Seventeen Films Related to Psychiatry


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Claude Rains as an ideal analyst in "Now, Voyager"

Claude Rains as an ideal analyst in "Now, Voyager"

The directors and staff of AMHF have discussed a blog, or series of more in-depth blogs, related to films featuring mental health as a central theme.

Most of the following seventeen Hollywood movies from various eras (and therefore reflecting their respective times), as well as in a range of genres, include psychiatrists, “mental-health physicians”/neurologists/psychiatric neurologists, or clinical psychologists.

Awakenings (1990)

Bedlam (1946)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1921, remade 1992)

Charly (1968)

Don Juan DeMarco (1995)

Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, remade 1978)

Kings Row (1942)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947, remade 1994)

Now, Voyager (1942)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Rain Man (1988)

The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud (1984)

The Snake Pit (1948)

Spellbound (1945)

The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

Vertigo (1958)

Much can be learned from these seventeen movies about attitudes, social stigmas, and evolving modalities of treatment.

Let AMHF know your “essential mental-health films.”


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