I wanted to tweet a link to a list of recommendations of movies that depict mental illness for Mental Health Week, but I didn't like any of the lists I found. Instead, here's my list of personal recommendations of movies that portray mental illness; movies released in this decade and mostly female-centered ones. You won't find any lazy recommendations of A Beautiful Mind or awful ones like The Silver Linings Playbook here!
1. Touched With Fire (2015)
Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby are two people with bipolar disorder who meet in hospital and fall in love. I can't recommend this one enough. The performances ring true and treat bipolar disorder with care and respect.
2. Young Adult (2011)
In my favorite movie of this decade, Charlize Theron portrays a young adult fiction ghostwriter with borderline personality disorder and trichotillomania. She gets a chance invite to her high school boyfriend's baby shower and goes back to her small town, completely convinced her delusions are true. Charlize needed another Oscar for this one!
3. Christine (2016)
The incredible Rebecca Hall gives the performance of a lifetime as Christine Chubbuck, the newscaster who infamously committed suicide on-air in 1974. Hall's portrayal of Chubbuck's feelings of depression and alienation - as well as Chubbuck's sarcastic humor - is unreal.
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Logan Lerman plays a lonely high school freshman who "finds his tribe," as RuPaul would say, in senior weirdos, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. We see Lerman's character navigate high school life, as well as his own PTSD from childhood trauma.
5. Queen of Earth (2015)
Elisabeth Moss - tremendous as usual - is a woman suffering from anxiety, depression, and especially co-dependence on her best friend (Katherine Waterston) who has grown apart from her. It's low-key an absolutely chilling psychological horror.
6. Welcome to Me (2014)
Kristen Wiig is a master at portraying darkly comic, and oftentimes delusional characters. Welcome to Me is no exception. In this film, Kristen Wiig plays a character with borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery and decides to make a TV show - all about her.
7. I Smile Back (2015)
Not my favorite of the movies on this list, but still worth a watch. Sarah Silverman plays a mother with depression who self-medicates with drugs, alcohol and sex. Silverman gives a strong performance in a so-so movie, and it gives a good look into how depression and addiction can go hand-in-hand.