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Abuse and Childhood Trauma:

Addictions:

Addiction, Internet:

Aging & End of Life:

Anger and Forgiveness:

  • An Unfinished Life
  • Anger Management
  • Changing Lanes
  • Dolores Clairborne
  • Gandhi
  • The Mustang
  • The Straight Stor
  • The Upside of Anger 

Aspiration:

  • Billy Elliot
  • Brittney Runs a Marathon
  • Herbert and the Search for Happiness
  • The Blind Side
  • Finding Forrester
  • Gandhi
  • Pay It Forward
  • Whale Rider

Attachment-Disorganized:

  • Good Will Hunting
  • Ordinary People
  • The Sheltering Sky 

Attachment-Insecure:

  • Cider House Rules
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Cyrus
  • First Man

Attachment – Many Types:

  • Harry Potter series

Attachment-Reactive:

  • The Boarder (aka Troubled Child)

  • Child of Rage (A CBS Television movie)

Attachment and Trauma:

  • Prince of Tides

Authentic Self:

  • Harold and Maude
  • Nell
  • Lady Bird
  • My Life

Authority:

  • Compliance
  • Experiment
  • Milgram
  • Molly’s Game
  • The Post
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Zimbardo Prison Simulation Experiment

Autism:

  • 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould
  • The Accountant
  • Adam
  • August: Osage County
  • Autism: The Musical
  • Being There
  • Ben X
  • Chocolate (2008, Thailand)
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Forrest Gump
  • Forrest Gump
  • Harry Potter (Lovegood)
  • The Horse Boy
  • I am Sam
  • The Imitation Game
  • Killer Diller (Piano player)
  • Life, animated
  • Loving Lampposts
  • Mary and Max
  • Millions
  • Mozart & the Whale
  • My Name Is Khan
  • Ocean Heaven
  • Rain Man
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Serenity
  • Snow Cake
  • The Story of Luke
  • Temple Grandin
  • Wittgenstein
  • Wretches and Jabberers

Bipolar:

  • Biutiful
  • Mr. Jones
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Vincent and Theo

Body Image:

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Real Women Have Curves
  • Shallow Hal

Childhood Obesity:

  • Fed Up

Consumerism:

  • Far From Heaven
  • What’s Love Got to Do With It?
  • Pleasantville
  • Supersize Me

Courage & Determination:

  • 50/50
  • Argo
  • Arrival
  • August Rush
  • Breathe
  • Captain Phillips
  • Coco Before Chanel
  • Dunkirk
  • Finding Nemo
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Gravity
  • Hotel Rwanda
  •  The Impossible
  • Juno
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Life of Pi
  • Little Buddha
  • Lorenzo’s Oil
  • Maudie
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • The Most Violent Year
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence
  • Rocky
  • Secretariat
  • The Theory of Everything
  • True Grit
  • The Truman Show
  • Up
  • WALL-E
  • Winter’s Bone
  • Wipers Times
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Depression:

  • About Schmidt
  • Blue Sky
  • Frida
  • The Hours
  • It’s Kind of a
  • Funny Story
  • Men Don’t Leave
  • The Number 23
  • Ordinary People

Dissociative Disorders:

  • Marnie
  • Zelig
  • Sybil
  • Three Faces Of Eve

Domestic Violence and Rape:

  • The Accused
  • The Burning Bed 
  • Closet Land
  • The Cry for Help Tracey Thurman Story
  • Extremities
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Frankie and Johnnie
  • Men Don’t Tell
  • Once Were Warriors
  • Precious
  • Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case
  • The Rape of Richard Beck
  • She Said No
  • Sleeping with the Enemy
  • Taking Back My Life: The Nancy
  • Ziegenmeyer Story

Dreams, Inner Guidance, Intuition:

  • Constant Gardner
  • Field of Dreams
  • Knowing
  • Motorcycle Diaries
  • The Piano
  • Places in the Heart
  • Star Wars

Eating Disorders:

  • Eating
  • For the Love of
  • Nancy
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • The Karen Carpenter Story
  • Kate’s Secret
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Ernest Becker:

  • The Crossing Guard
  • Flight From Death
  • Masked and Anonymous

Equine Therapy:

  • Buck
  • Something to Talk About
  • The Horse Boy
  • The Horse Whisperer

Existential:

  • Aguirre, Wrath of God
  • All About Eve
  • American Beauty
  • Birdman (w/ Michael Keaton)
  • Blade Runner (Also spiritual in a non-obvious way)
  • Blade Runner 2049 (Also spiritual in a non-obvious way)
  • Decalogue (Kieslowski)
  • Equis
  • House of Games
  • I Heart Huckabees
  • Ikuru
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Melancholia
  • Ordinary People
  • The Searchers
  • Solaris (Tarkovsky version)
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Tree of Life
  • Vertigo

Grief, Loss, Death & Transformation:

  • Adam
  • A Single Man
  • A Song for Martin
  • A Warrior’s Heart
  • Beaches
  • Blue
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Dad
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Dance Me Outside
  • Dying Young
  • Enchantment
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Terms of Endearment
  • The Fisher King
  • Flags of our Fathers
  • Forest Gump
  • Frida
  • Ghost
  • How to Fold a Flag
  • In America
  • Letters From Iwo Jima
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Men Don’t Leave
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus
  • Ordinary People
  • Out of Africa
  • When Did You Last See Your Father
  • The Outsider
  • Rabbit Hole
  • Restrepo
  • Shadowlands
  • Six Weeks
  • Skins
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • SLC Punk
  • Smoke Signals
  • Sophie’s Choice
  • Stranger in the Family
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Still Alice
  • Windtalkers

Hearing Loss – Deafness:

  • And Your Name is Jonah
  • Bridge to Silence
  • Children of a Lesser God
  • Dummy
  • Hammer
  • Johnnie Belinda
  • Love is Never Silent
  • Miracle Worker
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus
  • Sound and Fury

Human Spirit, Hope & Inspiration:

  • Babette’s Feast
  • Dead Poets Society
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Field of Dreams
  • The Fisher King
  • Gandhi
  • The Green Mile
  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Mask of Zorro
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • The Piano
  • Precious
  • Rogue One
  • Schindler’s List
  • Star Wars
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife

Humanistic/Humane/Effective:

  • American Beauty
  • Babette’s Feast
  • Bagdad Café
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Billy Elliot
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Color Purple
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Eat Drink Man Woman
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Forest Gump
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Gandhi
  • The Glass Castle
  • Gloria Bell
  • Groundhog Day
  • The Hours
  • Hurt Locker
  • Joy Luck Club
  • The King’s Speech
  • Lost in Translation
  • Moonstruck
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • The Notebook
  • On Golden Pond
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Ordinary People
  • Patch Adams
  • The Piano
  • Precious
  • Quartet
  • Schindler’s List
  • Sideways
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Sophie’s Choice
  • What About Bob
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Intellectual Disability:

  • I Am Sam
  • The Other Sister
  • Still Alice
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

LGBT:

  • 8 the Mormon Proposition
  • The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  • All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre)
  • And the Band Played on
  • Bad Education
  • Beginners
  • Bird Cage
  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • But I’m a Cheerleader
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • The Celluloid Closet
  • Prayers for Bobby
  • Pride
  • Reinas
  • Stranger Inside
  • The Times of Harvey Milk
  • The Children’s Hour
  • Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy
  • Dean
  • Desert Hearts
  • Far from Heaven
  • Fire
  • Girls Will be Girls
  • Go fish
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • Imitation Game
  • The Incredible Adventures of Two Girls in life
  • The Kids Are Alright
  • Nemar
  • Torch Song Trilogy
  • Transamerica
  • Watermelon Woman
  • Kinky boots
  • La Cage aux Folles
  • La mission
  • Laramie Project
  • Longtime Companion
  • Love, Simon
  • Marwencol
  • Milk
  • My Life in Pink
  • Normal
  • Our Sons
  • Outrage
  • Philadelphia
  • We Were Here
  • Wedding banquet
  • Wedding Wars
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie

Mental Illness:

  • Black Swan
  • Don Juan De Marco
  • Fatal Attraction
  • The Hours
  • House of Cards
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • The King of Comedy
  • King of Hearts
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Mr. Jones
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Young Adult

Non-Traditional Therapy:

  • Good will Hunting
  • Harold and Maude

OCD:

  • As Good as it Gets
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Matchstick Man
  • The Number 23

Pace of Life:

  • Groundhog Day
  • Multiplicity
  • Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

Phobias:

  • Agoraphobia: Copy Cat
  • Germ-Phobia: As Good as it Gets

Prejudice

  • A Single Man
  • Bagdad Cafe
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Color Purple
  • The Crash
  • Dance Me Outside
  • Flags of our Fathers
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Grand Canyon
  • The Help
  • Imitation Game
  • Invictus
  • Get on the Bus
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  • How to Fold a Flag
  • In the Heat of the Night
  • Jungle Fever
  • Leave No Trace
  • Letters From Iwo Jima
  • Milk
  • Mississippi’s Burning
  • The Outsider
  • Philadelphia
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Restrepo
  • The Ryan White Story
  • Skins
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Traffic
  • The Visitor
  • WAR
  • Windtalkers

Psych. of Modern Tech-Digital Age:

  • Citizenfour
  • Her
  • The Social Network

Post-Traumatic Growth:

  • Bucket List
  • Good Will Hunting
  • The Pursuit of Happiness
  • Rudy
  • Seabiscuit
  • Secretariat
  • Seven Pounds
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Unbroken

PTSD:

  • American Sniper
  • An Act of War
  • Born On The Fourth of July
  • Coming Home
  • The Deer Hunter
  • First Blood
  • Forrest Gump
  • The Hurt Locker
  • In Country
  • Iron Man 3
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Mystic River
  • Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Thank You For Your Service
  • Valley of Elah

Relationships & Love:

  • The Accidental Tourist
  • As Good as it Gets
  • Before Midnight
  • Before Sunset
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Blue Valentine
  • Closer
  • Crimes of the Heart
  • The Descendents
  • Eat Drink Man Woman
  • An Education
  • The English Patient
  • Enough Said
  • Father of the Bride
  • Frankie and Johnnie
  • The Gathering
  • The Good Mother
  • High Fidelity
  • Hot Spells
  • Joy Luck Club
  • Naked Juliet
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King’s Speech
  • Last Chance Harvey
  • The Last Hangman
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Lost in Translation
  • Memories of Me
  • Moonstruck
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Once
  • Ordinary People
  • Parenthood
  • Phantom Thread
  • Philadelphia Story
  • Postcards From the Edge
  • Pretty Woman
  • Safe Passage
  • Secret Lives of Dentists
  • Sideways
  • Singles
  • Sliding Doors
  • Stanley and Iris
  • The Story of Us
  • Soul Food
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Two Family House
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Victor, Victoria
  • A Walk on the Moon
  • War of the Roses
  • The Way We Were
  • We Have a Pope
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • You Can Count on Me

Relationships, Non-Traditional:

  • Beginners
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color
  • Philadelphia
  • A Single Man

Relationships, Online:

  • Her
  • Men, Women and Children

Retirement:

  • About Schmidt
  • The Artist
  • Baby Boom
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Broke
  • The Bucket List
  • Gran Torino
  • Harry and Tonto
  • On Golden Pond
  • Quarter

Risk:

  • Apollo 13
  • Erin Brockovich
  • The Full Monty
  • Sliding Doors

Sacrifice:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Sophie’s Choice

Schizophrenia:

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Clean Shaven
  • Dear John
  • Foxcatcher
  • Joker
  • Jupiter’s Wife
  • King of Hearts
  • Proof
  • Shine

Self-Esteem:

  • Gattaca
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • The Other Sister
  • Sliding Doors

Separation & Divorce:

  • Kramer vs. Kramer
  • The Story of Us
  • Under the Tuscan Sun

Sexual Abuse:

  • A Thousand Acres
  • Bad Education
  • Black Snake Moan
  • Cider House Rules
  • Dolores Clairborne
  • Mystic River
  • Precious
  • Sleepers

Sexuality:

  • 50 Shades of Grey
  • Bliss
  • Bull Durham
  • Kinsey
  • The Sessions
  • Working Girls

Social Justice:

  • Angela’s Ashes
  • Constant Gardner
  • Erin Brockovich
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