Movies about psychiatric hospitals

List of the best movies about psychiatric hospitals selected by visitors to our portal: Crazy About Her, You Shall Not Sleep, The Devil Inside, The Mountain, 10 Days in a Madhouse, Ouija, At Eternity's Gate, Life Feels Good, The Kettering Incident, Mermaid Down.

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Crazy About Her (2021)
PlotLove, Mental disorders, Obsession with love
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Spain
StyleLight, Fascinating

After a magical night together, Adri voluntarily turns himself into the psychiatric institution where Carla lives.

You Shall Not Sleep (2018)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountrySpain, Argentina, Uruguay
PlotDeath, Experiments, Ghosts
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Cemetery, Abandoned houses
StylePsychological problems, Heavy, Tense, Depressive, Disturbing

In an abandoned psychiatric hospital, a theatre group experiments with insomnia for the preparation of a stage play. With the passage of days without sleep, they reach new thresholds of perception that expose them to the secrets of the place and the energies that inhabit it. When Bianca, a young, promising actress, joins the cast, competing for the lead role, she must survive not only the intensity of the work and her cast mates, but the unknown force that is pulling them towards a tragic outcome.

The Devil Inside (2012)
Markimdb: 4.2
CharactersSerial killers, Mothers
PlotInvestigation, Death, Supernatural
PlaceItaly, Psychiatric hospitals, USA
StyleTwisted plot, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.

The Mountain (2019)
Markimdb: 5.5
PlacePsychiatric hospitals

1950s America. Since his mother‘s confinement to an institution, Andy has lived in the shadow of his stoic father. A family acquaintance, Dr. Wallace Fiennes, employs the introverted young man as a photographer to document an asylum tour advocating for his increasingly controversial lobotomy procedure.

10 Days in a Madhouse (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
PlotOn real events, Undercover
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, USA, New York
Time19th century
StyleAction, By books, Depressive, Serious

Nellie Bly, a 23 year-old reporter for Joseph Pulitzer, goes undercover in the notorious Blackwell's Island women's insane asylum in order to expose corruption, abuse and murder.

Ouija (2014)
Markimdb: 4.5
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CharactersTeens, Monsters, Sisters
PlotSupernatural, Ghosts, Cheating, Fear, Wiji board
PlacePsychiatric hospitals
StyleTense, Creepy, Serious, Disturbing

A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

At Eternity's Gate (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, biography
CountryRepublic of Ireland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, France, USA
CharactersGeniuses, Artists, Artists
PlotOn real events, Obsession, Loneliness, Mental disorders, Religious
PlaceNature, Psychiatric hospitals, France, Hospitals
Time19th century
StylePsychological problems, Heavy, Touching, Disturbing

Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.

Life Feels Good (2013)
Markimdb: 7.7
CharactersDisabled people
PlotLove, Death
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Poland
StyleTouching, Serious, Sad ones

Mateusz is an intelligent, romantic young man tragically trapped inside his own body, suffering from severe cerebral palsy that makes speech and controlled movement nearly impossible. Born into a loving family, Mateusz’s protected world is shattered when circumstances place him in an institution where he is misunderstood and mistreated. Featuring an astonishing, virtuoso lead performance, Life Feels Good beautifully recounts the true story of one man’s extraordinary efforts to endure in the face of impossible odds.

The Kettering Incident (2016)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama, crime, detective
PlotInvestigation, Chase, Mystery, Missing people, Lost memory
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, London, Small cities
StyleFascinating, Tense, Disturbing

Anna Macy left Kettering when she was just 14, shortly after her best friend, Gillian Baxter mysteriously disappeared. The two girls had been playing in the forbidden forests outside Kettering when they saw strange lights in the sky. Eight hours later, Anna was found alone, terrified and covered in blood. 15 years on, Anna returns to find the town struggling to survive. The forests have been marked for logging and the community is being torn apart by passionate but violent clashes between environmentalists and the local loggers.

Mermaid Down (2019)
Markimdb: 5.3
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, detective
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersMonsters, Mermaids
PlaceSea, Psychiatric hospitals
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Depressive

A mermaid is ripped from the Pacific, her tail is chopped off and she's thrown into a mental home where no one believes she is a mermaid.

The Lady in the Van (2015)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersBikers, Family, Writers, Friends, Losers
PlotLove, On real events, Cars, Motorcycles, Friendship
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, England, Cemetery, London
StyleBy books, Touching

The true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

Patrick (2013)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrehorror, fantastic, drama
PlotSuperpowers, Supernatural, Telekinesis
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Hospitals, USA
StyleTense, Serious, Disturbing

Patrick lays comatose in a small private hospital, his only action being his involuntary spitting. When a pretty young nurse, just separated from her husband, begins work at the hospital, she senses that Patrick is communicating with her, and he seems to be using his psychic powers to manipulate events in her life.

Vincent Wants to Sea (2010)
Markimdb: 7
CharactersPsychologists, Friends, Losers, Partners
PlotCars, Anorexia, Friendship, Mental disorders
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Germany

Vincent, a young man who suffers from Tourette's syndrome, has just lost his mother. His father, a successful politician, does not want to take care of him and therefore places him into a mental institution. He is put into a room with Alexander, a guy with a compulsive disorder, and is shown around by Marie, an anorectic girl.

The Ward (2010)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
PlotSurvival, Split personality, Supernatural, Mental disorders, Ghosts
PlacePsychiatric hospitals
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Serious

A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost.

Ravenswood (2017)
Markimdb: 4.5
Genrehorror, thriller
PlotSupernatural, Ghosts
PlacePsychiatric hospitals

When 4 American tourists - Sofia, Carl, Belle and Michael - go on a ghost tour, they get much more than they bargained for, when the ghosts of an evil Doctor and his last patient victim trap them in the old abandoned psychiatric ward.

Sanatorium (2013)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrehorror, thriller
PlotSupernatural, Life after death, Ghosts
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Hospitals, USA
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense, Serious

On a bitterly cold December night, a paranormal investigations team has set their sights on the bloody Hillcrest Sanatorium to answer the age old question: Is there life after death? With rumours of hauntings and local children gone missing, they may just get their answer the hard way when members of the team mysteriously disappear, leaving behind unnerving evidence.

Ingrid Goes West (2017)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersDogs, Artists, Photographers, Friends, Girlfriends
PlotLove, Passion, Cars, Fight, Money
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Party, Deserts, Beach, USA
StyleLight, Fascinating, Makes me think

Ingrid becomes obsessed with a social network star named Taylor Sloane who seemingly has a perfect life. But when Ingrid decides to drop everything and move west to be Taylor's friend, her behaviour turns unsettling and dangerous.

Nise: The Heart of Madness (2016)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, biography, history
PlacePsychiatric hospitals
StyleLight, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

After being released from prison, Dr. Nise da Silveira is back at work in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeirom where she refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock in the treatment of schizophrenics. Ridiculed by doctors, she is forced to take on the abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she would start a revolution through paintings, animals and love.

Black Snow (2017)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryArgentina, Spain
CharactersDogs, Brothers
PlotCars, Fight, Death, Mental disorders, Snow
PlaceAircraft, Mountains, Forest, Psychiatric hospitals, Kitchen
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

Accused of killing his brother during adolescence, Salvador lives alone in the middle of Patagonia. Several decades later, his brother Marcos and his sister-in-law Laura, come to convince him to sell the lands they share by inheritance.

Greystone Park (2012)
Markimdb: 3.2
Genrehorror, thriller
PlotOn real events, Supernatural, Dolls, Mental disorders, Ghosts
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Hospitals, Abandoned houses, USA
StyleSerious, Disturbing

In October 2009, the filmmakers went into an abandoned psychiatric hospital to explore the 'haunted' institution, famous for its radical treatment of patients with mental illness. Electroshock, insulin therapy, and lobotomies were commonplace. Once inside, the filmmakers quickly discovered that they were not alone.