Mental disorders in film

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Many films have portrayed mental disorders or used them as backdrops for other themes. This is a list of some of those films, sorted by disorder, regardless of whether or not the disorder is portrayed accurately. Thus, though 50 First Dates presents a case of anterograde amnesia, the type depicted does not really exist.

In particular, owing to the nature of drama, extreme and florid manifestations of any given disorder tend to prevail over the more subtle ones typical of the average case. For example, people with agoraphobia are generally portrayed in drama as recluses who never, or almost never, venture from their homes; in reality this is rare and extreme, not typical of the agoraphobic population.

General List[edit]

Title Year Released IMDB Rating (2017)
Winter Sleepers 1997 7.3
Clean Slate 1994 5.6
Fight Club 1999 8.8
A Beautiful Mind 2001 8.2
Memento 2000 8.5
What Dreams May Come 1998 7.0
The Night Listener 2006 5.9
Awakenings 1990 7.8
Sideways 2004 7.5
Julien Donkey Boy 1999 6.7
Silver Linings Playbook 2012 7.8
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 8.7
Rain Man 1988 8.0
Black Swan 2010 8.0
Shutter Island 2010 8.1
Lars and the Real Girl 2007 7.4
What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 7.8
The Three Faces of Eve 1957 7.2
American Psycho 2000 7.6
Donnie Darko 2001 8.1
The Silence of the Lambs 1991 8.6
The Aviator 2004 7.5
The Soloist 2009 6.7


Anterograde amnesia[edit]

A person with anterograde amnesia is unable to form new memories.

Retrograde amnesia[edit]

"A much-used plot device, retrograde amnesia occurs when a person forgets part or all of his or her past."

Psychogenic amnesia[edit]

"Psychogenic amnesia, also known as dissociative amnesia, is memory loss caused by psychological stress."

Lacunar amnesia[edit]

Lacunar amnesia is the loss of memory about one specific event.

Anxiety disorders[edit]


Social anxiety disorder[edit]

Antisocial personality disorder[edit]

Asperger syndrome[edit]


Avoidant personality disorder[edit]

The Peanuts Movie - 2015 character of Charlie Brown

Bipolar disorder[edit]

Borderline personality disorder[edit]

Conduct disorder[edit]

Delusional disorder; and psychotic disorder not otherwise specified[edit]


Alzheimer's disease[edit]



Dissociative identity disorder[edit]

See also psychogenic amnesia (dissociative amnesia)

Eating disorders[edit]


Folie à deux[edit]

"Recent psychiatric classifications refer to the syndrome as shared psychotic disorder (DSM-IV) (297.3) and induced delusional disorder (F24) in the ICD-10."


Histrionic personality disorder[edit]

Intermittent explosive disorder[edit]

Malingering, Munchausen syndrome, factitious disorder[edit]

Munchausen syndrome by proxy[edit]

Narcissistic personality disorder[edit]

Obsessive-compulsive disorder[edit]

Paranoid personality disorder[edit]


Schizoid Personality Disorder[edit]

Pervasive developmental disorder[edit]

Posttraumatic stress disorder[edit]

Sadistic personality disorder[edit]

Schizoaffective disorder[edit]



Substance use disorder[edit]

"Drugs listed from most addictive, harmful or destructive to least (from most to least dangerous, based on a 2007 scientific research study."[12]



See also[edit]


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