Cinema is a powerful way to raise awareness for important problems of our society or significant events that happen on a daily basis. Every year, 1 million adults reported making a suicide attempt, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The emotional extremes that push someone to a dark corner have often been the subject of several films. And, raising awareness for teenage suicide, depression and mental illnesses is vital. Therefore, here is the list of movies about suicide, available on Netflix. You can also watch some of these really good suicide movies on Amazon Prime or Hulu.
10. Not Alone (2017)
When Jacqueline Monetta’s best friend committed suicide at sixteen, she decided to try to understand what drove her friend to such an extreme action. “Not Alone” is the documentary that comes from that search of understanding. It features several intimate interviews about depression, self-harm, anxiety, suicide and how to get help and treat mental illnesses.
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9. Audrie & Daisy (2016)
“Audrie & Daisy” is a documentary that looks into the effects of online bullying. It shows teenage girls in the U.S.A being bullied for being rape victims and the consequences of that in their daily lives. One of the real stories documented in this film is the one of 15-year old Audrie Pott, who was sexually assaulted while drunk at a party. After pictures of her during the crime were posted online, she committed suicide. “Audrie & Daisy” is an honest and unbiased documentary that should be mandatory viewing for parents and teenagers.
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8. The Discovery (2017)
A scientist (Robert Redford) uncovers scientific proof that there is indeed an afterlife. However, his son (Jason Segel) is not too sure about his father’s “discovery”. After a series of events, he tries to help a mysterious woman (Rooney Mara) who has her own reasons for wanting to find out more about the afterlife. Writer-director Charlie McDowell created an original sci-fi film that not only explores the meaning of life (and of a possible afterlife) but also suicide. It has an interesting take on consciousness and death that is worth watching.
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7. The Suicide Theory (2014)
Percival has tried to commit suicide several times but never succeeding. After one of those failed attempts, he meets Steven Ray and hires him to help him commit suicide. As the two men try to break a curse that prevents the death of Percival, an unlikely friendship is born. Directed by Dru Brown and written by Michael J. Kospiah, “The Suicide Theory” is an exceptional independent drama. With an amazing pacing and soundtrack, it has outstanding performances by Steve Mouzakis and Leon Cain. Additionally, it is brilliantly edited and directed.
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6. 13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons (2017)
If you enjoyed watching Netflix Original series “13 Reasons Why” you should check out this documentary that gives some insight on the production of the series and raises awareness for suicide, bullying, mental illness, and sexual assault. This documentary features interviews with members of the cast, directors, writers, and producers. Moreover, it involves the collaboration of several psychologists. It is a captivating and moving addition to the dramatic series.
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