For medical students who are just starting school and are still looking for that perfect film about medicine, this list of fantastic movies will definitely help you.
- Something The Lord Made
This semi-autobiographical comedy-drama film, starring Robin Williams, taught us all that laughter is sometimes really the best medicine whatsoever. One viewing and you’ll likely be inspired to connect more with your patients and help them get well soon.
How can this list be complete without a good tearjerker. Based on Oliver Sacks’ 1973 memoir, the film focuses on Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Williams) who discovers that the medicine L-Dopa commonly used by those suffering from Parkinson’s disease can also help patients suffering from encephalitis lethargica, a disease that takes over the brain and leaves patients in a catatonic state. The movie will help you appreciate life and experiment.
3. Side Effects
Side Effects is psychological thriller that looks at the side effects of one girl being prescribed a (fictional) new antidepressant drug. It may not be a true story, but the very real toll it takes on her and those around her are shocking.
In difficult situation a renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. She reflects on her reactions to the cycle the cancer takes, the treatments, and significant events in her life.This film would primarily benefit any potential or current medical students or persons involved in clinical trials and students discussing clinical drug trials.
5. Patch Adams
The true story of a heroic man, Hunter Patch Adams, determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people.He wanted to start his own hospital, the Gesundheit Institute, a place that was free and used less medicine, more humor.
However, his dream wouldn’t come true unless he graduated, and when the College finds out he was treating patients without a license, his entire career is placed in jeopardy. Based on a true story. He wanted to be something more than just being a doctor.It is must watch movie for every medical student and doctor.
Jack McKee a doctor who is successful,rich, extremely self centred and he has no problems until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient’s perspective, and finally he realises that there is more to being a doctor than surgery and prescriptions, and more to life than serving only his own needs.
Every doctor have to see this movie as part of their humanities training, perhaps then they would be less likely to lose their empathy along the way.
7. The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007)
After a devastating stroke, Jean-Dominique Bauby, who was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, finds himself trapped in his own body. Based on a true story, it gives doctors a sense of what locked-in syndrome is like, which isn’t always locked in as one may think. This movie will definitely help you grow as a doctor and a human being.
Philadelphia is film based on the story of an attorney named Geoffrey Bowers. In the 1980s, Geoffrey Bowers was suddenly dismissed from his position at a prominent law firm. Bowers suspected that he had been fired because he had been diagnosed with AIDS. He took the law firm to court and ultimately won the case in one of the first major AIDS-discrimination lawsuits. You will rejoice how law won in favour of objective truth, social justice and legality and against personal opinion and hatred.
9. Girl, Interrupted
This amazing drama film based on the 1993 memoir of Susanna Kaysen, which looks at her 18-month stay in a mental institution in the 1960s. The movie gives a very real and terrifying look at how mental illness was once treated. After watching it, you may be compelled to focus on how we talk about mental illness today, and what we can do to relieve the stigma.It presents some past of the medical arena.
Contagion is a 2011 American medical thriller-disaster film where the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills people within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. It inspires every medical practitioner how to better act mindfully in a rapid emergency condition.