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 20 mystery films in this list.

  • Memento

    2

  • Dark City

    6

  • Mulholland Drive

    7

  • Jacob's Ladder

    17

  • Mystic River

    19

  • Bubble

    25

  • Cube

    27

  • Pi

    28

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    40

  • Primal Fear

    46

  • Orphan

    61

  • The Living and the Dead

    75

  • Blue Velvet

    99

  • Session 9

    100

  • Mother

    120

  • Bubba Ho-tep

    141

  • Lost Highway

    145

  • Inland Empire

    146

  • The Headless Woman

    150

  • A Tale of Two Sisters

    153