This list of approximately 600 films (and growing) has been compiled from multiple sources, mostly online. Making it work as an accurate, valuable, comprehensive list is the goal, but much work remains before we reach that goal. I cannot personally vouch for all of the information on the list, nor justify the inclusion of all of the films listed. I have not personally seen most of these movies. Any help providing information on the Year, the Genre, and the Mental Illness/es and Topics that figure in the films on the list will be greatly appreciated, as will any input, suggested additions, disputes on any information, etc.
Please, feel free to help me out, and to help out everyone who has ever thought, "What was Richard Gere's diagnosis in that romantic drama in the early-mid '90s?" or "How many horror films have featured schizophrenia over the years?" or "Which decade had more films about PTSD, the '70s or the '80s?"
(This, of course, would be much easier with a searchable database of Mental Movies, but I don't know how to do that. If you do know, feel free to contact me.)
Below is a list of Topics, hopefully a comprehensive list, sometimes featured in Mental Movies. Most are diagnoses of some or other mental disorders. If you can think of any that I'm missing, please inform me.
IMDB scale: The scale used by the Internet Movie DataBase is your basic 10-point scal. To figure , multiply by 10 and pretend it's a percent grade on a school assignment, with a slight curve:
- 8.9-10: "A+" Undisputed Classic! This is the kind of film that changes your life simply because it's so well made! In every aspect, this film is near perfect, and you could never tire of watching it.
- 8.2-8.8: "A" Generally agreed to be at least a Minor Classic! This is a coherent film, well written, well directed, well acted, etc., and no major flaws or distractions. Many times, these films will change your life. They will always stick with you long after you've seen them.
- 7.5-9: "A-" Great film. You would definitely see this one again. It may not have changed your life, but watching it was an experience that you would like to repeat, probably multiple times.
- 6-7.4: "B" Good film. Worth watching, maybe even twice, if you have nothing better to do. Maybe one or two significant problems prevented it from being better, but script, acting, direction, etc., were solid enough to make it worth seeing.
- 4.5-5.9: "C" Kind of Disappointing, Average or Below Average. Fair effort. Maybe worth watching, but not twice. This can be a bad film with one or two bright spots (a neat premise, a good soundtrack) or a generally mediocre film that still succeeds on some levels. An underdog whose cast and crew you would like to like--you just need them to work a little harder.
- 3.4-4.4: "D" This movie just didn't work, but, gosh, you know, as bad movies go, it wasn't that bad, or at least its badness was entertaining in a way.
- 0-3.3: "F" Various grades of failure, from "I'd rather die a slow, painful death than watch it" to "I kind of want that two hours of my life back."
Jeffrey Babbitt (JB) scale (for the movies I've seen personally): My scale is a fairly normal 5-point scale. Others can feel free to use it to post ratings in the forum, or use another scale. I'm thinking I'll base it on my meds, and so below. You can represent your ratings in meds or anything else.
|0 meds||So bad, it has no redeeming value—a complete waste of time|
|1 med (lithium)||Bad, in the bad sense, but may be entertaining if you like bad films|
|2 meds (lithium & citalopram)||Good enough, if you're interested in that diagnosis, genre, etc., but not worth it if you're not. Generally mediocre.|
|3 meds (lithium, citalopram, & lamotrigine)||Good movie, worth the rental, should really be part of my collection as an illustration of whatever diagnosis, topic, etc.|
|4 meds (lithium, citalopram, lamotrigine, & bupropion)||Great! Worth seeing twice or even more. Worth owning a copy, as much for the quality of the film as for the psychiatric aspects.|
|5 meds (lithium, citalopram, lamotrigine, bupropion, & aripiprazole)||Must-see! Must-have! Classic! I would point to this film as an example of all the cinematic elements coming together to tell a great story and leave the viewer with a lasting impression. Could be watched repeatedly without getting old.|
NullFuture's (NF) Scale I assume it's the same as mine, but if I'm wrong, please tell me.
0: So bad, it has no redeeming value—a complete waste of time
1: Bad, in the bad sense, but may be worth watching if you like bad films
2: Good enough, if you're interested in that diagnosis, genre, etc., but not otherwise
3: Good movie, worth the rental
4: Great! Worth seeing twice
5: Must-see, classic