12 Movies About Split Personalities That Are Worth Watching
From scary thrillers to award-winning performances, we've rounded up the 12 movies about split personalities that are definitely worth watching. While some depict extreme examples of characters fighting with internal struggles, many of them showcase the demons people might face behind closed doors, or even publicly.
These movies are entertaining, spooky, and sometimes eye opening. Not only do they touch upon a mental disorder, most of these movies about split personality disorder are popular, award winning movies that received critical praise over the past century. And we are not saying they are fair or accurate depictions of a disease, the fact that they are in mainstream media is pretty important, too.
1. Shutter Island
The twist at the end of Shutter Island is truly jaw-dropping and I won't say much. Just know, this movie is worth the 2 hours and 18 minutes of Leo.
Quite possibly the most iconic movie depicting split personality disorder, Psycho had a generation afraid of showers. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock the story follows Norman Bates a hotel owner who has a rather troubled relationship with his mother.
3. Fight Club
The first rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club: You do not talk about fight club.
I watched this movie at a sleepover when I was way too young to watch this movie at a sleepover. That being said, the twist is incredible and this movie will have you guessing the entire time.
5. Secret Window
Johnny Depp stars as Mort Rainey, a writer who heads to upstate New York to clear his writer's block is tormented by a mysterious man. But things might not be as they seem in Secret Window, a story adapted from Stephen King's novella, Secret Window, Secret Garden.
6. Mr. Brooks
Mr. Brooks didn't get much acclaim but the story follows, Earl Brooks, a wealthy businessman who has a secret life as a serial killer. When photographer, Dane Cook (yes, you read that right) blackmails Mr. Brooks with photos of the murder, a unlikely partnership develops.
7. Primal Fear
Edward Norton plays the role of shy alter boy, Aaron Stampler who is accused of killing the Archbishop of his church. Through lies, manipulation, and a personality disorder, this movie will surely have you on the edge of your seat.
8. American Psycho
Every frat boy in the country is applauding this choice. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho has become a cult favorite to film buffs everywhere. Patrick Bateman is a hot shot businessman, an attractive man, and seemingly wealthy beyond reason. Oh and he likes to murder people. Call is split personality, his behavior is psychotic.
M. Night Shyamalan's Split garnered serious praise, so much so it has been announced that a sequel, or rather final movie in the Eastrail 177 trilogy will be released in 2019. When three girls are held against their will, they learn their capture has split personalities, ranging from a young boy to an older woman. The chance for survival changes when his personality does.
10. The Shining
Another classic movie that depicts insanity and personality disorder in a horrifying way. When Jack Torrance moves his family into the isolated Overlook Hotel for the winter, things go south. This classic Stephen King adaptation is a must-watch for movie lovers.
Sally Fields stars as Sybil a woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Sybil's psychiatrist is introduced to a plethora of personalities while trying to help her new patient. The movie proves that medical professionals are a huge factor in finding a resolution for people suffering from multiple personality disorders.
12. The Talented Mr. Ripley
Aesthetically, this movie is wonderful. You'll want to travel to Italy with your two friends. But for Tom Ripley, he followed playboy, Dickie Greenleaf to Italy and started a series of lies, deception, and murder instead. This movie is a must watch, the book is a must read, and you must find the soundtrack on Spotify.