The entertainment industry surpassed its initial entertainment aspect a long time ago and today movies are so much more than just a source of cheap fun for bored people. Movies teach us everything we need to know about life, they’re inspirational and educational; here are five of the most motivating ones you should definitely check out as soon as possible.
Being single in the 21st century is quite hard, but it’s not the end of the world – just let the big screen heroines teach you how to be single and fabulous. 2014’s Wild is a movie that will surely inspire you as there’s something special and quite moving about watching a divorcée – spectacularly portrayed by Reese Witherspoon – with a huge backpack discovering the vastness of the land, her past, and her soul. This movie will teach you how to overcome difficulties in life, adopt a new perspective, shift the paradigm of your single status and ultimately heal your broken soul.
This is the perfect movie for all those traveling enthusiasts who love spending their hard-earned cash on plane tickets and Airbnb. It was released in 2008 and featured Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes, yet the best part of In Bruges is an amazing supporting role offered by the wonderful city of Bruges. This movie will show you why this place is, as the characters describe it, “a fairy tale town” everyone needs to visit as soon as possible and it just might inspire you to travel to lands you’ve never been to before.
Movies that inspire you to push your boundaries are everywhere around us and constantly telling you to do more and make every day worth living, but rarely does one do it so effectively as 2011 movie Limitless. Starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, this flick is probably the best portrayal of how far a humble man’s cognitive abilities can go and what some of the things he can accomplish are. Unable to resolve his writer’s block, the main character tries something rather extraordinary and gets interested in the amazing nzt-48 drug that helps him utilize his mental abilities to a superhuman extent. And if this doesn’t inspire you to go a step further and try something new every single day, nothing will!
Speaking of writers, The Hours is a 2002 movie starring Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman and one of many that depict writers facing hard situations and life-altering events. It’s a multi-genre postmodern drama that connects our time to 1920s and the real-life struggles of Virginia Woolf and numerous demons she faced, both privately and professionally. Living as a sensitive and unique woman in a difficult era, she had a hard time making herself and everyone around her happy, yet she never abandoned her quill. Showing aspiring writers that the first rule of writing is never to stop, this movie is inspiring on so many levels and viewers of all ages can relate to it.
This is Keanu Reeves’ first post-Matrix movie and it’s probably as far from that SF flick as you could imagine. Following a unique turn of events after a players’ strike in a pro football league, The Replacements brings us not only a great cast – from Rhys Ifans, Jon Favreau and Orlando Jones as Reeves’ teammates to Gene Hackman and Jack Warden as the team coach and owner, respectfully – but a whole lot of fun as well. Sports movies are supposed to lift your spirits and make you feel pumped, but giving you a chuckle or two in the process can’t hurt. And that’s precisely why this movie is so great: you’ll feel happiness, sorrow, excitement and empathy for these players, yet every single scene from the field is instantly going to lift your spirits and inspire you to get off your couch!
Other inspiring favorites
These are just some of your most inspiring movies of all times, but a list of other favorites includes classics like The Shawshank Redemption, Dead Poets Society, Still Alice and, of course, Forrest Gump, so be sure to check these out as soon as you have some free time – you’ll get an injection of inspiration in a blink of an eye!
Guest Post by Peter Minkoff