Movies and TV Shows about mental illness

Joker
  • Joker (2019)
  • Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime,
  • During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
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Joker
Glass
  • Glass (2019)
  • Fantasy, Drama, Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery,
  • In a series of escalating encounters, former security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. Meanwhile, the shadowy presence of Elijah Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
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Glass
Disposition
  • Disposition (2018)
  • Horror,
  • A woman stalked by depression makes some extreme decisions.
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Disposition
Baby Jane
  • Baby Jane (2019)
  • Drama, Romance,
  • Jane, a small-town girl, has moved to Helsinki and the world is finally open for her. Passionate and excited, she seeks adventure, all the things she has yearned for so long. Jane gravitates to a gay bar at night, staggers in her nervous state of mind, and suddenly there, right next to her, Jane finds her savior: Piki, the most dashing butch in town. Piki is perfect. Jane is hypnotized by Piki's dark-toned voice. Piki offers her an entire new universe, and even more - dreams.
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Baby Jane
United States of Tara
  • United States of Tara (2009)
  • Drama, Comedy,
  • Tara's multiple personalities include "T" the wild-child teenager, "Buck" the rough and tumble biker dude, and "Alice" the type-A homemaker. But with a family that loves her just the way she is, Tara never gives up hope that someday she can just be herself.
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United States of Tara
Hard Candy
  • Hard Candy (2005)
  • Drama, Thriller,
  • A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him.
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Hard Candy
Love in the Time of Antidepressants
  • Love in the Time of Antidepressants (2018)
  • Documentary,
  • Filmmaker Paul Gallasch is 30 and still lives at home with his mentally ill mother. When he meets the woman of his dreams, Paul decides that if he's ever going to make a new life of his own, he must first find a cure for his mother's illness.
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Love in the Time of Antidepressants
Welcome to Marwen
  • Welcome to Marwen (2018)
  • Fantasy, Animation, Drama, Comedy,
  • When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town named Marwen where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation — a testament to the most powerful women he knows — through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.
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Welcome to Marwen
Lincoln
  • Lincoln (2012)
  • Drama, War,
  • A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
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Lincoln
Chance
  • Chance (2016)
  • Drama,
  • San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist Eldon Chance reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.
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Chance
Single White Female
  • Single White Female (1992)
  • Thriller,
  • Attractive Manhattanite Allison Jones has it all: a handsome beau, a rent-controlled apartment, and a promising career as a fashion designer. When boyfriend Sam proves unfaithful, Allison strikes out on her own but must use the classifieds to seek out a roommate in order to keep her spacious digs.
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Single White Female
Fourteen
  • Fourteen (2019)
  • Drama,
  • Fourteen follows a female friendship over a decade, as one woman evolves into adulthood, and the other devolves.
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Fourteen
Possession
  • Possession (1981)
  • Drama, Horror, Mystery,
  • A young woman left her family for an unspecified reason. The husband determines to find out the truth and starts following his wife. At first, he suspects that a man is involved. But gradually, he finds out more and more strange behaviors and bizarre incidents that indicate something more than a possessed love affair.
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Possession
Quand la maladie mentale s'invite
  • Quand la maladie mentale s'invite (2019)
  • Documentary,
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Quand la maladie mentale s'invite
Goodnight Mommy
  • Goodnight Mommy (2014)
  • Drama, Horror, Thriller,
  • In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine year old twin brothers await their mother’s return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is.
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Goodnight Mommy
Phoebe in Wonderland
  • Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
  • Drama,
  • The fantastical tale of a little girl who won't - or can't - follow the rules. Confounded by her clashes with the rule-obsessed world around her, Phoebe seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher, even as her brilliant but anguished mother looks to Phoebe herself for inspiration.
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Phoebe in Wonderland
Prozac Nation
  • Prozac Nation (2001)
  • Drama,
  • Elizabeth is on the verge of losing her grip on life after she leaves her emotionally fraught home to start college. Quickly, her life takes a turn for the worse: She clashes with her roommate and decides her boyfriend, Rafe, is her sole salvation. Her psychiatrist prescribes Prozac … but is that her only choice?
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Prozac Nation
Cracks
  • Cracks (2009)
  • Drama, Thriller, Mystery,
  • Jealousy flares after the headmistress of an elite boarding school for girls becomes obsessed with a new student.
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Cracks
The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
  • Drama, History,
  • Joan of Arc, a young woman inspired by God to lead an army against the English, is put on trial by priests who try to force her to confess that her visions were false.
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The Passion of Joan of Arc
A Christmas Tale
  • A Christmas Tale (2008)
  • Drama, Comedy,
  • When their regal matriarch falls ill, the troubled Vuillard family come together for a hesitant Christmastime reunion. Among them is rebellious ne'er-do-well Henri and the uptight Elizabeth. Together under the same roof for the first time in many years, their intricate, long denied resentments and yearnings emerge again.
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A Christmas Tale
Häxan
  • Häxan (1922)
  • Horror, Documentary,
  • Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen's legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious-- instead it's a witches' brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous.
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Häxan
Magical Girl
  • Magical Girl (2014)
  • Drama, Thriller,
  • The father of a terminally ill girl is determined to grant his daughter her last wish, a very expensive anime costume.
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Magical Girl
Angst
  • Angst (1983)
  • Drama, Horror, Thriller, Crime,
  • A killer is released from prison and breaks into a remote home to kill a woman, her handicapped son and her pretty daughter.
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Angst
Black Box
  • Black Box (2014)
  • Drama,
  • Catherine Black is a world-famous neurologist at the state-of-the-art medical institution known as "The Cube". Catherine is brilliant, beautiful, and at the top of her game, though she's hiding a secret of her own: she's bipolar. Each week, the doctors on staff attempt to unravel the mysteries of the brain and are constantly challenged by cases never-before-seen on television. The medical stories are moving, bizarre and a visual feast. The personal stories are riveting. The patients have rare, highly visual, often hallucinogenic and startling conditions, which we’ll see through their eyes as Catherine diagnoses and treats them.
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Black Box
Late Night Trains
  • Late Night Trains (1975)
  • Horror,
  • A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy.
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Late Night Trains
Mad Love
  • Mad Love (1995)
  • Drama, Romance, Family,
  • Matt falls for Casey, the new girl in school. She's fun-loving and eccentric, but there's a darkness to her whimsy that Matt can't begin to comprehend. When Casey attempts to commit suicide, her parents place her in a mental institution. Matt springs her out, and together the young lovers head on a road trip. They believe their love can "cure" Casey's problems. Matt starts to wonder, though, if are they inspired or misguided.
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Mad Love
Devil Times Five
  • Devil Times Five (1974)
  • Horror,
  • Five extremely disturbed, sociopathic children escape from their psychiatric transport and are taken in unwittingly by a group of adult villagers on winter vacation.
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Devil Times Five
The House of Yes
  • The House of Yes (1997)
  • Drama, Comedy,
  • Jackie-O is anxiously awaiting the visit of her brother home for Thanksgiving, but isn't expecting him to bring a friend. She's even more shocked to learn that this friend is his fiance. It soon becomes clear that Jackie Kennedy's obsession is nothing compared to her obsession with her brother, as it also becomes clear she isn't the only member of the family with problems..
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The House of Yes
The Americanization of Emily
  • The Americanization of Emily (1964)
  • Comedy, Romance,
  • During the build-up to D-Day in 1944, the British found their island hosting many thousands of American soldiers who were "oversexed, overpaid, and over here". That's Charlie Madison exactly; he knows all the angles to make life as smooth and risk-free as possible for himself. But things become complicated when he falls for an English woman, and his commanding officer's nervous breakdown leads to Charlie being sent on a senseless and dangerous mission.
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The Americanization of Emily
Alone in the Dark
  • Alone in the Dark (1982)
  • Horror, Thriller,
  • A quartet of murderous psychopaths break out of a mental hospital during a power blackout and lay siege to their doctor's house.
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Alone in the Dark
The Blood Is at the Doorstep
  • The Blood Is at the Doorstep (2017)
  • Documentary,
  • After Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice and reform as the investigation unfolds.
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The Blood Is at the Doorstep
Waking Madison
  • Waking Madison (2011)
  • Drama, Thriller, Mystery,
  • A woman suffering from multiple personality disorder tries to piece back together her life.
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Waking Madison
They Sleep Inside Your Head
  • They Sleep Inside Your Head (2018)
  • Drama,
  • Mae Driver, once driven and full of aspirations, now lives day to day needling away her time until she can escape into sleep. With the aid of a dated VHS tape, she falls into a dream world where she can distract herself from the fear of stagnation with her very own Hollywood fantasy.
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They Sleep Inside Your Head
After Darkness
  • After Darkness (1985)
  • Drama, Horror, Thriller,
  • To salve his guilty conscience an elder brother removes his disturbed younger sibling from a mental institution after a suicide attempt and tries to bring him back to mental competency through one on one contact. Free of the institution he continues to be haunted by dreams of a lost twin and chants the eerie phrase "Do I stand before the king?" It is the elder brother that seems doomed to lose himself in his brother's insanity.
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After Darkness
Who's Watching Oliver
  • Who's Watching Oliver (2018)
  • Drama, Horror,
  • Who's watching Oliver tells the story of a mentally unstable loner lost in a life forced upon him. By night Oliver aimlessly wanders the streets and bars on what can only be described as a truly shocking and humiliating killing spree. His only savior and possible way out of a life he is desperate to escape comes in the form of the beautiful Sophia with her sweet eccentricity and naivety to the danger she has put herself in.
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Who's Watching Oliver
David and Lisa
  • David and Lisa (1962)
  • Drama, Romance,
  • The emotional story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis in the environment of others with mental and emotional problems. He finds intimacy with Lisa, a young woman suffering from schizophrenia.
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David and Lisa
Dark Waters
  • Dark Waters (1944)
  • Mystery,
  • Leslie Calvin, the sole survivor of a submarine accident, goes to her relatives in order to recover emotionally. Unfortunately she encounters various scam artists led by Mr. Sydney who intend to kill her and steal the family assets. Dr. George Grover helps Leslie to defeat Sydney.
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Dark Waters
A Woman's Devotion
  • A Woman's Devotion (1956)
  • Drama, Mystery,
  • An artist suffering from mental problems from his experiences during the war goes to Acapulco on his honeymoon. Soon young women are turning up dead in the area, and the ex-GI comes to believe he might be responsible, as he has long stretches where he can't remember anything.
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A Woman's Devotion
Scream Bloody Murder
  • Scream Bloody Murder (1973)
  • Horror,
  • A disturbed boy kills his father with his farm tractor and his arm is mangled in the process. He's taken to a mental hospital where he's outfitted with a hook to replace his lost hand and, years later, he's eventually released from the asylum. He returns home to find his mother has remarried, which sets him off on a murderous rampage.
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Scream Bloody Murder