11. Gaslight (1940)
Type of Mental Illness: Gaslighting – A psychologically abusive act of manipulating someone into questioning their own sanity.
Theme: Gaslight 1940 is a British psychological thriller film directed by Thorold Dickinson and Gaslight 1944 is American psychological thriller film directed by George Cukor and a remake of the 1940 British film with the same name. In the movie, Alice Barlow in found murdered in her apartment. Years later, a couple moves into the house and discovers shocking secrets. The killer slowly tries to drive his wife insane in order to find out the location of some jewels and valuables.
12. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Type of Mental Illness: Eating disorder.
Theme: American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and was released in 1993. The movie stands out for his frank and affecting portrayal of an eating disorder as well as intellectual disability. Gilbert is caught between his love for Becky and his responsibilities towards his autistic brother and Bonnie, his morbidly-obese mother.
13. A Beautiful Mind
Type of Mental Illness: Paranoid schizophrenia.
Theme: This American biographical drama film was released in 2001. It is based on the life of the American mathematician John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematical genius, Despite the fragile mental state that traps him into delusions, he forms mathematical equations and formulae to solve problems and discover new theories. The movie well portrays the thin line differentiating imagination and hallucination.
14. Fight Club
Type of Mental Illness: Dissociative identity disorder (DID) and Insomnia.
Theme: This is a 1999 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. A white-collared insomniac forms an underground fight club with Tyler, a careless soap salesman. The project soon spirals down into something sinister. The movie exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.
15. Brain on Fire
Type of Mental Illness: Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease that can attack the brain.
Theme: Brain on Fire is a 2016 biographical drama film directed and written by Irish filmmaker Gerard Barrett. Based on Susannah Cahalan’s memoir, the movie depicts her life as she experiences a rare neurological disease. She struggles to live with this and to get an accurate diagnosis.
Apart from all the list, there are numerous other mental health movies one might like to watch. You don’t need to go through any psychological issue to watch them but if you or any of your peers do, watching these movies will help you all to learn and understand better.
Please consult a doctor before starting or stopping a medication or taking a decision about mental illness.
If you or someone you know needs help, Act Immediately and seek professional help. Speak up.