Movies are made to entertain us and Hundreds of movies have been made in past years but among them only few are able to touch our hearts. Some of them make us laugh, while some of them make us cry and some tend to inspire us. They aim for our souls and they strike right at the heart. Here are some movies that proved to be inspirational over the past years and still are.
10. The Color Purple
The Color Purple is a 1985 movie adapted from the novel of the same name by Alice Walker, which also won Pulitzer Prize. The story is about an African American girl named Celie Harris and shows the problem faced by her and how later she overcomes them with the help of her sister and a lover, both being women of strong character and rise above to become a fuller, healthier people. It depicts the problems faced by African American women in early 1900s in general like poverty, sexism and racism.
9. My Left Foot
My Left Foot is a biopic depicting the life of an Irishman, Christy Brown who was born with cerebral palsy, a disease which left his whole body paralyzed except his left foot. He was born in a poor, working-class family. Deemed useless by the society, his mother never left hope (neither did he) and encouraged him through and through. Later he learned to write and paint using his left foot. He found friends and love in his life. He became a writer and an artist and wrote his autobiography of the same name on which the movie is based.
8. The Help
The Help is a movie adapted from the book of the same name by Kathryn Stockett which revolves around the life of a white woman named Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan and her relationship with two black maids named Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson. The story depicts the time period of Civil Rights, which is the 1960s, in America. Skeeter sees the unfair ways in which these black people are treated by the so-called sophisticated white women and decides to write a book containing the stories of these maids (who at that time were referred to as the help). The movie shows how Skeeter directly or indirectly helps these women rise up against cruelty and fight for their rights.
Gandhi is a biographical movie released on 30 November, 1982 in India. It features Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi mostly known as Mahatma Gandhi. It depicts the life of bapu from when he was 24 years old and in Africa, in 1893, until his assassination. It was and still is considered as an epic inspirational movie by all. The movie ends with the lines “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it, always.”
The movie is an American sports film about a guy named Rocky who is a small time boxer and a loan collector for Anthony Gazzo, a loan shark. In the upcoming World Heavyweight Championship, kismet brings up Rocky’s name as one of the contenders, the other being the undefeated champion Apollo Creed. In the fight, Creed who took Rocky as a joke clearly misjudged him as it turned out Rocky’s will was stronger than anything else. The story is all about dreams and how we can make them come true if we work on them hard enough.
Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama depicting the story of Andrew Beckett (played by Tom Hanks) who is a homosexual suffering from AIDS. This is considered as the first Hollywood creation that openly deals with AIDS, homosexuality and homophobia. Andrew Beckett is fired from his job on the pretext of incompetence or not being able to do his job properly, the real reason being his disease. When he asks his friend Joe Miller to help him fight his case he refuses as he is a homophobic and is afraid that he’ll catch AIDS. Later when he finds out everything he realizes his mistake and helps him while Andrew acts as his own attorney. At the end of the movie Andrew finally wins the case and dies peacefully saying that he was ready to die.
4. The Shawshank Redemption
This film is adapted from the 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King which revolves around Andy Dufresne, who was wrongfully convicted of his wife’s and her lover’s murder, and his fellow inmate Ellis “Red” Redding. The two become close friends over the years spend in jail. They both find comfort in each other and help each other whenever the situations demand so. Andy goes through a lot during his prison years. He later went on to become financial advisor for the jail wardens. Though he was wronged, he never gave up hope. He pleads again after many years in jail, is freed and goes on to live life as he wished.
3. It’s A Wonderful Life
It’s a wonderful Life is a movie based on the short story “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Stern. It tells the story of a man named George Bailey who has done nothing but helped other people and sacrificed his own dreams of travelling the world in doing so. He saved his little brother, Harry, from dying when he was young and lost his hearing ability in one of his ear, he gave the money he saved for his world tour to Harry so that he could graduate, he helped his friends, his uncle in many things. Later in life when everything was going well, bad circumstances surrounded him. Seeing no other option, he becomes depressed and wishes that he was never born. That’s when his guardian angel shows him the world where he ceased to exist. He showed him how he touched people’s life in little ways and changed the world in a big way. Realizing the value of his life he goes back happy and sees how wonderful his life is. The movie ends with the line “Remember no man is a failure who has friends.”
2. Schindler’s List
Schindler’s List is an historical drama film featuring Liam Neeson as an ethnic German, Oskar Schindler who arrives in the city to try his luck in business and is based on the novel “Schindler’s Ark”. The time period in which the story is set is that of World War II. Schindler sets up his business and hire a few polish Jew refugees as his employees as they came cheap. This is the time when concentration camps collected and killed innocent Jews. One of the massacres was witnessed by Schindler and it affects him deeply so he employs more Jews to work for his company. When the Germans come on the verge of losing they decide to ship off the Jews to another concentration camp to be executed. Schindler came to know about this and bribed one of the officials, his friend, to send them off to his hometown where he told him that he planned to setup his new factory. He then bans any Nazi entrance in his new factory and spent all of his money in bribing the Nazi officials to keep his employees safe. Just when he was out of money the Germans surrendered.
1. Forrest Gump
The film is a romantic comedy drama about a man named Forrest Gump, his life and how he deals with it. The movie is adapted from the novel of the same name by Winston Groom. It depicts his life, his struggle and how he, with his little intelligence, his only best friend-Jenny and with the help of his ‘mama’s’ teachings deals with it. Forrest Gump is a story about a naïve, innocent man who teaches the world to be honest, loyal and humble.