Inception is a sci-fi film by Warner Bros. Pictures. Released in 2010, Inception was directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a thief who infiltrates the subconscious of sleeping minds to steal secrets in exchange for his freedom.
Memento is a 2000 psychological thriller about Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a man with anterograde amnesia caused by head trauma. Shelby is trying to solve the mystery of his wife's murder by following clues from photos and tattoos on his own body.
The Matrix is a sci-fi action movie written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. It was released in 1999 and was the first installment in The Matrix film series. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss.
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Black Swan, the ballet freak-out movie starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, had gotten a lot of attention not only in the Oscars (Portman won Best Actress) but also amongst psychologists. The movie portrays the frightening descent of a sweet and fragile ballerina named Nina into madness in her plight to achieve perfection. Her metamorphosis into the evil Swan Queen is so complete she literally sprouts feathers and wings and develops webbed feet. She even sees a doppelganger of herself, always clad in black, smiling menacingly. Dr. Steve Lamberti, professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, says that the movie presents a reasonable portrait of psychosis.
Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality that usually includes false beliefs or delusions, and the mind gets twisted into seeing or hearing things that are not there. It can be caused by drugs like amphetamines, epilepsy, a brain tumor, dementia or psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia. In the movie, Nina and rival Lily take ecstasy, which triggers a psychotic episode. She imagines them having sex, which isn't true as evidenced by Nina being alone in her room the next morning. Nina also shows other signs of psychological disorders like anorexia, bulimia, cutting and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Nina is very organized when it comes to her belongings, always making sure they’re lined up, and she frequently throws up in the bathroom. Finally, during the premiere performance of Swan Lake, she completely loses grip of reality and kills herself, thinking she stabbed Lily when in fact it was her having a mental breakdown. Psychosis, particularly in schizophrenia, involves negative symptoms, as patients start slipping away from contact with reality. This makes Black Swan one of the most scarily accurate psychological studies in film format and a harrowing cautionary tale on the perils of striving for perfection.
Seven (Se7en) is a 1995 crime thriller film directed by David Fincher and stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. Detectives William Somerset (Freeman) and David Mills (Pitt) hunt a killer who uses the 7 deadly sins as a motif to commit a series of grisly murders
#5The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense is a 1999 supernatural thriller movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan. A child psychologist (Bruce Willis) tries to help a frightened boy (Haley Joel Osment), who claims he can see ghosts. What he finds out instead is far more terrifying than expected.
The Shining is a 1980 horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the book with the same title. The story is about a family that goes to a remote hotel during winter where an evil and paranormal presence influences the father into violence.
#7Planet of The Apes
Planet of the Apes is a 1968 sci-fi film about three astronauts who instead of returning to Earth crash lands on a planet inhabited by intelligent and upright apes. The simians have enslaved their rival species, the humans.
Shutter Island is a crime thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese released in 2010. Leonardo di Caprio stars as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels who investigates the disappearance of a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane that quickly turns nightmarish.
Black Swan is a 2010 psychological thriller set in the cutthroat world of New York City ballet. Nina, played by Natalie Portman, finds herself locked in a web of intrigue with a new rival at the company, both vying for the role of the Swan Queen.
Gone Girl is a film directed by David Fincher released in 2014, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Nick Dunne (Affleck) is suspected of killing his wife Amy (Pike) after she inexplicably goes missing. The truth about her is ultimately more sinister than expected.
An sci-fi epic directed by Christopher Nolan about an ex-pilot named Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) who leaves a dying Earth and his family behind in search of a habitable planet beyond the stars.
#12Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a romantic sci-fi movie by Michel Gondry about a young couple who has a falling out who then decide to have each other deleted from their memories via a medical procedure. It stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.
#13The Truman Show
The Truman Show is a satirical film directed by Peter Weir released in 1998. The movie tells the story of Truman Burbank who was adopted and raised by a corporation to live a life inside an enormous domed town for a 24/7 TV show. It stars Jim Carrey and Ed Harris.