We don’t want to feel depressed by its depleting vitality. As a result, we are hesitant to let it tarnish our carefully crafted image. Critics and scorn won’t stand a chance if we allow it.
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It’s true that failure can leave you feeling dejected and bruised.
We cannot be friends with this shadow. We believe so, at least.
Goya – Mournful Preparation for the Future.
Failure paralyzes more than any other emotion. Our will to fight is weakened when we believe that we are the only ones who suffer failure (and no one else). That which keeps us back is our reluctance to accept the value of failure.
Popularity and the successful have been central themes in a number of films, and these themes have been used to great effect to boost their box office gross. Inspiring stories on the big screen show us how it’s done. Other films instead focus on the spectacular failures. And for those who are prepared to look, these films’ failures and disasters can teach us just as much about life.
TopTenMM.com is a new film fan community that assesses the greatest 10 movies in every possible area, from horror and heists to comedy and courtroom drama. We’re going to take a look at ten films that didn’t hold back when it came to examining real-life tragedies and accidents. Unhappy endings in movies may teach us a lot about resiliency and perspective, but they can also teach us how to be prudent and how to be resilient, and these are all skills that only failure can offer. Unfortunately, there are so many examples of moral failure in the corporate world and in the justice system that it would be impossible to include them all here.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet starred in James Cameron’s Oscar-winning film on the RMS Titanic’s catastrophe, which ended with the ship sinking despite the fact that it had been judged unsinkable! But it also ended with personal redemption for its protagonist, Rose (Kate Winslet), who discovers love and is caught in the middle of a terrible tragedy..
At the famous Battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his 300 Spartans face off against the merciless Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his army of nearly 300,000 men in 300, a film directed by Zack Snyder. Even though Leonidas and his courageous men are murdered, their story inspires the Greek people to wage battle against the Persian Empire once more.
Kirk Douglas featured as Spartacus, the leader of a failed slave insurrection against the Roman Empire, in this Stanley Kubrick picture. Even though he is crucified for his beliefs in equality and justice, Jesus has become a universally recognized figure of resistance to oppression.
Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, played by Matthew Broderick, leads the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment in this film (only the second African-American regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War). The regiment leads the charge in the Second Battle of Fort Wagner, but Shaw and his men die alongside each other. However, Lincoln considered this as a critical step toward securing victory, as a result of the bravery displayed by the soldiers at the Battle of Antietam.
The Mercy (2017)
Critics are raving about Colin Firth’s performance as Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who attempted but failed to complete the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968 by fabricating his own progress. With its genuine and unfussy depiction of terrible decisions and devastating results, this solo journey resonates with audiences.
The Mission (1986)
This film features two Jesuit priests, Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, who have differing ideas of success. After all of the missionaries’ work has been done, the film based on events surrounding the Spanish–Portuguese Treaty of Madrid culminates with the slaughter of the priests as well as their followers. Final scene shows children who escaped attack going further into jungle, which symbolizes light that was not completely overcome by darkness.
Willard Wallace’s uprising against King Edward of England is depicted in Mel Gibson’s thrilling adventure epic “The Braveheart.” This movie does not leave its audience feeling dejected when a series of historical mistakes are brought to light. Instead, Robert the Bruce, a man who had served on both sides and would eventually lead his country to independence, emerges as a new and improbable hero.
United 93 (2006)
The terrifying events on board United Airlines Flight 93 are brought to life by Paul Greengrass (hijacked by terrorists as part of the September 11 attacks of 2001). No one on board survived the brave charge of the passengers into the cockpit, but it did save the jet from crashing and killing everyone on board had it achieved its intended objective.
The Departed (2006)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, and Vera Farmiga feature in Martin Scorsese’s version of the 2002 Hong Kong classic Infernal Affairs. However, this suspenseful tale of cops and criminals, with informants on both sides, shows how much can be lost when you stop being true to your own values and principles.. Key characters are eventually exposed, their personal lives in ruins, and their time on this earth is running out.
“The Final Days of the Nazi Empire,” a riveting play by Oliver Hirschbiegel, stars Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler. Nothing else on film portrays the horrible implosion that occurs when uncontrolled power, savagery, and illusion go hand in hand quite like the impact that this film does. This film stands as a reminder of one of humanity’s most monumental and lasting failures.
Finally, these videos help us see things from a new perspective. We can learn a lot from these films about how people typically ignore warning signs on their path to self-destruction. They also remind us that failure is not a permanent state of affairs, even though it is difficult to hold on to optimism. To sum up, they tell us that avoiding an open and courageous meditation on failure would only impede and delay us on this crazy and amazing trip called life.