Great Movies About Mental Illness

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  1. jbmcb

    jbmcb Forum Resident

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    Matchstick Men, combining a plot about con-artists with a character drama about one of them who has OCD.

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  2. Juan Matus

    Juan Matus Reformed Audiophile

    I'll allow it.
     
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  3. Borgia

    Borgia Do not speak wisely of this night

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    I don't know if this qualifies, but Lost Weekend, with Ray Milland playing a desperate alcoholic was a damn good movie.



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  4. CaseyJames

    CaseyJames Relaxed Fit Jeans Vibe

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    One of my all-time favorite books where the movie version is as good: It's Kind Of A Funny Story

     
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  5. groundharp

    groundharp Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger

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    I was going to post Betty Blue, but Mothmanica beat me to it, so I'll put up this one:
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    Reign Over Me
     
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  7. BEAThoven

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  8. jojopuppyfish

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    I was going to mention this one. This won for best picture
     
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  9. 'Repulsion'
    Excellent film. One of my favourites.
    The book is even better with a bitter and downbeat ending which is the opposite of the movie's.
     
  10. Borgia

    Borgia Do not speak wisely of this night

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    I had no idea it was a book as well. I hafta check it out...
     
  11. Simon_LDT

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    Saint Maud
    Black Swan
    Bunny Lake is Missing
    Falling Down
    Fight Club
    Housekeeping
    Joker
    The Machinist
    Legend of the Holy Drinker
    Melancholia
    One Hour Photo
    Triangle
    You Were Never Really Here
     
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  12. Mothmanica

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    Blue Jasmine {2013}

    A superbly crafted film, penetrative and affecting. Marvelous performances throughout.

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  13. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

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    Both Vertigo and Psycho might be classified as indirectly pertaining to mental illness.
     
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  14. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

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    Ordinary People
    Adaptation
    The King's Speech
    Amelie
     
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  15. Obtuse1

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    Crazy People (1990)



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  16. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    Was that the one where Moore was an advertising executive, and, on the poster for a horror movie, he places the slogan, "This film will F$%k you up!"
     
  17. Timos

    Timos Forum resident

    Oh, that’s such a good film.
     
  18. Timos

    Timos Forum resident

    ‘The Babadook’ - effectively a film about misdirected grief.

    And ‘Birdman’. A faded actor slowly cracks up.
     
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  19. MortSahlFan

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    A great movie, a great performance!

    I think it qualifies. Many people use substances to self-medicate problems they already have, but it only adds an entirely new problem without resolving the initial feeling of fear in his situation. And he's an educated guy, and probably knew of the troubles ahead, but people are just trying to make it today.
     
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  20. AndrewK

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    Matchstick Men is a great movie, I recently revisited it
     
  21. AndrewK

    AndrewK Forum Resident

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    great movie. I could watch it countless times and enjoy. Richard Dreyfus and Bill Murray are great in their roles
     
  22. pdenny

    pdenny 19-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Recipient

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    First one I thought of. Robin Williams was never better IMO. DeNiro is...DeNiro :thumbsup:

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  23. Baroque

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    1957's Fear Strikes Out starring Anthony Perkins (pre Psycho) and Karl Malden.

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  24. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan Born In The 50's

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    Single White Female (1992) dir. Barbet Schroeder, with Bridget Fonda and the always interesting Jennifer Jason Leigh, was a good one.
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  25. Slack Babbath

    Slack Babbath Hit The North...

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    Damian Lewis puts in top drawer performance in this film.
    Definitely one to watch if you’ve not seen it .

     

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