Movies… I love movies. One of things I love most about movies, is the amount of value packaged into each one.
Every time we watch a movie we get the chance to experience a work of art, that in most cases, took multiple millions of dollars to create. And we get to do so for a meager $10 to $20 per movie. We get to reap the benefits of days, months, and sometimes even years-worth of effort, all in just few short hours.
Most movies are jam packed with value. Especially, the great ones! The ones that not only entertain, but the ones that inspire, uplift, and motivate us to new heights of energy, emotion, and belief in the possibilities that life has to offer us.
Motivational and Inspirational Movies
And that brings me to the other thing I love about movies. Movies have the power to motivate and inspire. They can lift us up when we are down. They can give us hope and reassurance when we’ve succumbed to cynicism and doubt. They can even act as a reset button when our determination has seemed to run out.
Yes, movies can be transformational and motivational, they can push us to want to do more and become more than we are.
Put simply, movies are magical.
Unfortunately, all too many of us have forgotten how useful movies can be to shake loose from our lives, any mediocrity or monotony we may have allowed to creep in over time.
Movies in Moderation
Oddly and in many instances, people use movies the wrong way. They binge watch to the detriment of their better future. They use movies to escape reality, to waste time, and in so doing, keep themselves bound.
So clearly, not all movies are created equal, not all movies are magical. In fact, many movies out there are a complete waste of time. The movies that are made purely for entertainment purposes lack soul, fire, deep meaning, and with that, an inability to help you reach that bigger brighter future that you have your sights set upon.
The wisdom from this popular quote speaks to movies as well. Just replace read with watch, and novels with movies, and presto… sage advice from the world-renowned business philosopher, Jim Rohn.
Due to time and space constraints, I won’t be listing those less-than-magical movies for you. Sorry.
The Magical Motivational Movies
However, I will list the handful of movies that have the potential to inspire and motivate you the most.
These movies are must-watch movies. Motivational Movies that we should all make it a priority to watch every now and again… if only to breathe new life into our endeavors.
The Best Motivational and Inspirational Movies for Entrepreneurs, Authors, and Artists.
Pursuit of Happyness
Takeaway: It can be difficult to achieve our dreams. But, if you really want something bad enough, you can have it, you just have to be willing to put in the time and effort to realize it.
This movie is both motivational and inspirational. Allow it to inspire you to be more optimistic. Then let it motivate you to take more action and pursue your dreams with renewed determination.
Dead Poets Society
Takeaway: This is a classic movie that encourages you to question your preconceived notions about your life. This inspirational movie will nudge you to be more courageous, to be fearless towards forging your own path in life. If you need a reminder to live the life you’ve always imagined, while simultaneously being inspired to have the courage to say no to living someone else’s dream, then this movie is a must.
Takeaway: Forrest teaches us how to see the beauty of life, despite all of its challenges. And that with the right attitude, what seems like insurmountable obstacles, really are just challenges to be overcome.
Most importantly, this movie teaches us that if your heart is the right place, and you don’t doubt what is possible for you, all things can become possible for you.
Takeaway: Every moment of your life, is a clue to your answers. There will always be ups and downs in our lives, regardless of our backgrounds. Life is a challenge. But what really determines what levels of success and happiness you’ll find in your life, is how you perceive your current circumstances.
Takeaway: Let this amazingly motivational movie convince you that you can accomplish anything. Leverage Rudy’s inspiring determination to realize that with enough dedication, hard work, and perseverance over obstacles and adversity, that you can realize your life-long dreams.
Takeaway: We all die, but we all don’t necessarily live. This is a great motivational movie because it is a great reminder that life is lived out on the wire. That to reap that which we value most in life (for most people, it’s freedom), we must be willing to risk everything.
This movie is also a great reminder of the value of freedom, and the courage it takes to realize the freedom we most value and seek.
Takeaway: Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them. And some never know how much they can have, until they discover how much they can give. Goodwill Hunting is a great movie that reminds us that it takes more than intelligence and talent to live our life’s purpose.
It will encourage you to have faith in yourself, and to be courageous in pursuit of the things we most love in life. More importantly, it will relay the message that sometimes we have to borrow other’s people’s beliefs in our potential, when we can’t see it ourselves.
The Shawshank Redemption
Takeaway: There really is no better movie than this one to drive the point home that life isn’t fair. And yet, regardless of the hand we are dealt in life, we can still find redemption and beauty in it. And if we refuse to give in, or allow our circumstances to dictate the value and quality we can draw from our lives, we can win.
Takeaway: Opportunity knocks on everyone’s door at least once, and you should be prepared to make your move when that time comes.
However, the biggest takeaway from this movie, is its message of fighting hard for what you want most in life, be it love, sport, art or business. And with enough perseverance and dogged determination, great things can happen.
Takeaway: Life is an adventure. If you go searching for treasure, you may just find it, and have an experience of a lift time.
So, the main message, IMO, is to be open to adventure, to pushing through, to exploring, and to keep searching for what may seem like a myth or impractical, because what you stumble upon, may be treasures beyond your wildest imagination.
Like Helen Keller once stated, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”
There you have it! “THE LIST” of the best motivational and inspirational movies for entrepreneurs, authors, and artists.
I hope it serves you as you strive to shrug off the monotony, the mediocrity, and the mundane.
Use them to reignite your fire, follow your dreams, and reach higher!