Therapeutic & Psychological Themes In The Movies:

By Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

Movie Therapy

Movies affect many of us powerfully because the combined impact of images, music, dialogue, lighting, sound and special effects can elicit deep feelings and help us reflect on our lives. They can help us to better understand our own lives, the lives of those around us and even how our society and culture operate. They can shed light on political and spiritual matters too and can provide catharsis and perspective and may open our eyes to new ways of thinking, feeling and pursuing our lives. There are many ways to harness the power of movies to heal, grow and change. Movies have been used as an adjunct to psychotherapy and counseling as well as by themselves.In Cinema Therapy, or what has also been called Reel Therapy or Movie Therapy, clients learn to watch movies consciously and reflectively and to pay attention to the story and to themselves. They then learn to understand themselves and others more objectively in the big “movie” of their lives. Following is an incomplete list of movies that may help some people deal with some life situations.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Abuse
Addiction
Addiction, Internet
Aging & End of Life
Agoraphobia
Anti-Social Personality Disorder
Anger
Anxiety Disorder
Aspiration
Attachment: Disorganized
Attachment: Insecure
Attachment: Many Types
Attachment: Reactive
Attachment and Trauma
Attention Deficit Disorder
Authentic Self
Authority
Autism
Avoidant Personality Disorder
BDP (Bordeline)
Bipolar
Body Image
Bulimia Nervosa
Childhood Obesity
Childhood Trauma
Conduct Disorder
Consumerism
Couples
Courage
Cyclothymic Disorder
Dementia
Death
Dependent Personality Disorder
Depression
Determination

Dissociative Disorders
Divorce
Dreams, Inner Guidance
Domestic Violence
Eating Disorders
Ernest Becker
Ethics
Equine Therapy
Existential
Family Issues
Forgiveness
Germ-Phobia
Grief
Hearing Loss
Human Spirit
Humanistic/Humane/Effective
Inspiration and Hope
Intellectual Disability
Intuition
Introvert
LGBT
Loss
Love
Mental Illness
Multiple Personality
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Nurture vs Nature
Non-Traditional Therapy
OCD
Panic Disorder
Pace of Life
Passive Aggressive

Phobias
Prejudice
Psych. of Digital Age
Post-Traumatic Growth
PTSD
Rape
Relationships
Relationships, Non-Traditional
Relationships, Online
Religion
Retirement
Risk
Sacrifice
Sadomasochism
Schizoid
Schizophrenia
Self-Esteem
Self-Injury
Separation
Sexual Abuse
Sexuality
Social Justice
Spiritual Awareness
Spirituality
Stress Management
Substance Use Disorder
Suicide
Tourette’s Syndrome
Transformation
Victimhood
Vocational Issues
War
Willpower

Movie Listings

Abuse and Childhood Trauma:
A Star Is Born
A Thousand Acres
Antwone Fisher
Bastard Out of Carolina
Cider House Rules
Closet Land
Crazy Heart
Dogwalker
Drugstore Cowboy, The
Glass Castle, The
Gone Baby Gone
Good Will Hunting
I Know My First Name Is Steven
Mommie Dearest
Number 23, The
Nuts
Precious
Prince of Tides, The
Radio Flyer
Rounders
Sleepers
Slumdog Millionaire
Something About Amelia
Sybil
Three Faces of Eve
Ulee’s Gold
Ultimate Betrayal
Upside of Anger, The

Addictions:
28 Days
A Thousand Acres
Affliction
Bar Fly
Beautiful Boy
Blow
Boost, The
Clean and Sober
Courage Under Fire
Crazy Heart
Days of Wine and Roses
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Drugstore Cowboy
Flight
Ironweed
Lady Sings the Blues
Leaving Las Vegas
Morning After, The
My Name is Bill W.
Not My Kid
Panic in Needle Park
Postcards from the Edge
Rachel Getting Married
Requiem for a Dream
Sara T.: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic
Under the Influence
When a Man Loves a Woman

Addiction, Internet:
Her
Holiday, The
Love Child
Must Love Dogs
Web Junkies
You’ve Got Mail

Agoraphobia:
Aviator, The
Copycat
Intruders (2015 film)
Sparrows Dance
What About Bob?

Aging & End of Life:
56 Up
About Schmidt
Alive Inside
American Beauty
Amour
Andrew Jenks, Room 335
Another Year
Away From Her
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The
Biutiful
Bucket List
Cocoon
Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Dad
Driving Miss Daisy
Fried Green Tomatoes
Going in Style
Grey Gardens
Harold and Maude
Harry and Tonto
Iron Lady, The
Moonstruck
Nebraska
Notebook, The
Nothing in Common
On Golden Pond
Quartet
Renoir
Robot & Frank
Shootist, The
Something’s Gotta Give
Space Cowboys
Still Alice
Strangers in Good Company
Toyko Story
Young@Heart

Anti-Social Personality Disorder:
Dark Knight, The
Girl, Interrupted
Goodfellas
Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The
Hannibal Rising
Hannibal
Invisible Man, The
Kalifornia
Mother’s Day
Nightcrawler
No Country for Old Men
Pacific Heights
Rope
Seven Psychopaths
The Silence of the Lambs
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Anger and Forgiveness:
An Unfinished Life
Anger Management
Changing Lanes
Dolores Clairborne
Gandhi
Mustang, The
Straight Story, The
Upside of Anger, The

Anxiety Disorder:
Analyze This
Annie Hall

Aspiration:
Billy Elliot
Blind Side, The
Finding Forrester
Gandhi
Pay It Forward
Whale Rider

Attachment-Disorganized:
Good Will Hunting
Ordinary People
Sheltering Sky, The

Attachment-Insecure:
Cider House Rules
Cyrus
First Man
Lars and the Real Girl

Attachment – Many Types:
Harry Potter series

Attachment-Reactive:
Boarder, The (aka Troubled Child)
Child of Rage (A CBS Television movie)

Attachment and Trauma:
Prince of Tides

Attention Deficit Disorder:
Juno

Authentic Self:
Harold and Maude
Lady Bird
My Life
Nell

Authority:
Compliance
Experiment
Milgram
Molly’s Game
Post, The
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Zimbardo Prison Simulation Experiment

Autism:
32 Short Films About Glenn Gould
Accountant, The
After Thomas
Adam
Atypical
August: Osage County
Autism: The Musical
Being There
Ben X
Chocolate (2008, Thailand)
Cowboy Bebop
Cube
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Forrest Gump
Harry Potter (Lovegood)
Horse Boy, The
I am Sam
Imitation Game, The
Jane Wants a Boyfriend
Killer Diller (Piano player)
Life, animated
Loving Lampposts
Mary and Max
Mercury
Millions
Mozart & the Whale
My Name Is Khan
Ocean Heaven
Queen’s Gambit, The
Rain Man
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Serenity
Snow Cake
Story of Luke, The
Temple Grandin
Wittgenstein
Wretches and Jabberers

Avoidant Personality Disorder:
Glass Menagerie, The
Good Dick
Zelig

BDP (Bordeline):
Burney
Christensen
Crush, The
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Fear
Girl, Interrupted
Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The
Hush
Mad Love
Play Misty for Me
Silver Linings Playbook
Silverstone
Single White Female
Sleeping with the Enemy
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Thirteen
Unlawful Entry
Welcome to Me
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Wreck-It Ralph
Young Adult

Bipolar:
Biutiful
Misery
Mr. Jones
Oui, Mais
Silver Linings Playbook
Touch with Fire
Vincent and Theo

Body Image:
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Real Women Have Curves
Shallow Hal

Bulimia Nervosa:
Girl, Interrupted

Childhood Obesity:
Fed Up

Conduct Disorder:
Good Son, The

Consumerism:
Far From Heaven
Pleasantville
Supersize Me
What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Courage & Determination:
50/50
Argo
Arrival
August Rush
Breathe
Captain Phillips
Coco Before Chanel
Dunkirk
Finding Nemo
Florence Foster Jenkins
Gravity
Hotel Rwanda
Impossible, The
Juno
Lawrence of Arabia
Life of Pi
Little Buddha
Lorenzo’s Oil
Maudie
Million Dollar Baby
Most Violent Year, The
Rabbit-Proof Fence
Rocky
Secretariat
Theory of Everything, The
True Grit
Truman Show, The
Up
WALL-E
Winter’s Bone
Wipers Times
Zero Dark Thirty

Cyclothymic Disorder:
Mad Love

Dementia:
Still Alice

Dependent Personality Disorder:
School of Rock
What about Bob

Depression:
About Schmidt
American Splendor
Blue Sky
Frida
Girl Interrupted
Hours, The
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Men Don’t Leave
Number 23, The
Ordinary People

Dissociative Disorders:
Marnie
Sybil
Three Faces Of Eve
Zelig

Domestic Violence and Rape:
Accused, The
Burning Bed, The
Closet Land
Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story
Extremities
Frankie and Johnnie
Men Don’t Tell
Once Were Warriors
Precious
Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case
Rape of Richard Beck, The
She Said No
Sleeping with the Enemy
Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story
Thelma and Louise

Dreams, Inner Guidance, Intuition:
Constant Gardner
Field of Dreams
Knowing
Motorcycle Diaries
Piano, The
Places in the Heart
Star Wars

Eating Disorders:
Best Little Girl in the World, The
Center Stage
Compulsion
Cruel Intentions
Devil Wears Prada, The
Drag Me to Hell
Eating
Elephant
Feed
For the Love of Nancy
Fried Green Tomatoes
Girl, Interrupted
God Help The Girl
Gossip Girl
Karen Carpenter Story, The
Kate’s Secret
Kate’s Secret
La Grande Bouffe
Love on a Diet
Rigodon
Road Within, The
Sharing the Secret
Thin
Thinner
To Be Fat Like Me
To the Bone
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Ernest Becker:
Crossing Guard, The
Flight From Death
Masked and Anonymous

Ethics:
Mumford
Oui, Mais

Equine Therapy:
Buck
Horse Boy, The
Horse Whisperer, The
Something to Talk About

Existential:
Aguirre, Wrath of God
All About Eve
American Beauty
Birdman (w/ Michael Keaton)
Blade Runner
(Also spiritual in a non-obvious way)
Blade Runner 2049
(Also spiritual in a non-obvious way)
Decalogue (Kieslowski)
Equis
House of Games
I Heart Huckabees
Ikuru
Lawrence of Arabia
Melancholia
Ordinary People
Searchers, The
Solaris (Tarkovsky version)
Sunset Boulevard
Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The
Tree of Life
Vertigo

Grief, Loss, Death & Transformation:
Adam
A Single Man
A Song for Martin
A Warrior’s Heart
Beaches
Blue
Bridge to Terabithia
Dad
Dallas Buyers Club
Dance Me Outside
Dying Young
Enchantment
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Fisher King, The
Flags of our Fathers
Forest Gump
Frida
Ghost
How to Fold a Flag
In America
Letters From Iwo Jima
Manchester by the Sea
Men Don’t Leave
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Ordinary People
Out of Africa
Outsider, The
Rabbit Hole
Restrepo
Shadowlands
Six Weeks
Skins
Sleepless in Seattle
SLC Punk
Smoke Signals
Sophie’s Choice
Stranger in the Family
Steel Magnolias
Still Alice
Terms of Endearment
When Did You Last See Your Father
Windtalkers

Hearing Loss – Deafness:
And Your Name is Jonah
Bridge to Silence
Children of a Lesser God
Dummy
Hammer
Johnnie Belinda
Love is Never Silent
Miracle Worker
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Sound and Fury

Human Spirit, Hope & Inspiration:
Babette’s Feast
Dead Poets Society
Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The
Field of Dreams
Fisher King, The
Gandhi
Green Mile, The
Lord of the Rings
Mask of Zorro, The
Million Dollar Baby
Piano, The
Precious
Rogue One
Schindler’s List
Star Wars
Zookeeper’s Wife, The

Humanistic/Humane/Effective:
American Beauty
Babette’s Feast
Bagdad Café
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The
Billy Elliot
Brokeback Mountain
Color Purple, The
Dead Poets Society
Eat Drink Man Woman
Erin Brockovich
Forest Gump
Fried Green Tomatoes
Gandhi
Glass Castle, The
Gloria Bell
Groundhog Day
Hours, The
Hurt Locker
Joy Luck Club
King’s Speech, The
Lost in Translation
Moonstruck
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Notebook, The
On Golden Pond
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Ordinary People
Patch Adams
Piano, The
Precious
Quartet
Schindler’s List
Sideways
Silver Linings Playbook
Sophie’s Choice
What About Bob
When Harry Met Sally
Zero Dark Thirty

Intellectual Disability:
I Am Sam
Other Sister, The
Still Alice
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Introvert:
Perks of Being a Wallflower, The

LGBT:
8 the Mormon Proposition
Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The
All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre)
And the Band Played on
Bad Education
Beginners
Bird Cage
Boys Don’t Cry
But I’m a Cheerleader
Call Me by Your Name
Celluloid Closet, The
Children’s Hour, The
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean
Desert Hearts
Far from Heaven
Fire
Girls Will be Girls
Go fish
How to Survive a Plague
Imitation Game
Incredible Adventures of Two Girls in life, The
Kids Are Alright, The
Kinky boots
La Cage aux Folles
La mission
Laramie Project
Longtime Companion
Love, Simon
Marwencol
Milk
My Life in Pink
Normal
Our Sons
Outrage
Philadelphia
Prayers for Bobby
Pride
Reinas
Stranger Inside
Times of Harvey Milk, The
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Nemar
Torch Song Trilogy
Transamerica
Watermelon Woman
We Were Here
Wedding banquet
Wedding Wars

Mental Illness:
Black Swan
Don Juan De Marco
Fatal Attraction
Hours, The
House of Cards
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
King of Comedy, The
King of Hearts
Lars and the Real Girl
Mr. Jones
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Silver Linings Playbook
Young Adult

Multiple Personality:
A Double Life
A Tale of Two Sisters
Amar Akbar Anthony
Angel Heart
Anniyan
Birdman
Black Swan
Chandramukhi
Color of Night
Dark Floors
David & LOisa
Dream House
Fight Club
Fisher King, The
Frankie & Alice
Frankie and Alice
Glass
Hangover Square
House of Dracula
Hulk
Hurricane, The
Identity
Jamaica Inn
Machinist, The
Manichitrathazhu
Me, Myself and Irene
Mummy, The
My Bloody Valentine 3D
Never Talk to Strangers
Numb
Nurse Betty
Nutty Professor, The
Passion of Mind
Peacock
Perfect Blue
Primal Fear
Psycho
Psycho IV
Raising Cain
Rhodora X
Secret Window
Shutter Island
Spider-Man
Split
Sucker Punch
Sybil
Three Faces of Eve, The
Uninvited, The
Voices Within
Waking Madison
Waking Madison
Ward, The

Narcissistic Personality Disorder:
American Horror Story
Citizen Kane
Few Good Men
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Mommie Dearest
Once Were Warriors
Wall Street
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Nurture vs Nature:
Three Identical Strangers

Non-Traditional Therapy:
Good will Hunting
Harold and Maude

OCD:
A Therapy
As Good as it Gets
Breaking the Waves
Equus
Mahanubhavudu
Matchstick Man
Misery
Number 23, The
Secretary
Silver Linings Playbook
The Aviator
What About Bob?

Panic Disorder:
Sopranos, The

Pace of Life:
Groundhog Day
Multiplicity
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

Passive Aggressive:
Oui, Mais

Phobias:
Agoraphobia: Copy Cat
Germ-Phobia: As Good as it Gets
Paranoid Personality Disorder:
Conspiracy Theory
Escobar: Paradise Lost
Pawn Sacrifice
Repulsion
Vadakkunokkiyantram

Prejudice (coping with):
A Single Man
Bagdad Cafe
BlacKkKlansman
Brokeback Mountain
Color Purple, The
Crash, The
Dance Me Outside
Flags of our Fathers
Fried Green Tomatoes
Grand Canyon
Help, The
Imitation Game
Invictus
Get on the Bus
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
How to Fold a Flag
In the Heat of the Night
Jungle Fever
Leave No Trace
Letters From Iwo Jima
Milk
Mississippi’s Burning
Outsider, The
Philadelphia
Pride and Prejudice
Restrepo
Ryan White Story, The
Skins
To Kill a Mockingbird
Traffic
Visitor, The
WAR
Windtalkers

Psych. of Modern Tech-Digital Age:
Citizenfour
Her
Social Network, The

Post-Traumatic Growth:
Bucket List
Good Will Hunting
Pursuit of Happiness, The
Rudy
Seabiscuit
Secretariat
Seven Pounds
Shawshank Redemption
Unbroken

PTSD:
American Sniper
An Act of War
Best Years of Our Lives, The
Born On The Fourth of July
Coming Home
Deer Hunter, The
Don’t Say a Word
First Blood
Forrest Gump
Haider
Hurt Locker, The
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
In Country
Iron Man 3
Jacob’s Ladder
Kung Fu Panda 2
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Mystic River
Naaigal Jaakirathai
On My Block
Ordinary People
Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian
Saving Private Ryan
Thank You For Your Service
The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Valley of Elah

Relationships & Love:
Accidental Tourist, The
As Good as it Gets
Before Midnight
Before Sunset
Blade Runner 2049
Blue Valentine
Closer
Crimes of the Heart
Descendents, The
Eat Drink Man Woman
Education, An
English Patient, The
Enough Said
Father of the Bride
Frankie and Johnnie
Gathering, The
Good Mother, The
High Fidelity
Hot Spells
Joy Luck Club
Juliet, Naked
Kids Are All Right, The
King’s Speech, The
Last Chance Harvey
Last Hangman, The
Little Miss Sunshine
Lost in Translation
Memories of Me
Moonstruck
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Once
Ordinary People
Parenthood
Phantom Thread
Philadelphia Story
Postcards From the Edge
Pretty Woman
Safe Passage
Secret Lives of Dentists
Sideways
Singles
Sliding Doors
Stanley and Iris
Story of Us, The
Soul Food
Steel Magnolias
Two Family House
Under the Tuscan Sun
Victor, Victoria
Walk on the Moon, A
War of the Roses
Way We Were, The
We Have a Pope
When Harry Met Sally
You Can Count on Me

Relationships, Non-Traditional:
Beginners
Blue Is the Warmest Color
Lobster, The
Philadelphia
Single Man, A
Words and Pictures

Relationships, Online:
Her
Men, Women and Children

Retirement:
About Schmidt
Artist, The
Baby Boom
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The
Broke
Bucket List, The
Gran Torino
Harry and Tonto
On Golden Pond
Quartet

Risk:
Apollo 13
Erin Brockovich
Full Monty, The
Sliding Doors

Sacrifice:
It’s a Wonderful Life
Lord of the Rings
Sophie’s Choice

Sadomasochism:
Fifty Shades of Grey
Misery

Schizoid:
Misery
Mumford
Secretary

Schizophrenia:
55 Steps
A Beautiful Mind
Bug
Clean Shaven
Conspiracy Theory
Dear John
Foxcatcher
Jupiter’s Wife
King of Hearts
Proof
Shine
Soloist, The
Strange Voices
Take Shelter
Through A Glass Darkly
Vadakkumnadhan
Voices, The

Self-Esteem:
Gattaca
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Other Sister, The
Sliding Doors

Self-Injury:
Girl, Interrupted
Lust for Life
Piano Teacher, The
Secretary
Thirteen

Separation & Divorce:
Kramer vs. Kramer
Story of Us, The
Under the Tuscan Sun

Sexual Abuse:
A Thousand Acres
Bad Education
Black Snake Moan
Cider House Rules
Dolores Clairborne
Mystic River
Precious
Sleepers

Sexuality:
50 Shades of Grey
Bliss
Bull Durham
Kinsey
Prom, The
Sessions, The
Working Girls

Social Justice:
Angela’s Ashes
Constant Gardner
Erin Brockovich
Green Book
Hotel Rwanda
Made in Dagenham
Motorcycle Diaries
Selma

Spirituality and Religion:
Apostle, The
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Contact
Last Temptation of Christ, The
Razor’s Edge, The
Resurrection

Spirituality and Spiritual Awareness:
Avatar
City of Angels
Hereafter
It’s a Wonderful Life
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Made In Heaven
Powder
What Dreams May Come

Stress Management:
Happy

Substance Use Disorder:
8 Million Ways to Die – alcohol
24 Hour Party People – heroin, cocaine, methadone, MDMA
28 Days – Oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, benzodiazepines, alcohol
A Day at the Beach – alcohol
A Scanner Darkly – amphetamines, methamphetamine, cannabis, cocaine
Across the Universe – morphine, LSD, cannabis
Airplane! – cocaine, amphetamines, inhalants, alcohol
Almost Famous – hydrocodone (Vicodin), alcohol, LSD, cannabis
American Psycho – cocaine, alcohol, temazepam, steroids, MDMA, cannabis
Apartment, The – barbiturates
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans – heroin, cocaine, hydrocodone, alcohol, cannabis
Basketball Diaries, The – heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, barbiturates, alcohol, cannabis
Big Chill, The – cocaine, methaqualone (Quaaludes), alcohol, cannabis
Bigger Than Life – cortisol
Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down, The – heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, MDMA, Viagra, cannabis
Bringing Out the Dead – heroin, alcohol
Broken Vessels – methamphetamine, heroin
Candy – heroin/morphine, methadone, MDMA, cannabis
Casino – morphine, cocaine, alcohol
Christiane F. –heroin, PCP, alcohol, temazepam, diazepam, MDMA, cannabis
Crow, The – morphine, cocaine, alcohol, cannabis
Cruel Intentions – cocaine, alcohol
Days of Wine and Roses – alcohol
Dead Ringers – hydromorphone, amphetamines, barbiturates, alcohol
Departed, The – cocaine, lorazepam
Easy Rider – cocaine, alcohol, LSD, cannabis
Ed Wood – morphine
Enter the Void – methamphetamine, cocaine, alcohol, MDMA, LSD, cannabis
Factory Girl – heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, amphetamines, temazepam, lorazepam, cannabis
Flight – heroin, cocaine, alcohol
Fresh – heroin, cocaine, alcohol
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – morphine, cocaine, alcohol, cannabis
Goodfellas – heroin, cocaine, amphetamines
Hangover, The – cocaine, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), alcohol, MDMA
Hannibal – morphine, temazepam
Heroes for Sale – morphine
I Smile Back – cocaine, alcohol
In Vanda’s Room – heroin
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – methamphetamine, cocaine, inhalants, alcohol, ketamine, MDMA, LSD, cannabis
Jennifer on My Mind – heroin
Jesus’ Son – heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, opium, alcohol, diazepam, LSD,
Jungle Fever – cocaine
Leaving Las Vegas – alcohol
Less Than Zero – cocaine, alcohol
Lights in the Dusk – alcohol
Long Day’s Journey Into Night – morphine, alcohol
Loser Takes It All, The – alcohol
Lost Weekend, The – alcohol
Love is the Drug – cocaine, hydrocodone, alcohol, codeine, Viagra, cannabis
Love Liza – huffing gasoline
Magnolia – morphine, cocaine, MDMA
Man with the Golden Arm, The – heroin
Monkey on My Back – morphine
More –heroin, amphetamines, barbiturates, alcohol, LSD, cannabis
Morning Patrol – alcohol
Mystery of the Wax Museum – morphine, alcohol
Nee-Na – alcohol
New Jack City – cocaine
On the Road –morphine, amphetamines, alcohol, cannabis
One Perfect Day – morphine, amphetamines, codeine, temazepam, MDMA, cannabis
Orange County – morphine, amphetamines, alcohol, MDMA, cannabis
Panic in Needle Park, The – heroin
Permanent Midnight – heroin, cocaine, methadone
Playing God – morphine, fentanyl, amphetamines
Postcards from the Edge – heroin, cocaine
Pulp Fiction – heroin, cocaine
Pure Shit – heroin
Pure – heroin, cocaine, alcohol, cannabis
Requiem for a Dream – heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, barbiturates, alcohol, benzodiazepines, MDMA, LSD, cannabis
Rush – 1991 heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, cannabis
Salton Sea, The – methamphetamine, alcohol
Scarface – heroin, cocaine, methaqualone (Quaaludes)
Sherlock Holmes – morphine, cocaine
Shining, The – alcohol
Sid and Nancy – heroin, cocaine, methadone
Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman – alcohol
Someone To Run With – heroin, cocaine
Spun – methamphetamine, amphetamine
Struggle, The – alcohol
Taxi Driver – opioids, alcohol
Thirteen – cocaine, inhalants, alcohol, LSD, cannabis
To Write Love on Her Arms – alcohol, cocaine
Trainspotting – heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, methadone, amobarbital, alcohol
Trash – heroin
Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, The – opium, alcohol
Udta Punjab – Cocaine, alcohol
Valley of the Dolls – amphetamines, barbiturates
Way Back, The (2020 film) – 2020 alcohol
When a Man Loves a Woman – alcohol
Wolf of Wall Street, The – cocaine, alcohol
Zodiac – cocaine, alcohol, diazepam, cannabis

Suicide:
Red Desert

Tourette’s Syndrome:
Road Within, The

Trauma:
See Abuse, PTSD, War

Victimhood:
American Psycho
Bones
Hannibal
Law & Order
Munich
Paradise Now
Se7en
Serbian
Split
Tell Me Your Secrets
The Wolf of Wall Street
Unafraid
Victim

Vocational Issues:
Company Man, The
Erin Brockovich
Full Monty, The
Jerry Maguire
Patch Adams
Up in the Air

War (Horrors of and Aftermath):
A Very Long Engagement
American Sniper
Black Hawk Down
Casualties Of War
Cold Mountain
Courage Under Fire
Dear John
Dr. Strangelove
Full Metal Jacket
Gettysburg
Gone with the Wind
Hamburger Hill
Hurt Locker
Lincoln
Lions For Lambs
MASH
Paths of Glory
Pianist, The
Platoon
Saving Private Ryan
Zero Dark Thirty

Willpower:
Bend it Like Beckham
Blind Side, The
Bohemian Rhapsody
Cast Away
Cinderella Man
Fighter, The
Gladiator
Good Night and Good Luck
Horse Whisperer, The
Hugo
Invictus
Julie & Julia
King’s Speech, The
Lorenzo’s Oil
Million Dollar Baby
Moneyball
Pianist, The
Piano, The
Princess Bride, The
Ray
Seabiscuit
Shawshank Redemption
Social Network, The
Whiplash

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