Mental illness is one of the great taboos in today’s society. Good mainstream portrayals of mental illness are extremely rare and tend to exaggerate the condition of the sufferer. However, there have been some great portrayals of mental illness which don’t hide away their factual and shocking nature. Here is a list of 10 great movies on mental illness.
1. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire is enjoyable to watch, since it is a pure piece of drama. Vivienne Leigh’s excellent performance as Blanche Dubois will leave you speechless. She is a fading beauty, an alcoholic who is a man eater and lives in a world of illusions and fantasies. While she keeps up a façade of demureness, inside she’s cracking.
Blanche runs into trouble with Stanley (played by Marlon Brando), who is her sister’s macho, brooding husband who hates her pretence and superior air towards him. On the other hand, her sister Stella is frightened by his domination of her but she’s powerfully sexually attracted to him. Two of them have a tit for tat rivalry.