There are hundreds of movies about depression, each of which tells a story/stories of different characters who have tough times in their lives.
Each has his/her unique story, and each has a different experience struggling with depression.
If you or a close people (a family member, a relative, or a friend) suffers from depression, and you learn about depression, it is possible that you would like to watch movies about depression, which will show you different experiences of different characters who have depression too, the expression of depression, its results, and sure, the ways how they deal with it.
In this article, we will present some movies about depression, which may be interesting and useful for you.
You can also enjoy some of the funny vines that can help you come out of depression.
List of Movies about Depression
Here is a list of movies about depression:
Collateral Beauty (2016 ‧ Drama/Romantic film ‧ 1 h 37 min)
The main character works in an advertising agency in New York.
Not so long ago, a tragedy occurred in his personal life that plunged him into a severe depression.
Colleagues try to help and develop an original plan to return their friend to solid ground, but the plan works unexpectedly.
Melancholia (2011 ‧ Drama/Fantasy ‧ 2 h 16 min)
The events of the film unfold on the days that precede the disaster.
The first part is dedicated to Justin’s wedding, which quickly cools down before the celebration, which causes an incomprehension of relatives and guests.
The heroine of the second part is Claire, Justine’s sister. Claire takes care of Justin, who has fallen into clinical depression, and at the same time, she is afraid of reports of the approach of the mysterious planet of Melancholy.
Gradually, as the planet approaches, Justine and Claire change roles. Now the panicking Claire needs to be taken care of.
In desperation, she and her sister and son are preparing to accept the inevitable.
It is Kind of a Funny Story (2010 ‧ Drama/Romantic film ‧ 1 h 41 min)
Sixteen years old, Craig is in a teenage crisis and is trying to find help at a mental hospital.
There, he accidentally enters the adult department, and one of Bobby’s patients soon becomes Craig’s mentor and, at the same time, his protege.
The young man is also imbued with sympathy for one of the patients – his peer Noell. In just five days, Craig has a lot to learn about the life, friendship, love, and the difficulties that are associated with growing up.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012 ‧ Drama/Comedy-drama ‧ 2 h 2 min)
After spending eight months in a psychiatric hospital, former school teacher Pat returns to his parents’ home.
He is obsessed with the idea to reconcile with his ex-wife, whom he has no right to approach by court order.
However, getting to know the eccentric girl Tiffany lights a ray of hope in Pat.
The Skeleton Twins (2014 ‧ Drama/Comedy ‧ 1 h 33 min)
The twins Maggie and Milo did not communicate with each other for ten years, but, on the same day and hour, they managed to escape death miraculously.
It was at the moment of danger that both promised to change everything in life that did not go the way they wanted.
For Maggie, this is a review of his marriage to Lance, and for gay Milo, an attempt to restore relations with his former teacher Rich, which they both, in general, are trying to keep mum.
And then the brother and sister realize that the key to normal life for them is also the restoration of relations with each other.
Anomalisa (2015 ‧ Drama/Fantasy ‧ 1 h 30 min)
Michael Stone, author of customer service books, suffers from an inability to contact people.
Once, during the next working trip, he meets a stranger who changes his worldview.
Cake (2014 ‧ Drama ‧ 1 h 42 min)
Having survived a tragedy, disfigured by scars, Claire Bennet is experiencing severe back pain.
Attending support club meetings and useless physiotherapy sessions, Claire thinks more and more about why she should live.
There are no friends, communication is limited to conversations with the housekeeper, and unbearable pains do not allow her to fall asleep and usually move.
Then there was the boldly committed self-destruction of one of the participants in the meetings of the club, which only added Claire for thought.
Side Effects (2013 ‧ Detective film/Crime film ‧ 1 h 46 min)
Emily began to have psychological problems when her husband was sent to prison.
After four years, he gets out, and Emily gets depressed and tries to commit self-destruction.
The psychotherapist prescribes her medications, but Emily herself wants to take a new drug, which a colleague advises her.
Manchester by the Sea (2016 ‧ Drama ‧ 2 h 17 min)
The unsociable and self-absorbed Lee works as a locksmith in an apartment. As soon as he hears that his older brother is dead, Lee returns to his hometown.
Lee remembers his life in the town and the tragedy that happened with his family.
Suddenly he learns that in his will, the brother indicated him as the guardian of the 16-year-old nephew.
Through the relationship with the teenager, Lee tries to find the meaning of his future existence.
The Hours (2002 ‧ Drama/Romantic film ‧ 1 h 54 min)
The film describes the life and workdays of Virginia Woolf through the story of three women: Wolfe, which was shown during her writing “Mrs. Dalloway,” when thoughts of self-destruction tormented her; Lara Brown, a young wife and mother who suffocates as part of her tidy life in Los Angeles in 1951; and Clarissa Vaughn, who is organizing a party in New York these days for her close friend Richard, who is dying of AIDS.
Revolutionary Road (2008 ‧ Drama/Romantic film ‧ 2 h 5 min)
The film takes place in the mid-50s, the main characters are members of a small provincial family.
Frank and April Wheeler consider themselves middle-class families, unlike other families, and have a great desire to move to Paris.
However, fate has prepared for the couple many unpleasant surprises.
The Virgin Suicides (1999 ‧ Drama/Detective film ‧ 1 h 37 min)
The Lisbon family has five teenage daughters.
After the 13-year-old Cecilia commits self-destruction, her sisters become the center of attention of the town’s inhabitants, especially the neighboring guys, who arrange real surveillance of the girls.
Christine (2016 ‧ Drama ‧ 1 h 59 min)
Christine Chubbuck suffered from depression for a long time and made several attempts to commit self-destruction by swallowing medication.
The mental disorder was intensified by the drama of undivided love for a work colleague.
On July 15, 1974, Chubbuck – at that time she was 29 years old – shot herself from a 38-caliber revolver live on the morning news.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012 ‧ Drama/Comedy-drama ‧ 1 h 45 min)
The story of Charlie, a high school student in Pittsburgh, who is shy and unpopular.
In front of us, Charlie is growing up, his communication circle, and his opinion about the world is changing.
Numb (2007 ‧ Drama ‧ 1 h 34 min)
The film tells the story of screenwriter Hudson Milbank. Hudson suffers from
depersonalization – the alienation of his thoughts, emotions, and actions.
Unable to put up with himself, he cannot get along with other people: he lives alone and watches TV all day.
Almost nothing can help him, and only a girl opens for him a way to live in a world that he does not feel.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006 ‧ Drama/Comedy-drama ‧ 1 h 41 min)
Olive is a little girl who dreams about winning in the Little Miss Happiness contest. Her family also wants Olive’s dream to come true, but they are so burdened with their quirks, neuroses, and problems that they can hardly help her.
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Recommended books and sources
- Anxiety and Depression
- Anxiety and Depression: Proof of Happiness
- No Letting Go
- HFNE “Hamilton Depression Scale”
- HFNE “Is Depression Hereditary?”
Movies are made from real-life events or are connected to them, which makes them useful and interesting for us to watch.
The mentioned movies about depression may help you to see depression from different angles and get more ideas about people who struggle with it.
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What we recommend for depression
If you are suffering from depression then ongoing professional counselling may be your ideal first point of call. Counselling will utilize theories such as Cognitive behavioural therapy which will help you live a more fulfilling life.
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