Celes, I was reading one of your posts when I came across a comment from a reader who mentioned the movie ‘Yes Man’. After reading the comment, I decided to see the movie, and it had a profound effect on me. if you could recommend any other inspirational movies that could aid me on my journey to self-improvement, I’d appreciate it greatly. Fahad
This week’s post is a departure from the norm. We’re going to talk about movies, notably inspirational films that teach us valuable life lessons. Before you continue reading, get some popcorn!:D
Honestly, I don’t watch many films. However, I do enjoy both superhero and romantic comedies (think X-Men or Marvel movies) for their epic human-centered themes and light-heartedness, humor, and romance, respectively. Despite the fact that they don’t fit into the “inspirational” category, they nonetheless inspire me in my own manner.
I’ve put up a list of some of the most inspirational films out there, each with a valuable lesson to be learned. Thirteen films are included in the first section of the post with a trailer, description, and if applicable, a personal evaluation. For those who missed out on the top 13 films, here is a streamlined list of more films that are worth your time. This post contains videos, so if you’re reading it elsewhere other than the blog, you’ll want to click on this link to view everything.
Don’t worry, there are no spoilers in this article. 😀 I’d recommend it to anyone!
In no particular order of importance
1. Bruce Almighty
Fun and motivating at the same time, Bruce Almighty is one of the best movies of all time. Jim Carrey plays a TV reporter who is plagued by bad luck on a regular basis. God appears to him and offers him all of his abilities to test if he can do a better job because he hears him whine about how bad God is at his job. Throughout the journey, he learns valuable life lessons.
In general, I believe the film might put more emphasis on the lessons learned; the humor occasionally takes over the picture, possibly to appeal to a broader audience base. A great movie to enjoy with friends on a rainy weekend.
2. The Peaceful Warrior
The Peaceful Warrior was recommended to me by a friend when I first started blogging in 2008. According to him, my writings on PE are in line with a number of the film’s primary themes. That’s when he offered to lend me his copy of the film.
When it comes to college students, Dan, a student at Berkeley, has it all—fame and friends, attention from every lady, and a gift for gymnastics that he pursues as his life’s work. Despite this, he is depressed, disturbed, and unable to sleep at night. He meets a guide one night and embarks on a quest of self-discovery.
In the show, the Peaceful Warrior, there are a lot of important lessons to be learned. A number of quotations from the movie have made it into my inspirational quotes collection. My favorites include:
In my opinion, there is always something going on. It’s impossible to have an ordinary day.”
As the saying goes, “The ones who need the greatest love are the ones who are hardest to love.”
No, death is not sad. “The terrible truth is that most people don’t even exist,” he says.
To be a warrior, you don’t have to be perfect, nor do you have to be invincible.” He’s all about total openness. That’s what true courage is all about.”
There were some amazing moments in this movie, such as the rooftop sequence, but overall I felt the movie to be boring and predictable. “Socrates” (the guide) mentioned things or disclosed lessons that I already understood and had predicted he was going to say while I was watching (in the same exact words too). Because I’ve already reached these conclusions, I don’t think I’m the ideal audience for the film.
Nonetheless, the film does have its moments, as indicated by the overwhelmingly positive reviews it has received from critics. I recommend this film to anyone who is tired, bored, or searching for meaning in their lives.
3.The Family Man
in which Nicholas Cage plays a wealthy investment banker who makes a different choice than he would have made 13 years ago in the comedy drama “The Family Man” (staying with his girlfriendrather than opting for a high-flying career). What if I had done this instead?’ is the premise of the film, which contrasts an affluent and successful life with a more mundane existence.
I believe it’s a terrific movie, but I’m not exactly in accord with the implied message that life has to be either/or—in this case, either wealth or family, not both—in order to succeed. Having a family can be an excuse for not following one’s career or money objectives, and vice versa can be an excuse for not pursuing one’s romantic or familial goals because one is too busy at work. Both are doable; we just need to increase our capacity, prioritize our efforts, and plan ahead.
As a result, the film makes you reflect on your current situation. What will happen if you keep doing what you’re doing now? Having a long and successful career, but no true friends or family to call your own? Is it possible for you to have lived a life of conformity while never pursuing your dreams? Is it possible to lead a life of self-sacrifice? Is it possible for you to live a life of bitterness, both in the present and at the end of it?
Is this the kind of life you’d like to lead? Unless you have a plan to alter the outcome, what are your options?
Check out A Christmas Carol (1943) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). You’ll be prompted to consider “what if” and “alternative realities” in each of these.
Adam Sandler plays a man who gets a remote control that enables him to rewind, stop, and speed up time. When he’s bored with family meals, taking a shower, or becoming ill, he uses it to get around these tedious tasks. There are some unforeseen ramifications here, which you’ll have to watch for yourself to discover.
Forget about the slapstick comedic vibe of the trailer and marketing. This is a lie. Initially, it may appear that way, but by the time you get to the end, you discover that the film is pursuing a higher purpose. When you think about the importance of every moment in your life, you’ll begin to appreciate the value of all of them. Peaceful Warrior, in my opinion, does a better job of conveying the notion that “every moment is a moment to be lived.”
This is a fantastic film that I wholeheartedly endorse. My eyes well up whenever I see this moving scene at the end. Infusing humor into the picture to keep it lighthearted, the film has a terrific plot and an important message. I really encourage you to see it. Also, kudos to Adam Sandler’s performance. 😀
It motivated me to write this blog post based on what I’ve learned from the lessons in Click:
Is There Anything in Your Life That You’re Putting On Hold?
5. Forrest Gump
If you haven’t seen Forrest Gump yet, you can’t miss it on this list because of the overwhelmingly positive ratings. Here’s a Wikipedia summary:
A 1994 American comedy-drama film based on Winston Groom’s 1986 novel Forrest Gump was released. As an ordinary man from Alabama, Forrest Gump sets out on a quest to meet great luminaries, influence popular culture, and witness some of the most significant events of the late 20th century.
6. The Secret
It is a self-help film about the Law of Attraction and positive thinking, which is called The Secret. In other words, it’s a documentary, not a feature film. Conscious and subconscious ideas are both linked to your life’s results, and this is known as the Law of Attraction (LoA). Since its publication, The Secret has been featured on Oprah, The Ellen Show, and Larry King, as well as numerous other prominent television programs.
In 2006, I saw The Secret for the first time. Learning about LoA from the show was exciting to me at the time because I had never heard of it before. Reading blogs helped me to gain a deeper understanding of LoA, which allowed me to appreciate it much more. As a result of my own experiences, I’ve come to the conclusion that the concept of LoA jibes with many of the conclusions I’ve drawn from them.
I was more aware of my surroundings after viewing the film. Just seeing this once in a while can cause an uptick in your awareness.. Don’t be a self-help junkie, of course. Self-help is supposed to enhance your efforts, not to take their place.
In my opinion, there are a lot of people that think LoA is a hoax because they don’t understand how it works. A positive outlook is not enough; you must take action to achieve your goals, and your thoughts and actions must be in sync to see the effects of your optimistic outlook appear in the world around you. However, a person who takes a lot of action but continues to think negatively is self-destructive since his ideas and actions are not in sync.
7. Groundhog Day
An pompous and self-absorbed TV weatherman (Bill Murray) finds himself trapped in a temporal loop where the same day repeats itself. Worst of all? No one else seems to recall anything from the previous day’s events, except for him! In the beginning, he exploits this temporal loop for his own benefit. However, after a while, he begins to reevaluate his goals in life.
That’s right, this is a fascinating film.
Forget about the fact that the time loop is never explained, because that’s irrelevant. Let go of the fact that this film is a few decades old (released in 1993). Groundhog Day contains a lot of hidden meanings that you may not notice at first, and the interpretation relies depending on who is watching. Instead than discussing the principles it’s trying to teach, the movie encourages you to interpret them for yourself.
Pay attention toPhil Connors’ reactions in every scene and how they alter as the movie continues without giving away spoilers. Other people’s responses will also differ depending on how he responds. You can see Phil’s motivations and reactions shift throughout the video as he understands that he’s stuck there no matter what he does.
What do you do if you’ve been given the gift of eternity? What happens to Phil when he gets stuck in a rut? You’ll know if you watch.
Someone in a discussion thread related Phil’s tale to the road that most people walk in life, where the same issues are re-examined until they find the wisdom to cope with them. Some compared it to the route of reincarnation, where humans are made to live again and over again until they learn the essential lesson and ascend in their journey. Both of these explanations were fascinating to me, and I agree with them. On the heels of Groundhog Day, I penned a blog piece about recurring patterns: Is Your Life Full of Recurring Patterns?
The video does not indicate this, but Phil is in the time loop for 10,000 years. For that long, you’re stuck in the same place!)
8. The Bucket List
After being diagnosed with lung cancer, two men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) cross paths in a hospital. They develop a friendship as a result of their treatment regimens. There are a few things on their “bucket list,” which is a list of things you want to accomplish before you die.
Before seeing the film, I had heard about the concept of a bucket list elsewhere. Having a bucket list is a great idea, and I’ve included a few posts on it:
What’s on Your To-Do List? Before You Die, Here Are 101 Things To Do.
Interviews for Bucket List — You may discover video and audio samples of my interviews on establishing a bucket list in my media area.
9. Space Jam
I remember watching Space Jam as a kid, and I still like it today. It’s a time-honored film. Initially, the bad guys (Monstars) defeat the good guys (Looney Tunes) in a basketball game, but the Looney Tunes persevere through a grueling training regimen to win the game back and become champions of the world. The Looney Tunes abduct Michael Jordan in order to help them prosper.
Putting a movie like Space Jam on this list may seem like an odd choice, but the movie’s simplicity is what makes it so enjoyable. Determination, persistence/never giving up, hard effort and self-belief are all emphasized in this story. Jordan’s father and Jordan’s present-day father are shown together in the opening sequence, which I really enjoy. It brought a tear to my eye. The movie’s theme song, R Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly, is a fantastic fit.
In the middle of the film (when Bugs and Daffy are in Michael’s house), there is a joke about piracy that made me laugh out loud. You’ll have to tune in to find out.:D
10. The Lion King
One of the greatest animated films of all time, The Lion King is a must-see. No 3-D picture has ever come close to approaching The Lion King in terms of its authentic feel, even with all the wonderful ones out there. I recall seeing The Lion King for the first time in a theater as soon as it was released. My parents took me and my brother to the movies when I was just 10 years old. It’s a good time to revisit old recollections!
There is no better time than now to see “The Lion King” if you haven’t already. I’ve watched it at least six times. During a pivotal part in the second quarter of the film, I always burst into tears. Because the story never gets old, I rewatch the film every few years and continue to be moved by it. It evokes feelings of love, responsibility, courage, and strength.
11. Pay It Forward
It is a story about a little child who sets up a charitable movement in which he helps three individuals who can’t do it for themselves. Pay It Forward As a result, the recipient is obligated to support three more people in return. There is a lull in the beginning, but it picks up around the middle. Everything comes together at the halfway point of the film, and the ending is a heart-wrenching one. I enjoy the way the film’s dots unexpectedly connect. In this film, compassion, warmth, and thankfulness are celebrated.
12. The Pursuit of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happyness tells the story of a salesman (Will Smith) who perseveres through a series of setbacks, challenges, and hardships in order to provide a better life for his little kid. Throughout the course of his trip, he never wavered in his commitment to his goals and never gave up. In order for the viewer to better understand what the character is going through, there is a slowed-down and gloomy tone to the play. There are many lessons to be learned from this narrative about perseverance, self-belief, and going for what we want.
Watch this movie if you’ve been through a rough patch in your life and are ready to call it quits. Based on the life of Chris Gardner.
The Pursuit of Happiness is available for purchase on Amazon.com
13. Yes Man!
It’s exactly the same film that PE reader Fahad saw. After a life-changing seminar, the protagonist of Yes Man! (Jim Carrey) is a bank clerk who always says “no” to everything that comes his way.
Do you have a record of saying no? How many chances are missed because you’re unaware of them? Isn’t it time for you to take advantage of the opportunities that come your way? You’ll be inspired after seeing this film.
There are, of course, moments when you need to be able to say “no” to anything. Things that don’t fit into your ideal life should be avoided at all costs. In this essay, I’ll show you how: How to say “no” in a polite and effective manner