Top 10 Most Inspirational Movies of all Times
L’art pour l’art! This means Art for art’s sake and was propagated by literary figures in defiance to the demand of didactic pieces of work. The main objective of a work of art is to provide enjoyment and nothing else, this is applicable to movies as well. The reason we all would like to see films is to derive an aesthetic pleasure and sometimes to escape from loneliness. The pleasure principle is understandable but the second objective to escape from certain emotional depressions lends films the significance. We know that most of the films are as the disclaimer says “not related to the living” or any similarity is “coincidental”, yet we look in for some sort of message from films or to put it this way, didactic films the crowd all alike. Movies can do a lot more than the written medium as there is a visual representation or demonstration of the various characteristics of people who are familiar to us in real life. There are films that has helped people in times of distress and there had been times when we have watched a movie n number of times to get rid of the rough patch we are in, may be temporally.
10. The Color Purple (1985)
The Color Purple is based on Alice Walker’s novel of the same title. It tells the story of a poor African-American lady Celie who is subjected to abuse from a very young age. The movie is very touching as it renders the condition of coloured people. In the end Celie along with her family comes to America and the movie ends on a happy note.
9. Life is Beautiful (1997)
Life is Beautiful is an Italian movie set in the time of Nazi rule. Roberto Benigni, who depicts the role of Guido, a Jewish Italian book shop owner who falls in love with Dora, a teacher who is about to be betrothed to an arrogant but rich government official. Guido wins Dora and they live a peaceful and happy life with their toddler son Giosue. But the political situation worsens and they all are taken to concentration camp on Giosue’s birthday. Till the end when the American troops free the captives, the little boy thinks that as his father said, the camp is a game zone. Dora and Joshua are reunited however Guido becomes a martyr.
8. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The movie is based on the life of Nobel Laureate in Economics John Nash. Russell Crowe played the lead role where he is schizophrenic and has delusional episodes that makes him a laughing stock among people. His wife is shocked to find that he is mentally sick but decides to stay by his side. With her love and support as well as his will power, he comes in terms with his illness. This is a must watch movie!!
7. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
This biographical movie is based on the life of an American investor, stockbroker Chris Gardner who underwent the hardships of homelessness and had to bring up his son when he did not get enough money to rent a proper apartment. Will Smith and his son Christopher Jr. played the role of Gardner and his son respectively, in this American movie. Despite the fact the protagonist’s wife leaves him with their son, and there is no home or ample money to live on, he takes up the challenges of life and confidently calls that odd time as “internship” and works hard to reach the course of life called “happiness”.The movie tells us through Will Smith’s character that if “you got a dream.you gotta protect it”.
6. My Sister’s Keeper (2009)
This movie is all about love and giving happiness to people around us. It is about the relationship between two sisters, Kate who suffers from leukemia and Anna who is conceived through IVF and brought to the world for keeping her sister alive by donating compatible organs to Kate. By the time Anna turns 12, Kate has a renal failure following which Anna should donate one of her kidneys. The brief romantic of Kate is one of the most heart-wrenching scenes.The overprotective mother played by Cameron Diaz might cause us to frown but towards the end we empathize with her.
5. Avatar (2009)
Avatar must have been a sci-fi movie, but the significations in the movie is far above the regular films of the same genre. The flim is set in 2154 when earth has become a futile plain without no resources and the Resources Development Adminstration finds out that there is a densely forested moon in the Alpha Centuari star system and sends human hybrids called ‘avatar’to collect the biological data of the inhabitants there. The inhabitants live in harmony with nature and they worship the goddess Eywa. They kill animals only when required, the rules there are in contrast with what happens in our day to day life. The movie teaches that the importance of environmental conservation. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, played the poignant roles in the movie.
4. 127 Hours (2010)
Based on a true incident, it is a biographical movie capturing the life of canyoneer Aron Ralston. The lead role is played by James Franco, though the scene where he amputates his hand that is crushed under a huge rock as to free himself from dying being stuck in that situation; the way he overcame the difficulties is highly motivating. Throughout the movie, there is not a scene where he responds to the pains in a helpless manner.
3. A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)
Can death be celebrated? A Little Bit of Heaven tells about how a woman comes into terms with her dying young and how she helps others overcome the sorrow of her death. This movie inspires one to take any pain in life in a festive mood. After watching the movie, even I thought of arranging a funeral party when I leave!! Kate Hudson did a real good job playing the protagonist Marley.
2. 50/50 (2011)
Another movie on cancer, this may be the general view about the movie. I must say, this is another story of faith, trust in one’s self, courage and optimism. Gordon-Levitt portrays the role of a 27 year old guy named Adam Lerner who is staying with his girlfriend in Seattle. Due to recurring pain in the neck, he goes to the doctor and finds out that he has a malignant tumor in his spine. Initially his lady love supports him but soon he finds that she has been cheating on him and breaks up with her. The chances of his survival is fifty fifty, this incident affects him a lot but the association with the young therapist Katherine played by Anna Kendrick restores the lost faith in him. Gradually, he is able to overpower his illness.
1. Gravity (2013)
The sexiest man alive and the best entertainer of the year, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock teamed up to play the roles of two astronauts who are face with the challenges of survival when their orbiting space station “Explorer” falls apart soon after a disastrous episode. They have nothing but darkness and each other to embrace and battle their lives to return to earth. The catastrophic sequences could be worse than that was shown in the movie, however the film demands a watch for its rendering.