Must Watch Movies on Psychology

Everyone lives in a fantastic period of invention, where everything impacts people's thinking. 

Movies would undoubtedly be at the top of the list if you thought about other influential aspects of life. Movies today significantly impact one's psychological talents as they have become integral to life. 

The cinema has produced a wide range of classic works that have masterfully shown the complex inner workings of the mind, changes in human behavior, diverse human personality types, pathologies, and more! 

Here is the list of the top and most watched movies on Psychology if you're looking for an exciting taste of these masterpieces.

A beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, is produced by Academy Award winner Brian Grazer and directed by four-time Oscar winner Ron Howard. The brilliant mathematician John Nash, on the verge of receiving international renown in the film A Beautiful Mind, is portrayed by Russell Crowe in an astounding performance. In this stirring tale of bravery, passion, and triumph, only his devoted wife (Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly) is left who can aid him.

Fight Club

"'Fight Club' draws you in, tests your assumptions, upends your worldview, and makes you laugh" (Rolling Stone). In this action-packed smash, Helena Bonham Carter, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt (of "Mighty Aphrodite," "Seven," and "12 Monkeys," respectively) provide "performances of which cinema legends are created." (Chicago Tribune). A frightening new kind of therapy is developed by a ticking time bomb insomniac (Norton) and a slick soap salesman (Pitt). Their idea takes off, and underground "fight clubs" start to sprout up in every town, but then a sensual eccentric (Bonham Carter) gets in the way and starts an uncontrollable downward spiral.

The Silence of the Lambs

A madman named Buffalo Bill is murdering women in the Midwest. The FBI sends Agent Clarice Starling (Foster) to speak with a crazy prisoner who might be able to shed light on the murderer's methods since they think that it takes one to know one. The prisoner in question is Dr. Hannibal Lecter, an intelligent, cunning cannibal psychiatrist. Hopkins only agrees to help Starling in return for information about her complicated past to sate his sickening curiosity. As their relationship develops, Starling is forced to confront her hidden demons and the power of evil that may be too strong for her to withstand.

Girl, Interrupted

Susanna Kaysen was diagnosed with BPD-a in 1967 following a session with a therapist she had never witnessed. She was experiencing side effects, so her parents sent her to a renowned New England mental health centre where she interacted with adolescent girls and had life-altering events. Susanna gets lost in a realm of seductive and distressed young women reminiscent of Oz. The delicate nature of the human mind is revealed in one of the top psychological films. This movie, Girl Interrupted, is one of the best movies on Psychology so far.

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

It's better to nap in a mental hospital than stretch in a pen, right? Jack Nicholson's character Randle P. McMurphy, a con artist with lightning in his veins and glib on his tongue, poses as insane and moves in with the "nuts." His contagious spirit of anarchy immediately clashes with dull routine. When the World Series is underway, guys pickled on sedatives have no business moving around in their pajamas. This portends war! McMurphy is on one side. On the other is one of cinema's most icy, horrible villains, the soft-spoken Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).

The future of each patient on the ward is in jeopardy. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, based on the best-selling novel by Ken Kesey, won the five major 1975 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Actor (Jack Nicholson), Actress (Juliet Fletcher), Director (Milos Forman), and Adapted Screenplay. The film was produced by Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas (Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman). This one soars because it is raucous and scathing and has a stellar cast that includes Brad Dourif, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Lloyd in his feature debut.

Shutter Island

What begins as a routine inquiry for U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) at the asylum for the criminally insane on Shutter Island suddenly takes a terrible turn. Teddy finds some locations you can never leave as the investigation progresses, and he learns more horrifying and disturbing truths about the island.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a film by visionary director Michel Gondry and renowned author Charlie Kaufman. In this humorous and moving examination of breakups, breakdowns, and breakthroughs, an all-star ensemble cast excels. When Joel (Jim Carrey) learns that his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their turbulent relationship erased, he is shocked. He desperately seeks the same treatment from the method's creator, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). Joel, though, starts to lose track of Clementine as his memories of her fade. The Wall Street Journal describes the unforgettable movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as "a romantic comedy unlike any other," starring Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, and Elijah Wood.

Black Swan

This "wicked, psychosexual thriller" (Daily Variety), directed by Darren Aronofsky and featuring Academy Award winner Natalie Portman will have you glued to the screen, according to Entertainment Weekly (The Wrestler). Portman portrays Nina, a tremendously skilled but seriously disturbed ballerina on the edge of stardom, and gives "the performance of her career" (Vanity Fair). Nina's shaky hold on reality begins to slip away due to her determined artistic director (Vincent Cassel) and the threat posed by a sexy rival dancer (Mila Kunis), pushing her to the brink and sending her into a waking nightmare.

Good Will Hunting

This inspirational film, which received nine Academy Award nominations, won Best Supporting Actor for Robin Williams and Best Actor for each hot newcomer Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (Best Original Screenplay). The young boy who mopped the floors has the brightest mind at America's best university—not that he's a student! Will Hunting (Damon) is a bold genius from the working class who struggles to learn life's lessons. Will's final hope after having too many legal run-ins is a psychology professor (Williams), who may be the only person who can get through to him! You'll have an impactful and unforgettable movie experience with Good Will Hunting!


Joker, which was released in the year 2019, had a profound effect on everyone. It tells the tale of a young boy's transformation into Gotham City's Joker. Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill comedian who plays the Joker, is abused by people and is drawn to crime.

A Dangerous Method

The story of the relationship between Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Jung (Michael Fassbender) and a woman named Sabina (Keira Knightley), who had an impact on the two, is told in David Cronenberg's film A Dangerous Method. It is a lovely film that explores our nature and unending desires and how to deal with them. No amount of guilt can undo the impression it leaves on the spectator.

The Tree of Life

Through one of the best psychological films, renowned American director of photography Terrence Malick captured a scene interacting with both the exotic and mental aspects of human presence. The film opens with how American families lived in the 20th century and shows the problematic relationship between a young boy named Jack O'Brien and his father, which eventually causes him to have an existential crisis as he tries to make sense of his upbringing. You might cry while watching the movie because it takes you through various emotions.


Insomnia, directed by the well-known Christopher Nolan, tells the compelling tale of a criminologist dispatched to Alaska to investigate the murder of a high school student. The main suspect confounds him while he investigates the little child's case by playing a mental game of cat and mouse with him. As he continues the probe, the detective gradually realizes how exposed he has become to life threats.

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