Top 10 Anxiety Movies You Need to Watch

Written by Pliro
Aug 31, 2017 Last updated: Apr 1, 2019

Anxiety can often times be enervating or isolating, however there are a number of movies which not only capture such an emotion, but could also be therapeutic and helpful in their own way. Below are several highly recommended movies on anxiety which one should watch

Good Will Hunting


This story follows Will Hunting, a 20 year old boy who, in spite of being extremely smart and capable, is not able to live upto his true potential due to unfortunate circumstances in his life. His talent is discovered by maths professor, Gerald Lambeau who offers to teach the subject and lead him to a more successful path. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, the Professor promises to help him get out on the condition that he gets treatment from therapist Sean Maguire. Through the course of several therapy sessions, Will’s character can be seen evolving into a man who is more empathetic and open as he tries to overcome the demons of his past.  A heart-warming movie with entertaining dialogues, this film is a must watch for all audiences.

Dead Poets Society


A wonderfully directed film with brilliant dialogues and cinematography, this Oscar winning film is no less than a work of art. The story revolves around a literature teacher, Mr. Keating, who encourages and inspires his students to stand up for what they believe in, and be able to express their emotions and desires without fear of mockery or humiliation. With stellar performances by the actors and a beautiful message of seizing the day and always being confident in yourself, this movie is inspirational to say the least.

Inside Out


Riley is an active, happy-go-lucky child whose world is turned upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. She goes through a roller coaster of emotions while trying to adapt in the new environment. Believing that she would never be able to fit in or learn to accept this change, she decides to run away from home and move back to Minnesota. We follow the protagonist as she lets her emotions take control of her actions. The animated film is a great watch for both children and adults, as it teaches an important lesson on how to cope with adversity, and act wisely upon our decisions.

Big Hero 6


This movie is about Hiro Hamada, a 14 year old orphan who quit school to start a career in bot-fighting. That is, until his elder brother Tadashi inspires him to put his talents to better use by showing him an experiment he had been working on in his school- a robot called Baymax, which would perform medical procedures on people. Hiro is so taken aback by the environment and opportunities that he decides to apply too. However, his life changes after a tragic turn of events. That is when Hiro upgrades Baymax and some of his close friends to understand the cause of the tragedy and try to resolve it. Through the movie we see strong bonds of friendship being built, and everyone dealing with difficult situations as a team.

The Breakfast Club


Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention together under a power-hungry principal. Each person in the group has a chance to tell his/her story. The disparate group soon realizes that they have a lot more in common than they believe. Very soon we come to see their friendship grow and strengthen, and when the day is finally over they realize that school life would never be the same again. Indeed a soul-stirring movie and a must watch for all ages.

The King’s Speech


England’s Prince Albert must ascend the throne as King, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that he must learn to effectively communicate, his wife Elizabeth hires a speech therapist, Lionel Logue, to help him recover from his stammer. As they get to know eachother, the two men grow closer together. The movie is a perfect example of how to be comfortable when acquiring help from someone, and patient while giving help too.

Silver Linings Playbook


This movie brilliantly portrays different forms of anxiety present in each individual. Yet, it also shows how anxiety can be overcome when energy is channeled into something positively. We see a case of bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression among more, through the course of the movie. However, the characters that portray these disorders are highly likeable, since they exude a riveting energy, but are very human at the same time. Acceptance, forgiveness and encouragement are the main lessons to be learnt from the movie.

Napoleon Dynamite


Ten minutes into the movie, you worry that the end result might be unsubstantial and inconsequential. However, there is a certain intriguing aspect about the movie that makes you want to watch the entire thing. Napoleon Dynamite has one of the greatest cult followings. This is because it deals with social anxiety in the most raw way possible. Napoleon himself symbolizes the epitome of social awkwardness. However, the best part about him is that he is not embarrassed of who he is, and is comfortably naïve about the impact of his presence.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story


When anxiety meets depression, it often results in mental conflicts leading to suicidal thoughts. This story is about one such boy, who faces a serious desire to take his own life. Yet, when he makes friends going through similar mental health problems, he learns more about himself, and what it really means to be depressed. It’s not the struggle that rejuvenates his will to live. It is in fact, his personal and mental growth that brings him at peace with who he is.

Perks of Being a Wallflower


This movie showcases brilliantly what its like to suffer from depression and PTSD. The unfolding of events add layers to the characters and a depth to the story. It also shows how every character is molded and shaped by the events that took place in their life. However, it has a positive side that reminds us how wonderful the world is and what adventures it holds. In this movie, new experiences, feelings and emotions are what help the characters power through their respective battles against anxiety.