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Does Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets counts? He wasn’t a psycho but he had multiple problems. And the recent movie Joker portrays a very realistic version of psychopathy.

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Actually, I don’t think the Joker movie has a very realistic portrayal of mental illness at all and this is one of the major criticisms of the movie. It is more a scriptwriting affair of adapting ideas from Martin Scorsese’s King of Comedy and Taxi Driver to the comic book milieu than it is of a researched representation of any documented case - although I do think Joaquin Pheonix still acted very well in it though. 

I do think there is a difference between realistic portrayals of mental illness in movies (which are often quite dry rather than compellingly entertaining), and cinematic portrayals of ‘madness’. In horror movies, there are lots of great movies with 'mad' characters in them - The Haunting, Repulsion, The Shining, Mulholland Drive, Donnie Darko, The Babadook, Candyman, even Evil Dead II.


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