Feeling crazy today? You’re not alone. Soothe your psyche with these gems featuring mental disorder of various kinds:
1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Iconic film, based on the novel of the same title, featuring Jack Nicholson as Mac, a man who goes to a mental ward to avoid prison but ends up a patient himself. Won 5 Academy Awards.
2. Ordinary People
Film based on the Judith Guest novel of the same name; charts the depression of a young man battling with guilt over a sibling’s accidental death.
3. Girl, Interrupted
Fan of Angelina but not into modernized fairy tales? Try this story of two girls in the psych ward.
4. A Beautiful Mind
Controversial though it is, I’ve always enjoyed this humanizing portrait of a man with schizophrenia; based on a true story, though perhaps not as accurate as it could be.
5. The Hours
Study of three women across the decades who play out a story of depression, suicide, and domestic unhappiness. Rooted in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway; starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman’s prosthetic nose.
Got amnesia? Just write down the facts. (On your body. With ink.)
7. Fatal Attraction
Glenn Close stars as the ultimate Crazy Woman. And you thought your ex was a little nuts…
8. Silver Linings Playbook
I’ll be honest: I did not think it was possible to make a comedy about bipolar disorder. I also did not think this movie was as amazing as the praise it got. But it is a good movie, and it is a good comedy.
Lars von Trier delivers a haunting, strange elegy to the world in this film about a woman’s depression, set to the backdrop of a celestial disaster and gorgeous score.
10. Sunset Boulevard
Are you ready for your close-up? Gloria Swanson gives us crazy in spades in this classic Old Hollywood drama.