What happens when you remain oblivious to objective reality around you? Is reality even objective or is it just a matter of perspectives? The infinitely complex human psyche creates deceptive images around us, making us believe what we see is real. But perhaps what’s real to us might not be so for the world around us. This is what identity crisis is all about. We’ve had many films with this theme and a lot of them are among the best ever made in cinema. This article takes a look at the list top movies about identity crisis. You can watch some of these best identity crisis movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
15. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Yes, it’s sappy, melodramatic and formulaic but it works at many places. ‘A Beautiful Mind’ depicts the life of John Nash; a mathematical genius who begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia. His life changes forever as he struggles to deal with himself and begins to question his true identity and the kind of pain his existence brings on to the people around him. His brilliant mind helps him confront the true demons of his inner self. It’s overdone at many places but it works on some level as there’s a good amount of humanity that manages to affect and move us despite how manipulative or dramatic it may seem.
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14. Shutter Island (2010)
Martin Scorsese’s haunting psychological thriller tells the story of Ted Daniels; a mentally disturbed detective who comes to an isolated asylum on an island with his partner to investigate the disappearance of a woman. We soon discover that Ted is actually a patient of the asylum and that he killed his schizophrenic wife who drowned their children. Prolonging guilt has put him in a state of denial as he makes up his own story to forget the brutalities of truth. He creates his own world and sees people around him as characters of that universe.