What are the best movies that tackle mental health?

Genesam Credo - Contributor

Have you ever had a moment where you felt so empty? That no matter how hard you try to think of the reason, you just couldn't? You don't wanna move. You don't wanna talk. You would just stare at a blank space for an hour or so, thinking about everything and nothing. You knew, though, that it wasn't some sadness you could just sleep off, for it goes on and on for days, months, and even years. I, personally, sometimes find myself mired in that situation. And for years, the world has taught us to remain silent about what we really think and how we truly feel. The society and even the closest people to us, our family, have always expected us to be okay, to be happy, to be always positive when in fact, we barely cope with stress and depression. That is why I would like to take this chance to thank the movie industry for breaking the taboo that had surrounded mental health for a long time. And since we feel for your need for validation, here are some films that tackle mental health we highly recommend you start watching.

Topping the list is the 2001 biographical film A Beautiful Mind inspired by the life of the American mathematician John Forbes Nash. Alice Nash, his wife, once said, “You can’t come up with a formula to change the way you experience the world." And it just really hit me hard! Battling with paranoid schizophrenia, John Nash just proved to me that our mental capacity has no bearing on our capacity to love people, our dreams, and our lives. Yet, another inspiring film that veers towards romantic love is Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Centered around self-love and self-acceptance, this dramedy has taught me to find the silver lining despite our shortcomings. It's a magnificent depiction of bipolar mental illness. Overall, those are just two of our best picks for films about mental health. Before letting you go through our list below, all I really wanted to tell you is that for what it's worth, it's okay not to be okay.

  1. 1A Beautiful Mind


    A Beautiful Mind is a biographical drama film directed by Ron Howard. Released in 2001, the movie was based on the life of John Nash. It starred Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connely, Paul Bettany, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer and Josh Lucas.

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  1. 2Rain Man


    Rain Man is a drama movie that features the story of Charlie Babbit, an estranged son whose life changes after he meets his autistic older brother after his father's death. Initially motivated by money, Babbit soon finds out that there is more to life. 

  2. 3Silver Linings Playbook


    Silver Linings Playbook is a multi-awarded drama and comedy movie directed by David O. Russell. It was first released November 16, 2012, by The Weinstein Company and was rated R by the board. It starred Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro.

  1. 4The Perks of Being a Wallflower


    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the film adaptation of the book with the same name by Stephen Chbosky. This 2012 teen romantic drama stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller and Nina Dobrev.

  2. 5Joker


    Joker is an award-winning psychological thriller and crime movie directed by Todd Phillips. This DC comics movie was released on October 04, 2019. It stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz.

  3. 6Girl, Interrupted


    Girl, Interrupted is a psychological drama movie directed by James Mangold. Released in 1999 by Columbia Pictures, it was based on the Susanna Kaysen memoir of the same title. It starred Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, and Elisabeth Moss.


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