The Best Movies About Mental Illness

Apr 7, 2024 | Health, Movies

Have you ever been captivated by a movie that accurately portrayed the complexities of mental illness? Often, these films not only entertain us but also shed light on important issues surrounding mental health. It takes great sensitivity and skill to bring such delicate topics to the big screen, and that’s exactly what makes them so powerful. In this article, we will dive into some of the best movies about mental illness that have touched our hearts and minds, leaving a lasting impact on our understanding of these conditions. So grab some popcorn and get ready to explore the fascinating world of cinema and mental health.


1. Blue (1969)

BlueThe sudden death of her only remaining family member sent Helen Daniels spiraling into a deep, dark depression. Overwhelmed by grief and loneliness, she began to contemplate taking her own life. However, as with most things in her life, Helen’s plan for death didn’t go as intended.






2. Starfish (2023)

StarfishTom and Nicola Ray’s love was put to the ultimate test when Tom Riley and Joanne Froggatt faced a life-threatening situation. As they fought against the harsh forces of nature, their bond only grew stronger.






3. Virginia (2010)

VirginiaIn a quaint Southern town, a single mother named Maya is trying to make ends meet while raising her son Emmett. She dreams of escaping their small community, but feels trapped by her circumstances. Maya’s life becomes even more complicated when she finds herself in a long-term affair with Richard Tipton, the married and devoutly Mormon sheriff. When Tipton announces his plans to run for public office, Maya is forced to confront the reality of their relationship and its consequences.






4. To The Bone (2017)

Meet Ellen, the rebellious 20-year-old struggling with anorexia nervosa. Despite being through numerous recovery programs during her teenage years, she only seems to lose more weight each time. Frustrated and determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a unique group home for troubled youth. Led by a non-traditional doctor, this home offers a fresh perspective on recovery and aims to inspire healing through self-expression and artistic exploration. Will Ellen finally find the path to true recovery?


5. Brain On Fire (2016)

Welcome to the world of “Brain On Fire”, a gripping and thought-provoking film that takes you on a mind-bending journey. Based on the real-life experiences of journalist Susannah Cahalan, this movie follows her harrowing battle with a rare autoimmune disease that leaves her unable to control her own thoughts and actions.


6. Just Like You(2022)

Introducing Just Like You: Anxiety + Depression, an upcoming film that delves into the stories of individuals struggling with the fear and stigma surrounding mental health. Through powerful storytelling and compelling visuals, this thought-provoking movie aims to shed light on a topic that is often shrouded in silence.


7. Unbelievable (2019)

A powerful, gripping story of survival and strength, “Unbelievable” delves into the true events of a young woman’s harrowing experience. Based on T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong’s Pulitzer Prize-winning article and the This American Life radio episode directed by Oscar nominees Susannah Grant and Lisa Cholodenko, this film explores the devastating aftermath of sexual assault through the lens of one woman’s journey. With bravery and unwavering determination, she overcomes unimaginable obstacles to seek justice and inspire others to do the same


8. Clinical (2017)

The wind howled through the empty streets as Dr. Jane Wilson arrived at her office, ready for another day of therapy sessions. But little did she know that this particular day would change her life forever. As she waited for her first patient to arrive, Dr. Wilson couldn’t shake off the feeling of unease that had been gnawing at her for weeks. Ever since she had taken on a new patient, a troubled young man named Jack, her once peaceful life had turned into a living nightmare.

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