Analyze it: 20 films about psychologists

There is a movie that can not only entertain, but also give a hint or reason to think. Films about psychologists and psychotherapists are in this category. How to Heal Trauma That Can’t Be Seen on X-rays? Problems rooted in childhood, split personality, depression and other mental disorders – the heroes of our today’s selection every day deal with such subtle matter as the human soul.

New Life (2020)

The plot of the Russian novelty of cinema was based on an interesting scientific work of a psychologist who proved the hypothesis that age does not exist and all these are just numbers in the passport. The main character is 35 years old. Her boyfriend leaves her, convinced that she is no longer suitable for the role of mother and wife, and the boss gives the position to yesterday’s student. In desperation, the girl leaves for the sea, where an accident occurs, and as a result, memory loss. An enterprising psychologist, for the purposes of his own experiment, assures the patient that she is 25.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Andrey Noskov, Maria Efremova, Yuri Kormushin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Puppet (2020)

A modern European film about a psychiatrist keeps you in suspense until the very end, not letting you know what the outcome of the thriller will be. Psychotherapist Marian moves to Scotland after a family tragedy. A woman conducts consultations, making a psychological portrait of problem children. From the very beginning, she shows herself as an insightful and sensitive specialist. Her special attention is drawn to the gloomy boy Manny – he draws terrible drawings and claims that everything he has transferred to paper comes true.

Original title:
Marionette

Genre:
Thriller, Detective

Actors:
Peter Mullan, Thekla Ryuten, Rebecca Front …

Country:
Netherlands, Luxembourg, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.9

Age Limits :
16+


He won’t let you go (2020)

The protagonist of the film, Philip, is a young psychiatrist who plunged headlong into work after the death of his son. With one of the patients – Daphne – the doctor uses experimental methods of treatment. The girl begins to feel better and even takes up writing a novel. However, after a while, Philip learns that Daphne jumped from the bridge. Soon, James, the brother of the deceased girl, appears on the threshold of his house. The man quickly rubs himself into the confidence of Philip’s daughter and wife. Gradually, the life of the family and Philip’s career are destroyed, as if a maniac is relentlessly following them.

Original title:
Every Breath You Take

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Sam Claflin…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Temptation (2019)

How to understand yourself and not lose touch with reality? How to stop returning to the past? These and other questions are answered by the film about family problems and personal disorders of the psychologist Sybil. The woman decides to leave the practice to write a book. However, she still has to be a healer of souls and a consultant for a young pregnant actress Margot – Sybil’s unexpected muse. And the revelations of this patient will forever change the life of an experienced psychotherapist.

Original title:
Sibyl

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Virginie Efira, Adele Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


State of Sanity (2017)

A dramatic film based on real events tells about a psychiatrist and his non-standard treatment methods for the 50s. Alan Stone, a physician at the Michigan State Hospital, undertakes to observe three patients who claim to be divinities. According to the plan of the doctor, three men should live in the same room and undergo joint therapy. On the one hand, Alan is driven by good intentions, because such therapy is more humane than barbaric electric shock. On the other hand, his experiment can further undermine the already disturbed psyche of schizophrenics.

Original title:
State of Mind

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Richard Gere, James Monroe Iglehart, Peter Dinklage…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


From Naples with Love (2016)

The list of the best feature films about psychologists will be continued by the family comedy , which is narrated from the perspective of a Neapolitan boy. A tragedy occurs in Ciro’s family – his father dies. All the boy’s relatives begin to patronize him excessively. And in the new private school, the young hero feels out of place, and even falls in love with a classmate. At the same time, his beautiful mother takes him to the shy, lonely psychologist Tomaso. The relationship between the boy and the psychotherapist develops into friendship and they conclude a male agreement on mutual assistance in love affairs.

Original title:
Troppo napoletano

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Serena Rossi, Luigi Esposito, Rosario Morra…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


The Ninth Life of Louis Drax (2015)

Happy at first glance, the family goes on a picnic to celebrate the birthday of 9-year-old boy Louis. However, the holiday ends in tragedy when the birthday boy falls off a cliff under mysterious circumstances. Louis plunges into a deep coma, his father disappears without a trace, and his inconsolable mother sits in a hospital bed all day. Since the case of a boy’s coma is atypical, an experienced psychotherapist takes over. To help the child, Allan Pascal decides on a bold experiment for psychology – to penetrate the mind of Louis.

Original title:
The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Genre:
Thriller, detective

Actors:
Jamie Dornan, Aiden Longworth, Sarah Gadon…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Patients (2014)

An unusual movie about a psychologist and a priest, in which some viewers will see a humorous story about a young family, while others will see an eternal dispute between atheists and believers. The main characters – Sergey and Lena – turn to different specialists to deal with family problems. The first visits an authoritative psychotherapist, the second – the rector of an Orthodox church. And if the psychologist claims that the marriage has been bursting at the seams for a long time, and Sergey needs to leave, then the priest is sure that love can still be saved.

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Pavel Barshak, Timofey Tribuntsev, Maryana Kirsanova, Dmitry Mukhamadeev, Sergei Rubashkin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Dangerous Method (2011)

The plot of the film is based on the stage play by Christopher Hampton and covers the period from 1904 to 1913. In Switzerland, a patient, Sabine Spielrein, appears in Jung’s office. The psychiatrist diagnoses – female hysteria and he manages to heal her using the psychoanalytic method of treatment of Professor Freud. Close communication between the patient and the married doctor develops into love feelings. The beautiful young woman also has a special role to play in the complex relationship between two medical luminaries – Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

Original title:
A Dangerous Method

Genre:
Thriller, drama, melodrama, biography

Actors:
Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel …

Country:
UK, Germany, Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


One Day This Pain Will Benefit You (2011)

An interesting foreign film about a teenager desperately trying to find himself with the help of psychoanalysis. James is 17 years old. Refined, vulnerable and cynical, he does not want to fit into society, dreaming of living as a hermit in a house in the Midwest. The son’s mood worries his parents, and they send him to a specialist. The events of the comedy drama unfold over several hot summer days, when James will pour out his soul to a psychotherapist, complain to his grandmother and try to seduce the girl he likes in an unconventional way.

Original title:
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Toby Regbo, Marsha Gay Harden, Peter Gallagher, Lucy Liu …

Country:
Italy, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.8

Age Limits :
12+


Special Relationship (2010)

A kind of European drama where two professionals meet – an elite prostitute Alice and a sought-after psychiatrist Javier. She is tired of sophisticated role-playing games of clients, falsehood and loneliness. He is from the constant whining of patients and their simulated problems. Their life paths will cross when Javier, in the process of divorce , will seek a meeting with a priestess of love and, on the advice of acquaintances, will turn to Alice. The special relationship of the characters will make them take a different look at themselves and the world around them.

Original title:
Sans queue ni tête

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Isabelle Huppert, Bouli Lanners, Sabil Mussadek…

Country:
France, Luxembourg, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age limit:
16+


Psychoanalyst (2009)

The film with good reviews from the audience honestly tells about a psychoanalyst from Los Angeles – a marijuana lover who has lost the meaning of life. Henry Carter was a successful psychologist who worked with Hollywood celebrities. Until his wife committed suicide. Now the man simply stopped paying attention to the people around. Then the father of the hero, who himself is a shrink, offers his son to take up the treatment of a young girl. Dr. Carter agrees, unaware of the consequences.

Original title:
Shrink

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Kevin Spacey, Mark Webber, Keke Palmer …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Insight (2009)

What is needed for happiness? Favorite job, well-being, family? The dramatic Russian film gives an ambiguous answer to this question. Psychoanalyst Anna Bochkareva helps people cope with difficult life situations. Anna’s fate has long been rolling along a knurled track, without upheavals and zigzags. However, the usual way of life collapses when a lonely, sick old man with memory loss and an interesting life philosophy meets on the path of a doctor.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Bogdan Stupka, Irina Rozanova, Olga Ivanova …

Country:
Belarus

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


When Nietzsche Wept (2007)

This film about the work of 19th century psychologists is an intellectual drama with a funny final twist. The essence of the plot is that Nietzsche and the Austrian doctor Breuer, who never met in reality, make an interesting deal. The first treats the philosopher’s migraines, the second gives the doctor the opportunity to speak out about his psychological suffering. And what will come of it, you will find out by watching an American film about human passions, fear, freedom, choice and friendship .

Original title:
When Nietzsche Wept

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Ben Cross, Armand Assante, Joanna Pakula …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


My Best Lover (2005)

Rafi, 37, has just gone through a tough divorce and is not in the best emotional state. The woman brings all the problems to her psychotherapist Lisa. And she advises the patient to forget the grievances and urgently start an affair. Rafi does just that, but her chosen one is too young, 23-year-old Dave. Relationships are formed, full of passion and irresistible attraction. However, neither Rafi nor her psychologist know yet that Dave is Lisa’s son.

Original title:
Prime

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, Brian Greenberg …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


The Antoine Fischer Story (2002)

The icing on the cake of our top films about psychologists is a story based on the autobiographical story of a black sailor who grew up in an American slum, which is worth a watch for lovers of touching stories. The difficult childhood of Antoine Fischer was stamped on his fate. A man does not trust people and sees enemies around him, which makes it difficult for him to manage his anger. A psychologist comes to Fischer’s aid. The doctor advises to find the parents who abandoned him in infancy.

Original title:
Antwone Fisher

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Derek Luke, Denzel Washington, Joy Bryant…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Son’s room (2001)

Imagine a happy and carefree Italian family. Giovanni is the head of the family, a kind man who works as a psychiatrist, a real fan of the profession, daily pulling people out of depression. Paola is a loving wife and caring mother. And two children – Irene and Andrea, cheerful, good-natured teenagers, showing great promise. One day changes everything – the day a father misses a run with his son, the day Andrea dies.

Original title:
La stanza del figlio

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jazmine Trinca…

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
0+


Analyze it (dilogue, 1999 and 2002)

The witty film about a patient and a psychologist in the crime comedy genre owes its high rating to a non-standard plot and original characters performed by Hollywood stars. Influential gangster Paul Vitti begins to notice strange behavior behind him – excessive sentimentality and pity do not fit into the portrait of a bloodthirsty bandit. People close to Paul decide to seek the help of a psychiatrist. And on their way, just such a specialist comes across – the modest and underestimated Ben Sobol.

Original title:
Analyze This

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow …

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Good Will Hunting (1997)

With a budget of $10 million and doubts from many critics about the box office success, this film hit the jackpot in the amount of $226 million and two Oscars. Wunderkind Will has incredible mathematical abilities and an absolutely explosive and uncontrollable character. Once again under arrest, the guy gets the opportunity to improve. The professor of mathematics is ready to give him a chance, but puts forward a condition – the passage of a course of psychotherapy. Communication between a 20-year-old boy and a psychologist who has seen life gradually develops into friendship.

Original title:
Good Will Hunting

Genre:
Drama, romance

Actors:
Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Ultimate Analysis (1992)

An exciting thriller with elements of a detective story tells about the psychiatrist Isaac Barr, who is in demand among forensic scientists and often acted as a profiler in court. One of his patients suffers from childhood trauma. To help the girl, the therapist meets her sister, and the relative drives Isaac crazy at first sight. Moreover, the woman is in a delicate situation – she is married to a mafia and is terribly afraid of her husband. How not to save the beautiful princess ? However, Isaac does not suspect that he is destined for the role of a pawn in a cold-blooded plan.

Original title:
Final Analysis

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Uma Thurman, Eric Roberts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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