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Movies based on Psychiatric disorders

  • February 18, 2017
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Movies based on Psychiatric disorders

1.Joker : 

Allthough a fictional character, the movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, is a stir into peaceful mind of society. The psychiatric illness of ‘ Arthur ‘ who is struggling to make up his life , flares of after the society fails him time after time. When he had nothing to lose, the Antisocial psychopath is ready to enter the Gotham city. It is not just a movie, but an art movie depicting life of a mentally-ill patient if we look from medical point of view. The Laughter he has is similar to those with PBA ( Pseudobulbar affect).


2. A Beautiful mind

Based on the story of the Nobel prize winner, John Nash. Early in the movie, Nash begins developing paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes while painfully watching the loss and burden his condition brings on his wife and friends. Schizophrenia has been well elucidated in this movie.


3. Shutter Island

Starring Leornado de Caprio, one of the best movies with thrilling experiences based on a retired army who fought against Nazi in Second world war. Hard to understand in one viewing but watching it twice makes many things clearer.



4.Hide and Seek

Robert Denario, plays the role of a widower who moves to a peaceful outskirts with his daughter. His daughter comes across an imaginary friend.. or is it something else?

Hide and seek


5. Babadook – (2014) 

The most talked about and box office grossing horror/thriller movie in 2014 is a must watch to this update list. It is a story of a love deprived mother whose mischievous son only adds to her grief. The movie has all the spice, horror, twist and turns but the most amazing thing is the concept it is built on.

6 .The Machinist

The Batman star plays role of a weird man who has a chronic insomnia getting cachectic. Why did this happen to him? Is it an illness of mind?

the machinist


7 . Lights Out:

A movie which is utterly symbolic. Horror and Thriller. Anything more on this will be a spoiler.


8. A Tale of two sisters

This movie have a touch of horror element but is mainly a psychological thriller. The story of the movie is presented in very artistic way and will leave you perplexed by the end of the movie.



9 .Repulsion

Another Roman Polanski movie captures the time events between a normal young girl and a mentally ill person.


10 . Exorcism of Emily rose

Emily Rose bears a guilt of sisters death and soon starts behaving weirdly. Her parents and Church are convinced she is possessed. But didn’t she have schizophrenia or a dissociative identity disorder.


11. Aviator

This Leonardo de Caprio starred movie is about a man who has obsessed with perfection in his work.


12 .Antichrist

A mother develops guilt for the death of her child leading to deterioration of mental condition.


13. Saw Series

A psychopath wants to clean the society of evil people and designs plots and murders them in most brutal manner. The movie contains plenty of gore images. Remember? the infamous Jigsaw traps



14. Before I wake( 2016) : 

How a child’s psychology is affected by the series of changes affecting his world. In this movie, a child has special power making his dreams come true as he falls asleep. But he must not sleep because, a nightmare has been eating all the parents who adopts him.



15. Mommy :

Twin children begin to realize that the women behind the bandages of surgery is not their mother. They become surer as they find more evidences.


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16. One flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest 

17. Ward 

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