11 movies about a split personality that will surprise or scare you

This list did not include films in which the hero’s split personality is a critical spoiler for the plot. Otherwise, we would just spoil your viewing pleasure.

11. Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll & Hyde

  • UK, 1990
  • Horror, drama.
  • Duration: 96 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.1.

Troubled in his personal life, Henry Jekyll comes up with a new cure. It turns out that the drug turns him into a cruel animal. But Jekyll is gradually drawn into the vicious life of his second personality, which he named Mr. Hyde.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been screened dozens of times. Many still consider the paintings of the 30s and 40s to be the best, while modern experiments are scolded. However, the British version, in which Michael Caine played, will also please fans of the classics – the plot was kept close to the original, and the great actor did an excellent job with two roles.

10. Peacock


  • USA, 2009
  • Thriller, drama.
  • Duration: 91 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.2.
Shot from the film “Peacock”

Bank clerk John Skilpa suffers from dissociative identity disorder. He changes into his mother’s clothes and in this form begins to behave very differently. And then one day his new identity becomes known.

In the image of the protagonist, who was brilliantly played by Cillian Murphy , it is easy to notice references in the classic thriller “Psycho” by Alfred Hitchcock. However, the genre of the paintings are radically different.

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9. Frankie and Alice

Frankie & Alice

  • Canada, 2009
  • Drama, biography.
  • Duration: 101 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.4.

Frankie works as a stripper. One day she goes to the bartender’s house to have sex with him. But suddenly another personality wakes up in the heroine, and the girl kills the man. From that moment on, Frankie tries to sort out his mental problems and find their cause.

Many critics scolded the film with Halle Berry, saying that it was too long. But even in negative reviews, they admit that the actress herself did an excellent job with the role.

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8. Me, me again and Irene

Me, Myself & Irene

  • USA, 2000
  • Comedy.
  • Duration: 116 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.6.

The protagonist suffers from a split personality : sometimes he is kind and helpful Charlie, and sometimes he is rude and aggressive Hank. Charlie wants to help people and works as a patrol policeman, and Hank gets in his way all the time. They have only one thing in common – both personalities are in love with the beautiful Irene.

Echoes of the classic story about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are noticeable in this picture. But Jim Carrey turned the plot into a traditional plastic comedy. That does not cancel the dramatic component.

7. Beaver

The Beaver

  • USA, UAE, 2010.
  • Drama.
  • Duration: 91 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.6.
Shot from the movie “Beaver”

Walter Black runs a toy company. He has a wife and two children. And Walter has been depressed for more than a year now. After an unsuccessful suicide attempt, a new personality awakens in the hero – he communicates with others on behalf of a plush beaver, which he puts on his hand. But gradually he captures the whole life of Black.

This film would have seemed like a simple black comedy , if not for the ending. One major twist takes The Beaver to the next level and makes you wonder just how deep emotional wounds can be and how hard it is to get rid of them.

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6 The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

  • USA, 2008.
  • Fantasy, action.
  • Duration: 112 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.6.

Scientist Bruce Banner is experimenting with gamma rays. After a bad experience, he begins to turn into a terrible monster Hulk in moments of anger. Banner is being hunted by the US Army as he is now considered government property. But the hero wants to learn how to use his powers.

The second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is based on the comic book series of the same name. Interestingly, the main role in it was played by Edward Norton, who had previously starred in several films about people with a split personality. True, then he was replaced by Mark Ruffalo.

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5. Razor

Dressed to Kill

  • USA, 1980.
  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • Duration: 105 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.1.

Elliot’s psychiatrist patient is killed by a razor-wielding blonde. Suspicion falls on the call girl Liz, who teams up with the son of the deceased to search for the criminal. The doctor himself believes that the killer is another of his clients named Bobby.

Released in 1980, the picture of Brian de Palma caused a lot of controversy . The feminist community accused the director of showing violence for the sake of entertainment. At the same time, critics and the public praised the intricate plot and tense atmosphere. And Nancy Allen, who played Liz, strangely received nominations for both the Golden Globe and the Golden Raspberry.

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4. Three faces of Eve

The Three Faces of Eve

  • USA, 1957.
  • Drama, detective.
  • Duration: 91 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.2.

Modest housewife Eva White suffers from memory lapses and severe headaches. She goes to a psychiatrist to understand their cause. And it soon turns out that Eva White sometimes transforms into Eva Black – a woman with a completely different character.

The film is based on the book of the same name by two psychiatrists. And the original work, in turn, is based on the true story of their patient, Chris Costner Sizemore.

3. David and Lisa

David and Lisa

  • USA, 1962.
  • Drama.
  • Duration: 95 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.2.
Shot from the film “David and Lisa”

David is sent to a psychiatric clinic where he meets Lisa. She has two personalities: one speaks only in rhymes, the other is completely silent. The characters get closer, but each of them will have to deal with their own problems.

This film can be called a melodrama or even a romantic story. Director Frank Perry made his film debut with this picture, and his wife wrote the script. Each of the couple received an Oscar nomination for their work.

2. Split


  • USA, 2016.
  • Thriller, horror.
  • Duration: 117 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.

A stranger kidnaps three girls and puts them to sleep in a car park. They wake up in a basement. Soon, the captives find out that 24 personalities coexist in the body of their captor. And the last one is the scariest.

The film relies heavily on the acting of James McAvoy . Without changing outwardly, he portrayed a psychopath, a woman and even a child. Some of the images turned out a little grotesque, but still catchy.

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1. Primal fear

Primal Fear

  • USA, 1996
  • Thriller, drama, detective.
  • Duration: 130 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.7.

The police discover a frightened young man, Aaron, next to the body of the murdered archbishop. The young man denies all the accusations, and lawyer Martin Weil stands up for him, hoping to earn a good reputation. But they will have to confront the assistant prosecutor – Veil’s former mistress.

The image of Aaron became the debut of Edward Norton in a big movie. Perhaps the role of a young man suffering from mental disorders determined the future career of an actor.

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