There are some movies that stand out of the crowd because they are more than just a film. They can bring a smile to your face or make you cry, and some movies stay with us forever. The films below have had a huge impact on my life, and I wanted to share them with you in the hopes that, if you are feeling blue or are going through a rough time, they will help you too. There's nothing better than an inspiring movie that makes you think and understands what you are going through.
Here is a list of five inspirational movies that helped me during some dark times, and I hope they can help you too.
1). My Last Five Girlfriends
I had split up with someone and I was heart broken. I felt like I was going to be alone forever, couldn't find the right man and felt really down about everything. I couldn't sleep that night and saw that this film was on TV. It sounded good, so I thought I'd watch it. I'm glad I did.
In a quirky style this film takes you through Duncan's last five relationships and shows you how each of them ended. After the misery and the heartache, he eventually moves on from his final relationship and is content, and when he least expects it he meets someone else. This film really cheered me up and made me look at things differently. I would move on, I would be OK, and that even though what I was going through was painful, it was normal and a part of life. I felt so much better. I recommend watching this film if you have just broken up with someone, or are maybe feeling miserable about being single - it taught me a lot and really helped me.
2). Rocky Balboa
I got sick of fighting. I was at a point in my life where I had been through enough and just wanted to lie in a dark room and close my eyes, and just be away from everything. I needed a break. At this point, my dad made me watch the Rocky films. Thanks Dad.
I love all the Rocky films, but I have picked the sixth film for this list because of one amazing, inspiring quote in particular:
"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!" - Rocky Balboa
Hell yeah! That's how winning is done!
3). Slumdog Millionaire
How amazing is this film? This made the list because it taught me that no matter where you come from, you can do anything. It also taught me that everything happens for a reason. Knowing this makes me understand things that have happened in my life a little better, and that I can do and be anything I want to be. I think this is a brilliant and incredibly inspiring movie.
4). Harry Potter
I love Harry Potter. I love the books too. I mention these films because of Dumbledore - he says some incredible things:
"Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living and above all, those who live without love." - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
"It does not do to dwell on dreams, Harry, and forget to live." - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but it takes a great deal more to stand up to your friends." - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
"Soon, we must all make a choice between what is right and what is easy." - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It's our choices." - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
I think we can all learn a lot from Dumbledore. I wish he was real.
5). It's a Wonderful Life
This film is beautiful, and is probably my favourite.
George Bailey wants to end his life, and an angel is sent down to save him and show him what life in Bedford Falls would be like if he never existed. He is shown the impact he has made on so many lives and how different these lives would be without him. I think a lot of us have felt so hopeless, lonely, or miserable that we don't see the point anymore and we question our existence. We feel unloved, not needed and think that we'd be better off dead. This film taught me to never feel this way, and that there is someone out there who does love and need you. Please watch this if you have the time. It's a brilliant film, and I can't praise it enough.
I know there are plenty more films out there that are amazing and inspiring, but these five are my personal favourites.
What films have inspired or helped you and why? Comment below!
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