Movies can be more than entertaining. They inspire us, rattle us, or just plain amaze us. It’s these movies that movie-bugs like us prefer: ones that are both entertaining as well as educating. After all who doesn’t like an inspiring element along with fun? Here is a list of 15 movies that changed a part of us, for good…
1 | Invictus (2009)
It taught us that change isn’t always bad. That forgiveness and unity are a nations’ greatest asset. The film is based on Nelson Mandela’s effort to bring a nation torn by racism, together through a game.
2 | The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Again a Morgan Freeman movie, it is based on the unwavering attempts of a wrongly convicted man to attain freedom. In the end he does succeed with quiet ingenious methods.
3 | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
The girl mentioned in the title, is an apt example of female power. She is smart, she is beautiful (especially when she wants to be) and she doesn’t give a shit of what society condemns. Branded unstable, she lives life on her own terms.
4 | 12 Years a Slave (2013)
This movie symbolises untiring hope of a man who loses everything – even his identity, but doesn’t lose his hope or the belief that someday things would get better and he would get justice.
5 | Barefoot (2014)
A moving story about the blossoming friendship and understanding between a psychiatric patient and a branded failure, this is one of those unrecognised wonders that will surely compel you to never judge before actually knowing. It was a joy to watch.
6 | Love, Rosie (2014)
We all love stories that involve best friends falling in love, don’t we? This movie takes it up a notch and tells us how important it is to tell someone you love them, even when the moment isn’t right or you feel insecure. Because you never know how much time you could be wasting on just procrastinating!
7 | The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
A Will Smith movie, this one brings almost everyone who watches it to tears. The downfalls that a single father endures, his struggles to keep his son with him, and his positive attitude towards life, even in the face of poverty and misfortune, can and will inspire you to carry on.
8 | Up (2009)
A story about an old man trying to carry out the unfulfilled dream of his dead wife, ‘Up’ showed us that it is possible to create a heart-warming love story in just fifteen minutes. The kid that comes along provides a hope for a better future, with his kindness and sincerity in helping an old man achieve his dreams.
9 | The Lion King (1994)
We have all seen it. But the fact remains that till this day, the Lion King is one of the most realistic and impactful film about the bond between father and son, dealing with the death of a loved one and in the end reclaiming what is rightfully yours, by the use of force if necessary.
10 | Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Jack Frost was a kid when he died. But destiny had something else in store for him. Coming to terms with his fate and responsibility is not easy when he is unaware of his past and lacks faith in himself. Crossing that barrier and becoming his own person is all this movie is about.
11 | Limitless (2011)
You can watch this movie just for the sake of Bradley Cooper’s blue eyes. But this film also taught us that shortcuts never beget a healthy future. And also, even if the drug abuse gets your going really good, it never means you won’t come crashing down when the effects wear off. Do remember.
12 | Batman Begins (2005)
A treat for all batman fans, there were some key elements in this Christian Bale movie that actually moved me. For one, Bruce Wayne doesn’t decide to just crib about the state of things. Instead he aims to do something better for his birthplace and in the end creates the persona we all know as batman.
13 | V for Vendetta (2005)
If you haven’t seen this one, I advise you to watch it soon. It is one of the best dystopian world fantasy movies ever. Starting with a world in chaos, and a masked vigilante, it ends with a simple message that ‘ideas are invincible’.
14 | 3 idiots (2009)
If you live in India, I can say for sure that you have seen this movie. Amir Khan is known for his stellar performances, but this was and is still his best. The story relates to our college youth and teaches us to enjoy our field rather than fearing grades. Also it forms an opinion about the reality of being educated and literate.
15 | Udta Punjab (2016)
It is a movie about the ill effects of drugs and how they are affecting the youth, especially in Punjab. This is one of those eye opening movies that provoke you to think and realise. On top of that, the acting by all its cast is amazing. And by far is one of the best films Indian cinema has churned out.