The human brain is by far the most researched and (ironically), the most bizarre phenomena that scientists deal with today. The way we perceive different things we are exposed to is determined by this very fragile and sophisticated super-computer sheltered inside our skull. This list of movies portray mental disorders in the most authentic way. And for obvious reasons, portraying mental health on screen is challenge for everyone: both directors and actors. That’s why you find such movies being made only once in a while. Despite the challenge, few filmmakers have been able to break-through and were able to make great films about mental illness. Here is the list of top mental health and mental illness films ever. If you are interested, you can watch some of these movies about mental illness on Netflix or Amazon Prime or even Hulu.
10. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
‘A Beautiful Mind’ is based on the life of the of John Forbes Nash, Jr. An asocial Princeton University student, he is more than just a mathematician; making revolutionary breakthroughs in the field of mathematics. On learning that he suffers from a serious mental disorder, John treads on a path of self discovery; further attaining international acclaim by being awarded with a Nobel Prize in the year 1994.
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9. The Machinist (2004)
‘The Machinist’ is an asset to the psychological thriller genre. The craft of conveying an immensely complicated theme with such relative ease probably finds its provenance here. Reminiscent of the prolific works of Polanski, Hitchcock, Lynch and Kafka; the film keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout. Trevor, a machinist (Christian Bale) suffers from insomnia and hasn’t slept in a year. You read that right, in a year. But how does one wake up from a nightmare if one isn’t asleep? Christian Bale is the essence of this classic, his impressive body transformation being the highlight and adding to the authenticity.
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8. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
With an unusually lengthy title, ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ is a film based on a novel of the same name by Lionel Shriver. A teenager, Kevin, is struggling with mental problems since his childhood. His mother, Eva, a travel writer, has left no stone unturned to express her affection towards him. Eva has always had bonding problems with Kevin since his childhood days as he used to cry as a baby incessantly and used to rebuff Eva’s clumsy attempts at affection. As the mother gets used to her strange child; Kevin’s final act is yet to unravel, something that will be beyond anyone’s imagination.