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Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby Kurushimi » Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:39 pm UTC

I need to watch one of these for a project in psychology. I come for some recommendations for some good movies. The movies are ones like A Beautiful Mind, or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, or Rain Man where one of the main characters has some sort of psychological disorder. Does anyone have any good recommendations they can think of? (If you're wondering why I'm not doing one of the above mentioned ones, it's because I want to do it on a movie I haven't seen before. It'd be a nice excuse to watch a new movie).

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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby jmorgan3 » Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:17 pm UTC

Batman. That guy has issues.
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Postby Vaniver » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:39 pm UTC

Pi comes to mind.
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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby just-mark » Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:25 pm UTC

Warning: the link is to wikipedia and you'll have to be careful if you want to watch the film without knowing the whole plot.

Girl, Interrupted would be my recommendation as one of the main themes is what it actually means to be institutionalised/labelled as insane (in the 60s). It's based on the real-life memoirs of Susanna Kaysen as well so it's not 'just' a film and this may give you more to consider and write about.

Admittedly I've not read the book or researched the topic so I'm not sure how true to the real world it is but it's still a rather good film :)
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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby cv4 » Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:44 pm UTC

jmorgan3 wrote:Batman. That guy has issues.


for serious. Do an in-depth study into his symptoms and habits and determine what disorder he is likely to have. If you do it well, it will be way better than anything else you can do and if your prof isn't a complete loser, they will appreciate it too.

Also, if done well, it would be entertaining and I bet more than just myself would want to read it.

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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby Dason » Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:59 pm UTC

Sybil seems to fit the bill pretty well.
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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby RockoTDF » Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:51 am UTC

As someone with a degree in psychology I will back Sybil. A Beautiful Mind is a great film but takes a TON of liberties with Nash's life.

I'm curious, is this for an intro level course or is it for an upper level course?
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Postby xMango » Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:02 pm UTC

I love the move Proof. It has Anthony Hopkins and is about two people who have gone insane because of math and death, but they create one of the most important mathematical discoveries in the world. A MUST watch.
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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby Kurushimi » Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:51 pm UTC

RockoTDF wrote:As someone with a degree in psychology I will back Sybil. A Beautiful Mind is a great film but takes a TON of liberties with Nash's life.

I'm curious, is this for an intro level course or is it for an upper level course?


Intro level course. The things we do are very broad and general.

These are really good recommendation. I've watched Pi before and loved it, I've been meanign to watch Proof and Sybil seems really interesting.

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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby rigwarl » Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:44 pm UTC

You've probably seen it, but Forrest Gump is fantastic!

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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby Cleverbeans » Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:41 pm UTC

Added * to those I think are mostly likely what you'd be looking for based on the movies you listed. They're all excellent and I recommend you watch all of them before picking one for your project.

Regular Disorders
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As Good As It Gets *
Of Mice and Men
Fight Club
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Donnie Darko *
Silence of the Lambs
The Fischer King *
Man of La Mancha *
12 Monkeys
6 Degrees of Separation

Circumstantial Disorders
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Apocalypse Now *
Bringing Out The Dead
Falling Down
Monster
Fearless *
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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby Dason » Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:05 pm UTC

Cleverbeans wrote:Fight Club


Yes Yes Double Yes. I know I'm not adding much but it makes me sad that I didn't think of Fight Club!!
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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby sikyon » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:35 pm UTC

Doesn't everyone have mental problems?

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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby mypsychoticself » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:17 pm UTC

This might be a bit late, but I'd like to recommend Phoebe in Wonderland as a fantastic movie.
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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby Kurushimi » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:31 am UTC

Nope, I've got all this week to choose what I want since we're on spring break.

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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby You, sir, name? » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:38 pm UTC

While dissimilar from the films you listed, Falling Down is a film about a man having a nervous breakdown.
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Re: Movies Featuring people with mental problems

Postby Divinator » Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:52 pm UTC

Memento! Suprised that it hasn't been mentioned yet...


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