10 Super Inspiring Movies You Should Definitely Watch

I’m a big movie buff, but I know not a lot of people are. While for some of us movies are an obsession, other’s can take or leave them.

Recently, my friend asked me what it is that I love about movies so much. Why do I watch so many?

I realised that I had several reasons, but also that these reasons were also my friends reasons. They were all of our reasons. We all go to the cinema for the same reasons:

We watch movies because we like to critique things.

We watch movies because we like to amazed.

We watch movies because we like to be challenged.

We watch movies because we like to be moved.

We watch movies because we like to laugh.

We watch movies because we want to escape.

We watch movies because we want to learn lessons.

But perhaps more than anything, we watch movies because we want to be inspired.

Sure enough, a movie has the power to lift your spirits and prompt you to take action with your own life. Whether through relatable characters or a rags to riches storyline, a film can fill you with more inspiration than practically anything. If it can happen in a movie that we can relate to, it can happen to us. And that’s a powerful thing, because if a movie can do that to us, it must be good.

If you’re a bit of a movie novice and are not sure where to start, here are 10 super inspiring movies you should definitely watch!

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump was released when I was a child, and my friends and I never tired of quoting it in the school playground.

“Run, Forrest, run!”

“My momma always used to say that life is like a box of chocolates!”

Aside from these iconic quotes, Forrest Gump is an amazing film that centres around a boy who is dealt a bad hand in life – he can’t use his legs like everyone else can, thanks to a disease. But rather than see the obstacle as a reason to just give up, Forrest sees it as something to be overcome.

The film is really about overcoming obstacles and taking risks. It’s about triumph over adversity and just living life to its limits. It’s about testing yourself each day, trying new things and growing as a person.

The Pursuit Of Happyness

It stars Will Smith.

It’s a film about overcoming all the odds to be what you know you can be in life.

It’s about happiness and making darn sure you get your fill of it.

Go watch. You don’t need me to keep yacking.

Mary and Max

Mary and Max is a claymation movie about two long-distance loners who hit it off as pen pals. It’s super cute, super quirky and will melt your heart.

If you don’t think it’s possible to ever claw your way out of loneliness, watch this film. No matter how bad things get in life, they can always get better.

Groundhog Day

In all major American films, the main character has to go undergo some sort of change. In Groundhog Day, Bill Murray changes from a mean-spirited, ruthless weatherman who cares only about his career, to a Renaissance Man who realises that love and knowledge matter more than anything else. It’s a movie about getting your priorities straight.

Set during a harsh winter, Groundhog Day is a film that will make you feel unbelievably fuzzy. Using a rather usual storytelling structure that is seemingly non-linear but isn’t really, it’s funny, warm and unorthodox.

Plus, it stars Bill Murray. Go see it!

Punch Drunk Love

Adam Sanders took a step away from the manic, gross-out comedies he had become known for when he starred in Punch Drunk Love, an usual love story.

Adam – whose character is named Barry – is an eccentric loner who has more than one or two issues. He’s got a whole sack of them. Yet a mysterious gal called Lena is bewitched by him, and slowly the two hit it off.

This is not your typically icky romance movie. It’s darker, but so much more amazing.

Into The Wild

Into The Wild is Sean Penn’s first feature film. Expansive, cinematic, beguiling and pumping with adrenaline, it’s a film that traces the real life story of a college graduate who quits everything to go and live with nature.

It’s a movie about freedom and not being afraid to unchain yourself from shackles that bind you to things you don’t like. It’s about the importance of being yourself, taking risks and living however YOU want to live.

And if the story doesn’t inspire you, the way the film is shot and edited will.

The Shawshank Redemption

I read a true story recently about a boxer from the sixties whose nickname was The Hurricane. The Hurricane always claimed that he was wrongfully accused of homicide, but he was imprisoned anyway. But rather than fall apart at the seams like many of us would, The Hurricane stoically told his captors that he was still free. Because, although they’d restricted his personal space, they hadn’t taken away his mind. And he was going to keep using it.

It was a remarkably inspiring story about remaining calm in spite of all the odds and overcoming obstacles. The Shawshank Redemption is a tad smiler. Tim Robbins’ character is sentenced for life for something he didn’t do but, rather than suck it all up and hand power over to his captors, he summons the strength and courage needed to survive in the face of such overwhelming adversity. Inspiring stuff!

The Truman Show

Ever felt like you’re living in an illusory bubble and that the truth is “out there”? Watch this film about a young man who knows he’s being lied to, and who will do anything to prove it.

Life Is Beautiful

War is an utterly horrendous thing by itself, but by choosing to set half of his movie in the middle of the Holocaust, director and comedian Roberto Benigni was taking a huge risk that this could be one of the darkest Italian films to emerge since Suspiria.

However, despite its bleak subject matter, Life Is Beautiful is a film that will raise more than the occasional smile. It’s dark at times, and it will take you on an emotional roller coaster, but at its heart this is a film about a dad trying to do his utmost to protect his son from the horrors of the Holocaust. As such, he uses his wild imagination to convince his kid that they’re not actually in a gas camp – they’re in a game show.

Positive spin on things? More like the need for imagination in a world where the realities are sometimes too horrific to comprehend.


Has there ever been a better rags to riches story? I don’t care if you’re a boy, a girl, a teen or a middle-aged mom, Rocky is for EVERYONE.

This is a movie that encapsulates what anyone can do if they want it enough. If you have desire and belief, you can be whatever you want to be – just like Rocky.

“But that’s fiction!” you might protest

Oh yeah? Well, get this. Sylvester Stallone, who stars in the movie, was just a nobody bit-part actor before the film came along. But he wrote the script and, despite nobody wanting to take a gamble on it, he made darns sure it got made. He epitomised the real life spirit of Rocky.

Stay happy!

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