Movies make you laugh, the movie makes you weep and a good movie will motivate you for a long time. An underlying aspect of a good film is its ability to inspire besides its entertainment value. What’s a better way to get inspired after a long day in this detached world than movies? So, here is the list of some inspiring movies to watch:
1. Schindler’s List
A German industrialist, drinker, and gambler saving lives of the enemy of the state sounds unlikely? Well, this is the case for Oscar Schindler. Oscar needs workers for his factory so, he hires Jews who are to be killed. He sets up all possible arrangements to keep them alive. 1993 Steven Spielberg’s film is one of a kind. The film flawlessly presents us with the atrocities of war, power of human emotion, and the true value of life when time is evil.
2. It’s A Wonderful Life
Released over 70 years ago, this movie is still as powerful and inspiring as it was back in time. A movie of a caring man who contemplates suicide because of his failures in life is intervened by his guardian angel. After he confesses his wish to never have been born, his Guardian angel shows him how he has influenced others’ life around him in a good way. A heartwarming movie with a simple plot quietly convinces us the audience to value our relationships and everyone is important in their own way.
3. Forest Gump
The list is incomplete without mentioning this classic. 1994 movie starring Tom Hanks, is a story of simple-minded American, Forrest Gump with an open heart and sharp dedication. Despite his physical and mental complications, Forrest is able to attain unprecedented achievements in different areas. With a bit comical approach of storytelling, Forrest Gump makes sure we are always kept entertained, and by the end of the movie, it leaves us highly inspired and in love with the character of Forrest.
4. The Shawshank Redemption
DRAMA. IMDB: 9.3
A fan favorite and probably one of the best, this movie has it’s a legacy built with it’s the power to motivate. The message of hope, endurance, and friendship is brightly conveyed with great acting and plot. The movie of a wrongly convicted inmate in Shawshank prison and how he keeps his hope of coming out free despite challenges that seem invincible. The idea also covers self-realization and insanity that follows other prisoners.
5. The Pursuit of Happyness
Based on the true story of Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith is a beautiful and incredibly inspiring movie. Never before the message “Never Give Up” was delivered so profoundly. Gardner is financially struggling American with the depressing quest in search of happiness. For almost a year, he is homeless while still in charge of his young son. The movie prepares us not to lose hope and keel our dream alive. If this doesn’t inspire, there is nothing that will.
6. The Pianist
WAR/DRAMA. IMDB: 8.5
Adrian Brody gives a spectacular performance in this 2002 war biographical drama. A tale of a well-known Jewish pianist in Poland witnesses a turnaround in life when Germany invades Poland in 1939 and begins detaining Jews. He is segregated from his family and is forced to do slave labor. A battling story of survival, hardship, and subsequent freedom is intriguing enough to raise the question of human tolerance.
An aspiring jazz drummer studying in a top music conservatory is subject to attention to stiff-necked but respected mentors. Jack Simmons who plays the mentor takes the student in his band. Now, comes the unique chemistry between two where we observe the contrast in their characters and motive. The movie is based on this battle of principle. It’s full of amazing quotes and the ending leaves us baffled. Is it inspiring? never doubt it.
8. Big Fish
An enchanting story of the relationship between father and son is fascinating with all its metaphors and storytelling. Underlying the magical theme is a story of love and passion. The movie very well explores the human condition and sensibilities. Every aspect of this movie will influence in a good way.
9. How to train your dragon.
We take an emotional rollercoaster through this animated movie and explore the beyond human friendship. A story of a young boy in mythical Vikings world and how he befriends a dragon tasked to be slaughtered is captivating to a whole new level. The unusual bond and friendship beyond spoken words are emotional and one of a kind.