Fun Fact: Watching one great movie is equivalent to the lessons learned from one entire year of living life.
I read this quote from the Psych2go page on Facebook (which I recommend you check out, it’s really interesting), and it got me thinking about the movies that have inspired and influenced my life. Below is a list of the top 8 most inspirational movies that I’ve seen, but not only do they teach and motivate us, they’re also incredibly made!
The Pursuit of Happyness
“The Pursuit of Happyness” is a biographical drama film that was released in 2006. The movie is based on the true story of Chris Gardner’s nearly one-year struggle of being homeless, alongside his son. This incredibly emotional movie taught me a key lesson about life: you can’t let people discourage you from your dreams just because they have been unsuccessful themselves. This clip of the scene where Chris Gardner (Will Smith) and his son, Christopher (Jaden Smith) are on the basketball court explains exactly what I mean, and shows part of why I love this movie so much. I also admire how the film reveals that the road to happiness is full of setbacks but nonetheless, the main character never gives up on himself. He was always willing to keep going, take risks, and still remained hopeful during the darkest of times. This is exactly what I strive for and the film portrays these life lessons in such a meaningful way.
This part of my life… this little part… is called ‘happiness.’ – Chris Gardner