In Virginia, the new film from Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly plays a single mom with a none-too-firm grasp on reality. Her idea for getting away from the washed-up resort town she’s stuck in? Faking a pregnancy and robbing a bank in a gorilla mask. Virginia is a marked departure for Connelly—and not just because her trademark raven locks are bottle-blond yellow. But she tackles the role with aplomb.
We decided to take a look back at some other movies featuring female characters with mental-health issues. They’re all iconic for one reason for another, and they all receive major attention during award season. (Hint hint!)
Click through to meet our favorite unhinged divas!