Some movies make us laugh, some make us cry, some leave us with a warm gooey feeling in our hearts. Then there are those that make you want to make a positive change in your lives.
Though everyone has their own preferences when it comes to movies that inspire them, here are 10 inspirational movies from around the world that we think you should watch:
(caution: spoilers ahead)
#1. The Pursuit of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film, directed by Gabriele Muccino. It is the real-life story of Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) who struggled with being homeless for nearly a year but his hard work and determination made him a millionaire. The movie demonstrates that one should never give up, no matter how bad things get. Go watch it if you need some motivation.
#2. Good Will Hunting
This 1997 American drama film was directed by Gus Van Sant and was nominated for nine Academy Awards. In this movie, the protagonist (Matt Damon) is a genius in mathematics but doesn’t quite know what to do with all that talent. Guided by a psychiatrist (played by Robin Williams), he starts to rebuild his life. Watch it for stirring performances by Damon and Williams.
#3. A Little Princess
A Little Princess is a 1995 American family drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. It is the story of a young girl who is demoted to a life of servitude in a New York City boarding school after receiving news that her father was killed in a war. A movie about faith, it depicts that everything can become true if one truly believes in it. Recommended both for kids and adults.
#4. The Intouchables
The Intouchables is French comedy-drama film directed by Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano in 2011. It is based on the odd friendship that develops when a street-smart immigrant is employed to take care of a disabled French nobleman. The movie depicts how disabled people don’t want others to keep reminding them about their disability. Definitely worth a watch!
#5. A Thousand Words
A Thousand Words is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Brian Robbins. It is the story of a man who is forced to choose his words carefully at the risk of death. The movie subtly conveys that every word that you speak has some consequences. A Thousand Words will make you re-think about what you haven’t said and when you have said too much. Enough said!
#6. Rise of the Guardians
For fans of animated movies, this is one movie that can inspire and empower you. It is a 2012 American animated fantasy film directed by Peter Ramsey. The story is about an evil spirit with plans of world domination and how a group of immortal guardians protect the earth. Sounds magical!
#7. Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth)
This is a Hindi movie of 2007 produced and directed by Aamir Khan. It presents the story of a highly creative but dyslexic boy coping with non-understanding, non-acceptance and sheer callousness, and how an inspirational teacher (played by Aamir Khan) helps him through it. Be ready to shed a few tears!
#8. Life of Pi
Life of Pi is an American survival drama film directed by Ang Lee in 2012. The story follows the life of an Indian named “Pi” Patel who survived in the ocean with a Bengal tiger for 227 days. The movie contains lessons in humility, letting things go, and forgiveness.
#9. Nil Battey Sannata
Nil Battey Sannata (released internationally as The New Classmate) is a 2015 Indian comedy-drama film. It portrays the relationship of a mother and daughter and how the mother supports her daughter to excel in her studies. It’s not as simplistic as it sounds, especially in the male-dominated society of India. The movie stands up for every person’s right to be educated, the right to dream and lead a good life despite their social status.
#10. The Song of Sparrows
A 2008 Iranian movie directed by Majid Majidi, the song of Sparrows tells the story of a simple man who loses his job and how the experiences of his life shape him as a person and a family man. With stirring performances, especially by Reza Naji, the movie subtly portrays how simple people live out their lives.
Do you have any more movies you wish to add to the list? Post them in the comments below.