The de-humanizing treatment of institutional powers is blended with the right mix of angst and humorous absurdity. Angelina Jolie, | | Shelley Long, R The plot concerns Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck), a newspaper reporter, who wants to unravel the mystery behind a murder, happened in state psychiatric hospital. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. The Ward. These films are of historical value, to show how misguided and WRONG we were in our understanding of mental illness in 1953 and in 1961 when these films were made. | Mamie Gummer, Robert Downey Jr., Grief-stricken mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) takes on the L.A.P.D. As in these types of films, one tough nut patient named Captain Billy Cutshaw (Scott Wilson) doesn’t buy Kane’s words and argues with him on everything from God to politics. But, films on this list explore how the rigid or empathetic constructs within a mental asylum play a role in reforming or degrading the minds of those vulnerable individuals. Based on Mary Jane Ward’s fictionalized memoirs, the film marvellously visualizes (it was the era of Hays Code) the nervous breakdown of a young woman named Virginia, afflicted by repressed childhood trauma. DoP Stanley Cortez and Fuller work in tandem to precisely visualize the disintegrating inner mental state of Barrett and the pervading insanity in the dark corridors of asylum. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show circus, a haunted hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, the apocalypse, and a slasher summer camp. Jean Seberg, Stars: This eulogy for man’s lost humanity will haunt the darkest corridors of our mind. Teens require different treatment from adults. Stars: James Mangold Drama, Mystery, Thriller. | 60 min Today's best streaming service deals. The Snake Pit (1948) | Anatole Litvak. Mark Robson’s horror thriller tracks the experiences of a spirited, young girl Nell’s (Anna Lee) efforts to expose the cruelty & reform ‘bedlam’. Elia Kazan $8.72M, Not Rated Winona Ryder, Director: Acclaimed Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park’s offbeat romantic drama set in a mental asylum, tells the story of Young-goon, who driven crazy by her assembly line work thinks of herself as a cyborg and tries to charge herself by plugging into the mains. Sam Shepard, The film is a light-hearted portrayal of a state asylum and the film’s direction or pacing have nothing much to offer. In legal terms, the word ‘insanity’ can be thrown around to try and give a clear perception of a crime, but in medical terms, how does a person is deemed ‘insane’? zergnet.type = 'text/javascript'; zergnet.async = true; to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child. Leo G. Carroll, Votes: He's not on the hospital computer or CCTV. | 141 min Mental Health in Film. | Warren Beatty, While Virginia’s emotional problems are very grounded and realistic, the real socioeconomic problems in running an asylum were also properly dealt with. Susanna (Ryder) attempts to mix alcohol with pills … Stars: Kim Hunter, PG-13 Martin Scorsese’s psychological thriller (based on Dennis Lehane’s novel) opens with the arrival of US Marshal Teddy Daniels (Di Caprio) to the dark isle, where the infamous criminally insane patients are confined to Ashecliffe hospital. 5 Mind-Warping Movies Set In Mental Hospitals 1. | Gross: Angela Bassett, Sometimes, these movies show mental illness in a way that is inaccurate or stigmatizing. It is not a work of art. Peter Brocco, Votes: In its 2018 Best States rankings, U.S. News evaluated which state populations have the best mental health. $57.14M, R When the media we consume seems to always depict people with mental … 140 min Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance. Joseph Melito, Votes: The film also showcases an idealized atmosphere for the mental institution and depicts how certain kind of mental illness could be cured by better communication. Brittany Murphy, | But, then I have been slightly afflicted, since making a movie list is itself is a minor act of insanity. A young, naive man named Jean Berlot experiences a series of nightmares in a story that meanders with fierce fancy. Laura-Leigh, R Because Svankmejer’s vision of madness has no boundaries and the whole spacious world looks like one, hellish madhouse. Penélope Cruz, $59.69M, R Director: Director: Brainstorm. Here is our list of the Top 10 Crazy Movies About Mental Institutions. The unattractive palette of colours makes us comfortable, infusing a certain level of dizziness. Peter Haskell, | “Snake Pit’s” brilliance is justified in the heartrending performance of Olivia de Havilland, who deeply exhibits inner thoughts of an institutionalized schizophrenic. | Charles S. Dutton, Votes: Mystery, Thriller. Parents cause mental illness in their children. 48,406 Anatole Litvak’s powerful feature was one of the earlier movies to deal with psychosis or mental illness in a non-melodramatic or non-sensitive manner. Vanessa Hudgens, Frank Perry’s minor art-house film (adapted from a novel by Theodore Rubin) has the premise of a boy-meets-a-girl story. | A novel’s perspective on the merits of the ‘asylum,’ whether repellent, intriguing or therapeutic, depends very much on the point of view from which the story is told. | Ordinary People (1980) 10. | You can either get into disturbing & absurdly funny premises or else reject it with vehemence. This movie, based on a true story, highlights the life of John Forbes Nash, Jr. (Russel Crow), a mathematical savant who lived with schizophrenia. Helen (2009) 8. Director: | Gross: Social institutions can be great settings for narrative films, as the following list excitedly details. Today, art is all but dead anyway” says Mr Svankmejer while introducing his lunatic film at the opening credits. The eerie, labyrinthine, alienating rooms of the institution pervades like a deadly virus in the mind of Gordon. In comes another shy, oddball Il-soon, who wants to find a way to make her eat normal food. $55.00M, R I think it is insane of me to mention the words ‘best’ and ‘mental asylum’ in a sentence or statement. | | Splendor in the Grass (1961) 5. Robert Rossen Gregory Peck, Brittany Murphy, Votes: | Girl, Interrupted (1999) R | 127 min | Biography, Drama. Will group therapy help? If I am searching for a fundamental or spiritual truth which my society isn’t aware of, am I an insane person? Middle-class teenager Neto (Rodrigo Santaro—played as Xerxes in “300”) is a normal boy, but feels alienated from his family and hangs out with friends for music & drugs. Brainstorm (2000 film) Breaking Dawn (2004 film) Buddha's Little Finger (film) By Reason of Insanity. Berlin Alexanderplatz (miniseries) Berlin Calling. Peter Blatty marvellously builds & breaks down the lines that divide rationality and insanity. $7.00M, R Girl, Interrupted (1999) 9. Horror movies set in asylums/ mental hospitals. | Gross: $112.00M, R Erika Christensen, Stars: It makes me ask what is ‘real’ or ‘normal’. | Stars: I am Sam (2001) 3. Milos Forman’s stirring classic isn’t just a work that claims... 2. Rodrigo Santaro stars as... 2. Graeme Clifford The whole idiocy and love shown in the asylum become a parable for our own machine-run world, where we desperately try to accept & believe in others’ feelings. Horror, Mystery, Thriller. A detailed chronicle of a woman during her stay in a mental institution. There are usual cliched dialogues & scenarios, but the raw performance of Santaro plus the decadent atmosphere is hard to shake off from our mind. Amber Heard, The girl Lisa (Janet Margolin) is a schizophrenic, who carries a deep trauma only speaks in rhymes. Director: A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. Stars: Bedlam (1946 film) Behind Locked Doors. Emily Browning, Anatole Litvak’s powerful feature was one of the earlier movies to deal with... 3. $8.11M, See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc. | $5.99 /mth. | Gross: Gattlin Griffith, Votes: | Stars: In Jeremy Leven’s oddball fantasy, Johnny Depp plays a delusional young man, who is convinced that he is the world’s greatest lover, Don Juan. Suicidal suburban housewife drifts in and out of asylums. Finding movies about mental health — especially ones that accurately represent what it’s like to live with mental illness — can often be difficult. 85,066 | In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. 107,982 Never miss out on gossip, celebrity photos, videos, divorces, scandals and more. Amy Ryan, $6.99 /mth. | Gross: Stars: $6.30M, PG-13 TV Shows. Dean Cain, var znscr = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; Similar to a hospital for physical problems, a psychiatric hospital is set up to deal with mood or behavioral changes that come on suddenly and require intense structure and intervention to keep the teen safe. In James Mangold’s movie adaptation, Winona Ryder gives the powerful angst-ridden portrayal of Susanna, while Angelina Jolie plays the charming sociopath Lisa. Kathy Bates, Milos Forman’s stirring classic isn’t just a work that claims for free-spirit in a tyrannical mental facility; it is a powerful anti-establishment drama, reflecting on the mentalities of oppressors and the rare rebellious thinkers, striving to break that humongous wall of sociopolitical limitations. Horror, Mystery, Thriller. Zack Snyder 6,795 In the mental hospital, she stubbornly refuses food in favour of battery charge. 2. Audrey Christie, Votes: Jack Nicholson, John Carpenter 1. Bart Burns, Votes: Lady Gaga, var zergnet = document.createElement('script'); 113 min Pat Hingle, Daniel Craig, | Kim Stanley, Director: Explore other popular Health & Medical near you from over 7 million businesses with over 142 million reviews and opinions from Yelpers. Michael Chekhov, Stars: Stars: Opening its doors in 1878 to the mentally ill, Danvers State Hospital is probably best known today for being the set for the psychological horror film Session 9 in which a man on an asbestos cleanup crew finds himself slowly going insane while working in an abandoned mental facility. Keir Gilchrist, Jena Malone, Votes: You don’t need a tarot reading to tell you that this 2001 movie is mind-warping. Teddy is there to investigate a disappearance and gradually learns that the missing element is far more elusive than he thought it to be. Sean Bean, Director: For this madly genius horror film, set in a mental asylum, the director draws in inspiration from the tales of Edgar Allan Poe and Marquis de Sade. Anatole Litvak 237,390 The film is a light-hearted portrayal of a state asylum and the film’s direction or pacing have nothing much to offer. | 162,669 Director: The tension between these two visions of the mental institution / psychiatric hospital continues to be irresistible to thriller writers. Biography, Drama. 111 min Director: | 98 min Ryder’s ‘interrupted’ character soulfully points at the ignorance of the manifold yearnings of a young woman. The movie beautifully captures the challenges John faced throughout his life, including paranoia and delusions that altered his promising career and deeply affected his life. | 146 min … Drama. $28.87M, R Adrien Brody, The two characters differ wildly. A depressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done. But, the sadistic Sims (Boris Karloff), running the asylum commits the girl into the institution on a trumped-up charge. We have seen how the patients are ‘zombified’ and reduced into a ‘drooling creature’. | Michael Berryman, 908,334 | Stars: Girl, Interrupted is a classic 1999 drama film directed by James Mangold and Jonathan Kahn. Drama, Horror, Thriller. Even when its reporter protagonist is shown outside the mental institution he is bounded to four walls, obsessed by the risks he wanted to take for attaining the Pulitzer Prize. Director: The tangle of madness and lies encountered by Ichiro could also be viewed as a metaphor for the emotionally afflicted Japanese youth. Hulu. Gore Verbinski Zooey Deschanel, | Yet, horror movies contribute something different to the mental health … Paul’s descent into madness starts when he is rejected by the girl he loves. | Stars: Peter Fonda, | Gross: | Gross: The narrative is considered to be flawed due to its erratic tone that veers between a hard-boiled mystery and Gothic horror. View. But, the majestic & rotting Danvers State Hospital plays a vital role in its protagonist’s sinistral downfall. Clea DuVall, While some movies are based in real mental asylums and the shooting takes place in the actual institution, others are entirely fictional. The plot centres on an asbestos abatement crew, winning a bid to do a job in an abandoned insane asylum. $0.07M, TV-MA If I am searching for a fundamental or spiritual truth which my society isn’t aware of, am I an insane person? Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. 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Sarah Michelle Gellar, If a lead character has briefly been in a mental institution, may soon enter a mental institution, or perpetually resides in one, that movie is fair game. The story is pretty basic and it’s definitely not a fair critique of the institution’s treatment methods, but Forman’s symbolism combined with Hasker Wexell’s fabulous cinematography gives us a phenomenal dramatic agitation. 2. Warren Beatty, Director: The narrative takes place on an abandoned castle that has been transformed into an insane asylum for the traumatized Vietnam War veterans. All of these titles are available for rent and purchase on major streaming services like iTunes, VUDU, Hulu and Amazon. 6 Great Films That Address Mental Illness on Netflix By Pete Mercer July 21, 2017 | 1:00am NETFLIX MOVIES Paste's guide to the best movies, TV and comedy on Netflix Novelist William Peter Blatty’s (“Exorcist”) directorial debut has attained cult classic status, in the years preceding its lukewarm commercial response. Don Cheadle, Votes: American author Susanna Kaysen’s memoir relates her brief stay (during the 1960s) in a psychiatric hospital after being diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder. Drama, Romance. One member of the crew plays the tape of a former, dangerous patient with multiple personalities and Gordon (Peter Mullan), the crew leader, starts to behave in a mysterious manner. 105,525 Soon, he is placed in a mental asylum, where he befriends a man who thinks he’s Hitler and Oli (played by famous Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur), who thinks he wrote Beatles’ song in a telepathic way. The worst films perpetuate common myths and misperceptions about mental illness, including: People with mental illness are violent. 138 min Natalie Wood, Director: There is also some metaphorical imagery to give the narrative a poetic beauty. Stars: As in life, there are many moments here left for us to contemplate on what is concrete and what a hollow delusion is. | 100 min Although the film’s much-talked-about asylum makes an appearance only after an hour, it doesn’t matter whether the narrative moves within the walls of the mental institution. | Michael Bacall, Comedy, Drama, Romance. McMurphy’s crusade for liberation or battle of wills provides abundant life lessons and the film’s final image of freedom is rich and impactful in its imagery that it still stays fresh in my mind. Mary follows her boyfriend to the hospital for his orthopedic surgery. A Beautiful Mind (2001) 5. | View. 228,746 Jessica Lange, Who can forget the sombre surroundings in the opening sequence of the, psychiatric hospital dance party sequence in Refn’s, The young man’s ‘erotomania’ is assigned to be treated by distinguished psychiatrist Jack Mickler (Brando), who is on the process of reviving his own dispirited marriage. Rain Man (1988) 4. 127 min Frances (1982) 4. | Peter Bogdanovich, PG-13 129 min Stars: Celeste Holm, Votes: Skye McCole Bartusiak, Votes: Like the young protagonist who had killed his fiance on the day of marriage, we are also haunted by many unanswered questions. It’s cynical, melancholic tone expresses how empty life would be if all there’s left to reflect in society is insanity and anger. The films stars Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie as two young women who have been admitted to a mental hospital in the late sixties. | 10 Silence of the Lambs (1991) Gary Fleder Brad Anderson’s horror/mystery is like his future work “The Machinist” is a peek into the dark side of human psychology. Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Disney. | znscr.parentNode.insertBefore(zergnet, znscr); Mia Goth, Madeleine Stowe, But, the film does brood over the topics of fantasy, imagination and the boredom of harsh reality. Director: | "https:" : "http:") + '//www.zergnet.com/zerg.js?id=82730'; The Hospital (1971) – Black comedy with George C. Scott “I love watching old medical movies to see the archaic equipment, the extreme stereotypes, and the nurse-doctor relationships (wow, they really got away with everything!). Psychiatric hospitals are dangerous, scary places filled with sadistic, uncaring staff. With the hidden society of misfits, “Girl, Interrupted” conveys the neurosis of contemporary young woman, embracing their girlhood within rigid societal constructs. | Please don't take them at face value. Ben Kingsley, Votes: The terms ‘psychotic’ or ‘paranoid schizophrenic’, etc may give us a concrete idea of madness, but ‘mental illness’ is very much a grey area to contemplate. How does a society with flawed, mad practices could judge its people to be sane or insane? Posted on May 1, 2018. Watch out for the painful action when Lisa sees the statue of a mother embracing her infant. 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