If you're looking for a movie that will teach you something about psychology, look no further than the following titles. These films explore mental illness from all sides—the patients and their families, as well as doctors and other health professionals who try to help them. In each case, the focus is on how these conditions affect people's lives and what they mean for their future.

The Upside of Being Ugly

The Upside of Being Ugly is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Levine and written by Andrea Seigel, based on a story by Seigel and Levine. The film stars Kevin James, Kathryn Hahn and Marisa Tomei. It tells the story of George (James), a male plastic surgeon who has been disfigured in a car accident but decides to start his own business after realizing that he can help others like him.

The film's cast also includes Ashley Judd as Mandy (who becomes George's first client) and Romany Malco as Michael (who becomes second client).


Shattered is a 1992 film based on a true story of how one woman's nervous breakdown led to her being institutionalized. The movie stars Melanie Griffith and Billy Burke as two people who become romantically involved while both are at an institution for the mentally ill.

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia is a 2009 American comedy-drama film about food writer Julie Powell, who writes a blog about cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in one year. The film stars Meryl Streep as the titular character, who must balance her love life with her new job and writing responsibilities while working through each recipe.

The film was written by Nora Ephron (who also directed), based on "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck (which was also adapted into an Emmy-winning TV series). Ephron chose to write this particular story because she wanted to explore how someone could become so consumed with their passion that they become obsessed with it—and what happens when that obsession gets out of control?

Hollywood can turn even the most stressful problems into a fun and funny story.

Hollywood can turn even the most stressful problems into a fun and funny story.

The Upside of Being Ugly is about a woman who lives with her mother, but she doesn't have much money or social skills. She ends up in therapy because she's being bullied by her coworkers at work, which makes things even worse for her mental health. It's a funny movie because it shows how people react differently when they're stressed out—especially women!

Shattered also has this theme: A woman who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after surviving an attack finds herself unable to stay away from danger or crowds where there might be more victims like herself. Her therapist says that she needs to learn how to cope with stress without taking such drastic action (like self-harm) just so they can go back home again safely without getting hurt anymore...


Hollywood has a way of making even the most stressful problems seem fun and entertaining. From the ups and downs of relationships to the struggles of finding your dream job, these movies give audiences a window into what life is like for those who struggle with mental health issues every day.

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