Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Movies to Watch

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a frightening event. Below are the 5 movies you can relate to PTSD.

1. The Lucky One (2012)

A Marine sees a photograph almost buried in rubble in the middle of a combat scene. He steps over to pick it up, and with that small movement, he saves his life. A nearby explosion would have wiped him out. The photo stays with him through his third tour of duty, and Logan returns to Colorado to live with his sister’s family, who have been looking after his dog, Zeus. Suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and survivor guilt, he decides it is best to leave, and departs to search for the woman in the photo. He doesn’t know her name or where she lives, but wouldn’t you know, through happy chance he happens to be passing through Louisiana — and there she is!

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a tender and comic coming of age story about an introverted freshman named Charlie. He’s taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick. They help him navigate the world of high school and relationships.

Charlie has Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and experienced periodic flashbacks of the car accident in which his aunt died. Patrick is forced to watch his boyfriend beaten up by his father. As a result of discovering the boys having sex. Sam, played by Emma Watson, struggles to make sense of the complicated relationships she always seems to develop with people.

3. Forrest Gump (1992)

This epic film follows a southern simpleton named Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks, through some of the biggest events of the 20th century, including the Vietnam war where saves the lives of four men and is shot in the butt.

Gary Sinise stars as 2nd Lt. Dan Taylor, one of the men that Forrest saved. Taylor, who lost both his legs, suffers from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and is angry with Forrest for saving his life.

In a promise to Bubba, who died on the battlefield, Forrest starts a shrimping business. Lt. Dan joins him and in a compelling moment, in the middle of a hurricane, he faces his demons at the top of a sailing mast.

Bubba Gump Shrimp becomes a huge success because the hurricane destroyed their competition. This film won Academy Awards in many different categories.

4. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

This universally acclaimed film with a star-studded cast, directed by Steven Spielberg takes place during World War II. The film contains some of the most moving, visceral and violent scenes ever undertaken with regard to the Normandy Invasion and the American forces taking of Omaha Beach.

The story of Saving Private Ryan follows a unit of soldiers assigned to find and bring home James Francis Ryan. His three brothers are killed during the war, leaving him as his family’s last child.

Along the way, viewers see the toll the war has taken on the hearts and minds of this unit, their occasional contempt for their mission, and their struggle to bring Ryan home alive.

5. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man aka Tony Stark, a longtime Marvel Comic’s character, as played by Robert Downey Jr. He is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after his involvement in an alien war invasion that nearly destroyed the planet.

Experiencing frequent panic attacks, Stark turns his restless energy toward creating more Iron Man suits. Unwittingly causing friction with his girlfriend, Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Stark must now find and destroy the terrorist known only as The Mandarin.

By the end of the movie, Stark undergoes surgery to remove years old shrapnel near his heart. Therefore, removing his surgically implanted chest protector, the one thing that truly made him Iron Man.

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