Whoever said that education is limited to textbooks surely wasn’t exposed to good cinema. Movies not only make us laugh, cry and relate to the characters at various levels but every once in a while there comes a movie that leaves our soul a little more enriched than before. Here is a list of 5 extremely motivational movies that will leave you truly inspired to go out there and change the world, one day.
The Imitation Game
“Sometimes it’s the people who no one imagines anything of who do the thing that no one can imagine”
Directed by Morten Tyldum, the Imitation Game is a historical drama that revolves around the life of Alan Turning, a scientist, who decrypted the unbreakable German intelligence code – Enigma – during World War II for the British Government. With a promising cast comprising of actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, the movie has been brilliantly directed and contains exquisite artistic and cinematographic details. This masterpiece teaches us a very important life lesson that hard work, determination and out of the box thinking can make wonders happen just like it enabled Turning to do the impossible against all odds.
“Life is like a box of Chocolate. You next know what you are gonna get next.”
This drama follows the extraordinary life of a kind hearted and gifted athlete named Forrest Gump who witnesses some truly astounding events in his lifetime. Portrayed beautifully by Tom Hanks, Gump is an extremely interesting and likeable character from the beginning who teaches us that nothing is impossible only if we try. Born with a crooked back, Forrest is required to constantly wear leg braces making him subject to ridicule from his classmates but upon trying he is not only able to break free of his braces but is also able to enjoy a successful career as a college athlete.
Into the Wild
“The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences.”
Based on the travels of Christopher McCandless across North America and the time he spent living in the wilderness in Alaska. Played by Emile Hirsch, Chris decides to leave behind all his material possessions and donate all his money to charity in order to go on a journey to self discovery. Chris yearns to find solitude, truth and himself in a world that is constantly spiraling around him and is full of noise and chaos. However, his faith and determination is unwavering making us realize that every goal is achievable as long as we do not compromise and keep our goals in sight. After all, someone rightly said, “Fall down twice and get up thrice”.
The Pursuit of Happyness
“Don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you, you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.”
The Pursuit of Happyness is a biographical drama starring Will Smith that follows the life of entrepreneur and CEO, Chris Gardner and his struggle with homelessness. Chris constantly struggles with unpaid bills, taxes and parking tickets which puts a strain on his domestic life. Eventually he decides to pursue his dream of becoming a stockbroker in order to find happiness and is able to land a job as a broker after crossing a million hurdles. The movie effortlessly and beautifully puts forth the message that true happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one has the courage to keep going. Also, no dream is impossible to achieve if we constantly put our best foot forward to turn it into reality.
The Blind Side
“Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look the same as someone else to love them”
This sports drama features the story of a young African-American Boy, Michael Oher (also known as Big Mike). Following Oher as he makes his way through life from being a poor homeless child to being adopted by a white family and eventually becoming one of the most famous football players, this inspirational movie teaches us that we have the power to define our circumstances. An individual can either choose to stay where he is or to break free of all the chains and go after his dream. All you need is the will to improve your circumstances and the strength to keep pushing forward.