WATCH: 10 must-see medical movies
Even though you see the real thing every day, once in a while it’s entertaining to see how Hollywood does it — if only to catch the made-up absurdities! Whether you’re in the mood for a vintage drama or a wacky comedy, these top Scrubs reader picks will be sure to entertain you as they have many nurses from generations past.
10 must-see medical movies
1. Patch Adams (1998) – Touching comedy with Robin Williams
“It’s the best medical movie — even if it’s sad.” – Nurse Amber Owens
“It’s usually the nurses who bring the smiles, so I’d love to see a Patch Adams-type movie made about a nurse. In the meantime, this is the movie that inspires me to connect with patients more than any other.” – Melanie Fisher
2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – Drama with Jack Nicholson
“Why do I love this movie even though the nurse is evil? I guess because I see the darkest part of me in Nurse Ratched. And I know I’d never do what she does.” – Anonymous
“Every nurse should see this movie, just so they know what patients are referencing when they talk about the horrible nurse from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” – Nurse Patricia R.
3. Bad Medicine (1985) – Comedy with Steve Guttenberg
“I voted for this movie because it’s totally hilarious, even though it’s dated. You must have worked with at least one doctor who graduated from a university like this…” – Nurse Frankie Collins
4. Young Doctors in Love (1982) – Spoof/Comedy that has ALL the Stereotypes
“Funniest. Movie. Ever.” – Katherine Alspaugh
“I couldn’t believe the number of recognizable people (bet they wish they could remove this from their resumé!) were in this forgettable movie.” – Anonymous