19 Movies for Anxiety and Depression

19 Movies for Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression can be debilitating or isolating, but there are movies out there that capture what it’s like. Even better, there are movies that can help.

We asked Pacifica users to list their favorite movies for dealing with anxiety and depression. Here are some of their favorites:

Movies for Anxiety and Depression

  1. Inside Out

    Inside Out - #1 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “Inside Out was amazing. It made me laugh and cry and really invested me in the characters. It really showed me that my depression doesn’t have to be what I make it out to be. You learn through those experiences, and you use them to be happy in the future. Great film.”
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    “Inside Out has lifted me up a lot while going through the worst of my depression. The importance of having both joy AND sadness in your life really spoke to me.”
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  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Perks of Being a Wallflower - #2 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It has a great understanding of what being anxious and depressed is like and makes me feel less lonely.”
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    “The Perks of Being a Wallflower is amazing because it acknowledges hardships like depression, PTSD, and such but it also shows how wonderful life can be.”
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  3. Big Hero 6

    Big Hero 6 - #3 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “I absolutely love watching Big Hero 6! I can’t get enough of it.”
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    “Big Hero 6 is just so cute it makes me happy.”
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  4. Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook - #4 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “Silver Linings Playbook never fails to make me feel better about myself and my daily battle with mental illness.”
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    “Silver Linings Playbook is a great movie. It’s so hilarious, yet genuine and somewhat relatable. It always make me laugh and lifts my spirit.”
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  5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off - #6 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “Ferris Bueller’s Day off’- great teen film. Makes me happy.”
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    “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off makes me so happy :)”
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  6. It’s Kind of a Funny Story

    It's Kind of a Funny Story - #6 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “It’s Kind of a Funny Story is so damn relatable, plus it’s adorably cute and always gives me hope.”
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    “It’s Kind of a Funny Story saved my life.”
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  7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - #7 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “I personally like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It inspires me to go out and explore the world instead of just daydreaming about it! And the soundtrack is BEAUTIFUL?”
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  8. Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting - #8 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “I personally love the movie Good Will Hunting (about a guy that is really smart but wasn’t given great circumstances in his life and gets to know a professor because he’s a math genius. Both him and the professor bond over their troubled past and the film ends in a very happy way despite all the sad moments. There are also lots of jokes).”
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    “Good will hunting is very inspirational.”
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  9. Finding Neverland

    Finding Neverland - #9 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “My therapist once recommended the movie Finding Neverland. After it was over, i cried, almost uncontrollably like when you held it in for so long. It was a great experience and a great movie.
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    “Finding Neverland was the movie that inspired me to keep a journal everyday and just write whatever pops into my head.”
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  10. Girl Interrupted

    Girl Interrupted - #10 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “Girl, Interrupted with Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg, Angelina Jolie, etc. Excellent cast of actors that bring out the depth of their characters who can be flawed, but always-as in life-have some good in them. If you feel like you’re going insane, watch this.”
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    “Girl, interrupted’ such a beautiful film.”
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  11. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - #11 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is a beautiful movie.?”
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    “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Every single time I watch it.”
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  12. Dead Poets Society

    Dead Poet's Society - #12 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “Dead poet’s society is a movie that always makes me feel just the right mixture of strong emotions and happiness.”
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    “Dead Poets Society is a classic. Salute to Robin Williams with this post for his role as Mr. Keating.”
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  13. Lilo & Stitch

    Lilo and Stitch - #13 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “Lilo & Stitch – I have such a deep emotional connection to the story. Two unique individuals that don’t fit in find each other and form the strongest bond. I fall in love and cry every time I watch it as it gives me hope that my unique, quirky ways will make me find happiness.”
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    “Lilo & Stitch always makes me really happy and I love to watch it when I’m feeling down.”
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  14. Breakfast Club

    Breakfast Club - #14 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “The breakfast club is one of my favorites. It shows the coming together of five very different individuals in a Saturday detention and proving that you can find friends in unlikely places if you just give what your not used to a chance. ? i highly recommend it.”
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    “The Breakfast Club. Aside from the awesome soundtrack, the realness of each character and those few hours in detention reminded me I was not alone.”
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  15. Amélie

    Amélie - #15 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “Amelie is one of my favorites! It’s especially uplifting for folks who are struggling with the single life, looking for love. It also shows the power of imagination.?”
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    “Amélie is a French film, but does have English subtitles. It is probably one of the cutest yet mature films I have seen! I highly recommend it if your looking for something different.”
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  16. Edward Scissorhands

    Edward Scissorhands - #16 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “Edward Scissorhands is one of my favorite movies. There is so much depth to that movie. Edward’s character is one I really relate to- he’s an artist, misunderstood and has a deep desire to create but feels all he does is destroy. People are quick to turn on him because they don’t understand him. He longs for love but can’t touch any human like we can. It makes me cry but it’s so beautiful. The music is amazing too.”
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    “Edward Scissorhands! I love that movie and it always makes me feel happier.”
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  17. Frank

    Frank - #17 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “Frank starring Michael Fassbender. Funny, relatable and uplifting.”
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    “A really good movie to watch is Frank, It’s on Netflix for whoever’s interested.”
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  18. Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump - #18 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “Watching Forrest Gump. Such an inspirational movie.”
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    “I fall in love with Forrest Gump every time I watch it. It calms me down, cheers me up, and relaxes me.
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  19. Into The Wild

    Into The Wild - #19 Movie for Anxiety and Depression
    “Into the Wild is the BEST MOVIE I’VE SEEN IN MY LIFE. (I couldn’t stop crying while I was watching, but it inspired me so much).”
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    “x Into the Wild x fantastic movie about a boy who leave a his rich parents to travel without money to Alaska. He meets the most kindest strangers and the adventure is so inspiring.”
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