10 Mental Illness Movies That Will Help You Understand Others Better

Movies can be a great way to learn more about different cultures and lifestyles. They can also be a great way to understand conditions that we may not have personal experience with. In this blog post, we will discuss 10 movies about mental illness that will help you understand others better. We hope that you enjoy them!

Melancholia [2011]

This movie is about a woman named Justine who suffers from depression. The movie follows her as she goes through her life, including her wedding, and how she deals with her condition.

Take Shelter [2011]

Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) dreams about an apocalypse that threatens his family. He begins constructing a storm shelter in his backyard, his odd behavior puts stress on his marriage and the community around him.

Girls, Interrupted [1999]

Based on a true story, this movie follows Susanna Kaysen (Winona Ryder) as she is committed to a mental institution after trying to commit suicide. There, she meets other patients with various mental disorders and the film explores their stories.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story [2010]

Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) is a teenager who checks himself into a mental hospital after attempting suicide. While there, he meets other patients with different disorders and learns to deal with his own condition.

The King’s Speech [2010]

In this biographical drama, Prince Albert (Colin Firth) ascends to the throne as King George VI. He has a speech impediment, which he must overcome in order to reign over his country. Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), knowing that her husband needs him to communicate effectively, hires Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) to help with his stutter.

A Beautiful Mind [2001]

Based on the true story of Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash (Russell Crowe), this film follows his descent into paranoid schizophrenia. The movie explores how his condition affects his work, personal life, and relationships.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest [1975]

This movie is set in a mental institution and follows the story of Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a criminal who feigns insanity to get out of prison. There, he meets patients with various disorders and clashes with the tyrannical nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).

Beautiful Boy [2018]

Based on the true story of father and son, this film follows David Sheff (Steve Carell) as he tries to understand his son Nic’s (Timothée Chalamet) addiction to methamphetamine. The movie explores the effects of addiction on both the individual and their family.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower [2012]

This movie is about a teenage boy named Charlie who suffers from anxiety and depression. The movie follows him as he goes through high school and tries to make friends.

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