7 Films That Explore Mental Illness

"Silver Linings Playbook" (2012): Directed by David O. Russell, this film follows the story of a man with bipolar disorder (played by Bradley Cooper) as he navigates life after being released from a mental institution.

"A Beautiful Mind" (2001): Directed by Ron Howard, this biographical drama tells the story of John Nash (played by Russell Crowe), a brilliant mathematician who struggles with schizophrenia.

"Girl, Interrupted" (1999): Based on the memoir by Susanna Kaysen, this film follows a young woman (Winona Ryder) who is admitted to a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s.

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975): Directed by Milos Forman, this classic film is based on the novel by Ken Kesey. It tells the story of Randle McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a rebellious man who feigns insanity to avoid prison time.

"It's Kind of a Funny Story" (2010): Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, this film follows a teenage boy named Craig (played by Keir Gilchrist) who checks himself into a psychiatric hospital after feeling overwhelmed by life.

"Melancholia" (2011): Directed by Lars von Trier, this visually stunning film explores depression and the end of the world. It follows two sisters, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), as they cope with Justine's severe depression.

"The Soloist" (2009): Based on a true story, this film follows the relationship between a journalist (played by Robert Downey Jr.) and a homeless man named Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), who is a talented musician with schizophrenia.