Medical mystery thrillers are some of the most intriguing, entertaining films. They’re sometimes the scariest movies because we wonder if the medical mystery could happen to us. The worst thing is that after the movie you might stay up all night googling any random symptoms. The best part is that these movies are highly entertaining with twists and turns that keep us on our toes. Here’s our list of medical mystery movies you might have missed.
Flatliners explores the medical world of life after death. Stars Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, and Oliver Platt want to figure out what happens when people die. As medical students, the stars decide to conduct experiments that produce near-death experiences. Their visions beyond the grave aren’t exactly what anyone could expect. Be ready for the ride of your life.
The Elephant Man is another medical mystery movie based on a true story. In real life, Joseph Merrick is a severely deformed man living in London in the late 19th century. Stars John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft bring this story to this big screen about Merrick’s life. He’s rescued from a Victorian freak show and brought to live a life of high society. The outside world isn’t as accepting as his rescuers.
Brain On Fire
This Netflix medical thriller is based on a true story. A woman in New York suffers from a neurological disease that produces headaches, hallucinations, seizures, and many more random symptoms. No one can diagnose her. This movie takes you on her journey as doctors try to find out what is hurting her before it kills her.
Contagion is scary to watch during a pandemic, but it’s highly interesting. A virus spread by respiratory droplets is taking over the world. No one can figure out the identification of the disease or how to treat it. It’s a race to find a cure for the disease before it wipes out humanity.
She’s an adult, but stuck inside forever. Star Amandla Stenberg has always been sheltered by a world that can hurt her due to her rare autoimmune disease. She can’t go outside, so her mother keeps her away from the world. She thinks she is saving her life that way, but she’s really only suffocating her. The 18-year-old meets the boy next door, and nothing can keep her away from the world anymore.
Miracles From Heaven
This miracle movie is another true story. Jennifer Garner’s daughter is suffering from a random disease. The doctors figure out it’s rare, but cannot stop it. Garner’s character does everything in her power to heal her daughter. After a freak accident, the little girl is cured of her disease. The family’s real-life journey through this medical mystery is followed throughout the film.
It could be your worst nightmare. Star Hayden Christensen is awake during his heart transplant. He can hear and see everything happening during his surgery. The biggest problem with this is that he hears the surgeons planning to murder him. The patient is wide awake, but fully paralyzed as the surgeons roll out their plot to get rid of him.
Going to Extraordinary Measures, stars Brendan Fraser and Kerri Russell race to find a cure to help their children suffering from Pompe’s Disease. Based on a true story, the couple reaches out to Harrison Ford’s character, a researcher trying to find a cure for their rare disease. Time is running short to save the children as their new research runs into large road bumps.
Before I Go to Sleep
Imagine going to sleep every night then waking up in the morning not remembering your day. This is the truth for Nicole Kidman’s character. After a traumatic brain accident, her memory is gone. She records her daily routine. The memories slowly begin to come back. The truth is something she might not want to remember.
The medical mystery thrillers keep you guessing and then make you wonder if they could happen to you. Remember, it’s only a movie. Get some popcorn and dive into the mystery. If you’re left googling your own symptoms, contact your healthcare provider to get some answers.