Movie Survey Results


Best and Worst Movie Portrayals of Mental Illness and its Treatment
Psychmovies.com Survey 
 
Click here for a detailed summary of the study, which was presented at the 2009 meeting of the American Psychological Association. This will open in a new window.
 

Best Portrayal of Mental Illness in the Movies
1) A Beautiful Mind (46%)
2) Ordinary People (19%)
3) Girl, Interrupted (18%)
4) As Good As It Gets (17%)
5) Rain Man (11%)
6) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (6%)
7) Sybil (5%)
8) Silence of the Lambs (2%)
9) Memento (2%)

Worst Portrayal of Mental Illness In the Movies
1) Me, Myself, and Irene (57%)
2) Psycho (19%)
3) Analyze This (17%)
4) What About Bob? (15%)
5) Silence of the Lambs (14%)
6) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (6%)
7) The Prince of Tides (4%)

Best Portrayal of Treatment/Treating Professional in the Movies
1) Good Will Hunting (27%)
2) Ordinary People (22%)
3) A Beautiful Mind (19%)
4) Awakenings (17%)
5) Patch Adams (12%)
6) K-Pax (12%)
7) Girl, Interrupted (10%)
8) Sybil (8%)
9) As Good As It Gets (5%)

Worst Portrayal of Treatment/Treating Professional in the Movies

1) The Prince of Tides (35%)


2) What About Bob? (32%)


3) Analyze This (22%)


4) Color of Night (22%)


5) Silence of the Lambs (20%)


6) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (19%)