Cinema therapy – Mental and Emotional illness

Adjustment Disorder
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
The Wrong Man (1993)

Alzheimer’s Disease

Do You Remember Love?
Iris (2001)
My Girl
The Notebook (2004)
On Golden Pond


Dead Again (1991)
Identity Unknown (1945)
Married To a Stranger (1997) (TV Film)
Mister Buddwing (1966)
Murder in Mind (1997)
Seventh Veil,The (1946)
Singing in the Dark (1956)
Snake Pit, The (1948)
Spellbound (The House Of Dr. Edwardes)
Stranger in the Family (1991) (TV Film)
Suddenly, Last Summer
Virtual Stranger, A (1996) (TV Film)

Bipolar Disorder
Call Me Anna (1990)
Mommie Dearest (1981)
Mr. Jones (1993)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Sophie’s Choice (1982)
Vincent & Theo (1990)
Woman Under the Influence, A (1974)

Conversion Disorder
Captain Newman, M.D. -1963
Freud, The Secret Passion – 1963
Home Of The Brave
Let There Be Light – 1946- About Freud & His Early
The Piano (1993)
Persona (1966)
The Secret Of Dr. Kildare
Seventh Veil
Sorry, Wrong Number
Tommy (1975)
Twelve O’clock High

Defense Mechanism

Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)
Marnie (1964)
Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)
Spellbound (1945)

Alone In The T-Shirt Zone (1986)
Death In Small Doses (1995)
Eraserhead (1977)
Harold And Maude (1971)
King Of Marvin Gardens (1972)
Labor Day (2013) 
Last Picture Show, The (1971)
Natural Enemies (1979)
Ordinary People (1980)
Repulsion (1965)
Seventh Veil,The (1945)
Shrike, The (1955)
Unstrung Heroes (1995)
Wrong Man, The (1956)

Dissociative Disorders

Color Of Night (1994)
Dark Mirror, The (1946)
Dressed To Kill (1980)
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996,TV)
Primal Fear (1996)
Raising Cain (1992)
Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2015, TV)
Sisters ( 1973) 
Sybil (1976)
Three Faces Of Eve, The (1957)
Voices Within: The Lives Of Truddi Chase (1990)
Zelig (1983)

Eating Disorders
Best Little Girl In The World (1981, TV)
Eating (1990)
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
For the Love of Nancy (1994, TV)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Karen Carpenter Story (1989, TV, anorexia )
Kate’s Secret (1986, bulimia)
This Boy’s Life (1993)
Ultimate Betrayal (1994, TV)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993, overeating)

General Psychotic Disorders
Camille Claudel
Taxi Driver
The Tenant
Through A Glass Darkly
Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Angels & Insects (1995)
Chinatown (1974)
Close My Eyes (1991)
Damage (1992)
Eve’s Bayou (1997)
House Of Yes (1997)
Luna (1979)
Murmur Of The Heart (1971)
My Favorite Season (1993)
Something About Amelia (1984, TV)
Spanking The Monkey (1994)
This World, Then The Fireworks (1997)
Thousand Acres (1997)
Tommy (1975)

Beautiful Dreamers – 19th Century
The Butcher Boy (1997)
The Caretakers
Chattahoochee – 1990
Cuckoo’s Nest – 1975
The Keepers (1976)
Lost Angels
Pressure Point
Shock Corridor
Shock Treatment (1964)
Snake Pit – 1948
Without Consent

Treatments: (Other Than Psychotherapy)

Angel At My Table
Fear Strikes Out
A Fine Madness

Mentally Ill As Not Really Sick

Crazy People
The Couch Trip
Dream Team
A Fine Madness
King Of Hearts
The Magic Christian -1966
The Ruling Class -1966
You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

Legal Issues

Anatomy Of A Murder
Criminal Law
Dead Man Out
A Fine Madness
Natural Born Killers
A Time To Kill


Blue Sky (1994)
Captain Newman, M.D.
Good Morning Vietnam
Horse Feathers
The Mosquito Coast

Mental and Emotional Illness
Burning Bed
Call Me Anna
Closet Land
Cries From the Heart
Cry for Help
David’s Mother
Dialogues with Madwomen
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Face to Face
Falling Down
Family of Strangers
Fatal Attraction
Fear Inside
Field of Dreams
Fisher King
For the Love of Nancy
I Know My First Name Is Steven
In the Best Interest of the Child
Jungle Fever
Karen Carpenter Story
Mommie Dearest
Mr. Jones
‘Night, Mother
On Golden Pond
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Ordinary People
Picture of Dorian Gray
Play Misty for Me
Prince of Tides
Rain Man
Sid and Nancy
Silence of the Lambs
Sleeping With the Enemy
Sophie’s Choice
Three Faces of Eve
Three Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964)
The Theresa Saldana Story
The Tracey Thurman Story
Victims for Victims
War of the Roses
Wizard of Oz
Woman Under the Influence

Intellectual Functioning
Bill: On His Own
The Other Sister;
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?


Backstreet Dreams (1990)
The Boy Who Could Fly
Cries From The Heart
House Of Cards (1993)
Rain Man

Learning Difficulties

About Sara (1998)
And Hope to Die (1972)

Mental Retardation
Best Boy
Bill, On His Own
Dominick And Eugene
Of Mice And Men
Sling Blade
To Kill A Mockingbird
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

My Own Private Idaho

Personality Disorders

The Great Santini
Groundhog Day
In the Company of Men
Like Water for Chocolate!
An Officer and a Gentleman

Every Man For Himself And God Against All
The Wild Child

Spouse Abuse

The Apostle!
Bastard out of Carolina
Dolores Claiborne
The Prince of Tides
What’s Love Got to Do With It?
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Mood Disorders

The Hospital
Ordinary People
The Slender Thread
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
Whose Life Is It Anyway?
Conduct Disorders
This Boy’s Life
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
As Good As It Gets
Dead Poets Society
The Slender Thread
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Attitudes & Rehabilitation
Nobody’s Child
Out On The Edge
She’s Been Away

Marnie (1964)

Conduct Disorder
This Boy’s Life (1993)

Schizotypal Personality
Taxi Driver (1976)


Dead Poets Society (1989)
The Slender Thread (1965)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)

Gender Identity Disorder
Ma Vie en Rose (1997)

400 Blows, The (1959)
Kids (1995)
Los Olvidados/The Young And The Damned (1950, Spanish)
Pixote (1981, Portuguese)
Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
As Good As It Gets (1997)
The Aviator (2004)
Baby Boom (1987)
Breaking The Waves (1996)
Carrington (1995)
Copy Cat (1995)
Educating Rita (1983)
The End Of Innocence (1990)
Frances (1982)
Holy Smoke (1999)
House Of Games (1987)
Heaven And Earth (1990)
Joe The King (1999)
Odd Couple, The (1999)
Pelican Brief (1993)
Sheltering Sky, The (1990)
Three Colors: Blue (1993)

Paranoia / Paranoid Personality

Caine Mutiny, The (1954)
Conservation, The (1954)
Toto Le Heros (1991)
Treasure Of Sierra Madre, The (1948)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Butcher Boy (1997)
Happiness (1998)
Lolita (1962 and 1997)
Pretty Baby (1978)
Short Eyes (1977)

Borderline Personality
After Hours (1985)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Frances (1982)
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Looking For Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Play Misty For Me (1971)
Young Adult (2011)

Histrionic Personality

Gone With The Wind (1939)
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Sunset Boulevard (1950) – also Narcissistic

Dependent Personality

Blue Velvet (1986)
The Night Porter (1974)

Narcissistic Personality

Alfie (1966 and (2004)
American Gigolo (1980)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Citizen Kane (1941))
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Patton (1970)
Shampoo ( 1975) 
Wall Street (1987)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Wolf of Wall Street, The (2013)

The Truman Show
Inside Out (1987)
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Lunatics: A Love Story
In Person (1935)
Raiders Of The Lost Ark – 1981

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
American Sniper (2014)
Affliction (1997) 
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Beloved (1998)
Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)
Chattahoochee (1989)
Cider House Rules, The (1999)
Closet Land (1991)
Crazy Heart (2009)
Dogwalker, The (2002)
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Deer Hunter, The (1978)
Distant Thunder (1988)
Down Came a Blackbird (1995)
Fearless (1993)
Home Of The Brave (2004 and 2006)
I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
Least Among Saints (2012)
Manchurian Candidate, The (1962 and 2004)
Mystic River (2003)
Not My Kid (TV 1985)
Prince of Tides, The(1991)
Radio Flyer (1992)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Sling Blade (1996)
Sybil (TV 1976 and TV 2007)
Thousand Acres, A (1997)
Ordinary People (1980)
Pawnbroker (1964)
Twelve O’ Clock High (1949)
Who’ll Stop The Rain (1978)

Psychopathic /Antisocial Personality
Albino Alligator (1996)
The Bad Seed (1956 & 1985)
Cape Fear
Clockwork Orange – 1971
Compulsion (1959)
Con Air (1997)
Face/Off (1997)
Five Corners (1987)
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
In Cold Blood
Kalifornia (1993)
Kiss The Girls (1997)
Platoon (1986)
Leave Her To Heaven – 1945
Night Of The Hunter
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The Sea Wolf
Silence Of The Lambs
Strangers On A Train – 1951
White Heat
The Young Poisoner’s Handbook (1995)

Angel At My Table
Bennie & Joon
Clean, Shaven
David & Lisa
Fisher King, The
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden
Lunatics: A Love Story
Lust For Life
Outrageous (1977)
Pi (1998)
Proof (2005)
The Ruling Class
Saint Of Fort Washington
Shock Corridor
Spider (2002)
Strange Voices
Through A Glass Darkly (1961)
Wednesday’s Child

Schizoaffective Disorder
Shine (1996)

Serial Killers
Apartment Zero (1988)
Boston Strangler, The (1968)
The China Lake Murders, The (1990, TV)
Clay Pigeons (1998)
Cobra (1986)
Copycat (1995)
Criminal Law (1988)
Cruising (1980)
Deliberate Stranger, The (1986)
Executioner’s Song, The (1982)
Frenzy (1972)
Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986)
Manhunter (1986)
Out Of The Darkness (1985)
Peeping Tom (1960)
Seven (1979)
Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

Augustin (1995)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Cowboys, The (1972)
Dead Again 1991
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Family Thing, A (1996)
First-Time Felon  (1997, TV)
Fish Called Wanda, A  (1988) 
Flirting  (1991)
Girl Shy (1924)
Glory  (1989)
Harlem Nights (1989) 
He Who Must Die (1957)
Hoodlum (1997)
Johnny Rocco (1958)
Johns (1996)
Life of Brian (1979)
Love! Valour! Compassion!  (1997)
Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, The  (1962)
Meet Wally Sparks  (1997)
Mr. Jealousy  (1997) 
My Cousin Vinny  (1992)
New Jack City (1991)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Oscar  (1991)
Paulie  (1998) 
Primal Fear (1996)
Right Stuff, The  (1983)
Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion  (1997)
Shaft  (1971)
Shawshank Redemption, The  (1994)
Sixth Sense, The  (1999)
Smilla’s Feeling for Snow (1997)
Smokey and the Bandit II  (1980)
Stalag 17 (1953)
Thin Line between Love and Hate, A  (1996)
Tin Pan Alley  (1940)
Tumbleweed Trail, The (1946)

Undefined Mental Disorder
Apocalypse Now (1979)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1952)
The Bell Jar (1979)
Catch-22 (1970)
Darlings Of The Gods (1989)
Dead Ringers (1988)
Diary Of A Mad Housewife (1970)
Don Juan De Marco (1994)
Don’t Bother To Knock (1952)
Sitter, TV (1991, TV)
Heart Of Darkness (1993, TV)
Heavenly Creatures (1994 – 2 Girls Who Kill One Of Their Mothers)
Jane Eyre (1996 and 2011)
Legends Of The Fall (1994)
Marat/Sade (1967 and 2013,TV)
Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment (1966)
Network (1976)
Red Desert (1964)
Shining, The (1980)
Streetcar Named Desire, A (1952)
Suddenly Last Summer (1959)
Tattoo (1981)
Tom & Viv (1994)