I just wanted to post this here before I lose the list, because I LOVE psychological thrillers. I love movies that make you think.
Below is basically a movie list, where I had to pick one and do a review for my Abnormal Psychology in Film during my Uppsala university exchange days. And I told myself I would watch these movies one day, but yeah it isn’t my priority right now so I’m just gonna put it out here.
From the list, I’ve watched A Beautiful Mind, Girl, Interrupted, Gone Girl, Good Will Hunting, Inside Out, The Machinist, Memento, Silver Linings Playbook and Shutter Island. Really liked Gone Girl, Inside Out, Memento and Shutter Island.
- 50 First Dates (2004)
Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he’s finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.
- About Schmidt (2002)
A man upon retirement embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter’s wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.
- Antichrist (2009)
A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
- As Good as it Gets (1997)
A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.
- The Babadook (2014)
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
- A Beautiful Mind (2001)
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
- Black Swan (2010)
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
- Brothers (2009) / Brødre (2004)
A young man comforts his older brother’s wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.
- A Clockwork Orange (1971)
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society’s crime problem – but not all goes according to plan.
- Experimenter (2015)
In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans’ willingness to obey authority.
- The Fisher King (1991)
A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.
- Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen’s account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.
- Gone Girl (2014)
With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.
- Good Will Hunting (1997)
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
- I am a Cyborg, but That´s OK (2006)
A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people’s souls.
- I am Sam (2001)
A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family.
- I rymden finns inga känslor (“Simple Simon”) (2010) [Swedish]
Younger brother with asperger syndrome helps his older brother find a girlfriend.
- Inside Out (2015)
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.
- The Machinist (2004)
An industrial worker who hasn’t slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.
- Matchstick Men (2003)
A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former’s teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.
- Melancholia (2011)
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
- Memento (2000)
A man juggles searching for his wife’s murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.
- Nightcrawler (2014)
When Louis Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
- Persona (1966) Swedish
A nurse is put in charge of an actress who can’t talk and finds that the actress’s persona is melding with hers.
- The Piano Teacher (2001) [French]
A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.
- Rain Main (1988)
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt’s father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
- Solaris (1972) [Russian]
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.
- Shame (2011)
In New York City, Brandon’s carefully cultivated private life – which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction – is disrupted when his sister arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay.
- Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
- Still Alice (2014)
A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Shutter Island (2010)
In 1954, a U.S. marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
- Side Effects (2013)
A young woman’s world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.
- The Soloist (2009)
A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.
- Take Shelter (2011)
Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
- What About Bob? (1991)
A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, a manipulative, obsessively compulsive narcissist, tracks him down during his family vacation.
- What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
After his father’s death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life.