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 eye-opening good movies about suicide on Netflix. You can also watch some of these really good suicide movies on Amazon Prime or Hulu.
9. Audrie & Daisy (2016)
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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. 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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6. Heathers (1989)
A classic from the 80s, “Heathers” is “Mean Girls” with a very dark twist. Winona Ryder is Veronica, a girl trying to survive the social jungle that is high school, by hanging out with the three most popular girls in school (all named “Heather”). When she meets JD (Christian Slater), she enters into a spiral of hate, murder, and revenge. The film became a cult classic due to the charisma of the couple of misfits that Rider and Slate interpret but also because of its dark atmosphere. “Heathers” is not for everyone, its dark comedy and obscure approach on the high school drama may be seen as overdramatic. However, the controversy is one of the factors that turn this one into a film you should watch.
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5. Bird Box (2018)
A Netflix original film, ‘Bird Box‘ stars Sandra Bullock as a woman who is trying to protect herself and her family from a dangerous peril which can lead to their death at any moment. The film is set in a time when some strange creatures have descended down on the earth and have managed to cause the death of most of the human population. However, these creatures do not themselves indulge in killing. Anyone who looks at them goes crazy and commits suicide. Bullock’s character, Malorie Hayes, has to guide herself and two children to safety before any fatality occurs to them. And they have to go through this deadly territory with their eyes closed. The film has an interesting premise, but otherwise works in the same way as many other zombie movies we have seen over the years. Bullock, as usual, delivers a powerful performance as the central character of the film.
4. Suicide (2014)
This Israeli film centers around the character of a lawyer called Dafna who has been caught by the police on suspicion of the murder of her husband. Though the death looks like a suicide, the police cannot be exactly sure. Meanwhile, we come to know that Dafna is often dishonest with her dealings and thus she might also be lying about the death of her husband. Dafna’s problems don’t end with her arrest. She also has to commit a perfect crime for a loan shark so that the lives of his family members are spared. The film is quite impressively made, with there being time lapses between scenes to explain to us the motives behind the protagonist’s decisions. With impressive performances by the cast, ‘Suicide’ packs a powerful punch as an entertaining action thriller.
3. Not Alone (2016)
Mental health is something which is not talked about as often it should be. It is high time the world realizes that one’s mental health is as important as one’s physical well-being. Unchecked mental health conditions might lead one to taking some drastic steps like causing self-harm and even suicide. This documentary is made by Jacqueline Monetta who has been greatly troubled from a very young age after seeing her best friend commit suicide when she was only 16. In this documentary, Jacqueline interviews several teenagers and talks to them about their mental health and their thoughts about self-harm, depression, and other such aspects which usually do not get much mainstream attention.
2. 3 Idiots (2009)
Engineering is one of the most popular streams of studying in India post-high school. And naturally, the competition to get into the best engineering colleges is incredibly high. One Indian film which captures the essence of this entire scenario is the 2009 comedy-drama ‘3 Idiots’. This film centers around the lives of three students in one of the most famous engineering colleges in the country. While two of them barely scrape by in their exams, the third one, Rancho, always tops the class in every subject. Those students who are constantly bogged down by the pressures of these colleges sometimes even take steps as drastic as suicide. The Indian education system is sharply criticized in this film while always keeping a brilliant sense of humor present in all the scenes. Aamir Khan steals the show with his brilliant performance in the leading character.
1. Evelyn (2018)
We end this list with another documentary. ‘Evelyn’ is directed by British filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel and centers around his own family itself. Thirteen years before this film was made, Orlando’s brother Evelyn had committed suicide. The film centers around how Orlando’s family has learned to cope with the disaster. The entire family take long walks to the places Evelyn used to walk around when he was alive, and that is how they remember him. The film points out to us how a case of suicide does not only affect a single individual, but also about his family in the severest form of ways. Orlando must be praised for his courage of putting up this sensitive aspect of his family for the entire world to learn a lesson from.
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