Social Anxiety in Movies

social anxiety in movies

As someone trying to overcome social anxiety, I often seek out information to learn more about the disorder. I read websites, blogs, books, interviews, listen to podcasts, audio books, and watch Youtube videos and documentaries. And since movies have always been my first love, I’ve naturally searched for films about social anxiety, as well.

Social anxiety disorder is rarely portrayed in film, however; because if you have a shy character on screen who doesn’t talk or take action, you will probably have a boring movie. Thankfully some filmmakers have taken on the challenge to make movies with shy introverted characters. Those films may never implicitly state that the characters have social anxiety disorder, but the characters suffer from many of the classic symptoms, and I can definitely relate to them.

So I’m launching a new running column on the blog, where I will watch and review movies that are in some way related to social anxiety disorder. I won’t be critiquing the film itself so much as its portrayal of social anxiety and how it compares to my own experiences. I’ll also try to figure out what, if anything, we can learn about social anxiety from the movie.

Social Anxiety in Movies

  1. Choking Man
  2. The 40 Year Old Virgin
  3. Thumbsucker – Part 2Part 3
  4. Dummy
  5. He Was a Quiet Man
  6. Inside Out
  7. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
  8. Mr. Robot
  9. Room
  10. The End of the Tour
  11. Rocket Science
  12. Roger Dodger
  13. May
  14. The Empire Strikes Back
  15. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  16. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  17. Stranger Than Fiction
  18. Punch-Drunk Love
  19. The Chumscrubber
  20. Star War: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
  21. The Station Agent
  22. Ghost World
  23. Little Miss Sunshine

Possible future films to review:

  • Adaptation
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Speak
  • Nerve
  • Mary and Me
  • Waiting
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Amelie
  • The Net
  • Now Voyager
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Bubble
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • Harold & Maude
  • Elling
  • Clockwatchers
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Greenburg
  • Thomas in Love
  • American Beauty
  • Donnie Darko
  • Taxi Driver
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Run Ricky Run
  • Thomas in Love
  • Carrie
  • Willard
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Only The Lonely
  • Crumb
  • My Best Friend
  • Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend
  • God’s Lonely Man
  • Floundering
  • Welcome to the Dollhouse
  • As Good as It Gets
  • About Schmidt
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Lost in Translation
  • Buffalo ’66
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  • The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
  • [Safe] 
  • Fallen Angel
  • An Invisible Sign
  • Dan in Real Life
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Office Space
  • Bread and Butter 
  • Up in the Air
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Pretend We’re Kissing
  • Radio Rebel

If you have any suggestions to add to the list, or a request for the next social anxiety movie to review, feel free to post them in the comments below.

P.S. I am also reviewing books that feature social anxiety.

Social Anxiety in Literature

  1. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  2. Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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