Who needs an attitude adjustment?
What is the first thing you do after your exams get over? Watch a movie. What about after a hectic day at the office? Movie time! This evergreen activity rejuvenates your soul and refreshes your mind. It doesn’t matter if you are a small child or an old man descending into retirement, the film industry caters to people of all ages. So, who doesn’t love emotional tales about beating the odds and making a name? Or, perhaps you are looking for some encouragement or the pursuit of happiness? Or maybe you just want to take time out of your busy schedule.
Either way, this quick list of inspirational movies will surely guide you on your pursuit of happiness.
1. The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)
This light-hearted tale about a young man’s journey to fame, despite gut wrenching hardships and exceptional struggles, is definite to move you emotionally.
The story follows Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) who yearns to become a stock broker despite adverse circumstances and little education. This man of wisdom showcases how immense courage and dedication can lead you to glory hence proving that when you change your attitude, life changes for you.
Young Jaden Smith plays Will Smith’s son, who stays with his father through tough times. The father son duo takes on the screen with grace. The scene when Chris claps for himself at the end has been winning hearts ever since the movie came out. The Pursuit of Happiness is based on a true story that showcases the harsh realities of life.
If you haven’t, leave everything and watch it now!
2. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
This Christmas classic came out more than 70 years ago. The story is set during Christmas time when a man wishes to have never existed due to the trouble he has put himself in. However, when he is given a given a chance to see how an ordinary man like him, has touched so many lives he takes responsibility for his actions and begins a new journey.
This fantasy drama shall make you realize the importance of your goodwill and how it can affect others. If you are looking to lift yourself up, then this movie should be your first choice.
3. Schindler’s List (1993)
This is a story of a noble man – Oscar Schindler, who sacrificed most of his wealth, time and loyalty to save about 1500 human lives.
But here the context has the power to sink your heart. Schindler was a Christian, who risked his life to save Jews from the atrocious Nazis when he himself had nothing to lose.
A tale of justice, heroism, and humanity. Schindler’s List has been loved by one and all. This one is high on the attitude adjustment scale!
I am almost certain it is hard, but try not to cry like a child, when you spot the little girl in red on the colorless background of horror and ignominy.
4. Life of Pi (2012)
This tale of admirable valor despite horrid circumstances is truly one of a kind. It makes you realize that it is nothing but faith, love, devotion, and courage that shall help you sail through the sea of life.
In this movie, a young boy named Pi Patel is stranded in the Pacific Ocean. There have been many tales of survival but none in the company of an adult Bengal Tiger. This movie is not just sheer fantasy or fiction, it is about the capabilities of the human mind and how its limitations lie in the mere essence of a belief. With breath taking cinematography and exceptional dialogue delivery, this movie shall sail you towards strengthening your belief system.
5. Life Is Beautiful (1998)
Life is beautiful is set during world war two. It is a humble tale of a loving father who amidst terrible times, tries to keep his young son safe from the terror of the Nazis.
It is touching to see how the father ingeniously builds stories to keep his naïve son, safe from the horror of the outside world. He tells his son Joshua, that the war time is all a game, and that everyone is pretending to be a part of it. When he is supposed to be playing with toy cars, and pretend guns, Joshua’s father makes him believe that killer tanks and revolvers are just a part of this huge setting.
This movie shows how our families go to any means to protect us from the harsh realities of life. This simple tale of love and affection is definite to strengthen the bond between you and your parents.
6. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
By far the greatest movies of all times, Shawshank Redemption is about breaking boundaries of injustice and despair, only to emerge stronger and wiser.
It is a story of a man Andy Dufresne who is wrongfully convicted of his wife’s murder. Despite being sentenced to life, he beats the odds and makes the best of his situation. This is truly a must watch!
So, when was the last time you shed a tear while watching a movie? If it wasn’t recently, I am sure this movie list should be of great help. Watching these movies would not only help you gain some motivation to achieve great heights in life but would entertain you to the core as well. So, the next time someone asks you to name some inspirational movies, you know where to check!
Author Bio – Emily
An appreciator of world cultures and literature. I have taken to writing on developing technologies and their impact on social change. I am a blogger at http://RadioControlledCarsGuide.com and have written for various niche magazines and newspapers.