One of the best things about film is how deeply the art form can move an audience; great movies with powerful stories about courage and.
Getting ready for Netflix and chill?
Or, better yet, maybe you’re looking to be inspired by tales of determination and real-life stories of greatness, courage, and the resilience of the human spirit?
Netflix now has a vast collection of some of the most inspirational movies and documentaries ever created. No matter what you’re looking for and what you like, there’s bound to be something that will stimulate your brain and move your heart.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of some of the most inspirational movies on Netflix. Get the popcorn ready– it’s time to get seriously inspired.
I’ve seen many, many movies over the years, and there are only a few that suddenly inspire you so much that you want to continue to make films.
– Martin Scorsese
You didn’t think we could make a list of the most inspirational Netflix movies and not include this, did you? Easily one of the most inspirational movies on this list, if you haven’t seen The Pursuit of Happyness (Yes, happyness with a ‘y’), watch it. If you saw it a while back, watch it again.
The Pursuit of Happyness is based on the real-life story of Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) and his young son (played by Smith’s son Jaden) as they survive homelessness while pursuing a better life. This film easily has some of the most inspirational dialogue you’ll ever come across.
A rare glimpse into the life of Tony Robbins, I Am Not Your Guru is the raw and inspiring account of much more than just a master of human behavior, but a human being who cares deeply about the suffering of others because he’s no stranger to suffering himself.
Without giving too much away, if you’ve followed or appreciated Robbins’ work in the past (or present), this is an inspiring documentary on several accounts, and it isn’t to be missed.
Spotlight isn’t what most would consider an inspirational film. However, if you read between the lines, it’s one of the most inspirational stories of human justice that’s ever been told. And it’s not just an inspiring story, it’s an incredibly important film in its own right.
Based on a true story, Spotlight is about the Boston Globe’s investigation of accounts of sexual abuse by local Roman Catholic priests. Steeped in cover-ups and conspiracies, it tells a story of abuse by those in power and of the underdog winning against very powerful forces. In a world where journalism is under attack, it’s an important reminder of the importance of such work for balancing out the scales of justice and corruption.
The late Stephen Hawking was one of the most brilliant and influential scientists of the twentieth (and twenty-first) century. However, more than just a scientist, Hawking was a fighter who overcame what was supposed to be a fatal case of ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and went on to live a full and accomplished life.
If you love a great story of persistence and grit, don’t pass this up.
A timeless classic, To Kill a Mockingbird probably wasn’t very exciting to you in high-school. However, with everything going on in the world now (and you a little bit older), it’s possibly more relevant and compelling than it’s ever been.
The film adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel follows Atticus Finch as he faces off in court against the forces of racism during a time where his own stance– open defiance against white supremacy– was a rarity.
Less of a feel-good inspirational story and much more a story of the power of standing up against corruption, it will remind you of the difference that one person can make when they stand up for what’s right — and inspire you to do the same.
A documentary by director Robo Belic, Happy attempts to answer whether we have the potential to make ourselves happy, exploring the latest scientific research coming from positive psychology.
However, much more than just science talk, the film takes you on a journey around the world to meet people who claim to have found some semblance of happiness in their own life, from the wealthy of Okinawa, Japan and sixty-year-old Brazilian surfers to members of a Danish commune.
Short Term 12 is a story about change. The film follows Brie Larson’s character Grace as she works as a supervisor at a group home for troubled teens. Instead of saving the world or stopping evil forces, it’s about a refreshingly “real” person fighting to change the world in her corner of the world, one life at a time.
If you’re looking for an inspiring story that’s more on the side of realism, Short Term 12 is an incredible gem that you shouldn’t pass up.
Appearing at first to be just another Disney animated movie, this film is so much more.
Zootopia tells the story of an aspiring big-city police officer. It takes place in Zootopia, a sprawling metropolis which houses every species of animal known to, well, no one else because man doesn’t exist. The aspiring police officer? A spunky country girl, err bunny, born far outside the city.
Somehow both an incredibly fun and entertaining movie for kids and adults alike while also telling a compelling story about prejudice, racism, and xenophobia, Zootopia hits it out of the park in every way. If you have kids or just love animated movies (and you somehow haven’t seen it already), watch it.
It’s been years since I first saw Living on One Dollar, but I still remember it in detail. It’s the kind of film that leaves a lasting impression on you and, however subtly, changes the way you live forever.
Living on One Dollar is a reality-style documentary that follows four college students as they attempt to live in Guatemala for eight weeks, a country where the average citizen can live on as little as one dollar a day (hence the title). In fact, the film explains that over one billion of the world’s citizens currently live like this as we speak.
For the film, each of the four students lived on an allowance of zero to nine dollars each day, sharing a small hut purchased with a small loan to simulate the more exact circumstances of living in the area. Throughout their time in the country, they come face to face with illness, parasites, hunger, unexpected expenses, and the frustration that encompasses it all. However, they also find friendship, humility, and heart along the way.
Another feel-good family film, My Life as a Zucchini is both incredibly smart and funny, following the story of a group of orphans as they dream of a better life beyond the orphanage with incredible stop-motion animation.
However, much more than just a smart comedy, My Life as a Zucchini is a story of human resilience, making it an inspirational movie for the whole family.
For all the sports lovers out there, this is one of your best bets for some good ol’ Netflix inspiration. Four Days in October follows the story of the 2004 Boston Red Sox’s World Series run as the team attempted to break the curse of the Great Bambino.
If you’re not already a baseball fan, I won’t ruin the outcome for you, you’ll just have to see what happens.
This Ron Howard classic is about the 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission. The entire movie is painstakingly accurate down to the finest detail, which makes it incredibly fun and enlightening to watch– especially if you’re into that sort of thing.
However, what’s really inspirational about the film is its message of survival against all odds and the power of the human spirit. If you love scientifically accurate films, space, Tom Hanks (who doesn’t?), and stories about the human spirit, you’ll like Apollo 13.
See Black Panther? Who didn’t, right? Wish you could see more of Chad Boseman? You’re in luck.
42 is based on the inspirational life story of baseball great Jackie Robinson (played by Boseman) as he is met with fierce resistance while being the first black ball player to play in the major leagues since 1889.
It’s a story about courage as well as the human spirit, and serves as an important reminder of what one person can accomplish by standing up for what they believe in. To add to the authenticity of the film, Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, contributed to the production process.
The Bad Kids follows four students at Black Rock High School, a school for eleventh and twelfth graders who are at risk of not getting their diploma.
Throughout the documentary, you get to know each of the four students and what has held them back. The filmmakers do an incredible job of not just showing the kids for what others see them as– screwed up, apathetic, and even dangerous– but what lies underneath.
The inspiration factor of the film comes mostly from Vonda Viland, the principle of Black Rock High. Viland treats the students with kindness and compassion, in a way that is almost saintly, checking on students individually on a recurring basis and even picking students up when they don’t have a mode of transportation to school. Through Viland, the film inspires a sense of positive action and compassion like no film I’ve ever watched.
Easily one of my favorites on this list, The Little Prince is a film adaption of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novel of the same name.
It’s about a young girl who moves to a new neighborhood so that she can qualify geographically to attend the same prestigious school that her mother attended years ago. Her mother has lovingly, albeit misguidedly, planned out not only her entire education but her entire life down to the second– literally.
Starring Rachel McAdams and Jeff Bridges, The Little Prince is a wonderful reminder that life is precious and adventure and connection bring meaning. If you need to be reminded of the important things in life, watch this.
I didn’t include this because I’m a sushi fanatic– I swear. However….if you are too, you’re going to love this even more.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is about passion and devotion to one’s craft, quite simply. It follows 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono as he continues to refine his craft, even long after becoming what many consider to be one of the greatest sushi chefs on the planet.
Watch this if you’re looking for inspiration to follow your owndream and the motivation to get to work on your passion.
Matt Valentine is a father, husband, and a self-published author. He writes weekly on his blog, Buddhaimonia.com, about everything from spirituality to self-mastery.
The movies we're going to be showing you in this article are valid examples of how films can portray good personal growth.
“Celes, I was reading one of your articles and noticed a reader mentioning the movie ‘Yes Man’ in his comment. After reading the comment, I watched the movie and really felt a positive change in me. I would be really grateful if you could suggest similar inspirational movies that can help me in self-improvement.” — Fahad, Pakistan
Today’s post is different from the usual. We’re going into the topic of movies — specifically, inspirational movies with meaningful life lessons to learn. Get some popcorn before you continue reading! 😀
To be honest, I don’t watch A LOT of movies. I do love superhero movies (think X-Men, Marvel movies) and romantic comedies (Enchanted, Ever After, Anastasia) — the former for its good triumphing over evil and epic humanity-centered messages, the latter for the light-heartedness, humor, and romance. While they’re not exactly in the “inspirational” genre, they are inspiring to me in their own way.
I’ve compiled a list of great inspirational movies with important life lessons to learn. The first part of the post features 13 films complete with trailer, description, and my personal review if I’ve watched that show before. Following that is a simplified list of movies that didn’t make the top 13 but are worth checking out. As there are videos throughout this post, if you’re reading this outside of the blog, click this link to see the full post.
I hate spoilers, so don’t worry — there aren’t any spoilers here. Read without reservation! 😀
Not in order of importance.
Bruce Almighty is a fun yet inspiring film with a meaningful message. It’s about a TV reporter (Jim Carrey) who constantly has bad things happening to him. He complains that God is doing a terrible job — at which point God appears to him and offers him all his powers to see if he can do a better job. Along the way, he learns lessons that change his life.
On the whole I think the film can place greater focus on the life lessons — the humor tends to take over the film sometimes, possibly to cater to the mainstream audience. Great weekend film to watch with friends.[Buy Bruce Almighty on Amazon]
A friend read my blog when I started it back in 2008, and told me that I had to watch the Peaceful Warrior. He said that many of the things I talk about on PE are similar to the film’s messages. So he shared with me his copy of the movie and I watched it.
Based on Way of The Peaceful Warrior (book), the film features Dan, a student from U.C. Berkeley who has everything a college student could possibly want — looks, fame, great friends, attention from every girl, and talent in his gymnastics, his passion. Yet he’s unhappy, deeply troubled, and has trouble sleeping at night. One night, he meets a guide and his journey of self-discovery begins.
I like the Peaceful Warrior and there are many meaningful messages scattered throughout the show. In fact, I’ve included several dialogue in the movie in my inspiring quotes series. Some of my favorites are:
While I agree with the overall message of the movie and I feel that there were some great moments (like the rooftop scene), I found the movie quite slow paced and predictable. When I was watching, there were many times when “Socrates” (the guide) said something or revealed a lesson I already knew and already guessed he was going to say (in the same exact words too). I think a large part is because I already came to these conclusions myself before, so I’m just not the right target audience for the movie.
That said, there’s definitely some good stuff in this movie, especially as evidenced by the rave reviews by others. If you’re feeling jaded, losing their passion, or looking for a deeper meaning in life, this movie is a great starting point.[Buy Peaceful Warrior on Amazon]
The Family Man is a comedy drama about a highly successful, single investment banker (Nicholas Cage) who gets to experience how his life would have been if he made a different decision 13 years ago (staying with his girlfriend rather than opting for a high-flying career). It’s a movie that presents a ‘what if I had done this instead?’ scenario and contrasts a life with great wealth and success vs. a quiet family life.
It’s a great movie that gets you thinking about life, though I’m not in exact agreement with the implicit message that life has to be either/or — in this case, either wealth or family, not both. It encourages people to justify not pursuing career/wealth goals because they have a family, or that they shouldn’t pursue love/ have a family because they’re busy with work. Both are achievable — it’s a matter of expanding our capacity, prioritizing, and planning.
What I do like is the film gets you thinking about what you’re currently doing in life. If you continue what you’re doing today, where is it going to lead you? Would you have a lifetime of achievements and wealth, but no real friends or loved ones to speak of? Would you have lived a life conforming to norms while never taking action on your goals? A life living for others but not for yourself? Would you be someone bitter at life and at the end of it yourself?
And would this be a life you want? If not, what are you going to do to change this outcome?
Similar movies worth checking: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946 film) and A Christmas Carol. These have same “what if”/ alternate reality scenarios that get you thinking.[Buy The Family Man on Amazon]
Click is about a man (Adam Sandler) who receives a magical remote controller that allows him to rewind, stop, and fast forward through time. He uses it to skip past moments that he finds mundane/boring like family dinner, shower, and sickness. Initially this seems fun, but after a while he realizes that it comes with unexpected consequences — which you have to watch to find out.
Forget the trailer/marketing which comes across as your typical Hollywood slapstick comedy. This really isn’t. At first it may seem like that, but halfway through you realize that there’s something deeper that the film is driving. It gets you thinking about life’s moments and how each moment is no less important than another. IMO, it drives home the message that “every moment is a moment to be lived” more strongly than Peaceful Warrior.
I really, really love this film and highly recommend this to everyone. There is this really moving scene near the end where I cry like crazy every time I watch it. A great plot with a provoking mesage, and humor injected throughout the film to keep it light-hearted. I highly recommend you to watch it. Kudos to Adam Sandler too for his acting. 😀
Here’s a blog post that I wrote, inspired by the lessons in Click: Are You Putting Any Parts of Your Life On Hold?[Buy Click on Amazon]
I haven’t watched Forrest Gump before but I’ve heard too many great reviews not to include it in this list. Here’s a summary from Wikipedia:
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The story is of Forrest Gump, a simple man who comes from Alabama and his journey through life meeting historical figures, influencing popular culture, and experiencing firsthand historic events of the late 20th century.
The Secret is a self-help film on the Law of Attraction and positive thinking. It’s more of a documentary, not a fictional film. The Law of Attraction (LoA) refers to the idea that both your conscious and subconscious thoughts affect your outcomes in life. The Secret took the world by storm when it was released and has been featured on Oprah, The Ellen Show, Larry King, among countless other mainstream media.
I watched The Secret when it first came out in 2006. At that time I was new to LoA, so learning about it from the show was intriguing. Later on I learned more about LoA from reading blogs and came to appreciate it even more. Basically the concept of LoA synchronizes with many things I’ve come to conclude from my experience, so watching the movie was more like an affirmation for me.
After watching the movie, I felt more conscious than my usual self. Just watching this once once in a while can create an upward shift in your consciousness. Of course, don’t fall into the trap of a self-help junkie — ultimately self-help is meant to accentuate what you’re doing, not replace action taking.
There are many LoA detractors who feel that LoA is a hoax, but I think their criticism comes more from a misunderstanding of how LoA works. LoA isn’t about sitting back and expecting the world to change after you start thinking positive — it’s about thinking positive, taking massive action to realize your goals, and then having reality manifest results because your thoughts and actions are in synchrony. On the other hand, someone who takes lots of action but keeps thinking negatively is self-sabotaging because his thoughts and actions are not in alignment.
There’s also a companion book of same name by Rhonda Byrne. I haven’t read it but I gather it’s similar in message as the film.[Buy The Secret on Amazon]
Groundhog Day is about an arrogant TV weather man (Bill Murray) who finds himself stuck in a time loop where he keeps repeating the same day over and over. The worse part? He’s the only one who remembers the past day’s events — no one else seems to remember anything! At first he uses this time loop for personal gain. After a while though, he starts to evaluate his life and priorities.
So this movie is a really interesting one. Forget that the reason behind the time loop is never explained, because that’s not the point. Forget that this movie is somewhat old (released in 1993). Groundhog Day has deep messages that may elude you in your first viewing, and the interpretation depends entirely on who’s watching. The movie never actually discusses the lessons it’s trying to drive — rather, they are meant to be implicitly observed and interpreted by you.
Without giving away spoilers, pay attention to Phil Connors’ reaction in every scene and how it changes as the movie progresses. Also, notice how other people’s reactions change based on how he reacts. While Phil keeps reliving each day, you can see that his motivations and hence reactions change throughout the film as he realizes that he’s stuck there no matter what.
What do you do when you have eternity to live? Does Phil ever break out of the loop? Watch and you’ll know.
Someone in a forum likened Phil’s story with the path taken by most humans in life, where they are doomed to repeat certain problems until they attain the revelation to deal with it appropriately. Some likened it with the path of reincarnation, where humans are made to live over and over again until they attain the necessary lesson and ascend in their path. I found both to be very fascinating interpretations that I agree with. In fact I wrote a post about recurring patterns, inspired by Groundhog Day: Are You Facing Repeating Patterns in Life?
(By the way, it wasn’t specified in the film but Phil spends 10,000 years in the time loop. That’s a LOT of time to be stuck in a loop!)[Buy Groundhog Day on Amazon]
The Bucket List is about two terminally ill men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) who cross paths in a hospital after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Through their treatments, they befriend each other. They decide to embark on a trip to fulfill their bucket lists — a list of things they want to do before they die.
I have not watched The Bucket List before but I have read about the concept of the bucket list elsewhere. I personally embrace the idea of having your bucket list and have a few posts on it:[Buy The Bucket List on Amazon]
I watched Space Jam when I was a kid and I continue to enjoy it today. It’s a classic. The story is simple — the bad guys (Monstars) ousts the good guys (Looney Tunes) in a game of basketball at the beginning, after which the Looney Tunes go through arduous training to triumph in the end. Michael Jordan stars as himself where he is “kidnapped” by Looney Tunes to help them succeed.
I know it may seem silly that I’m putting a movie like Space Jam in this list but the winning point of the movie is really its simplicity. It drives home the values of determination, persistence/never giving up, hard work, self-belief, and friendship. I love the opening which shares Jordan’s childhood scene with his Dad, after which it transits to present day Michael. I got goosebumps watching it. R Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly is the perfect theme song for the movie.
There is a joke about piracy in the middle of the film (when Bugs and Daffy are in Michael’s house) which I lol-ed when I heard it. You have to watch to find out what it is. 😀[Buy Space Jam on Amazon]
The Lion King is an all-time classic and hands down the best hand-drawn animated film of all time. Even with all the 3-D films released today — which are great in their own right — none of them comes close to matching The Lion King in terms of its authentic feel. I remember the very first time I watched The Lion King was in the theaters, right when it got released. I was just 10 years old and my parents brought me and my brother out on a movie outing. Childhood memories! 😀
If you haven’t watched The Lion King before, please rent/buy/borrow a copy and watch it. I’ve probably watched it 6-7 times at least. I never fail to cry during a key scene in the second quarter of the film. I continue to rewatch the film once every few years and continue to be moved each time, because the story just never gets old. It speaks of love, responsibility, courage, and strength.[Buy The Lion King on Amazon]
Pay It Forward is about a young boy who creates a good-will movement, where he helps 3 people with something they can’t do themselves. The recipient cannot return the favor and must “pay it forward” by helping 3 other people. The film starts off a little slow, but picks up mid-way. Three-quarters into the film, everything starts to fall into place and the ending is a tear-inducing one. I like how the dots unexpectedly connect throughout the film. It’s a film of kindness, generosity, warmth, and gratitude.
The Pursuit of Happyness is about a salesman (Will Smith) who undergoes defeats, challenges and hardship such as his wife leaving him, being rendered homeless, etc. to secure a better living for his son. Throughout his journey, he never once gave up, and stood firm to his goals. The mood of the show is slow and somber, intended for the audience to experience more fully what the character is going through. Besides determination, self-belief, persistence and going after our dreams, the story also speaks strongly of a dad’s love for his child.
If you feel like you’ve been down and out in life and just about had enough of it, you should check out this film. It’s based on Chris Gardner‘s true story.[Buy The Pursuit of Happyness on Amazon]
This is the same movie that PE reader Fahad watched. Yes Man! is about a bank employee (Jim Carrey) who kept saying no to everything in his life until an experience in a motivational seminar changes him to say Yes! to everything that comes his way.
How many times do you say no in life? Do you shut out opportunities without even realizing? Is it about time you say yes to things that come your way? This inspirational movie will get you thinking.
Of course, there are times when you DO need to learn to say no. Saying no to the things you don’t want, that don’t match up with your ideal life. My article here will teach you how: How to Say No: The Definitive Guide[Buy Yes Man! on Amazon]
I don’t watch thrillers, but a friend recommended this and I was very impressed after watching. For one, Memento is a smart film executed in a very unique way. The film’s events unfold in two separate, alternating narratives — one in color, and the other in black and white. The black and white scenes are told in chronology, while the color scenes are in reverse chronology. By the time the film ends, both narratives converge to shed light on the investigation. There are different takeaways depending on the viewer. For me it speaks of how people put themselves in a state of self-denial and self-created fantasies, and because of that they pursue a hollow life, putting themselves in pain/anguish. Again, not a “happy” kind of film, but a film to watch if you like thrillers or you’re looking for a serious movie.
I only watched this movie once because the show is overall very depressing. However, it does have an important message. Many people often wonder, What if I did this? or What if I did that? The point is, we can’t change something without affecting something else in our life. Every decision we make comes with its downsides and upsides, and it’s our role to make the best out of the outcome, rather than regret and wish we did something else as it’s already in the past. Looking backward prevent us from truly living our life. In the film you can see the character oblivious to everything that’s happening in the present because he is too busy trying to go back in time to change things. I won’t spoil the show for you — watch the film and see the outcome yourself.
This is part of the Inspiration & Motivation series. Check out the other articles in the series:
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This rousing, crowd-pleasing period piece stars Colin Firth as England’s Prince Albert, who must overcome a speech impediment as he ascends the throne as King George VI. Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter co-star. The King’s Speech grossed over $414 million worldwide against a $15 million budget— and itcleaned house at the Academy Awards, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. It was nominated for twelve Oscars in total.
Roger Ebert called the film’s R rating (due solely to a handful of swear words) “utterly inexplicable.” He said, “this is an excellent film for teenagers.”
The King’s Speech is a tribute to the value of hard work and determination, and the power of believing in yourself.
By the end of Moonlight‘s unforgettable three acts, we’ve witnessed nothing less than the birth and salvation of a human soul.
Defiantly eschewing sentimentality and hand-holding, director and screenwriter Barry Jenkins tells this story of light and love in seemingly hopeless circumstances with broad strokes, gritty reality, and some of the most intoxicating audiovisual loveliness on record.
Moonlight won three Academy Awards, including a Best Picture victory in one of the biggest live-television blunders of all time. Moonlight will stand alongside the likes of Casablanca, The Godfather and select others as a Best Picture winner for the ages.
We’ve seen so many sports biopics over the years that it’s rare for one to really stand out. Miracle is based on one of the most inspiring true stories in the history of athletics, the triumph of the U.S. men’s hockey team over the Soviet team at the 1980 Olympics during the Cold War. The strength of the true life story, along with some muscular direction by Gavin O’Connor (FX’s The Americans) and touching performances (from Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson and others), elevate Miracle to something that’s just plain lovable and exciting to watch. Miracle is compelling and patriotic entertainment for all ages.
It took decades for Jackie Robinson‘s life story to finally arrive on the big screen. In the 1990s, Spike Lee developed a project with Denzel Washington in talks to star as the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball. This eventually fell through, as did a project Robert Redford was producing in the early 2000s. Ultimately, Oscar-winning writer/director Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) made the biopic starring Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the sports exec who signed him. Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, was involved in making 42; she was quite pleased with the finished product.
If you’ve never seen a Bollywood movie and you’re curious, this Disney-released family sports drama could be the perfect place to start. Based on the true story of an amateur wrestler who trained his daughtersto become India’s first world-class female champions in the sport, Dangal works for American audiences because much of it is comfortably familiar. Not uncommon for Bollywood, Dangal runs nearly three hours long with an intermission—and there are a few musical numbers. At the same time, this is a feel-good sports triumph in the vein of Miracle and Rudy, easy to connect with thanks to sympathetic, well-developed characters and strong performances.
Following its Christmas 2016 release, Dangal became not only the highest-grossing Indian film ever; it was 2017’s top-earning sports film worldwide to boot.
Claude Barras‘ visually breathtaking stop-motion animated feature is more substantial than the title suggests. The comedy-drama about orphans dreaming of a better life is often poignant, even wrenching at times, but My Life as a Zucchini navigates tricky emotional terrain with astonishing grace, and it’s ultimately an ode to human resilience. A Swiss-French production originally written in the French language, uncommon care has been given to the English re-dub featuring the vocal talents of Ellen Page, Nick Offerman, Amy Sedaris and Will Forte.
My Life as a Zucchini was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award (Zootopia won).
Eddie Redmayne won a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking. At the age of 21, Hawking learned he had motor neuron disease. In the face of incredible odds, Hawking and colleague Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) broke ground in science and medicine.
Diane Lane shines in this truly effective winner of a sports movie, about perhaps the greatest racehorse in history. Roger Ebert loved this movie, giving it his highest rating of four stars. He called Secretariat “a great film about greatness, the story of a horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him.”
Hugh Grant is in fine form in Chris and Paul Weitz‘s dramedy about a comfy, lonely bachelor in need of human connection. Grant and Toni Collette both earned Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for their work here. A young, babyfaced Nicholas Hoult received considerable praise for his performance as well. About a Boy is based on Nick Hornby‘s 1998 novel of the same name.
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To be clear, the first half of Room is as harrowing as a film can be; for some audiences it will be an endurance test. The emotional riches the enterprise offers are worth the ordeal, though. Brie Larson won a really, really well-deserved Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a young woman in captivity. A lesser movie would have turned this scenario into courtroom drama or a police procedural. Room is not about the perpetrator; it’s about a miraculous healing love between parent and child. It is viscerally affecting in a way you can feel physically. It’s an unforgettable experience.
An uncommonly perceptive film about young people is always something to celebrate. This drama, based on the 2008 novel of the same by Tim Tharp, is exactly that. A tender drama about a destructive alcoholic teen who falls for a kind, introverted girl, The Spectacular Now was director James Ponsoldt‘s follow-up to Smashed, another wonderful drama about a struggling drinker.
The cast list of The Spectacular Now is a veritable who’s who of some of the finest dramatic actors working today, including Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bob Odenkirk and Kaitlyn Dever.
Related: 5 Reasons Booksmart Is One of the Best Teen Movies Ever
An inspiring tale of real-life genius textured with elements of historical tragedy, The Imitation Game brings the story of real-life hero Alan Turing to the big screen. A few years after the mathematician’s codebreaking helped defeat Nazi Germany, he was imprisoned for being gay. The Imitation Game is a long-overdue cinematic eulogy, and it was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning Best Adapted Screenplay.
It’s just been announced that Alan Turing will be the new face of Britain’s £50 note.
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Before he won an Emmy for directing The Crown, Stephen Daldry made this gritty-yet-heartwarming about a boy in an English coal mining town who dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer. The breakthrough moment for actor Jamie Bell, Billy Elliot received three Oscar nods, for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress (for Julie Walters).
None other than Elton John co-adapted this beloved film for the theater. Billy Elliot the Musical opened in London in 2005. It came to Broadway in 2008.
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These Wreck-It-Ralph movies are so, so good. Better than they get credit for, even. They both tackle uncommonly meaty themes for all-ages audiences. The first one expressed that it’s our unusual, offbeat traits that serve us in the long run. Ralph Breaks the Internet is a sweet, nuanced story about the work it takes to maintain enduring friendships–which, let’s face it, isn’t always easy. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards. A characteristically wonderful Gal Gadot joins returning voice stars John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman.
Another uplifting animated family film now streaming on Netflix? The Oscar-winning Coco.
James L. Brooks‘s acclaimed rom-com was the first movie since The Silence of the Lambs to win both Best Actor and Best Actress honors at the Academy Awards–for Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt. They’re downright magnificent as an improbably-paired couple who improve each other’s lives in surprising, consequential ways. As Good As It Gets won a Golden Globe for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), but lost the Best Picture Oscar to Titanic.
Special mention: Schindler’s List (1993)
Though it is one of the heaviest, most devastating motion pictures ever made— it’s important to mention that Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning masterpiece Schindler’s List is now streaming on Netflix. There’s no film in history that will inspire you more than this; it is essential viewing.
The American Film Institute ranked it third on their 100 Years, 100 Cheers special, a list of the pictures that “encourage us to make a difference and send us from the theatre with a greater sense of possibility and hope for the future.”
Schindler’s List is an unforgettable testament to the power of an individual to make positive change.
Other inspiring, uplifting movies on Netflix we recommend: Rain Man (1988), Same Kind of Different as Me (2017).
What’s the most inspirational movie you’ve ever seen? Let us know in the comments.
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Documentaries have long been appreciated genres in the film industry. The quality and popularity of some of the documentaries have resulted in notable successes at the Academy Awards, but also at prestigious film festivals.
Here is a compilation of 10 inspirational documentaries that will change your life. The mix includes emotional and thrilling subjects, ranging from the most delicate to the most entertaining and educational.
Ayrton Senna was the definitive genius behind the steering wheel. The former Formula One racing driver has collected a total of 41 victories and 65 pole positions, making him the winner of the World Drivers Championships three times. But his greatest victory was beyond the race track, it was the respect coming from the people who loved him. He was adored in his native Brazil and reached superstar status in the ’80s and ’90s. His spotless career and fame was only marked by his rivalry with another race star, Alain Prost.
The documentary is a splendid outlook on his life, his achievements, his personal life and it is an inspiring example how the power of a single person can make a huge impact.
Optimism and positive thinking are key to a fast recovery. After suffering a near death accident while mountain-biking, Tom Shadyac, the director of the Ace Ventura films, has went through a period of slow, painstaking recovery. While going through the difficult moments and numerous doctor’s appointments, he understands and reflects on the different things that are going wrong in the world. This documentary is an inspiration for anyone going through tough times, who feel that they are in dire straits or have no hope. Knowing that there is hope is crucial and this film shows that through positive thinking, everything is possible.
A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, KUMARE follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life — and wondering if and when to reveal his true self.
Will his followers accept his final teaching? Can this illusion reveal a greater spiritual truth? Winner of South by Southwest’s Audience Award, KUMARE is an insightful look at faith and belief.
1974 saw a daring act of courage from Frenchman Phillippe Petit, who performed a high-wire walk between the two World Trade Center skyscrapers in New York. This exciting documentary follows Phillippe as he prepares for his mission. It shows the planning phases, his method and training and, of course, the ultimate feat, the high-walk, done without any safety measures.
Man on wire features an enthusiastic dialogue and entertaining narration, with spectacular imagery, creating a wonderful atmosphere. Finally, the viewer is left to marvel at his courage and skill, while some may question his motives or motivations for such an endeavor. But the real lesson behind it is that you must follow your dreams, whatever they are.
Searching For Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez the greatest `70s rock icon who never was. After being discovered in a Detroit bar Rodriguez’s sound struck 2 renowned producers and they signed a recording deal. But when the album bombed the singer disappeared into obscurity. A bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and over the next two decades he became a phenomenon.
The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.
This is the perfect documentary for any health and fitness buff out there. Knowing the best recipes, foods and beverages to reach your ultimate goal of a perfect body is essential, and this film sheds light on various practices and deceptive strategies employed by large companies in the field. Interviews with health specialists and bestselling authors, as well as physicians will also help you get out of the diet trap. However, the most inspirational part of the film is the success stories of some of the people who risked and changed their lifestyles, finally overcoming obesity or other health problems.
In the early 20th century while studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in every story ever told. He called it “the hero’s journey.” Finding Joe explores how the hero’s journey is relevant and essential in today’s world. It provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life or, as Campbell would simply state, how to “follow your bliss.”
This documentary takes us on an inspirational quest of self-discovery. As you slay dragons and uncover treasures, you just may find that the holy grail you seek is closer than you think.
Chris Marker’s exciting documentary follows the traveler through a journey from San Francisco to Africa and from Japan to Iceland, covering breathtaking scenery and exhilarating experiences. The film is narrated by a pleasant female voice and features stunning images from various parts of the world. Viewers will enjoy superb shots of Icelandic people, a Japanese temple dedicated to cats and much more.
The cinematography in this documentary is absolutely impressive and will leave you mesmerized.
Happy is a thoughtful documentary which examines the cause of happiness. While depression, anxiety and other negative emotions have been studied numerous times before, what makes a person happy has remained a mystery. Featuring a collection of interviews with people from diverse cultures and communities, Happy shows the simple and basic elements that can cause happiness. From community dwellers in Denmark, to a 60-year old surfer from Brazil, or the cheerful inhabitants of Okinawa, the film is packed with positive and optimistic stories of life and will become a real inspiration for any viewer.
Muhammad Ali was 32 in 1974, and many thought he should retire, that he was way past his prime, that he couldn’t fight anymore. His competitor is George Forman, ten years younger and the current Heavyweight champion of the world. Don King, a relatively unknown boxing promoter, decides to lure the fighters with 5 million dollars each for the match, and the only financial backer for this plan is Mobutu Sese Suko, the dictator of Zaire. This is how this famous boxing match in history started, known as “Rumble in the Jungle”. It shows the intense build up and training prior to the fight and includes interviews with the athletes and their coaches. Also, this inspirational documentary features guest appearances by James Brown, Spike Lee and Thomas Hauser among others.
When We Were Kings was critically praised and it won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Feature in 1996.
Have you viewed any documentaries recently that have helped change your life?
Please share them with us and leave a comment about your recommended documentary.
Article By Joel Brown | Addicted2Success.com
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