7 Best Mental Health 

Movies To Watch!

Movies help us heal, more so for sensitive issues like a mental illness where one is not comfortable with sharing with others.

Here is the list of Mental Health Movies creating awareness about different types of mental illnesses which are not just some wonderful pieces but are capable of guiding us all.

1. Black Swan

Type of Mental Illness: Schizophrenia

Theme: Directed by Darren Aronofsky, psychological thriller, Black Swan was released in 2010. The plot revolves around the life of a ballerina who suffers from Schizophrenia. In the movie, she is seen hallucinating which give rise to a lot of other physiological and psychological problems including eating disorder, which happens to be a significant mental illness in today’s time.

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2. Melancholia:

Type of Mental Illness: Depression

Theme: Released in 2011 and directed by Lars von Trier, Melancholia is a science fiction film and also a psychological thriller. Through the world of Justine, we come to know of the life of depressed people, how every moment they feel their world has fallen apart and the next moment succumb to an eerie peacefulness. Amidst a damaged relationship, Justine is left alone in a family which is full of dysfunctional elements. She is surrounded by people who deliver all the ugly signs of humanity, contributing to her detachment from the world.

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3. I Smile Back:

Type of Mental Illness: Bipolar Disorder

Theme: Directed by Adam Salky, the movie was released in 2015. The protagonist Laney Brooks is happily into drugs, sleeps around with men in spite of having a husband and kids. It’s only with the destruction of her family that she realizes her mistake and tries her best to overcome them.

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4. Rain man:

Type of Mental Illness: Autism

Theme: Released in 1988 and directed by Barry Levinson, Rain Man is an American road comedy-drama film. Charlie (Tom Cruise) discovers he has an older brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman). While Charlie is autistic, Raymond has an incredible memory and incomparable math skills. The characters get to know each other during a road trip across the country. Not only they learn about disabilities, but the journey offers them a life-changing experience.

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5. As Good As it Gets:

Type of Mental Illness: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Theme: This 1997 American romantic comedy film is directed by James L. Brooks. The film stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic and obsessive-compulsive novelist. The movie depicts how ostracizing it can be for someone to live with OCD and how troublesome it is for them to make connections with people, who understand them.

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

6. A Beautiful Mind:

Type of Mental Illness:  Paranoid schizophrenia

Theme: This American biographical drama film was released in 2001. It is based on the life of the American mathematician John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematical genius, Despite the fragile mental state that traps him into delusions, he forms mathematical equations and formulae to solve problems and discover new theories. The movie well portrays the thin line differentiating imagination and hallucination.

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7. Fight Club:

Type of Mental Illness: Dissociative identity disorder (DIDand Insomnia

What is Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)?

Theme: This is a 1999 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. A white-collared insomniac forms an underground fight club with Tyler, a careless soap salesman. The project soon spirals down into something sinister. The movie exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.

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