Mental Disorders in Cinema: 150+ Great Depictions

Note: in dire need of an update. Prior to adding Tyrannosaur, Frownland, Notes on a Scandal, & To the Bone on 12/03/17, and Nyctophobia today, I hadn't added to (or removed from) this list in nine months or so.

I got my bachelor's degree in abnormal psychology, and I've always been interested in the depiction of this subject matter in cinema. This list covers a very broad range illnesses and even includes films which only briefly cover certain specific disorders (e.g. the character of Curtis' mother in Take Shelter). If you'd like me to specify how a certain film qualifies for the list, leave a question in the comments. A number of these choices are somewhat speculative, but please make sure…

There are 26 comedy films in this list.

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    11

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    12

  • Matchstick Men

    13

  • Adaptation.

    24

  • The King of Comedy

    38

  • Lars and the Real Girl

    41

  • Little Children

    53

  • Igby Goes Down

    73

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    78

  • The Spectacular Now

    79

  • Spun

    83

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    87

  • Being There

    97

  • Blue Jasmine

    115

  • Happiness

    117

  • Filth

    122

  • Young Adult

    133

  • Sweetie

    139

  • Bubba Ho-tep

    141

  • Sleepwalk with Me

    142

  • Life Is Sweet

    148

  • Observe and Report

    149

  • I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

    151

  • Mary and Max

    155

  • Anomalisa

    164

  • Frownland

    167