14 MOST UPLIFTING, FEEL - ALIVE and INSPIRING MOVIES - must watch for everyone!
Updated: Nov 29, 2019
Why do we watch movies? We want to feel inspired, sad, happy, more energized, thoughtful, nostalgic? Basically, we want to feel. Here are 14 Movies that I find extremely encouraging, thought provoking and gave me lots of good motivation and energy and possibly even changed my life to the better. ENJOY!
1. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
One of the most inspiring movies of all time for sure! Showing and putting in so much humor and joy for life and keeping the positivity up in one of the most traumatic and dramatic time periods of human history is just so emotional to watch. Exceptional dialogue and character choices. Beautiful Scenery and Costumes. And just excellent sense of humor. A Story about how Love and Fantasie can save you in the most dark moments. Extremely uplifting!
( grossed over $229 million worldwide, won the Grand Prix at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, nine David di Donatello Awards, including Best Film, five Nastro d'Argento Awards in Italy, two European Film Awards, and three Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor for Benigni)
2. INTO THE WILD
This movie will absolutely awaken the travel lust in you, the wild and adventurous side. I traveled myself for around 3 years around the world searching for the freedom and meaning of life; - and this movie definitely reminded me of why I left and why I came back. It seemed very real to me - from dialogue to relationships and not very calculated. Stunning Scenery, exceptional directing from Sean Penn, soulful Songs from Eddie Vedder. Themes are Humanity, escaping from Society, Wanderlust, ultimate Freedom and finding your Identity. So thought-provoking and freeing to watch! Must see!
3. BUCKET LIST
A Movie about Self Discovery and the Appreciation of Friendship. Endlessly inspiring and a lot to learn from! Imagine you were told you only had 6-12 months left to live. What would you decide to do with your time left? It's about appreciating life and seeing the joy in your own life. Seeing the world.
4. PRETTY WOMEN
My personal all-time favourite! Exceptional well written Story & Script, amazing acting, beautiful scenes, costumes, dialogue! If this Story about a prostitute developing into a well isn't inspiring to never give up on your dreams, nor your true self, then I don't know what is This movie is not only about identity,
5. DEAD POETS SOCIETY
We all remember the teachers who inspired us. The absolutely amazing Robin Williams starres in this beautiful masterpiece about an unconventional Teacher who teaches his students to seize the day and embrace poetry as a way toward thinking for yourself and express yourself. It's based on a real teacher who had taught Oscar-winning screenwriter Tom Schulman. Very inspiring!!
Definitely my all-time favorite movie & classic masterpiece by James Cameron always manages to make you re-think about life, inspires to expand your wild & adventurous side, take more risks, fight for what you love and really live in every moment you have. The Story of two star-crossed-lovers is so powerfully written, the chemistry is just right. DiCaprios and Winslet's performance is absolutely phenomenal, the music is beautiful, visual effects are striking! It's considered one of Hollywood's highest achievements and one for the books!
7. COCO CHANEL
The beautifully told Story about the rising of fashion icon Coco Chanel is not just inspiring for fashion lovers: it's about self expression, realism, standing up for yourself and your dreams, intuitively following your deepest passions, cleverly manipulating your way into the "Biz" and working hard until it pays off. It tells the Story of an abandoned orphan girl named Gabrielle, watches her grow into a music hall chanteuse, who then sidesteps prostitution by becoming a mistress and through her realism and stubborn ambitiousness ends up becoming the most influential fashion icon of the 20th century. Always striving for independence and following/staying true to your mission in life. Extremely motivating to fight for your dreams, work hard and stand up for yourself!
8. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
And another diCaprio movie! He seems to just pick very inspiring characters to play. From three-time Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg, Catch Me If You Can follows Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. as he successfully passes himself off as a pilot, a lawyer and a doctor - all before his 21st birthday! A true Joy to watch and live with him through all the adventures of the movie. Extremely inspiring in terms how far creativity and intelligence in combination with good humor, spontaneity and originality can bring you in life! How you can succesfully manipulate your way through life and success by having a quick mind. For me personally, definitely a masterpiece and a lot to learn from!
10. CINEMA PARADISO
An absolute delight to watch! A Tribute and Love Song to the Movies and Celebrating the Love for Movies, explaining and showing the sentimental and all-enveloping movie experience from an innocent and absolutely beautiful kid's perspective. A Story about a young boy who grows up in and around the title village movie theater and discovers his love for movies based on the life and times of screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore.
It's absolutely magical. A must-see for any movie lover!
11. The Pursuit of Happiness
Of course this one can't possibly miss out on this list of most uplifting and inspiring movies of all time. - Beautiful Story of the love of father and Son, exceptionally well played by Will Smith and Jaden Smith who fight for their dreams and show you that if you work hard enough you will succeed. The Right to be happy, no matter what background you have or where you are from. Very motivational film!
12. LA LA LAND
"City of Stars, are you shining just for me?" - a movie about Dreams, Hopes, crossing paths with a possible soul mate... all about Love and the Deep Moments in Life you feel like they are destined and made just for you. It wants you to take in it's beauty and start dreaming again. The characters, the music, the chemistry - everything is just miraculous and especially if you are an artist living in this city - it will blow you away and remind you of the reasons you are here! 'A visual poem and a timely escape from all the tension and traffic and division in our lives. You don’t have to think much; you just watch it.' (Mike Abrams) 13. Before Sunrise
This beautifully told Story about two Strangers who meet on a train and feel a strangely deep connection and impulsively decide to get off together in Vienna. It gives us an intelligent and endlessly, bittersweet romantic view on modern love and is part of the Trilogy : Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight which was filmed and set at nine-year intervals!!
A True Piece of Art and Reminder to everyone of us that life is too short to miss the little meaningful moments and we should follow our impulses more, especially when it comes to a connection with another person. One of the most romantic movies I've ever seen and very inspiring in terms of trusting the universe and making the most of a moment.
14. EAT PRAY LOVE
And last but not least: A movie about finding yourself, searching for Spirituality, again: traveling into the world to escape routine and home, starting over, Making new beginnings and not giving up. Julia Robert's charm guides us throughout the whole Story and makes us wish to immediately board on a plane and head to the furthest place away to experience new things and look for fulfillment. Enjoy! ________________________________________________________________________ I hope I inspired you to watch some more movies, maybe some from this list - it's definitely worth it and must watches for all the movie fans anyways!! :) What are some of your favorite Movies that always uplift you? Or maybe inspired you to turn your life around for the better? I want to hear your thoughts! -> Comment in the section below!