(SNN) This is the ultimate list of must-watch movies depicting narcissism, narcissistic personality disorder, and psychopathy. Watch and study these movies and soon you’ll know and understand more about narcissism and psychopathy than your local town therapist!
The term gaslighting was coined from this movie starring Ingrid Bergman. This classic thriller portrays a devoted bride whose groom is trying to make her insane as part of his plot to murder her. Gaslighting is a brainwashing strategy utilized by highly manipulative narcissists. A must watch to understand the power and actions of a manipulator while doing Gaslighting. It’s a very powerful movie considering it is from 1940.
Narcissist – Two handsome gay men discover the painful truth of a charming, yet manipulative and toxic love interest. Short and sweet, but a good example of Gaslighting and selfish behaviors.
Ordinary People – “Ordinary People”: A Case Study In Malignant Narcissism – Moore’s Beth Jarrett is a high-spectrum malignant narcissist who cares only about her social position and status and the appearance of having “the perfect family” and “the perfect life”.
Gone Girl – The wife has planned her escape building a web of crazy to frame her husband for her murder. She uses an old boyfriend and then kills him – this movie is an excellent and real reflection of the manipulation of a narcissist.
The Sopranos – ‘The Sopranos’ takes a realistic, darkly look at members of a suburban New Jersey family, whose psychopathic patriarch Tony Soprano also happens to be a mob boss.
Fatal Attraction – Glenn Close has a one night stand with a man and then stalks him. The movie shows the stalking angle very well. Warning she boils his family bunny. It’s a classic thriller. Watch Glenn Close’s behavior. Depicting stalking, narcissistic rage, and a delusional mind.
Mommie Dearest – Faye Dunaway plays the role of Joan Crawford and she belittles, gaslights and controls her daughter horribly. It’s the real-life story of a total narcissistic mother and her daughter Christina. This is a chillingly accurate portrayal of the hell of being raised by a narcissist.
The Other Woman – Three women – two girlfriends and wife of a cheating narcissist want to get even. Watch the husbands behavior – you will see the patterns, from charming, lying, cheating and ultimately his goal is to destroy the wife financially. A funny movie too!
White Oleander – Twelve-year-old Astrid shares her life with her selfish manipulative dangerously possessive narcissistic mother Ingrid, an artist who is suddenly sent to prison for life for committing a crime of murder.
Sleeping With The Enemy – Julia Roberts plays the wife in this 1991 thriller. The husband is an abusive, obsessed and controlling man – when you watch this you will really see how lucky you are.
A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story – Meredith Baxter plays Betty Broderick, whose 1991 trial for killing her ex-husband and his new, younger wife mesmerized the nation.
Holy Hell – A movie about the mind control of a Narcissist. A true story of a cult that stayed together for 20 years thinking they had a better life. It really shows the crazy inside the mind of a narcissist and the lies and the lengths they will go to to be cared for. Must watch if you want to see 30+ people be controlled for over 20 years… Yep, it’s very powerful.
Terms of Endearment – Shirley Maclaine plays the mother, Aurora, of Emma (Debra Winger). This narcissistic mother is intrusive, invasive, and insensitive.
Rain Man – Starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Watch Tom Cruise’s behavior toward his estranged brother. He is out for his inheritance and he doesn’t care who he hurts. He does turn around with the help of his good girlfriend and there is a sweet ending.
Sybil – A deeply moving account of a young woman whose childhood of abuse drives her to create multiple personalities to survive–the true story of Sybil. After a suicide attempt, schoolteacher Sybil Dorsett seeks help from psychiatrist Dr. Corneila Wilbur. Sybil confides that she frequently loses her memory and can’t account for large blocks of time . . . and she slowly remembers the years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse inflicted by her mentally disturbed mother. During 11 years of sessions from 1954 through 1965, Sybil’s 16 distinct personalities gradually emerge. Each reveals a different age, name, and appearance–each created by, but unknown to, a girl trying to survive a harrowing homelife.
Dexter – This Netflix series is about a serial killer that is really a psychopath BUT if you watch him closely the ‘inside his mind’ parts really give us an inside view of how their brains work. I loved this series.
The Devil Wears Prada – Ann Hathaway works for Meryl Streep and she gets more than she bargained for as her life is turned upside down trying to please this crazy narcissist boss. A light and funny movie to watch.
To Die For – Nicole Kidman is astounding as a newswoman dead-set on making it onto the small screen, whether her husband wants her there or not. This TV personality will do anything to get ahead, including murder.
Girl, Interrupted – Winona Ryder plays a borderline and Angelina Jolie, a psychopath narcissist. They are the certifiable stars of Claymoore Hospital’s South Bell ward in this wry adaptation of Susanna Kaysen’s best-selling memoir.
The Wizard of Oz – The wicked witch of the west of the plays the perfect part of an evil malignant narcissist and she even has flying monkeys.
Breaking Bad – Most famous for a Meth series, the main character is clearly a narcissist.
Shameless – The father is a drunk narcissist that cares about no one but himself; however, he has six kids that the older sister raises. They are all really messed up, but it’s very funny – you can really see the patterns of a narcissist.
Desperate Housewives – A TV series where snobby rich suburb wives clearly show the behaviors of narcissism.
American Psycho – Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status, and style, with a stunning fiancée (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose.
Gone With the Wind – Scarlett O’Hara is a total narcissist in this classic tale.
Life or Something Like It – Angelina Jolie plays the narcissist. A reporter who undergoes a transformation from an NPD to good person – hard to believe.
Flowers in the Attic – A narcissistic mother hoping for an inheritance returns to her mother’s family mansion with her four children. The children are imprisoned and abandoned by their mother and evil grandmother.
Matilda – Both of Matilda’s parents are narcissists.
American Beauty – Annette Bening plays a narcissistic mother.
Monster in Law – Two narcissists vying for the love of a third narcissist; the mother law exclaims with some irony, “I can do boundaries!”
The Talented Mr. Ripley – The story of a group of young American narcissists living the Dolce Vita in Post WWII Italy. The movie shows how narcissists use and discard people, fuse with them, and practice “Marge Maintenance” to keep their suppliers of adulation and sex happy. The Psychopathic Narcissist is played by Matt Damon.
The Prime of Miss Brodie – A schoolmistress plays queen to a court of young girls, showing the pernicious influence a narcissist can wreak on the young.
The Magus – In this 1968 film, the Magus actors wear masks. narcissists love disguises; the head narcissist plays the Magus.
Wall Street – A power-hungry, self-centered, narcissistic stockbroker in the Reagan years.
Broadcast News – Inside look at the crazy narcissism of news gathering, also includes very funny inside jokes.