How Accurately Is Schizophrenia Portrayed In Movies?

Film reels.

Actor Russell Crowe attends the premiere of the film 'A Beautiful Mind.'
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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Actor Eddie Redmayne and actress Julianne Moore attend the photocall for 'Savage Grace.'
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Savage Grace (2007)

Actress Mary Stuart Masterson attends Under the Gun NY Premiere Event.
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Benny & Joon (1993)

Actor Robin Williams appears onstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios.
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The Fisher King (1991)

Actress Kerry Fox attends the photocall for 'Storm' as part of the 59th Berlin Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
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An Angel at My Table (1990)

Actor Robert Downey Jr. and actor Jamie Foxx arrive at the premiere of Dreamworks Pictures' 'The Soloist' held at the Paramount Studios Theater.
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The Soloist (2009)

 Actor Michael Shannon attends the 'Take Shelter' New York premiere at the 57th Street Screening Room.
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Take Shelter (2011)

Actor Ralph Fiennes poses for a portrait at the Royal National Theatre.
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Spider (2002)

Jacqueline McKenzie attends the 7th AACTA Awards Presented by Foxtel.
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Angel Baby (1995)

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