Movies about Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder

I am often asked if I have seen any movies that show narcissistic personality disorder in action. The list is growing, but here are some to look up and watch. I have found that there are great benefits to watching a movie now that I have my Narc-glasses on. I see things differently and it helped me understand the pure evil they can be.

I am sure there are so many other movies that should be on this list. Please email us any ideas because together we heal.

A must watch to understand the power and actions of a manipulator that is actually doing Gaslighting to his wife. he wants her to think she is crazy. Its a very powerful movie considering it is from 1940.
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.
Sleeping With The Enemy
Julia Roberts has some big hair in this 1991 thriller. They seem to be the perfect couple... sound familiar? The husband is an abusive obsessed and controlling man - when you watch this you will really see how lucky you are.
Holy Hell
A movie about mind control of a Narcissist. A true story of a cult that stayed together for 20 years thinking they had a better life. I loved this movie because it really showed me the crazy inside the mind of a narcissist, the lies, the lengths they will go to to be cared for. Must watch! To see 30+ people be controlled for over 20 years is very powerful.
Mommy Dearest
Faye Dunaway plays the role of Joan Crawford as she belittles and gaslighting and controls her daughter horribly. This is a classic but now that you have narc glasses you can see things you never saw before.
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. Its a classic thriller watch Glenn Close's behavior. Stalking, narcissistic rage, delusional
The Other Woman
Three women - two girlfriends and wife of a cheating narcissist to get even. Watch the husbands behavior - you will see the patterns, from charming, lying, cheating and ultimately his goal to destroy wife financially. Funny movie too!

Rain Man
In Rain Man this classic movie with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise watch Tom Cruise's behavior towards his estranged brother. He is out for his inheritance and he doesn't care who he hurts He does turn around and there is a sweet ending.
Dexter - Netflix series
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.
Silver Linings Playbook
I have to watch this again - I know both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have mental issues but I need to watch again. It was a good movie.
Shameless (Netflix series)
This show cracked me up! The father is a drunk narcissist that cares about no one but has like five kids that the older sister raises. They are all really messed up, but its very funny. you can really see the patterns of a narcissist.
Breaking Bad
Most famous for a Meth series, the main character is clearly a narc.
To Die For
A calculating and devious woman who cares only for herself, manipulates her soon to be husband as any narcissist does.
Rachel Getting Married
Narcissism in the family and drug abuse all wrapped up under the premise of a wedding.
White Oleander
Traumatized teenager's story of abusive homes and relationships.
Terms of Endearment
A rollercoaster of emotions, make sure to grab some tissues, you are going to need them!
Girl Interrupted
Rich and abusive parents try to force their daughter into committing herself.
Two handsome gay men discovers the painful truth of a charming, yet manipulative and toxic love interest. Short and sweet, but good example of Gaslighting and the selfish behaviors.
Narcissism and arrogance, while comical, highlights unacceptable behaviors on workplace harassment.
Single White Female
Fatal Attraction type thriller.
August Osage County
A dysfunctional family that raised a character played by Meryl Streep.
Listen Up Philip
An escape from everyday reality where a self-obsessed writer can write about what he loves most, himself.
Drop Dead Fred
Creation of an imaginary friend to escape from childhood traumas.
Post Cards from the Edge
A disgraced Hollywood actor and her struggle to recover from alcoholism.
Desperate Housewives
A TV series where snobby rich suburb wives. Clearly they show behaviors.
A Woman Scorned
Crazy Ex Wife/Girlfriend to the extreme.
What About Bob
A story where Bob (Played by Bill Murray) drives his therapist and those around him crazy through common narcissistic tactics.
Ordinary People
A family torn apart by drama.
The Wife
A husband and wife team of therapists who face new challenges in their marriage.
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The husband is a total narcissist and the parents are neglectful. Funny and heartwarming.
A crush that quickly becomes obsession and stalking.
Dirty John
A romance that devolves into manipulation, deceit, abuse and worse.
American Beauty
Ambitious, but unfaithful wife and characters that hold many secrets.
East of Eden
Two brothers love for the same woman, starring James Dean. Father is Narcissistic.
Ordinary People
A Family torn apart. The death of an oldest son rocks a family. Specifically the mothers reactions are Narcissistic.
Eccentric mother that chooses to run away from her problems.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
An intense drama between two sisters.
A woman braving a challenging family and uncertain future.
The Little Foxes
Terribly brothers want $75,000 from their sister, everything gets very complicated.
Flowers in the Attic
Four children suffer the tragic loss of their father only to be abused by their evil grandmother.
Things are not as they seem on the "other" side.
A challenging story for a young inner city high-school girl.
Girl Interrupted
A girl dealing with mental illness in a mental institution.
Life or Something Like It
A woman played by Angelina Jolie faces and existential crisis and changes the pattern of her life.
The Wife
Story of a couple's love. Thirty-plus years later, compromises, betrayals, and more.
Big Little Lies
Hit series about murder and deception.
The Undoing
A successful therapist, wife and mother tries to survive in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster.
Too Close To Home
Quintessential narcissist destroys those around her to protect her own interests.
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