Did these posters do a better job?

These posters were made for movies that deal with mental illness

Sensitivity is key.   
ANCX Staff | Feb 10 2021

This whole “Tililing” brouhaha just reminded us the movie poster can be a powerful thing, and in the hands of the wrong artist, it can also be a dangerous thing. Like the poster people are talking about these days, the ones below were also made for movies that dealt with the subject of mental health and mental illness.

Did these posters do a better job?


One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 

What the movie’s about: A convicted criminal (Jack Nicholson) gets himself transferred to a mental institution where he meets a bunch of patients and rallies them into finding their voice and going against the hospital’s oppressive powers that be. 


Girl, Interrupted (1999) 

What’s the movie’s about: What it’s like to have a personality disorder in the late 60s. Like McMurphy in “Cuckoo’s Nest,” the main protagonist (Winona Ryder) also finds herself here in a psychiatric hospital where she befriends a group of patients. This time, though, it’s a group of girls that include a pathological liar, a schizophrenic, someone battling anorexia, and an enchanting sociopath (Angelina Jolie) who likes to rule over everyone in the ward, including the staff. 


As Good as It Gets (1997) 

What the movie’s about: Obsessive compulsive romance author Melvyn Udall (Jack Nicholson) discovers he has the capacity for compassion, empathy and real affection. It all begins when he gets smitten with his neighbor’s dog. 


A Beautiful Mind (2001) 

What the movie’s about: Genius American mathematician John Nash’s (Russell Crowe) battle with paranoid schizophrenia and how his condition affects his success and his relationships, especially with his wife. 


Silver Linings Playbook (2012) 

What the movie’s about: After being discharged from a mental health institution, Pat (Bradley Cooper), diagnosed with bipolar disorder, tries to manage his life in the real world—and in his parents’ home—convinced he’ll do fine as long as he keeps seeking for the good in things. 


Loving Vincent (2017) 

What the movie’s about: The life and art of Vincent Van Gogh unraveled through an investigation on the circumstances of his death. 


Black Swan (2010) 

What the movie’s about: A ballerina’s (Natalie Portman) obsession for success and perfection, and how she descends into madness when someone else is picked instead of her for a plum role. 


The Skeleton Twins (2014) 

What the movie’s about: Long estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) happen to both survive suicide on the same day. When they decide to give in to a sibling reunion, they slowly become each other’s sources of strength and sanity. 


The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012) 

What the movie’s about: An introverted freshman with PTSD, and just barely healing from the death of his best friend who committed suicide, faces the challenge of high school and searching for his own tribe.