10 Movies About Gaslighting and Unhealthy Relationships


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10 Movies About Gaslighting and Unhealthy Relationships

Gaslighting is a term that has become more well known in the past few years. Maybe people are realizing they are in unhealthy relationships. Maybe couples are fighting more intelligently and want to avoid gaslighting each other. Whatever the case may be, it's becoming a well-known term.

If you're still unsure or unaware of it, or, are worried you're in a relationship with gaslighting tendencies don't worry. We've found 10 movies about gaslighting and unhealthy relationships that are accurate and cautionary tales. If you see yourself in any of the characters or recognize a traits your partner shares, you might be in a gaslighting scenario.

Watch these movies to make sure and then proceed accordingly!

1. Mrs. Doubtfire

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Mrs. Doubtfire might be one of your favorite movies but if you dissect it, it's pretty manipulative! A divorced Dad dresses up as an old lady to spy on his kids and ex-wife while trying to sabotage her new relationship. Holy moly! Good thing it's only a movie. If you see similar gaslighting tendencies in your relationship... run!

2. The Girl on the Train

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Girl on the Train is one wild ride, pun intended. The book (which frankly, is better than the movie but I digress) was an instant classic and rightfully so. Emily Blunt plays Rachel, an alcoholic who hasn't healed from her divorce. Without spoiling too much, Rachel has to figure out the truth on her own after witnessing a murder.

3. Passengers

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Jennifer Lawrence gets to wake up to Chris Pratt but it's not her ideal situation. Again, I won't spoil anything but manipulation, dishonesty, and frankly some psychotic ideas are strung through this 2016 film. Watch it alone or else you might get pissy around a group of people or worse, your significant other.

4. What Lies Beneath

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I love this movie so much. It's a fantastic thriller with a twist you won't see coming. Or maybe you will if you're experiencing some of the same gaslighting themes in What Lies Beneath. Lying, manipulation, and the popular gaslighting technique of alternating blame. When Michelle Pfeiffer sees visions of a dead college student, her nearest and dearest convince her she's "crazy". But is she?

5. Enough

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This movie is about spousal abuse as well as mental and psychological tourture. If you are experiencing any of the same treatment that Slim (played by Jennifer Lopez) is experiencing seek help. This movie is an example of how not to live, or deal, with a partner.

If you or someone you know is in an unsafe relationship call The National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

6. Fear

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Another example of psychological torture and gaslighting this time at the hands of Marky Mark. Fear is a fantastic movie that'll make you reassess your relationship if you find similarities. If your partner is anything like Mark Wahlberg he'll be turning you against your family and that's a product of gaslighting. I don't care how many abs he has, get outta there girl!

7. Sleeping with the Enemy

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Julia Roberts stars as Laura, a young bride who is desperate to run away from her abusive husband and toxic gaslighting relationship. She concocts a plan to disappear but running from toxic relationships isn't as easy as it may seem. A great film to remind those suffering that your self worth is more important than an unhealthy relationship.

8. Gaslight

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We've discussed, Gaslight in detail but why not watch the movie that started it all!

9. Double Jeopardy

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This amazing movie does not get the credit it deserves. Sure, it's about gaslighting and manipulation at the hands of Ashley Judd's husband, but it's still a great movie. If you see anything remotely similar with the characters in this film, it's probably time to reassess your relationship. Or else you might be buried alive in a grave in New Orleans.

10. Overboard

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When heiress, Joanna Stayton (Goldie Hawn) suffers from amnesia, Dean Proffitt (Kurt Russell) sees it as an opportunity to get the money she owes him, by telling her they're married. He puts her through the ringer; chores, motherly duties, and more. He abuses his power and perpetuates gaslighting behavior. Then they fall in love in the end and live happily ever after, as one does.

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