baby. Work on his documentary is ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, thought provoking, suspense
Plot: husband wife relationship, pregnancy, male objectification, pregnant woman, filmmaker, personality change, creative block, secret identity, mentally unstable, mental disorder, mentally unstable protagonist, inspiration ...
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Lost Transmissions (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When an acclaimed music producer goes off his medication for schizophrenia, his friends chase him though the LA music scene to help commit him to a psychiatric hospital, revealing the troubling inadequacies of the mental health care system.
Style: realistic, suspense, serious, social realism, disturbing ...
Plot: schizophrenia, older woman younger man, medication, music industry, music, record producer, songwriter, mental institution, help, friendship, mental illness, mental disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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Apartment Zero (1988)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The owner of a failing cinema and his mysterious boarder are caught up in the political intrigue of Argentina.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, dark humor, captivating, serious ...
Plot: neighbor, murder, serial killer, crimes, gender, loneliness, mental illness, flat, suspicion, dangerous friend, politics, secret ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988
Place: argentina, buenos aires argentina, latin america, california
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A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy, France, Spain, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it?
Style: cult film, realistic, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: lesbian lover, murder, orgy, chase, investigation, infidelity, rape, lsd, nightmare, gays and lesbians, mystery, police investigation ...
Time: 70s
Place: london, england, europe
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Play It As It Lays (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A Hollywood actress undergoes a psychic breakdown and recalls the traumatic events which led to her stay at a sanitarium.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: mental institution, infidelity, hollywood, filmmaking, family relations, mental breakdown, mental illness, innocence lost, introspection, artists and showbiz, dishonesty, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, beverly hills, las vegas
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 6.3
 640
Greatful Dead (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Nami is a young woman with numerous hangups sprouting from a dysfunctional childhood. She inherits a small fortune that allows her to pursue various interests, many of which are abnormal.
Style: dark humor
Plot: kidnapping, female stalker, suspicious man, estranged father, woman in bra, problem child, duct tape, psychotic, popcorn, suspicion, talking to a dead body, man with glasses ...
Place: tokyo
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Killing of the Dolls (1975)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Paul is the son of a gardener who works in a big mansion that has returned home with his parents after failling in his medecin degree. He is emotionally unstable. He collect dolls because he was educated as a girl because his sister died. After his ...
Style: surreal, psychotronic
Plot: split personality, decapitation, nightmare, mansion, necrophilia, hysterical man, wet clothes, psychological trauma, rose, stoner, learning the truth, hysterical outburst ...
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Slumber Party Massacre II (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Music
Country:
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Courtney, the sister of a survivor from the 1st movie and the members of her rock band go to a condo for the weekend to play music and have fun with their boyfriends. Courtney's dreams are of her sister, who is in a mental institution, warning ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, surreal, twist ending, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, murder, mental institution, investigation, psychopath, serial killer, gory, teenage life, deadly, crimes, youth, ghost ...
Time: 80s
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 4.8
 1K
Animas (2018)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain, Belgium
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Abraham and his female friend Álex have a close relationship; they share both secrets and fears. When Abraham starts going out with Anchi, he begins to distance himself from Álex, who gradually dives into a living hell where she encounters strange ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, serious, psychotronic ...
Plot: childhood friend, psychotherapy, father son relationship, psychotherapist, split personality, imaginary friend, mental illness, fish out of water, abusive father, murder, childhood trauma, hearing voices ...
Place: spain
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Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Psychotic Angela is itching to do what she does best: slaughter dozens of teenage campers. As luck would have it, the previous site of her murders has been renamed and converted into an experimental summer camp meant to bring together privileged and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, scary, serious, psychotronic
Audience: teens
Plot: sociopath, psychopath, summer camp, slasher, camp, serial killer, police officer killed, anti heroes, murder, anti hero, gory, crimes ...
Time: 80s
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Cutting Class (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: High school student Paula Carson's affections are being sought after by two of her classmates: Dwight, the "bad boy", and Brian, a disturbed young man who has just been released from a mental hospital where he was committed following ...
Style: rough, scary, serious, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: teens
Plot: opposites attract, serial killer, slasher, psychopath, high school, woman in danger, murder, deadly, crimes, youth, profanity, graphic violence ...
Time: 80s
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 6.8
 198K
The Babadook (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Style: psychological, scary, macabre, tense, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nightmare, danger, family in danger, supernatural, nightmare comes true, dealing with death, single mother, ghost, dark fantasy, dysfunctional family, monster, sleeping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A painter facing a creative block arranges to spend the weekend in the country at his mistress's villa. While staying there, his sanity begins to disintegrate.
Style: offbeat, atmospheric, sexual, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: obsession, ghost, mentally unstable, haunted house, dull life, couples, performer's life, love and romance, mystery, artists and showbiz, deadly, supernatural ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, year 1944, 1960s
Place: milan italy, italy, venice
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 7.8
 10K
System Crasher (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The wild and energetic journey of 9-year-old girl Benni through all possible stations of German Child Proctective Services.
Style: disturbing, realistic, sincere, psychological
Plot: problem child, mother daughter relationship, mentor, adaptation, society, parents and children, family, school, cabin in the woods, social outcast, store, heavy rain ...
Time: contemporary
Place: central europe
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Room for Rent (2019)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Lonely widow Joyce rents out a room in her house and becomes dangerously obsessed with one of her guests.
Style: suspenseful, enigmatic, suspense, bleak, dark humor
Plot: rape, age difference, widow, sexual abuse, female psychopath, lust, rapist, obsession, sociopath, mental illness, loneliness, socially awkward ...
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 6.7
 1K
Trance (1982)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Music, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The hero-worship that Simone has for a pop singer is built to a crescendo until she passes out when she finally sees him up-close in a crowd of fans pushing him for autographs. She is later shocked when he lets her know that he does not love her. In ...
Plot: cunnilingus, cannibal, obsession, obsessed fan, teenage girl, attempted rape, post office, murder, pop star, hitchhiking, pop singer, skipping school ...
Time: 80s
Place: munich germany
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Strangler vs Strangler (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When it comes to crime, Belgrade is same as any other modern metropolis, except for having its own serial killers. That blank is filled when a flower salesman begins strangling women. A popular, but very disturbed rock star soon becomes ...
Style: dark humor, cult film
Plot: killing spree, strangulation, anonymous letter, serial killer, telepathy, carnation, ear, rock concert, blood, police investigation, dominant woman, radio station ...
Time: 80s
Place: yugoslavia, balkan, former yugoslavia, belgrade, serbia ...
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The Mad Butcher (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror
Country: Italy, West Germany, Monaco
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After being released from a mental hospital, Otto returns to his old job as a butcher. He tries to adjust to his new life, but after a bitter argument with his wife, he accidentally kills her. Fearing he will be sent back to the hospital, he grinds ...
Style: dark humor, scary, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, mental institution, voyeurism, psychopath, mentally unstable, investigation, serial killer, mental patient, butcher, bound and gagged, teenage life, gory ...
Time: 70s, 1930s
Place: austria, europe, central europe, vienna
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 10K
Martin (1977)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Martin sedates women with a syringe full of narcotics and then slices their wrists with a razor blade so he can drink their blood. Martin, who comes to live with his uncle and cousin in the dying town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, has romantic ...
Style: cult film, suspenseful, scary, surreal, tense ...
Plot: vampire, radio show, murder, supernatural, hidden identity, teenage life, crimes, golden years, socially awkward, violence, blood, curse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: pittsburgh, usa, romania
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 6.6
 47K
The Beaver (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, tragicomedy, sentimental ...
Plot: depression, midlife crisis, puppet, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, family problems, dysfunctional character, parents and children, mental illness, dysfunctional family, family relations, self acceptance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
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 6.1
 21K
Excision (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Alienated teen Pauline struggles with the pressures of fitting into high school, pleasing her mother and a burning desire to lose her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life, Pauline is considered a social outcast by ...
Style: tense, scary, surreal, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, social outcast, high school, obsession, mentally unstable, transplant, surgeon, losing-it hero, gory, social relations, teacher, sister sister relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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In Your Dreams! (2016)
Genre: Family, Romance
Country: Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovakia
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Only a few girls practice the art of parkour – running and somersaulting over rooftops, free-climbing up rusted scaffolding and leaping from one wall to the next. Laura takes it all in her stride. Though as she wildly races through the streets of ...
Style: serious, romantic, sincere, captivating
Plot: parkour, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, unrequited love, teen romance, teenage crush, dream, imagination, family relations, teenage girl, teenage boy, mother daughter relationship, 16 year old ...
Place: prague czech republic, prague
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A Mother Betrayed (2015)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Newlywed Monica is committed to a mental hospital for hallucinations, but soon finds out that her husband has a devious plan to steal her life, including her daughter.
Plot: hallucination, mental institution, newlywed, husband wife relationship, single, single woman, traumatic experience, injury, mother daughter relationship, single mother, female protagonist, mentally unstable woman ...
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 6.6
 107K
Burnt (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Adam Jones is a Chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.
Style: inspirational, entertaining, exciting, talky, emotional ...
Plot: cooking, chef, restaurant, kitchen, redemption, career, manipulative behavior, abused woman, food, drug addict, mentor, love ...
Place: new orleans, london, paris france
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Fruit of Paradise (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czechoslovakia, Belgium
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story is an allegory of Adam and Eve, in a modern (made in the '60s) Health Retreat. The action involves our hero wandering the grounds where she becomes obsessed with a mysterious man in red, who may or may not be a killer.
Style: allegory, psychedelic
Plot: adam and eve, female director, carrot, sin, symbolism, peacock, pointing a gun at someone, androgyny, biblical reference, swing, fight, postman ...
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