The purpose of any form of art is not only to excite and entertain but also to inspire. Like any other art form, when movies are done the right way, they can motivate and inspire us.
This holds especially true for entrepreneurs, especially those who come up against seemingly impossible odds. At those times when innovation comes to a standstill and you feel you’re stuck in a rut, movies can help revitalise the ambition that got you started in the first place.
10. Saving Private Ryan (1997)
Based on a real story of a group of soldiers who go behind the enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper, ‘Saving Private Ryan’ inspires you to care for one another, and that bravado is the most important virtue that a man can posses.
9. Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
A story of an English teacher who motivates his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings, ‘Dead Poets Society’ inspires you to challenge the status quo, to avoid herd mentality and to carve your own path to success.
8. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is a story of an angel helping a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. It is a film that invokes goodness and hope inside you. It teaches you that no matter what the circumstances you are in, life’s precious. Cherish it.
7. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Will Smith is renowned for his roles in action movies and comedies, but he really pulled at some heartstrings with this one. The movie is based on the life of Chris Gardner, an American entrepreneur who overcame poverty and homelessness to set up his own stockbrokerage company.
The movie is a tearjerker, but it helps to illustrate how one can still persevere even after hitting rock bottom. Gardner’s compelling story proves that every little slimmer of hope could one day open the windows to opportunity
6. Forrest Gump (1994)
An epic story of a man who may not be intellectually bright but carries around a heart of gold. The life-lesson that you can learn from ‘Forrest Gump’ is best summed in its quote: “Life’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”. Basically, it inspires you to live in the moment rather than worry about the future.
5. Rocky (1975)
‘Rocky’ is not just a story of a struggling boxer; it is a story of any struggler who is trying to make a mark. Period. It is a film that motivates you to keep working towards your ultimate goal. It also teaches you the importance of self-respect.
4. Good Will Hunting (1998)
‘Good Will Hunting’ might be the most subtly inspiring film on this list. It inspires you to lead life in its moment; because in the end, what matters is the journey, and not the destination. It also teaches you that there can be no happiness if all that we are worried about is happiness.
3. Schindler’s List (1999)
Some of you may be wondering, how can a movie filled with hate and killings make the list of inspirational films. But if you have watched the film closely enough, ‘Schindler’s List’ is not about hatred; but rather it is about hope; it is about humanity; it is about goodwill. In the end, it is a film that will inspire you to be like Oscar Schindler .. a good human being.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a story of a lawyer in the Depression-era South, who defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. A film that’s inspires you to rise above the petty prejudices that society breeds and be a better human being.
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Well, the most inspirational movie of all time inspires you to be several things.
This is widely considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time, and rightly so. The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of a banker named Andy Dufresne, who is wrongfully handed a life sentence for murdering his wife and her lover.
Andy goes on to use his financial skills to help the warden and the prison guards to keep accounts. These include the gains they’ve been making from illegally using prisoners as manual labour, which is brutally exposed by Andy eventually.
The film illustrates the need to develop long-term goals while continuing to fulfill short-term goals. While keeping the guards and warden placated was the short-term goal for Andy, the ultimate goal was his freedom.