10 Movies for Budding Psychologists

Posted: October 19, 2011 in Movies
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Hello people! Sorry for my huge lack of blogging. I’m currently trying to get my novel down on paper and it is taking up a lot of my spare time. Luckily, Patty from Psychology Degree kindly offered to do a guest post! So here it is and enjoy… (And I promise I will be back blogging in a couple of weeks). 

Are you interested in psychology? Here are 10 films that might spark your curiosity.


1. Analyze This (1999) – Billy Crystal plays a psychiatrist to a Mafioso, played by Robert DeNiro. After a panic attack, the Mafioso starts to see the psychiatrist in secret… and comedy ensues.


2. A Beautiful Mind (2001) – Without giving too much away, this film tells the story of John Nash, a brilliant young mathematician, and the unexpected course his life takes. Nash won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994.


3. Awakenings (1990) – Based on a true story, this film chronicles the discovery of the drug L-Dopa in 1969 and how it was admitted to catatonic patients of a mental health ward. The patients “wake up” after decades of being in a neurological stupor, but the drug has some unexpected effects later on.


4. The Fisher King (1991) – A suicidal radio talk show host tries to turn his life around by helping a delusional homeless man on a quest to find the Holy Grail. Stars Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams.

 

5. The Hours (2002) – Based on the critically acclaimed novel, this film follows the lives of three women connected by the novel, Mrs. Dalloway: a modern woman planning a party for a friend with AIDS, a 50s housewife struggling with an unhappy marriage, and the writer Virginia Woolf, who fought depression and mental illness.

 


6. K-PAX (2001) – Kevin Spacey plays a psychiatric patient who claims to be an alien from the planet K-PAX. He ultimately inspires his psychiatrist and other patients. This film also contains interesting science fiction elements that are left unexplained.


7. Lars and the Real Girl (2007) – This cute film tells the story of a socially inept young man who develops a romantic relationship with a sex doll. Although apprehensive at first, Lars’ family and friends gradually accept the doll and learn a lot about themselves.


8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – This film is probably the best-known film related to psychology. It follows an anti-authoritarian mental patient’s attempts to escape from his mental hospital. This film received five Academy Awards and is consistently rated among the best films.


9. Pi (1998) – This is the first film by Darren Aronofsky, who also directed Black Swan. Like most of his films, this one centers on a protagonists self-destructive behavior in pursuit of an ideal. It follows Max, a mathematician, as he searches for the meaning to a 216-digit number created in a complex calculation.


10. The Sixth Sense (1999) – Bruce Willis plays a child psychologist helping a 6-year-old patient who claims to see dead people. It shows a good example of ethical psychology with an interesting plot twist.

Patricia Duggan has a Masters in Psychology degree and has been practicing for 11 years. She maintains the site Psychology Degree.

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