Psychotherapy in the movies
tourist The Accidental Tourist (1988) After the death of his son, Macon Leary, a travel writer, seems to be sleep walking through life. Macon's wife seems to be having trouble too, and thinks it would be best if the two would just split up. After the break up, Macon meets a strange outgoing woman, who seems to bring him back down to earth. After starting a relationship with the outgoing woman, Macon's wife seems to think that their marriage is still worth a try. Macon is then forced to deal with many decisions. DVD
bob What About Bob? (1991)Starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. A new patient appears at a psychiatrist's door. He has every possible insecurity in the world. The amazingly successful shrink gives him a copy of his new book, Baby Steps, and goes off on vacation. Bob, the patient, discovers where the doc has gone and appears at the vacation site, forever changing the shrink's family relationships. VHS DVD
sober Clean And Sober (1988) Michael Keaton plays Daryl Poynter, a hot shot real estate agent who just happens to have a cocaine and drinking problem. One morning, he wakes up to find a dead woman in his bed (someone he had been partying with the night before) from a cocaine overdose. He also just happens to receive a phone call from his employers telling him a huge sum of money is missing from one of his accounts. In a panic, Daryl decides to check into a drug rehab to hide from the law, where he meets tough cookie Morgan Freeman. A recovering addict himself, he now works as a drug counselor, and knows all the tricks Daryl tries to pull. Soon Daryl discovers he just might be in the right place, after all. DVD
when When A Man Loves A Woman (1994) An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter's safety. While the woman enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behavior. DVD
bloom Desert Bloom (1986) The story involves Rose Chismore's youth. She flashes back and remembers her coming-of-age. Her recollections are sometimes less than sweet, particularly those of her troubled and alcoholic step-father. Her memories of Robin, her first love, are much happier and she also recalls her colorful Aunt Starr -- who's visit is fun but also detrimental to her family's health. The setting of 1950s Las Vegas' bomb testing is increasingly significant to the development of the story. VHS DVD
billw My Name Is Bill W. (1989) Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker who's life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's must come to grips with his alcoholism. He forms a support group with fellow drunk (James Garner) that would eventually become Alcoholic's Anonymous.VHS DVD
shine Shine (1996) This tearjerker by Australian filmmaker Scott Hicks is a surprising story about real-life classical pianist David Helfgott, an Australian who rose to international prominence at a very young age in the 1950s and '60s, and suffered a psychological collapse after enduring years of abuse from his father VHS DVD
repulsion Repulsion (1965) The young Catherine Deneuve plays a Belgian girl stranded in '60s London, a shy beauty with no social skills. When her sister leaves their shared flat, Deneuve goes gradually, quietly, completely mad. VHS DVD
iris Iris (2001)  True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease. DVD
kinggeorge The Madness of King George (1994)   Adapted for the screen from Alan Bennett's hit London stage production by Bennett himself, The Madness of King George is an ebullient, witty, and surprisingly sympathetic portrait of the insanity of politics and the politics of insanity.VHS DVD
awakenings Awakenings (1990)  Based on the acclaimed book by neurologist Oliver Sacks, director Penny Marshall's hit 1990 drama stars Robin Williams as Dr. Malcolm Sayer. Sayer is a neurologist who discovers that the drug L-Dopa can be used to "unlock" patients in a mental hospital from the mysterious sleeping sickness that has left them utterly immobilized. VHS DVD
henry Regarding Henry (1991)  This 1991 Mike Nichols (Wolf) film stars Harrison Ford as a big-shot cold-hearted lawyer who gets a bullet in his brain during a holdup. The film de-emphasizes the traumas of recovery to focus on the title character's personality change after the fact.. VHS
nuts Nuts (1987)  A strong-willed woman launches a fierce battle to prove her mental competence to stand trial for manslaughter. Richard Dreyfuss plays her hapless legal aid attorney.  VHS DVD
cuckoo One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)  Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. VHS DVD
good As Good As It Gets (1997)  Jack Nicholson won an Academy Award for his portrayal of dysfunctional, acid-tongued romance novelist Melvin Udall, who suffers from an obsessive-compulsive disorder. VHS DVD
lilian Lilian's Story (1995)  For forty years Lilian Singer has been locked up in a 'loony bin' by her father. Her release is eventually secured by her eccentric Aunt Kitty and her brother, John. Lilian starts to carve out a place for herself. As she explores Sydney and the people who live and work around her she sees others looking for love. Lilian shows us it is never too late to change your life and that even unusual choices can bring contentment. DVD
cosi Cosi (1996)  In this Australian comedy, adapted by Louis Nowra from his own play and updated from a '70s to a '90s setting, a Sydney slacker gets the chance to stage an opera, but his cast is assembled from the ranks of the mentally ill. VHS DVD
warriors Once Were Warriors (1994)  For her role as a woman buffeted by her drunken husband and her angry, bawdy, gangster son, Rena Owen was honored with a best actress award at the Montreal World Film Festival in 1994.. VHS DVD
creatures Heavenly Creatures (1994)  Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship. VHS DVD
piano The Piano (1993)  The Piano lushly visualizes the emotional complexities of a 19th century woman's sexual awakening. Mute in a world that silences women, Ada has to find other means to express her responses to the untamed New Zealand landscape, her stiff husband Stewart, and the sensualist Baines. The Piano won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Oscars for Hunt, Paquin, and Campion's screenplay. DVD
angel An Angel at My Table (1990)  New Zealand writer Janet Frame, who suffered the death of two siblings as a child, was wrongly diagnosed as mentally ill. She was institutionalised for eight years and received over two hundred shock therapy treatments. VHS
sweetie Sweetie (1989)  Explores sisters, in their twenties, their parents, and family dysfunctions. Kay is gangly and slightly askew. Sweetie is plump, imperious, self-centered, and seriously mentally ill. The parents see none of the illness. Slowly, the film exposes how the roots of Sweetie's illness have choked Kay's own development. VHS
happiness Happiness (1998)  At times brilliant and insightful, at times repellent and false, Happiness is director Todd Solondz's multistory tale of sex, perversion, and loneliness. Plumbing depths of Crumb-like angst and rejection, Solondz won the Cannes International Critics Prize in 1998 VHS DVD
celebration The Celebration (1998)  The Father turns 60. His family, which is a big one of the kind, gathers to celebrate him on a castle. Everybody likes and respects the father deeply...or do they? Dutch with English subtitles VHS