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Top 10 Movies Involving Mental Health

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Remarkable Films That Shed A Light On The Struggles Of Mental Health Issues

We all know the basic movie genres; romance, thriller, comedy, horror, and action. What about the mental health genre? One thing we can be grateful for is this generation’s advocacy for mental health awareness. According to the World Health Organization, one in every eight people is diagnosed with a mental illness. A lot of people watch television for comfort. Watching films that deal with the difficulties of mental health can help you better understand it or make you feel less alone in your own hardships. There are a lot of great movies that cover mental health/mental illness. These films can involve romance and comedy, but their main focus is mental illness. Here are the top ten films involving mental health. 

10. Brain on Fire (2016)

Brain on Fire

Susannah (Chloë Grace Mortez) is a twenty-one-year-old woman with her dream life in her hands until her dreams slip through her fingers as voices enter her head and she starts seeing things that aren’t there. The voices in her head, the things she sees, and how she feels winds her up in a hospital bed. The doctors at the hospital diagnose her with all types of mental illnesses. Her parents don’t know much about medicine, but they know a lot about their daughter and refuse to believe she has a mental illness. Are Susannah’s parents right, or are Susannah’s doctors right? Dr. Khan (Agam Darshi) is determined to figure out Susannah’s diagnosis, so she brings Susannah’s case to Dr. Souhel (Navid Negahban). Dr. Souhel then discovers who is right and who is wrong. Were the other doctors right about her having a mental illness, or were her parents right about it having to be something else? 

9. All the Bright Places (2020)

All the Bright Places

Finding the light when your mind is dark can be challenging. Violet (Elle Fanning) and Theodore (Justice Smith) were able to find that light within each other. The two met in a way most people don’t typically encounter. Let’s just say he lifted her off her feet. After they meet, Theodore and Violet go on adventure after adventure together, finding the beauty in where they live and finding the beauty in life again. Despite the tricks their minds play on them, they can always count on each other to be grounded. All the Bright Places focuses on mental health and romance, but hearts can break. Have your tissue box on standby if you plan to watch this movie. 

8. The Skeleton Twins (2014)

The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins is a film about twins Milo (Bill Hader) and Maggie (Kristen Wiig), who haven’t seen each other in ten years. After Milo attempts suicide, he’s placed in a mental hospital where Maggie visits him, and the two reunite. Milo goes to live with Maggie for emotional support, only to find out Maggie needs just as much emotional support as he does. The two siblings try to fix their relationship and their broken lives together. Milo and Maggie’s shared DNA is not something they can run from, and it’s something they have to face. The reuniting of family in The Skeleton Twins is heartfelt, following the siblings’ journey as they help each other achieve better mental health. 

7. Of Two Minds (2012) 

Of Two Minds

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live with bipolar disorder, or do you have bipolar disorder and want to see how others are living with it? If so, watch the hour-and-a-half documentary Of Two Minds. Three different people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder tell us about their successes and struggles in life while dealing with a mental illness. Cheri Keating, Carlton Davis, and Liz Spikol all speak up about their illness for the millions of people who don’t have it and for the millions of people who do. This documentary will pull you in and keep you watching. 

6. The King of Staten Island (2020)

King of Staten Island

The King of Staten Island follows the life of 24-year-old Scott (Pete Davidson). Scott’s father died 17 years ago in a fire while on duty as a fireman. Scott has been mourning his father’s death in unhealthy ways for the last seventeen years and was diagnosed with depression. His depression makes it hard for him to maintain good relationships with the people in his life, especially when triggered by the man his mom starts dating. It turns out his antidepressants and the bad habits he leans on aren’t the cure for his depression; his father’s memory is. The King of Staten Island guarantees tears from laughing and crying, starring comedian and actor Pete Davidson.

5. It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

It's Kind of a Funny Story

Even when dealing with a lot mentally, Craig (Keir Gilchrist) still cracks jokes. High school can overwhelm anyone, but Craig was so overwhelmed that he had to check himself into the mental hospital for five days. Being in high school, you’d think he’d be placed with other high schoolers dealing with similar things, but he got placed with adults. Within five days of being in the adult wing of the mental hospital, Craig made some friends, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis) – who also served as Craig’s mentor – and Noelle (Emma Roberts). The three of them have two things in common; being a patient at the mental hospital and being absolutely hilarious, not to mention their growing love for one another. Add a little bit of mental illness and comedy, and you get It’s Kind of a Funny Story

4. Words on Bathroom Walls (2020)

Words on a Bathroom Wall

Being seventeen is a lot, especially if you include being bullied at school. Adam (Charlie Plummer) gets diagnosed with schizophrenia after having an episode during class. Due to the constant bullying, Adam switches schools and ends up attending a nice private school where he meets Maya (Taylor Russell). Adam slowly but surely falls for Maya as they become closer and closer by the day. Even though Adam’s heart is all in with Maya, his mind won’t allow him to let her in. Adam fears that Maya may see him as the bullies from his old school saw him. But once Maya finds out about his diagnosis and still accepts him for who he is, she also helps Adam accept himself for who he is too. 

3. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Girl, Interrupted

Winona Ryder (Susanna) and Angelina Jolie (Lisa) star in this classic 1999 film about two girls who spend time together in a mental hospital. When Susanna arrives at the mental hospital, she quickly makes friends with Lisa. Susanna soon realizes that Lisa has much more going on in her head than what she leads people to believe or what she even leads herself to believe. Lisa and Susanna’s friendship takes many twists and turns. Suanna has to decide if she wants to continue on these twists and turns with Lisa or face her issues head-on. 

2. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook

Pat (Bradley Cooper) is an adult who lost everything, from his wife to his job. The effects of these losses were cruel to his mental health, so Pat ended up hospitalized. When Pat leaves the hospital, he moves in with his parents to try and get his life together again — which includes getting his wife back. When Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) offers to help him get his wife back if he does something for her in return, Pat can’t help but take the deal. His deal with Tiffany may have just been exactly what he needed after all. If you’ve liked other movies Bradley Cooper starred in, you haven’t seen anything yet. There’s a little bit of romance and a little bit of comedy in this movie about mental health.

1. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind is based on the real-life story of John Forbes Nash Jr. (Russell Crowe). Nash made a world-changing discovery about mathematics early in his career as a student at Princeton University – where he later taught and met his wife Alicia (Jennifer Connelly). Being in love and having a secret job working in cryptography was everything Nash could have ever dreamed of. However, mathematical solutions were not the only thing running through Nash’s mind. Nash soon had a life-changing discovery about himself and was diagnosed with paranoia schizophrenia. He even had to spend some time in the mental hospital after a breakdown. Did Nash’s mental illness keep him from continuing to work with mathematics in cryptography? Watch the story of John Forbes Nash Jr. unravel in A Beautiful Mind and find out for yourself. 

A Beautiful Mind 2001 DreamWorks Official Trailer

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