I wouldn’t be surprised if we, as human beings, are drawn towards morbid subjects of suicide and self-destruction. Cinema often comes off as catharsis during these times, gratifying our morbid fetishes. Suicide is a frighteningly complex subject matter that has piqued the interest of countless scholars, theorists and philosophers across the world. The emotional and psychological extremes that push a human being to the darkest corners have often been the subject of choice for many filmmakers.
Suicidal tendencies could be born out of severe depression, fear or sometimes, the inability to confront the mundane. The incomprehensible convolutions of life often drive a human being onto the flailing edges of insanity and mortality. And it’s not surprising that during my research for this article I’ve come across a great deal of overlooked movies that take on the themes of suicide, depression and isolation. But just so to limit the number of movies, here is the list of top films ever that deal with suicides. You can watch some of these best suicide movies on Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
The great Paul Schrader’s intriguing examination of Yukio Mishima, the controversial writer-militarist of the post war era who infamously committed a ritual suicide is one of the most underrated movies ever made. Schrader peels off the man behind Mishima and dissects the events of his life in a highly stylized drama using a complex narrative that unravels beautifully with pristine clarity and coherence. The film keeps a certain distance from its central character and abstains from a judgmental approach while being unflinchingly honest about its subject and themes that raises questions on materialism, extremism, cult and suicide. The great Roger Ebert added the film to his list of “Great Movies”, calling the film “a triumph of concise writing and construction.”
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9. Ordinary People (1980)