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Everybody needs a dose of hope, positivity, and motivation from time to time. Especially students, who have to juggle between classes, assignments, socializing, and earning. Whether it is exam jitters, the stress of applying to a college, or simply feeling lost, there is a way to deal with your hardships. To start with, give yourself a break and do things that make you happy. Listen to your favorite music, indulge in your hobbies, watch motivational movies, or listen to an inspiring podcast.
Every piece of art that you consume can have a profound impact in some way or the other. It can be a medium of self-revelation and inspiration. The top 10 motivational movies in this blog will lift you up when you start to doubt your abilities.
Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society is an American teen drama film starring the famous actor and comedian Robin Williams. The film is set in 1959 at a conservative boarding school in Vermont called the Welton Academy. The iconic character of John Keating played by Robin Williams changes his students’ perspective on poetry and literature. He encourages his students to embrace their individuality and live their lives to the fullest. The movie provokes you to “seize the day” and make a difference in the world.
Author’s Note: The Dead Poet’s Society will compel you to break through the bounds of normalcy. You will start questioning everything, see the subtle joy’s in life, and cry for days after the movie ends. A must-watch for all of humanity!
Forrest Gump is a story depicting several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a character played by Tom Hanks. The movie shows how a boy with physical and intellectual challenges faces all that comes his way with a smile. The character of Forrest Gump believes that good things can happen for him and dares to go after them. This funny yet inspiring story is among the best motivational movies and teaches you how you can achieve great heights only if you reach for them.
Author’s Note: Forrest Gump is an honest character’s account. The movie grounds you in reality and makes you fall in love with the flaws that Forrest carries. In the end, you’re left admiring him for his courage and asking yourself to go after your dreams today!
The Theory of Everything
This movie is the life story of one of the greatest scientists in the history of mankind – Stephen Hawking. It will take you through a roller coaster ride of emotion and euphoria as actor Eddie Redmayne plays Hawking superbly. The Theory of Everything is a wonderful tribute to Hawking’s achievements and makes you feel good despite his tragic medical condition. The movie motivates you to be hopeful and persevere through it all.
Author’s Note: The movie gives us insight into Stephen’s breakthroughs, the challenges he faced, and the people who helped him get through them. From the day Stephen couldn’t walk until the time he received royal recognition, it was his mind that carried him. Those who are willing, can make their dreams come true no matter the challenges.
3 Idiots is a 2009 Indian movie that is based on Chetan Bhagat’s book “Five Point Someone.” The movie is about two friends searching for their long-lost companion who inspired them to think differently. It challenges the notion of life being just a race and how you need to work to get ahead of everyone. The movie outlines how we give in to our circumstances and silence the voice within. The story reiterates the importance of following your heart and taking the chances you need to take, cause it will all be worth it.
Author’s Note: This movie will have you laughing, grinning, and rolling in a pool of tears all at once. It’s relatable to every student out there today, who’s been struggling to find a passion, enjoy life, and is afraid to see his dreams come true. Grab a bunch of tissues before you start.
Whiplash is the story of a nineteen-year-old boy, Andrew Niemann (played by Miles Teller) who wants to be the greatest jazz drummer in the world. The movie is a clear depiction that greatness doesn’t come easy, you have to work hard and give it everything you’ve got. The movie inspires and moves you to do more, push your limits, and teaches you to never settle for anything less than you deserve.
I am Kalam
I am Kalam is a movie about hope and self-belief. It is a great motivational movie for students and adults alike. The movie depicts the life of a poor boy, Kalam who works in a local tea shop. He dreams of going to school wearing a uniform and learning about the world but is victim to his circumstances. The film is optimistic and inspires you to face all odds with a smile.
Life of Pi
Life of Pi is a spectacular story about a young Hindu boy who experiences an unfortunate shipwreck. After this, he faces the most bizarre and dangerous situations in his life. He is stranded on a boat in the middle of nowhere with a Bengal Tiger. The movie teaches you how to be resilient and do your best even when life hurls you into a tight corner, literally!
Good Will Hunting
This is a moving story about Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon) who is a janitor at MIT and is incredibly gifted in Mathematics. The film avoids any easy answers and highlights the complexity and pain of personal growth. The path to self-realization is tough but not impossible and the film forces you to face your vulnerabilities. It is truly a motivational movie about having the courage to change, release your limiting beliefs, and become better for yourself.
The Man Who Knew Infinity
The Man Who Knew Infinity is a biopic on the life of Srinivas Ramanujan, a self-taught Indian mathematician who, according to a few people, “deciphered the very fabric of existence.” It is a story about the genius of humankind and inspires you to dream and fight for what you love, no matter what.
Author’s Note: The Man Who Knew Infinity makes you realize that being talented is only one side of the success coin. Yes, you have the brains, you have worked hard. But it’s also important to be resourceful and grab the right opportunity when it comes by.
The Pursuit of Happiness
The plot of the story revolves around a lowly salesperson who works hard and slowly moves up the ladder in life both professionally and personally. The protagonist, who is played by Will Smith, works hard to provide for his son and get a better job. The movie is inspiring and a clear depiction of the fact that you can truly do anything despite all that life throws at you.
Author’s Note: The Pursuit of Happyness shows that making your dream come true takes hard work and willpower. And that, if you don’t give up, you WILL (haha, see what I did there) see it come true. All you have to do is be patient and keep on moving forward.
A few other suggestions for motivational movies
- The Social Network
- Freedom Writers
- The Imitation Game
- Legally Blonde
- The Paper Chase
- Taare Zameen Par
- Blind Side
- A Beautiful Mind
- Chak De India
- The Intouchables
- English Vinglish
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- 500 Days of Summer
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Zindagi Na Milege Dobara
- Mary Kom
If things aren’t going your way, try to unwind and give yourself the time to work through the difficulty. Dwelling on your mistakes and worrying never helps. Take them as a lesson learned. Commit yourself to it again!
And if you need some help lifting your spirits, talk to people who are optimistic, watch movies, read and listen to music, watch a motivational speech, or listen to an inspiring podcast and get back on your feet!
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1. Why do people watch inspirational movies?
Answer- Everyone needs a boost of motivation and a break from time to time. What better way to get this than watch someone else’s story? Motivational movies are a good way to see how different situations play out and how people handle things. It can be a good morale booster for many.
2. Why do we feel good after watching a movie?
Answer- Like reading a book is a break from the real world; movies give you a break from stressful situations as well. Some people have comfort movies they watch when they are sad or stressed because it gives them the comfort they desire. Another reason why people may feel good after watching a movie is that most movies have a conclusion/end which we don’t always get in the real world.
3. Why is cinema important in our life?
Answer- Cinema is not just a stress buster but also a way for people to connect. Many movies and cinematic universes have brought people closer and built communities. It can also enhance imagination, and help develop new perspectives.
4. Which movie is best for life?
Answer- Each movie on this list is meant to teach you a different lesson. Each has a different story to reach a wider audience. Pick one of these and see what motivates you and let us know in the comments.