5 Movies that deal with mental health struggles

Inside Out

Sometimes watching movies doesn’t necessarily mean action or conflicts. From time to time we understand that a film doesn’t need to be glittery all the time, real films or real-life stories which are more relatable can also connect with us. The real-life stories, sometimes, also link to mental health and illness.

Mental health and movies are interlinked. It plays the role of portraying the human mind in ways that are unique yet real. Films are a good tool for portraying powerful issues and sometimes we also end up learning a lesson, or two. So, of late, if you have been looking for movies that talk about mental health, you are at the right place.

Here is a list of movies that are based on mental health issues.

Movies that deal with mental health

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

It is an American film. The film is full of romantic comedy and drama. It is directed by David O. Russell. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, John Ortiz, and Julia Stiles in supporting roles. The film is based on 2008’s novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.

Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) lost his job and wife. After being in a Mental institution, he ends up living with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver) and starts living with them. He is all set to overhaul his life but his parents want him to discuss all his obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) offers Pat to help him to get his wife back but things went complicated as she wanted him to do something for exchange.

The film portrays bipolar disorder. Pat suffers from sleeplessness and paranoia and gets rough plans to get his wife back despite her restraining order. He avoids taking medication and exclaims unnecessary thoughts. The film shows how he gets through this situation.

Silver Linings Playbook Trailer Official 2012 [HD 1080] - Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

Inside Out (2015)

The animated American film is directed by Pete Docter. It stars the voice of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, and Kyle MacLachlan.The film has five exemplified emotions Joy (Poehler), Sadness (Smith), Fear (Hader), Anger (Black), and Disgust (Kaling).

The story revolves around a young girl Riley life and her parents (Lane and MacLachlan). They try to adjust to the new surroundings from shifting from Minnesota to San Franciso. Riley’s mixed emotions are guided through her life-changing events by Joy. The stress of moving has brought Sadness to lead.

The film reminds us that living with sadness and pain is a vital part and is a part of our whole life and it moves as we grow up. The film act as a therapeutic tool for all age groups.

Inside Out - Official US Trailer

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

The movie is a biographical drama that is based on the life of an American mathematician. The movie is directed by Ron Howard. The film is starring

Russell Crowe as Nash, with supporting roles Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, and Christopher Plummer. The story is about a graduate student at Princeton Nash. He starts developing paranoid schizophrenia in starting of the film while overlooking the burden the condition is seen in his wife Alicia and his friends also.

A Beautiful Mind (2001) Theatrical Trailer

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

The 1999 American psychological drama is all about a young woman who attempts suicide and ends up spending 18 months at a psychiatric hospital between 1967 and 1968. The film is starring Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Moss, Angela Bettis, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jared Leto and is directed by James Mangold. The film is set in the late ’60s and shows mental illness psychology and change in health which can be seen in modern days also.

Girl, Interrupted (1999) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

The American movie was directed by Milos Forman. The movie is based on a novel of 1962 with the same name. The film stars Jack Nicholson as Randle McMurphy who is a new patient at the mental institution and Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, Danny DeVito, Sydney Lassick, William Redfield, as well as Christopher Lloyd and Brad Dourif are the supporting cast. This movie is considered the most famous ever concerning mental illness. The movie revolves around a new patient who was sent to a mental institution, which he considered will be a less restrictive place but the nurse Ratched bullies her patient and has an abusive nature. The battle of revenge between Mcmurphy and Nurse affects all the patients.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Official Trailer #1 - Jack Nicholson Movie HD