25 Movies That Will Inspire and Motivate You

December 16, 2015

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It's the end of the year when most people are winding down, taking long breaks for the holiday and looking forward to have a bit of downtime with family and friends. If you're like me, you'll probably be reflecting back on what the year has been for you. Probably on a high from a great year or perhaps feeling slightly deflated from "going to war" and working your hearts out. Whatever mental and emotional state that you're in, a new year is fast approaching. It is an opportunity of a new beginning! To get you in the mood, to be inspired and motivated for the new year, I would recommend to watch some great movies! 

 

Of course, different people will resonate differently with inspirational movies, but some films are universally awe-inspiring. Depictions of acceptance, love, strength, and perseverance can help you get through hard times. So here we go...25 movies in my opinion, and in no particular order of importance, that will make you want to get moving, do something and make a difference! Some are old and some are new. If you have not watched them for quite sometime, this holiday season will be the best time to catch up on those. 

 

These movies inspired and motivated me in so many ways. Some even changed my life! I laughed, I cried, they left me dazed for days, emotionally moved and shaken to the core (but in a good way). 

 

 

1. SENNA

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. EMPIRE OF THE SUN

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. RUDY

Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. DEAD POET SOCIETY

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to discover their love for poetry and seize the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. BILLY ELLIOTT

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. PAY IT FORWARD

A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. GLADIATOR

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. THE SOUND OF MUSIC

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. FORREST GUMP

Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. REMEMBER THE TITANS

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. A BEAUTIFUL MIND

After a brilliant but asocial mathematician, John Nash, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. SOUL SURFER

Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. SEVEN POUNDS

A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17. THE BLIND SIDE

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

A smart but sensible new graduate lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19. MORNING GLORY

An upstart television producer accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program with warring co-hosts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20. EAT PRAY LOVE

A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21. WOMAN IN GOLD

Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22. ERIN BROCKOVICH

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23. HACHIKO: A DOG'S TALE

A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24. MILLION DOLLAR BABY

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25. THE KING'S SPEECH

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notable mentions:

1. Star Wars (Of course!)

2. Matrix Trilogy

3. Disney's Finding Nemo

4. Disney's Monster's Inc

5. 12 Years A Slave

6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

7. Braveheart

8. Little Women

9. Interstellar

10. Gravity

 

 

Happy watching!

 

~M

 

p/s: Get a box (or two) of tissues ready.

 

 

Sources and references: imdb.com

 

 

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