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Cinema & Psychiatry

October 17, 2009

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IMDb -Internet Movie Database is celebrating its 19th birthday this year. This virtual database has been a great source for people who seek information on movies in the internet. Another important source is the Yahoo Movies as well as internet’s most used encyclopedia; wikipedia. Both IMDb and Yahoo Movies are inter-active sites letting people around the world rating movies.

When thinking about the movies in which psychiatric conditions have a “role” (i.e., involved with psychiatric states, mental illnesses), you realize that the list is long, and you really do not know where to start. As IMDb seems the popular site as a movie database and they listed the top 250 movies according to the ratings of the visitors of the site I decided to go over this list. Going through the summaries of the movies I have not watched one by one, I chose the top 10 movies where the script is somehow related to psychiatric conditions.

Here is the Top 10 movies related to psychiatric conditions out of top 250 movies of IMDb. (The number in the first parentheses demonstrates the rank of the movie in the list, and the one in the second shows the average rating).

1 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (8) (8.8)

Psychiatry itself as a concept, frontal lobotomy

2- Psycho (23) (8.7)

Psychosis

3- The Silence of the Lambs (24) (8.6)

Cannibalism, psychopathy

4- Taxi Driver (38) (8.5)

Post-traumatic stress disorder

5- Forrest Gump (39) (8.5)

Learning disabilities

6- Vertigo (40) (8.5)

Phobias

7- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (64) (8.4)

Retrograde amnesia

8- Requiem for a Dream (66) (8.4)

Substance abuse/Drug addiction

9- Trainspotting (169) (8.1)

Substance abuse/Drug addiction

10- Harvey (186) (8.1)

Delusional state

Of course, this is one way of creating a list of movies on psyhiatric states/disorders . There are many other movies out there. Some of them are Oscar-winners. Rainman (autism), and A Beautiful Mind (schizophrenia) are two important examples for those movies.

There are several webpages where you can find a list movies of that type classified according to psychiatric disorders e.g., Mental illness in film, List of films featuring mental illness, Psychiatry in the cinema. Of these movies (One flew over the cuckoo’s nest being my favourite movie of all times) the hippocampus/memory movie Butterfly Effect & brain research enthusiasm/passion movie Awakenings are my favourites.

Below you will get information on the top 10 movies associated with psychiatric conditions out of IMDb’s top 250 movie list. When you click on “Release dates according to countries” you will also see the movie’s title in different countries. Enjoy!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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Release Date: 26 February 1976 (Sweden)

Release dates according to countries

Director:Milos Forman

Awards and Honors: Won 5 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 11 nominations

Synopsis

Wikipedia page

Critiques/Analysis:

Great Scene: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Sane or Crazy: Who’s to Decide?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Best Classic Movie

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
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A detailed analysis of the book

Interviews

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Soundtrack

Based on the novel with the same name

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Psycho

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Release Date: 25 August 1960 (Brazil)

Release dates according to countries

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Awards and Honors: Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations

Synopsis

Wikipedia page

Critiques/Analysis:

Critical Analysis of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”

Interviews

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Part I

Part II

Soundtrack

Based on the novel with the same name

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The Silence of the Lambs

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Release Date: 14 February 1991 (USA)

Release dates according to countries

Director: Jonathan Demme

Awards and Honors: Won 5 Oscars. Another 39 wins & 27 nominations

Synopsis

Wikipedia page

Critiques/Analysis:

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Interviews

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Soundtrack – The Theme Song

Based on the novel with the same name

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Taxi Driver

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Release Date: 8 February 1976 (USA)

Release dates according to countries

Director: Martin Scorsese

Awards and Honors: Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 9 nominations

Synopsis

Wikipedia page

Critiques/Analysis:

Taxi Driver Analysis

Interviews

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Part I

Part II

Soundtrack

Theme music

Diary of a taxi driver

Forrest Gump

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Release Date: 6 July 1994 (USA)

Release dates according to countries

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Awards and Honors: Won 6 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 38 nominations

Synopsis

Wikipedia page

Critiques/Analysis:

Forrest Gump Analysis

Interviews

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Part I

Part II

Soundtrack

Theme music

Based on the novel with the same name

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Vertigo

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Release Date: 21 July 1958 (Brazil)

Release dates according to countries

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Awards and Honors: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations

Synopsis

Wikipedia page

Critiques/Analysis:

The theme of imbalance in Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Interviews

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Part I

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Soundtrack

Theme music

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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Release Date: 19 March 2004 (USA)

Release dates according to countries

Director: Michel Gondry

Awards and Honors: Won Oscar. Another 36 wins & 50 nominations

Synopsis

Wikipedia page

Critiques/Analysis:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Interviews

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Soundtrack

Information on the soundtrack

Movie title taken from the poem: Eloisa to Abelard

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Abelard and his pupil, Heloise by Edmund Leighton.

Requiem for a Dream

requiem_for_a_dream3 Release Date: 3 November 2000 (Canada)

Release dates according to countries

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Awards and Honors: Nominated for Oscar. Another 20 wins & 34 nominations

Synopsis

Wikipedia page

Critiques/Analysis:

Requiem for a dream

Interviews

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Soundtrack

Information on the soundtrack

Based on the novel with the same name

Trainspotting

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Release Date: 26 July 1996 (Canada)

Release dates according to countries

Director: Danny Boyle

Awards and Honors: Nominated for Oscar. Another 18 wins & 13 nominations

Synopsis

Wikipedia page

Critiques/Analysis:

Trainspotting

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Born Slippy

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Lust for Life

Based on the novel with the same name

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Harvey

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Release Date: 13 October 1950 (USA)

Release dates according to countries

Director: Henry Koster

Awards and Honors: Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations

Synopsis

Wikipedia page

Critiques/Analysis:

Review summary and plot commentary about Harvey

Interviews

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Soundtrack

Based on the play with the same name

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