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8 Movies Like Side Effects You Must See

December 20, 2022

With compelling performances by Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Jude Law, Steven Soderbergh’s crime drama Side Effects explores a woman’s deteriorating mental health after her husband is arrested. Emily seeks psychiatric help when her problems just won’t go away. Jonathan Banks, the psychiatrist, prescribes her a drug that changes her behavior. She is then accused of murdering her husband while Banks’ career is at stake.

The 2013 film explores the intricacies of mental illness and a patient’s relationship with their psychiatrist. In addition, the film is said to be inspired by real-life incidents that have struck the lives of some people. Strong performances and an intriguing plot make this a must-see movie. If you want to see movies that revolve around such themes, then the following suggestions are perfect for you. You can watch most of these movies similar to Side Effects on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

8. Color of Night (1994)

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Richard Rush’s drama mystery film ‘Color of Night’ stars Bruce Willis and Jane March. After taking over his late friend’s therapy group, Bill, a doctor living with color blindness, begins to have passionate sexual encounters with a mysterious young woman. As a result, he is being hunted by an unknown killer. The film intertwines the issues of mental health and the relationship between psychiatrist and patient in a complex way. The mystery behind Bill and Banks’ patients is immense as they each get into trouble over one of the people they are helping.

7. Body of Influence (1993)

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The emergence of an exotic, mysterious woman disrupts the world of a successful psychiatrist, forcing him to show just how far he would go for her affection. Directed by Gregory Dark, the drama thriller sees the life of psychiatrist Jonathan Brooks spiraling out of control. While Emily and Banks don’t have a romantic relationship in Side Effects, the film reflects the intricacies of the doctor-patient relationship; this aspect is also reflected in Body Of Influence in a complicated way.

6. Dressed to Kill (1980)

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Liz Blake, a sex worker, finds herself in danger when she witnesses a stranger kill housewife Kate Miller. The real killer wants to silence the only witness to the crime, as the police suspect Liz to be the killer. The film, which was written and directed by Brian De Palma, revolves around various mysteries and subtle layers of action. Like Side Effects, Dressed to Kill, starring Angie Dickinson and Michael Caine, turns an innocent person into a murder suspect. Both films also explore the mental illnesses of the female characters.

5. The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

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The book The Three Faces of Eve: A Case of Multiple Personality, written by psychiatrists Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley, forms the basis of the crime drama The Three Faces of Eve. Directed by Nunnally Johnson, the film follows the life and diagnosis of Eve White with multiple personality disorder. In addition, the experiences of the doctor treating you are also presented. The themes of diagnosing mental illness and a woman’s experience of struggling are explored in both Side Effects and The Three Faces Of Eve.

4. Primal Fear (1996)

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Based on the novel by William Diehl, Primal Fear is a crime drama centered around Aaron Stampler, a young altar boy whose life is changed forever when he is framed for the murder of a priest. When Martin Vail, a well-known attorney, takes his case, things take an unexpected turn. Directed by Gregory Hoblit, the film revolves around the murder and the case surrounding the accused.

Also in Side Effects we see a murder investigation that blames Emily and the ensuing case that proves the guilt of those responsible. In addition, the suspect’s mental state appears to be unclear in both films.

3. The Woman in the Window (2021)

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‘The Woman in the Window’ is based on the novel of the same name by author AJ Finn. It follows the life of Anna Fox, an agoraphobic psychologist who keeps an eye on her neighbors through her window. When she witnesses a terrible act of violence, she calls the police. However, her version of events is disputed by her neighbors, who believe it is untrue. Anna then embarks on a mission to solve the crime herself.

Directed by Joe Wright, the crime drama stars Amy Adams, Gary Oldman and Anthony Mackie. The female protagonists of both the films Side Effects and The Woman in the Window suffer from a shaky state of mind. Because of their medications and illnesses, they find it difficult to recall the sequence of events and paint an honest picture.

2. Diabolique (1955)

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Michael Serrault
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Originally titled Les diaboliques, the French crime drama is based on the novel Celle qui n’était plus (She who was no more) by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. It’s about the murder of a school principal by his wife and lover. They plan the perfect murder to get rid of the evil man. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, the detective film shows the perfect crime. You have to watch the Side Effects movie to know if Emily murdered her husband, but the overall theme is similar in both movies.

1. A woman under the influence of alcohol

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‘A Woman Under The Influence’ is a romantic drama written and directed by John Cassavetes and starring Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk. The story centers on a woman whose strange behavior causes friction with her supposed husband and her family. Although Mabel’s husband Nick adores her, the pressures her mental illness causes strains her marriage. Emily is also facing problems in her personal life and marriage because of her mental state. A Woman Under The Influence sheds similar light on the impact of mental illness on people and relationships.