Most of the movies serve to entertain us, make our time fly more quickly or just make us forget about the problems we are facing on a daily basis. However, some of them can help you grow as a person. You may want to check out some of them:
1. American History X (1998)
This great blockbuster from 1998, directed by Tony Kaye shows recent history of bigotry and hatred towards black people in America. With Edward Norton as a leading actor, this movie will open numerous new horizons to everyone who has ever had any feelings of animosity towards those who are in a way different; be it religion, skin color, origin, culture or anything else.
This tragic story about two brothers who were mislead as they did not realize the right way to channel their energy is a great material for teenagers and anyone nurturing any negative feelings towards other people for all the awkward reasons. Here is one of the most powerful quotes from the movie: “Hate is baggage. Life’s too short to be pissed off all the time. It’s just not worth it.”
Here is another quote from this great movie which may also help us realize some things about common pitfall we often succumb to – blame distribution:
“There was a moment, when I used to blame everything and everyone for all the pain and suffering and vile things happened to me, that I saw happen to my people. Used to blame everybody. Blamed white people, blamed society, blamed God. I didn’t get no answers ‘cause I was asking the wrong questions. You have to ask the right questions.”
2. Dead Poets Society (1989)
This Oscar winning movie with great Robin Williams (R.I.P.) as a main role is an inspiring story about a teacher who introduced his liberating philosophy and the free-thinking perspective to his students. His approach had a profound, overwhelming effect on them. However, this liberating philosophy lead to a sudden tragedy and the students sprang to his defense. Here are two great quotes from this powerful movie:
“There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.”
“Just when you think you know something, you have to look at it in another way. Even though it may seem silly or wrong, you must try.”
3. The Family Man (2000)
The Family Man is an excellent comedy drama about an affluent fast lane investment banker who wonders what would his life look like if he made different choices 10 years ago. This exceptional movie with Nicolas Cage as the main role, sparks all the feelings and thoughts we all have at some point or another about our lives and choices. Even though the indirect message of the movie goes in direction of choosing between the family and wealth (which, in my opinion, is not mutually exclusive), it makes you reflect on your life; what are you doing, where will it take you, do you really want to go there?
Here is a quote from this playful, educative comedy:
“A little flirtation is harmless but you’re dealing with fire here. The fidelity bank and trust is a tough creditor. You make a deposit somewhere else, they close your account – FOREVER.”
Needless to say, this list is not exhaustive, but it is a starting point. What movies would you add? Tell us in the comments section below.