10 Psychological Disorders In Movies

Saturday, January 29 by Jennifer Potts

Ten psychological disorders in movies is not necessarily difficult to find. Psychological disorders generally make great movies because they are so fascinating and complex. The characters involved in these movies are fictional depictions of the struggles that so many face.

  1. “A Beautiful Mind” This movie stars Russell Crowe who depicts a character unknowingly struggling with the effects of the psychological disorder schizophrenia. His main symptoms are paranoia, delusional thoughts and visual hallucinations.
  2. “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” This movie shows how a family deals with the effects of autism. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp.
  3. “Jerry Maguire” In this movie, Tom Cruise plays a character with the classic symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder. He struggles with his life philosophy and independence, which is made all the more difficult by his psychological disorder.  
  4. “Vertigo” Vertigo is a psychological disorder that includes dizziness and a feeling of falling. James Stewart gives a brilliant rendition in this classic Hitchcock movie.
  5. “A Clockwork Orange” This movie is based on the 1962 novel by Anthony Burgess and was directed by Stanley Kubrick. With this combination, it’s no wonder antisocial personality disorder was depicted so vividly.
  6. “Ordinary People” This is another movie with psychological disorders that’s based on a novel written in 1976 by Judith Guest. Depression that stems from an accidental death in the family is the main focal point of the movie.
  7. “Girl, Interrupted” Borderline personality disorder is the star psychological disorder in this film. However, since the main set is a mental hospital, the audience gets a glimpse of many disorders in this 1999 movie.
  8. “Rain Man” Dustin Hoffman plays a man with severe autism in this movie. The psychological disorder is brilliantly portrayed to the point that some who don’t know better might wonder if Dustin Hoffman really was autistic.
  9. “Nell” This movie has a complicated psychological disorder which is referred to under the category of developmental psychopathology. Jodie Foster plays a woman who has been almost completed isolated her entire life and has learned no social norms.  
  10. “As Good As it Gets” This movie is the only comedy on the list. It stars Jack Nicholson who perfectly portrays a man who suffers with rather sever OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder.