Curated Movies Categorized By Disability, Disorder, Disease And Other Human Challenges

Movies With Chronic Depression

A Rage to Live (1965)
Drama Based On Novel
Dissociative Identity Disorder Adultery Suicidal Promiscuity Rape Chronic Depression Addiction, Sex

Pennsylvania newspaper heiress, Grace's hypersexuality manifests as promiscuous affairs that threaten to destroy the reputation of her affluent Pennsy...

Director : Walter Grauman
Cast : Suzanne Pleshette, Bradford Dillman, Ben Gazzara, Peter Graves

Used People (1992)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Senior Interest
Death of Spouse Abuse, Verbal Weight Challenged Delusional Chronic Depression Single Parenting Alcoholism Insecurity Divorce Abuse, Emotional

At her husband's funeral, Pearl, the Jewish mother of two divorced daughters, meets an Italian man who her husband confided in many years earlier, and...

Director : Beeban Kidron
Cast : Shirley MacLaine, Marcello Mastroianni, Bob Dishy, Kathy Bates

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
R Comedy Drama
Substance Abuse Death of Spouse Addiction, Substance Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Adultery Death of Parent Agoraphobia Chronic Depression

Thirty-year-old Jeff -- a man who is weight challenged, addicted to pot and unemployed -- lives in the basement of his widowed mother's home watching ...

Director : Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Cast : Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer

Labor Day (2013)
PG-13 Drama Romance Coming of Age Based On Novel
Death of Spouse Stillbirth Postpartum Depression Agoraphobia Chronic Depression Miscarriage Mobility Cerebral Palsy Self-Esteem Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Divorce Blended Families Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Death of Child Abuse, Child

In the rural town of Holten Mills, New Hampshire in 1987 at the start of the long Labor Day weekend, a severely depressed mother, Adele, with a thirte...

Director : Jason Reitman
Cast : Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Brooke Smith

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
R Drama
Enabling Delusional Sexual Dissatisfaction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Chronic Depression Passive Aggressive Behavior Miscarriage Infertility Alcoholism Adultery Abuse, Verbal Abortion, Illegal Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

George and Martha are a middle-aged couple, whose alcohol-fueled marriage is defined by verbal abuse, enabling, and emotional co-dependency. George's ...

Director : Mike Nichols
Cast : Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

Tea and Sympathy (1956)
APPROVED Drama Coming of Age Based on a Play
Death of Spouse Suicidal Sexuality Chronic Depression Virginity, Male Sexual Confusion Denial Prostitution Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)

At a private male boarding school in 1956, seventeen-year-old Tom is more interested in the arts than in sports, something he is constantly reminded o...

Director : Vincente Minnelli
Cast : Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson, Edward Andrews, Darryl Hickman, Dean Jones

Danny Collins (2015)
R Comedy Drama Music Based on True Events Senior Interest
Substance Abuse Suicidal Death of Parent Chronic Depression Single Parenting Learning Disabilities Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Alcoholism, Reformed Divorce Alcohol Abuse Cancer, Leukemia

In Los Angeles, Danny, a seventy-year-old rock star legend who is still singing songs he hates, abusing drugs and alcohol, and living with women decad...

Director : Dan Fogelman
Cast : Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer

Persona (1966)
NOT RATED Drama Suspense Thriller Foreign
Dissociative Identity Disorder Mute Caregiving Enabling Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Chronic Depression

In 1966 Sweden, a young nurse named Alma is put in charge of Elisabeth, an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects but will not talk. As they...

Director : Ingmar Bergman
Cast : Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand

The Skeleton Twins (2014)
R Drama Dark Comedy
Sexuality Chronic Depression Sexual Confusion Passive Aggressive Behavior Narcissistic Personality Disorder Abuse, Sex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Fertility Blended Families Adultery Suicidal Promiscuity Death of Parent Depression, Situational Suicide Denial Abuse, Child

When their father's suicide is compounded by another frightening event, fraternal teenage twins Maggie and Milo cannot go to their widowed mother; she...

Director : Craig Johnson
Cast : Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell

Welcome to Me (2014)
R Drama Dark Comedy Farce Satire
Burn Victim Enabling Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Chronic Depression Narcissistic Personality Disorder Bipolar Disorder Addiction, Sex Denial Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Insecurity Promiscuity Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

In California, Alice, a girl with manic depression who grows to be a woman with borderline personality disorder, uses her disability earnings on lotte...

Director : Shira Piven
Cast : Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Wes Bentley, Tim Robbins, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh

From the Terrace (1960)
APPROVED Drama Romance
Abuse, Psychological Virginity, Female Promiscuity Chronic Depression Survivor Guilt Narcissistic Personality Disorder Death of Child Abuse, Child Alcoholism Death of Sibling Adultery

Alfred returns from WWII to his wealthy, but miserable parents in Pennsylvania. His father, is a factory owner who still grieves over the death of his...

Director : Mark Robson
Cast : Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Myrna Loy, Ina Balin

Trainwreck (2015)
R Comedy Romance
Substance Abuse Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Commitment Phobia Dementia Chronic Depression Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Insecurity Alcohol Abuse Promiscuity Death of Parent

Amy's parents divorced when she and her sister were young girls. Before moving out, her promiscuous father lectured his daughters about the dangers of...

Director : Judd Apatow
Cast : Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James,

The Grudge 3 (2009)
R Horror Mystery Thriller
Asthma Psychosis Chronic Depression Caregiving Suicidal

The Saeki family lived happily in Tokyo until Kayako fell in love with her college professor, Peter and began to writing about him in her journal. Whe...

Director : Toby Wilkins
Cast : Matthew Knight, Shawnee Smith, Mike Straub, Aiko Horiuchi

Frankie and Johnny (1991)
R Comedy Drama Romance
Infertility Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Promiscuity Abuse, Physical Chronic Depression Epilepsy Depression, Situational Abuse, Sex

Upon his release from his jail for writing bad checks, Johnny is hired as a short order cook in a diner after mastering his cooking skills in jail. It...

Director : Garry Marshall
Cast : Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hector Elizondo, Nathan Lane

Lucid (2005)
Comedy Drama Mystery
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Delusional Chronic Depression

Therapist Joel Rothman of Winnepeg, Canada falls apart after his wife, Mari, catches him cheating. His insomnia affects the parenting of his daughter,...

Director : Sean Garrity
Cast : Jonas Chernick, Callum Keith Rennie, Michelle Nolden, Lindy Booth

Chef (2014)
R Comedy Drama Roadtrip Inspirational
Addiction, Substance Divorce Anxiety Weight Challenged Chronic Depression Narcissistic Personality Disorder Alcoholism, Functional Single Parenting Denial

Carl Casper is a divorced dad and acclaimed, but depressed chef losing whatever artistic freedom he thought he had in the celebrated L. A. restaurant ...

Director : Jon Favreau
Cast : Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Emjay Anthony, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman, Amy Sedaris

Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002)
R Avant-Garde Comedy Drama Romance Dark Comedy
Enabling Stress Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Chronic Depression Survivor Guilt Caregiving Single Parenting Anxiety Cancer Adultery Suicidal Orphaned Death of Parent

Harbour has spent his life trying to take care of his suicidal brother, Wilbur. The brothers are inseparable especially by their thirties, when they i...

Director : Lone Scherfig
Cast : Jamie Sives, Adrian Rawlins, Shirley Henderson, Lisa McKinlay

Fight Club (1999)
R Drama
Dissociative Identity Disorder Chronic Depression Insomnia

A depressed man suffering from insomnia meets a soap salesman. After the man's perfect apartment is destroyed, he and the salesman are sharing a run ...

Director : David Fincher
Cast : Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf

Heavy (1995)
R Drama Romance
Social Anxiety Disorder Enabling Eating Disorders Delusional Virginity, Male Alcoholism Self-Esteem Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Insecurity Anxiety Adultery Weight Challenged Promiscuity Death of Parent Unexpected Pregnancy Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Survivor Guilt Scapegoat Identity Heart Failure Denial Body Image Chronic Depression Caregiving Single Parenting

In 1995, in a roadside Hudson River Valley diner called "Pete & Dolly's," Victor, the son of Dolly and the now deceased Pete, is his mother's caregive...

Director : James Mangold
Cast : Pruitt Taylor Vince, Shelley Winters, Liv Tyler, Deborah Harry, Joe Grifasi, Evan Dando

Spotlight (2015)
Crime Drama Mystery Based on True Events
Substance Abuse Abuse, Psychological Virginity, Female Sexual Harassment, Male Repression Chronic Depression Virginity, Male Sexual Confusion Abuse, Child Alcoholism Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Physical Sexual Harassment, Female Rape

In 2011 Boston, Mass, The Boston Globe hires a new editor who is Jewish. As an unbiased outsider with no previous loyalties, he assigns "Spotlight," t...

Director : Thomas McCarthy
Cast : Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, Michael Keaton, Liev Schriever, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Jamey SheridanBilly Crudup,

Gods and Monsters (1998)
R Drama Biography Based on True Events
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Suicidal Delusional Stroke Sexual Dissatisfaction Chronic Depression Sexual Confusion Denial Seizures/Convulsions

In 1950's Los Angeles, the once powerful Hollywood director best known for creating "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein," James Whale, has b...

Director : Bill Condon
Cast : Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich, David Dukes

Ulee's Gold (1997)
R Crime Drama Military Senior Interest
Substance Abuse Death of Spouse Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Single Parenting Rape Limp From Injury Chronic Depression

As the is the sole survivor from his squad, Ulee Jackson may have survived Vietnam, but much of him was left behind. A third generation beekeeper, he ...

Director : Victor Nunez
Cast : Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, Christine Dunford, Tom Wood

Shall We Dance (2004)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Romance Music American Remake Ballroom Dancing Dance
Weight Challenged Repression Panic Attacks Sexuality Chronic Depression Sexual Confusion Narcissistic Personality Disorder Alcoholism, Functional Denial Body Image Anxiety

Despite having a long career as a lawyer and a loving family, John Clark is depressed over the fact that something is missing in his life. Then, one n...

Director : Peter Chelsom
Cast : Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Lisa Ann Walter

Message in a Bottle (1999)
PG-13 Drama Mystery Romance
Death of Spouse Alcoholism Divorce Chronic Depression Single Parenting

A single mother and journalist finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore. Determined to track down its author she finds he is a reclusive, som...

Director : Luis Mandoki
Cast : Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman, John Savage

Leaves of Grass (2009)
R Action Crime Drama Suspense Dark Comedy
Substance Abuse Depression, Clinical Addiction, Substance Death of Sibling Sexual Harassment, Male Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Chronic Depression Wendy Syndrome

The lives of two identical, but estranged twins: one an Ivy League classics professor and the other a small-time, yet brilliant marijuana grower who r...

Director : Tim Blake Nelson
Cast : Edward Norton, Keri Russell, Susan Sarandon, Lucy DeVito, Josh Pais, Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Blake Nelson, Melanie Lynskey

Matchstick Men (2003)
PG-13 Action Comedy Crime Drama Mystery
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Germaphobia Agoraphobia Chronic Depression

Roy and Frank, are partners in con. What Roy, a veteran of the grift and Frank, his ambitious, younger partner swindle are water filtration systems, ...

Director : Ridley Scott
Cast : Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce Altman

The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
R Drama Romance Music
Anal Retentive Personality Insecurity Promiscuity Enabling Smoking/Nicotine Addiction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Chronic Depression Passive Aggressive Behavior Single Parenting

Brothers Frank and Jack Baker have been playing piano as partners in Seattle since...they can't remember when. Polar opposites they've enabled each ot...

Director : Steve Kloves
Cast : Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Ellie Raab

The Outsiders (1983)
PG-13 Action Crime Drama Coming of Age
Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Verbal Suicidal Orphaned Domestic Violence Chronic Depression Abuse, Child

A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers live at odds with their rival gang, the Socials. When the youngest Greasers, Ponyboy and Johnny, are stalk...

Director : Francis Ford Coppola
Cast : C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
APPROVED Drama Family Fantasy Romance Holiday
Parapalegia Mobility Suicidal Death of Parent Heart Attack Chronic Depression Hearing Loss Alcoholism, Functional

A very good, depressed family man named George faces financial ruin on Christmas Eve. Reflecting on the he's led stuck in Bedford Falls, because he co...

Director : Frank Capra
Cast : James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

The Family Stone (2005)
PG-13 Comedy Drama Family Romance Holiday
Substance Abuse Enabling Breast Cancer Sexuality Chronic Depression American Sign Language Narcissistic Personality Disorder Denial Deafness Gaslighting Insecurity Anxiety Adoption Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Lipreading/Speechreading

The eldest, prodigal son of five children in the Stone family returns home to Thayer, Mass. to introduce his uptight, soon-to-be fiancee to his tough,...

Director : Thomas Bezucha
Cast : Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Craig T. Nelson, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Tyrone Giordano, Brian J. White, Paul Schneider

Wonder Boys (2000)
R Comedy Drama Romance Dark Comedy Coming of Age Satire
Substance Abuse Panic Attacks Writer's Block Sexual Dissatisfaction Chronic Depression Passive Aggressive Behavior Kleptomania/Shoplifting Crossdressing Divorce Alcohol Abuse Adultery Promiscuity Unexpected Pregnancy

Fifty-something Grady is a tenured, creative writing professor teaching at a Pittsburgh university based on the notoriety of his one novel, written se...

Director : Curtis Hanson
Cast : Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Rip Torn, Richard Thomas, Jane Adams, Richard Knox

Aurora Borealis (2005)
R Drama Romance Senior Interest Dark Comedy
Substance Abuse Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Parkinson’s Disease Panic Attacks Chronic Depression Caregiving Oppositional Defiant Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Anxiety Adultery Suicidal Kidney Condition Death of Parent Chronic Heart Condition Euthanasia/Right To Die Co-Dependent Personality Disorder

Duncan is a depressed twenty-something in Minneapolis, Minnesota still playing hockey with his high school friends who mock, rather than help, him. Al...

Director : James C.E. Burke
Cast : Joshua Jackson, Donald Sutherland, Juliette Lewis, Louise Fletcher, Steven Pasquale, Katie Griffin, Zack Ward

Married to the Mob (1988)
R Comedy Crime Romance Music
Death of Spouse Delusional Death, Sudden Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Depression, Situational Suicide Psychosis Chronic Depression Narcissistic Personality Disorder Single Parenting Strabismas Eye Disorder Insecurity

In the suburbs of Long Island In 1988, Angela is the unhappily married wife of Frank, a hit man who works directly for the mob boss,Tony. She lives in...

Director : Jonathan Demme
Cast : Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Mercedes Ruehl, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lazar, Alec Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Joan Cusack

Philomena (2013)
PG-13 Drama Mystery Biography Roadtrip Based on True Events Dark Comedy
Abuse, Psychological Chronic Depression Death of Child Illegitimacy Depression, Situational Abuse, Child Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Adoption Abuse, Emotional Death of Parent Abuse, Physical Unexpected Pregnancy AIDS/HIV

In 1952 Ireland, a naive teenager named Philomena became pregnant. Her mother dead and her father horrified, he abandoned her to a an abusive workhous...

Director : Stephen Frears
Cast : Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham,Anna Maxwell Martin

Dirty Girl (2010)
R Comedy Drama Roadtrip Coming of Age
Abuse, Psychological Abortion, Legal Unexpected Pregnancy Chronic Depression Sexual Confusion Single Parenting Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Adoption Abuse, Emotional Blended Families Promiscuity Abuse, Physical

In 1987, the Norman, Oklahoma high school principal banishes Danielle to a separate, remedial classroom for chronic misbehavior. Much of her behavior ...

Director : Abe Sylvia
Cast : Juno Temple, Jeremy Dozier, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam, Zach Lasry, Jonathan Slavin

Jersey Boys (2014)
R Crime Drama Musical Biography Music
Substance Abuse Substance Overdose Enabling Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Chronic Depression Virginity, Male Narcissistic Personality Disorder Death of Child Denial Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In 1951 Belleville, New Jersey four on and off juvenile delinquents who like to sing form a group managed by their troublemaker, Tommy. The draw of th...

Director : Clint Eastwood
Cast : Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Steve Schirripa, Christopher Walken

A Secret Between Friends: A Moment of Truth Movie (1996)
Drama
Bulimia Nervosa Chronic Depression

Two friends, Lexi and Jennifer try to get in shape together by being bulimic. Lexi is then taken to a bulimic center by her concerned mother. When she...

Director : James A. Contner
Cast : Lynda Carter, Katie Wright, Marley Shelton, Josh Taylor