An American psychological drama, ‘Girl Interrupted’ follows the story of an 18-year-old girl named Susanna Kaysen, essayed by Winona Ryder, who is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. The film explores Kaysen’s 18-month stay at a mental hospital. Based on the Susanna Kaysen’s memoir ‘Girl, Interrupted’, the film explores life in mental hospitals with compassion and empathy. Directed by James Mangold and co-written by Lisa Loomer, Anna Hamilton Phelan and Mangold, the film received lukewarm response from critics and audience. With a mediocre rating of 54% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is often seen as a pretty average piece of work. However, ‘Girl, Interrupted’ – although not a classic – boasts of some resonating performances, most notably Angelina Jolie’s performance as fellow inmate Lisa Rowe, for which she bagged an Oscar.
For this article, I have taken into account films which have narrative traits that are similar to ‘Girl Interrupted’. All the following films are set within the premise of a mental institution and use it as a major plot device. Some belong to the genre of horror, some are dramas while others are comedies. With all that said now, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Girl, Interrupted’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Girl, Interrupted’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Man Facing Southeast (1986)
Directed by Argentine filmmaker Eliseo Subiela, ‘Man Facing Southeast’ is a science fiction drama about Rantés, essayed by Hugo Soto, a man committed to a mental hospital who claims to be an alien. The film delves deep into his claims, examining the truth behind it. The screenplay is written by Eliseo Subiela. ‘Man Facing Southeast’ is built on an absurdist premise and is executed with remarkable finesse. Accepted at the Academy Awards as a nominee for the “Best Foreign Language Film” category, ‘Man Facing Southeast’ might not be the most cohesive film ever, but it is surely an interesting watch.
9. Unsane (2018)
The most recent release on the list, ‘Unsane’ is a psychological horror film directed by American filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and co-written by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer. The film follows Sawyer Valentini, essayed by Claire Foy, a young woman who is involuntarily admitted to a mental institution. There, she is challenged by her greatest fear as her sanity gets questioned. One of the most distinctive features of ‘Unsane’ is that it is shot on an iPhone 7 Plus. The film itself is a departure from Soderbergh’s archetypal narratives. It is disturbing and unsettling. Foy takes the lead in executing Soderbergh’s vision with competence. Although the film wasn’t popular among the ranks of the horror genre, ‘Unsane’ is definitely a film one should check out.