The idea of insanity is often discussed in a number of crazy drama movies. These movies take the ideas of the mentally unstable and place them in situations where they must face their neurosis in both positive and negative manners. The individuals in these movies are both normal people driven to the brink and people born into the world already inflicted.

“Benny & Joon”

Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson star in this crazy drama about a schizophrenic woman who falls in love with a film lover who patterns his life after Buster Keaton. The movie shows the effects of schizophrenia and the difficulty in dealing with someone afflicted with it.

“Girl, Interrupted”

Angelina Jolie became a star thanks to this Winona Ryder starring crazy drama movie. Rider stars as a girl who overdoses on aspirin and then checks herself into a mental hospital. The movie follows her year in the institution and the various people she meets there.

“Shutter Island”

Martin Scorsese made this crazy drama about two U.S. Marshalls who enter a prison island to find a prisoner who escaped without a trace. While on the island the two men begin to realize something bad is happening there and everything is not as it seems.

“Fatal Attraction”

Adrian Lyne directs this crazy drama about a man who has an affair and then finds the sin comes back to haunt him and his family. Michael Douglas stars as the adulterer and Glenn Close as the psychotic woman who makes his life hell for the indiscretion.

“Apocalypse Now”

This crazy drama movie is set during the Vietnam War about a U.S. special ops officer sent to assassinate a Colonel who has gone missing and is assumed insane. The movie is based on the novel “Heart of Darkness,” about an expedition team traveling along the Congo River, not about the war.

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Jack Nicholson stars in one of the greatest crazy dramas of all time as a petty criminal who agrees to enter a mental asylum instead of doing jail time. While in the institution, he witnesses the cruel treatment of patients and sets out to help them at the risk of his own life.

“Requiem for a Dream”

Darren Aronofsky directs this crazy drama detailing various results of drug addiction. The movie follows three friends and one of their moms as each deal with the addiction in a different way. The results are all frightening and no one gets out of this movie unscathed.

“A Beautiful Mind”

This Ron Howard movie is a biopic of John Nash, a brilliant schizophrenic mathematician who suffers from delusional episodes. The movie presents his delusions as he believes he has been recruited for a secret government program to help stop a Communist attack on America.

“Lost Highway”

David Lynch directs this crazy drama about a man who kills his unfaithful life but, while in prison awaiting his execution, he wakes up one day in a different life. Like most of Lynch’s movies, it is never clear what is real and what is not and the entire movie can be a twisted experience.

“Falling Down”

Michael Douglas stars in this crazy drama about a man who loses his temper one day when things continue to go wrong in his life. He finally ends up having a nervous breakdown and becomes the focus of a manhunt as he begins a violent deconstruction, attempting to reach his daughter’s birthday party.