At least two unique and persisting identities or dissociated personality states are hallmarks of multiple personality disorder (MPD), which is also known as Dissociative identity disorder (DID). If you have this illness, you need to be monitored closely at all times. When used in the correct setting, the combustible nature of MPD can deliver remarkable effects. People can also tell stories that are emotionally eviscerating because of the nature of the medium. The utilization of non-linear storytelling and new filmmaking techniques are both made possible as a result of these developments.
Some of the best examples of the disease have been depicted on the big screen, while others have been mediocre. It’s not just due of the cinematography or the director, but most importantly because of the ocean-deep characters and the amazing performances. These movies have lasted the test of time and are commonly considered cult classics. We’ve decided to write an essay about some of the latter.
And therefore, these are the best movies about multiple personality disorder (Dissociative Identity Disorder Movies). Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu all have excellent movies on multiple personalities. Movies with many characters are also included. Since “Split (2016),” the James McAvoy stunner in which he donned over 23 different personas, the DID movies have taken on a new meaning. ‘Glass (2019)’, the sequel to ‘Split’, by M. Night Shyamalan, is yet another stunner in the genre, raising the bar even higher. This list has not been arranged in any particular order. There is no need to waste time delving into the details.
1. Secret Window (2004)
In my opinion, there’s something fundamentally flawed about Johnny Depp. The actor’s chiseled features or baritone voice can be used in any role. Mort Rainey, a struggling author who has recently divorced and is suffering from writer’s block, is the character he portrays in the film. He is confronted by an obscure author, John Shooter, who accuses him of plagiarizing his story. Even if the conclusion is different, further investigation confirms the claims of the latter. He experiences a sequence of odd incidents, including the death of his dog with a screwdriver, which has a profound effect on him. Mort is shocked to learn that he is actually Shooter, having taken on the identity of the assassin everytime he fell asleep or fainted due to his MPD. The movie’s chilling climax, which I will not reveal here, is a suitable conclusion that stays true to the spirit of the film.
2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
This is a well-known example. Bruce Banner’s alter ego has been transformed into a huge feral anger monster that knows and understands everything but only acts according to his own desires as a result of a failed gamma-ray experiment gone horribly wrong. While it’s shown that Dr. Banner has mastered the art of making The Hulk appear whenever he pleases in previous MCU films, it’s been revealed in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ that the Hulk no longer wants to listen to Dr. Banner and that there is a conflict of interest between the two personas as of late. Dr. Banner claims that the Hulk only appears when Dr. Banner is angry, which is practically always. ‘The Incredible Hulk,’ on the other hand, has shown to be a very likable and admirable character, especially when it comes to his impressive strength. In addition, labeling this “superpower” as a “disease” would be a mistake.
3. The Mask (1994)
In this case, the abnormality here is not induced by an internal element, but rather by a mask that transforms an introverted and shy Stanley into a wild, virile and boisterous green-faced prankster. When Jim Carrey plays a lovely guy who is forced to switch to his foul-mouthed Mask persona, he is showing off his acting chops as an actor and, in some ways, as a prospective star. The film was widely lauded for its performances and for retaining some of the show’s trademarks.
4. Sisters (1973)
Across the street, reporter Grace Collier is witness to a murder. Despite her best efforts, the police are unable to assist her, much to her chagrin and in light of the previous racist claims she had made in her articles. Detectives Grace and Dominique accompany Grace to Danielle and Dominique’s apartment, where Danielle discloses to them that she’s been living alone. Grace discovers that Danielle and Dominique were conjoined twins who had two distinct personalities after becoming sure that Danielle is hiding the murder and that a dead corpse is somewhere in the flat. Danielle survived the operation that was meant to separate them, but Dominique died as a result of it. Danielle still carries a piece of Dominique’s personality around with her. Sisters’ was billed as an Alfred Hitchcock-inspired film, and it’s a fitting tribute.
5. Manichitrathazhu (Eng: The Ornate Lock, 1993)
‘Manichitrathazhu,’ a narrative about a woman named Ganga who moves with her husband Nakulan to his ancestral home of Madampalli, has been reproduced in several Indian languages, including Tamil (as ‘Chandramukhi,’) and Hindi (as ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa,’). They are afraid of moving into the haunted palace because of the wicked ghosts of Nagavalli, an ancient dancer who witnessed the execution of her beloved and now promises to eliminate all successors of the royal line on every year’s Durga Ashtami, a festival dedicated to the goddess of wealth and power, Durga Nakulan, incidentally, is the royal family’s heir apparent, a fact that has concerned his relatives to no end. During the course of the novel, Dr. Sunny Joseph, a psychiatrist and Nakulan’s friend, diagnoses Ganga with multiple personality disorder due to her involvement in folklore. The film ends with Ganga’s alter ego being suppressed when she’s at her peak performance level. Cult classic: ‘Manichitrathazhu’ is recognized as one of the greatest Indian films ever made.
6. Waking Madison (2011)
Suicidal thoughts plague the life of Madison, a New Orleanian. Dr. Elizabeth, who frequently videotapes her patients’ interviews, helps her overcome her mental instability. During her interviews, Madison tells Dr. Elizabeth about her alter egos while playing them – Madison herself, Alexis, Grace, Margaret, and a small blonde kid.. During Madison’s self-reflective journey, she chooses to lock herself in her apartment and capture everything that happens. Toward the end of the 30th day, Madison understands that she has DID and that she was presenting herself as four different personalities to the doctor. Madison’s alter persona Dr. Elizabeth is also revealed to the audience later on. Waking Madison is a one-time watch since it’s gritty but also surprising and unpredictable in the last act.
7. The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
Although Eve White is an extremely devoted mother and wife, she is plagued by regular blackouts. One of Eve Black’s appointments with a psychiatrist reveals another violent and outspoken side of the character. As always, Eve Black and Eve White are two separate people who are completely unconscious of each other’s existence. Eve White’s husband divorces Eve after he discovers that Eve Black is genuine and witnesses Eve Black having sex with another man. Jane, a fairly stable and pleasant person, ultimately comes out of hiding to make up with both Eve Black and Eve White, only to discover that they’ve vanished. Dr Luther, Eve’s psychiatrist, is still convinced that there is an additional personality within her. While ‘The Three Faces of Eve’ has its moments, it has also been criticized for being overly long and verbose.
8. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
A Tale of Two Sisters’, a South Korean psychological horror, tells the story of Su-mi, a patient of insanity. Her reluctant stepmother Eun-Joo and her bossy younger sister Su-Yeon await her when she returns to their rural home. A nightmare reveals that Eun-Joo was caring for their mother during her final days and that Su-Yeon may have been the victim of her sister’s abuse. It is eventually revealed that Eun-Joo and Su-Yeon are the figment of Su-dissociative mi’s identity disorder, and that she and her father have been living in the house alone. New and horrifying information about Su-past mi’s emerges when she is reassigned to the mental hospital for the second time. ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’ has been hailed as one of the best South Korean horror films ever made, and it has received critical acclaim.
9. Frankie & Alice (2010)
The story of ‘Frankie & Alice,’ a Canadian film, revolves around Frankie, one of the top strippers in a Los Angeles nightclub. Alter-ego Frankie attacks the bartender on a girls’ night when she decides to go out with a bartender who she’s going to have sex with. Following the hectic event that resulted in her losing her job, Frankie experiences the same occurrence twice. Later, when she goes to see a therapist at the clinic, it’s discovered that she has two other personalities — one as a young boy, and the other as Alice, a prejudiced white woman. Slowly, but surely, Frankie is regaining her regular self as she goes through the healing process and comes to terms with all of the other personas she has developed as a result of her difficult upbringing. Halle Berry’s performance in the movie was appreciated despite the fact that it wasn’t her best work to date.
10. Hide and Seek (2005)
Following the apparent suicide of his wife, David and his 9-year-old daughter Emily relocated to upstate New York. David is concerned about Emily’s imaginary companion Charlie, whom she claims to play with, while the father-daughter combination copes with life. When David’s cat and girlfriend died in the same tub, his suspicions soared and he became even more determined to find Charlie. As it turns out, David suffers from a condition known as multiple personality disorder, and Charlie is a violent version of his own psyche. Even though the picture features a stellar ensemble, many critics found the storyline and general premise to be irrational and stupid.
11. Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
When it comes to dealing with people, Charlie, a state trooper, is naive. Because of his timidity and unwillingness to retaliate, he is frequently ridiculed, bullied, and otherwise used. Charlie’s sons adore him, but the rest of the town despises him after his wife had an affair with a mixed-race boyfriend and gave birth to triplet Afro-American boys. In response to Charlie’s ongoing incarceration, Hank, a second character that takes Charlie’s place, emerges, calling himself Charlie. Hank, on the other hand, is a foul-mouthed, violent, and prone to wrath. A hit-and-run inmate, Irene, is ordered by Charlie’s superiors to be escorted from Rhode Island to New York City while being pursued by her foes. While Charlie and Hank hunt down the persons following them, they become a close friendship. Only Jim Carrey’s acting prowess saved the day for the film.