These movies will make you think and look at the world with different eyes.
Everyone should see them at least once in their life. They are perhaps the most inspiring and motivational movies that exist.
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Top 10 movies that make you think
- The Theory Of Everything
The movie tells the story of the first years of the relationship between the famous scientist Stephen Hawking (played by Eddie Redmayne) and his wife, at a time when Hawking was beginning to feel the first signs of the disease that would completely paralyze him.
It is a story about struggle, about success, about overcoming any obstacle and overcoming any limits in medicine and science and succeeding much more than you would have ever dreamed.
“There should be no boundaries in people’s efforts. We are all different. No matter how hard life may seem, there is always something you can do to succeed. As long as there is life, there is hope” – Stephen Hawking.
- The Pursuit of Happiness
A classic motivational film, a much-appreciated role of Will Smith, who plays a father who struggles to give his son a better life.
He hardly manages to do it, but along the way, he never forgets to be a loving father and to teach his son to always think positively.
“Never let anyone tell you you can’t do anything. Not even me. When you have a dream, you have to protect it. When you want something, you get it. Period!“
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
A fantastic drama centred around 6-year-old Hushpuppy.
When his community is hit by environmental problems, he learns to adapt to this new world.
“I see I’m a little bit of a big, big universe, and that makes it right” – Hushpuppy.
- Life of Pi
The movie tells the story of Pi’s struggle for survival, shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean and accompanied by a Bengal tiger.
“The whole essence of life becomes an act of giving up, but what always hurts is the fact that you do not have a moment to say goodbye” – Pi
Based on a book by neurologist Oliver Sack, the movie features Robin Williams in the shoes of the introvert Dr Sayer, who discovers a drug that wakes catatonic patients to life.
“It simply came to our notice then. The human spirit is stronger than any medicine, and this is what needs to be fed: with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter, “says Dr Sayer.
- Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close
The drama of Oskar, a boy who loses his father with whom he had an extremely close and special relationship (Tom Hanks) and whose life changes forever since the events of September 11.
But Oskar’s life takes another turn when the boy discovers a key and an envelope left by his father and embarks on a journey of knowledge and understanding, at the end of which he will become another man.
“No matter how hard I wish, my father would never return, and I thought I would not be able to live without him. Now I know I can. I think that would make my father proud, and that’s all I ever wanted. ”- Oskar.
- Cinderella Man
A show of force on the part of Russell Crowe, which takes the role of James J. Braddock in Cinderella Man or, as a man can be reborn from the ashes with hard work and dedication.
With persistence one can reinvent and can make a new path for himself and his family, becoming one of the greatest legends of the sports world.
“I have to believe that when things go wrong, I have the power to change them” – James Braddock.
An extraordinary epic film based on Mozart’s genius. It offers you the opportunity to see excellent performances and listen to exceptional music.
“It’s a piece of music I’ve never heard before. Full of so much longing, so much unfulfilled desire! ”.
- The Madness of King George
King George III loses his mind, throwing the whole country into chaos. The revolutionary Dr Willis is called to restore order in this brilliant drama.
“There is no life without regret, but neither without consolation” – King George III.
- Mary and Max
An eccentric movie about life, in which two loners become friends through correspondence and lay the foundations of friendship despite the distance between them.
“My fifth job was as a garbage man. I cleaned my cockroaches and didn’t talk to anyone. Sometimes I liked to pretend to be an intergalactic robot ”- Max.
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- Princess Mononoke
An amazing masterpiece from Studio Ghibli, about the young warrior Ashitaka, who fights to restore order between supernatural forces and the human world.
“It simply came to our notice then. That’s what he does when he takes possession of you! ” – Ashitaki.
- Spirited Away
Schoolgirl Chihiro accidentally arrives in the spirit world and is forced to make great efforts in order to obtain her freedom.
“Once you meet someone, you never forget them. It only takes a short time until your memories come back” it’s a piece of advice received by Chihiro and a message that everyone should keep in mind.
- The Kings of Summer
Three teenagers, tired of their families, go to the forest to live in a house built by themselves, enjoying life along the way.
“You’re right, it’s a classic kidnapping. They took our kids and cans and pasta,” says Frank, an upset parent.
The true story of the 1976 Formula One season, when James Hunt and Niki Lauda fought for the world title, the latter overcoming a terrible accident.
“It’s impossible to sweat through a skin graft, so sweat will never enter my eyes again, which is great for a driver,” said Lauda after the accident.
- Punch-Drunk Love
An unconventional romantic drama, in which Adam Sandler as the lonely eccentric Barry Egan is courted by the mysterious Lena, played by Emily Watson.
“I have love in my life. It makes me stronger than you could ever imagine. ”- Barry.
- Of Mice and Men
An excellent adaptation by Gary Sinise of John Steinbeck’s classic novel.
The ambitious George and the mentally ill Lennie travel around America as farmer helpers, dreaming that one day they will have their own land.
“We have a future. We have someone to talk to, who really cares about us. ”George.
- Le Scaphandre et le Papillon
Inspired by the book of Jean-Dominique Bauby, this emotional French film talks about the author’s life after a stroke that left him paralyzed.
Suffering from the locked-in syndrome, however, he writes a novel… “I decided not to feel sorry for myself. Apart from the eyes, I have two other things that are not paralyzed: imagination and memory “, says Bauby.
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The romantic story of a man born as he himself says it “in unusual circumstances.”
The film is an adaptation of Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920 story about an 80-year-old rejuvenating man who, like any of us, can’t fight time and can’t stop him, no matter how much he wants to.
The story of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) is about the places he discovers, about the loves he lives, about the joys of life and about the sadness of death, but also about what remains beyond time.
“It’s never too late to be who you want to be. There is no time limit, you can start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules for that, ” said Button in a letter to his family.
This is an adventure film, epic and romantic, whose action is set on the eve of World War II, when Sarah (Nicole Kidman) arrives in Australia, where along with the “rude” and rebellious Drover will live not only a love story but she will also try to save the land she inherits from her husband, in a journey that will transform her for good. “Just because it’s like that, doesn’t mean it has to be that way.” Drover.
- The Bucket List
A mechanic and a billionaire (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson) end up sharing the same hospital room and thinking about what’s left of their lives, in a comedy with drama accents or a drama with comedy accents, it depends from what angle you look at it…
They both have one thing in common: the need to come to terms with what they are and the choices they have made and the desire to spend the remaining time doing everything they ever wanted.
Thus they start together in the journey of their lives, ticking new experiences and places and making us understand that only being on the edge of a machete we realize how much time we lose.
“Did you find joy in life? Has your life brought joy to those around you? ” these are two questions we should all ask ourselves at some point.
- The King’s Speech
Based on the true story of the father of Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain, the film starring Collin Firth as King George VI, who suddenly became king when his brother Edward abdicates, presents the king’s attempts, along with speech therapist Lionel Logue, to articulate correctly and find a suitable voice with which to lead the nation in war.
“If I am a king, where is my power? Can I form a government? Can I put a tax, can I declare war? Not! And yet I represent the whole authority. Why? Because the nation believes that when they speak, they speak on their behalf. But I can’t talk! ”
- 12 Years A Slave
A biographical historical drama set in the United States before the Civil War, when Solomon Northup, a free man of colour, is abducted and sold into subjugation.
The film presents the black man played by Chiwetel Ejiofor going through terrible torments but also through moments in which he knows gentleness with the help of the abolitionist played by Brad Pitt, but managing to keep his dignity and faith in spite of everything he lives.
“In such moments, the human heart turns to the Creator. In prosperity and when there is nothing to hurt or frighten him, he does not remember Him, and is ready to face Him; but put him in the midst of dangers, do not allow him to receive help, put him in front of an open grave, for then, in times of trouble, the mocking and unbelieving man turns to God for help, feeling that there is no other hope or refuge than in his protective arms ”.
- The Squid and The Whale
A couple of divorces, and their children (Walt and Frank) that are forced to deal with the psychological games that occur between their parents.
“We looked at the knight’s armour from the Met. The frightening fish from the National History Museum… I’ve always been afraid of fighting octopus and whale, ”says Walt.
Sylvain Chomet’s sublime animated story about a magician who tries to succeed in his profession, during his journey through Europe, relating on the road with his young admirer Alice.
“Magicians do not exist” is one of his notes.
The anxious Charlie Kaufman (played by Nicholas Cage) is a screenwriter who adapts a difficult novel and thus goes through a period at the end of which he becomes increasingly unstable.
“All my problems and anxiety can be reduced to a chemical imbalance or some kind of defective synapse. I need help with this. But I’m still going to be ugly. ”- Charlie.
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- One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Jack Nicholson is Randal P. McMurphy, a rebel who simulates madness to escape from prison in a mental hospital, causing real chaos.
“What do you think you are, for God’s sake, crazy or what ?! You’re not! You’re not! You’re no crazier than an ordinary idiot walking the streets. ”- McMurphy.
- The Straight Story
A World War II veteran, Alvin finds out that his brother he hasn’t seen in a long time has had a heart attack and embarks on a 240-mile journey to see him, but not just any trip, but one with the tractor.
“There is no one who knows your life better than a brother who is almost your age. He knows who and what you are, better than anyone, ”Alvin believes.
- The Pianist
Roman Polanski’s story of the remarkable struggle for survival of Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman during the National Socialist German Workers’ Party deportation of Jews by World War II.
“Here, sell this. Food is more important than time, ”says Szpilman, taking his watch out of his hand.
- My Left Foot
Don’t miss Daniel Day-Lewis in an exceptional performance by the Irishman Christy Brown, who, although suffered a severe cerebral palsy, became an extremely important writer.
“This is Christy Brown, my son. The genius, ”his father introduces him.
- La vita e Bella
The excellent film by Roberto Beningni, whose action is set during the Second World War, when a father uses his imagination to protect his son from the horrors of war, in a National Socialist German Workers’ Party extermination camp.
“It simply came to our notice then. This is the sacrifice made by my father. This was his gift to me, ”said his son, a few years later.
One of the most famous movies of Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, Rainman is the drama of two brothers left without a father and with a huge legacy that belongs to the mentally ill brother, but with a bright mind.
What begins as an intrigue by which the other brother tries to steal the sick brother’s inheritance, will eventually become a story about family, about love and especially about self-discovery.
“I just realized I’m not upset anymore. My father took me out of my will. You probably know he tried to contact me over the years. I never called him back. I was a fool. If he had been my son and he hadn’t answered my phone calls, I would have taken him out too. But it’s not about money anymore. I just don’t understand. Why didn’t he tell me I had a brother? Why didn’t anyone ever tell me I had a brother? Because it would have been nice to meet him for more than six days… ”- Charlie Babbitt.
- Rescue Dawn
A tense story about survival, by Werner Herzog, with Christian Bale as the war prisoner of Diet Dengler. A true story, in which Dengler’s courage and charisma are truly very inspiring.
“It simply came to our notice then. Fill what is empty. The shoe that eats you “said Dieter Dengler.
- Empire of the Sun
Young Jim becomes a prisoner of war in a concentration camp in World War II. Over the years, as he struggles for survival, he becomes a spoiled child, a mature adult.
“First one part feeds you, and the other part tries to kill you, then the roles change; it’s all about timing ”is one of the tips Jim receives.
Two teenagers discover the enigmatic Mud, living on a small island. As they become friends, they discover that law enforcement officers are following their footsteps.
“There are strong people in the world, boys. Good, evil, bad luck, luck. As men, we must take advantage of everything we can. ”- Mud.
After a painful divorce, writer Miles leaves for a weekend for a wine tasting with his hedonist friend Jack. Chaos and a new love are the results of this departure.
“Its aromas are the most haunting and bright and enchanting and subtle and ancient in the planet” – Miles.
- The Truman show
Truman Burbank lives the life of an ordinary, middle-class man, without actually knowing that he is the star of the most popular show on the planet.
“It simply came to our notice then. There are no scenarios, no replica cards. It’s not always Shakespeare, but it’s authentic. It’s a life, “says Christof, the show’s creator.
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Once a king on Wall Street and convinced that greed is good, Gordon Gekko comes out of prison and discovers that he is no longer in the game he once dominated and that he needs to reinvent himself to return to business.
“The thing I learned in prison is that money is not the main thing in life. Time is of the essence! ” – Gekko.
- Requiem for a Dream
A modern fable, Requiem for a Dream, starring Jared Leto in a sensational and unforgettable starring role, tells the parallel stories of four people from Coney Island trying to have a better life but sinking into a world of drugs, of lost hopes, a hopeless world and especially full of despair.
“Not getting money is the problem, Harry! / Then what’s the problem? / I don’t know what I’ll have to do to get it.“
- The Social Network
An absolutely revolutionary moment, the appearance of Facebook would change everything we knew at the beginning of the century about socializing and about friends.
A biographical drama in places with comedy accents, about the extremely intelligent Mark Zuckerberg and all the teammates who worked on Facebook.
“Your clients want to follow in my footsteps and think they are tall… They have the right to try, but I have no obligation to take pleasure in sitting here listening to people lie. You have a part of my attention, a minimum of attention. The rest of my attention is in the Facebook offices, where my colleagues and I do things that no one in this room, including your clients, in particular, is smart or creative enough to do, ”Zuckerberg said in court, accused of the Winklevoss brothers for stealing their idea.
- Seven Pounds
Another top movie with Will Smith in the lead role. A masterpiece of cinema, set in a world where the financial crisis is making more and more victims and people no longer know how to be human, and in which Will Smith, an agent at the Tax Office, rediscovers humanity, trying to redeem a mistake from the past helping 7 strangers, 7 souls… “I did something very bad once and I will never be the same again!“
- Save Private Ryan
An action and war drama set in World War II when a team led by Tom Hanks as John Miller sets off in search of Private Ryan.
A story about courage and survival, about honour and dignity, but also about not giving up, despite any difficulties.
“Sometimes I wonder if my wife will recognize me and how can I ever tell her about days like this. Ryan… I don’t know anything about Ryan and I don’t care. That man means nothing to me. But if we go to Ramelle and find him so we can go home, if that gives me the right to go home to my wife, then that’s my mission! ”
- 127 hours
Aron Ralston gets his arm hurt during a climb, thus reaching a discouraging situation, which makes him accomplish a few things. “This stone… this stone has been waiting for me all my life” Ralston.
- Leon the Professional
Leon is a paid assassin and a loner. Forced to suddenly take care of a child (young Natalie Portman) he discovers his human side and seeks change.
”You gave me the taste of life. I want to be happy. To sleep in a bed, to have roots. And you’ll never be alone again, Mathilda, ”says Leon.
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The shy Joel and the hedonist Clementine start a relationship, without knowing that they already have a unique story together.
“Are we just like those bored couples you feel sorry about in restaurants?” – Joel.
- Million dollar baby
A classic story from prince to a beggar, in which Maggie, a humble waitress, makes her debut in the world of boxing and quickly becomes a star.
“It’s about the magic of risking everything for a dream that no one but you sees.”
- The Savages
Two distant brothers, Jon and Wendy Savage, reunite when their father suddenly shows signs of dementia.
“This growing fixation of yours for mobility is counterproductive and, frankly, quite selfish. Because it has nothing to do with my father, it has to do with you and your guilt, ”said Jon Savage.
- The Descendants
When his wife is hospitalized, the rich Matt King, played by George Clooney, and his family must adapt to radical changes.
“Give your kids enough money to do something, but not enough money to do nothing” – Matt King.
- Another Year
A British drama centred on the story of a happy couple, who for four seasons observe their unhappy friends, trying to structure their lives.
“Young people… Everything is for young people. Those bars, you know, are full of young people shouting about nothing,” laments a friend.
- Stranger than fiction
Will Ferrell plays the introvert Harold Crick, who begins to hear a voice in his head (Emma Thompson), a voice that comments on his every move.
“Cursed be you, stupid voice, shut up and leave me alone!” – Harold Crick.
An exciting epic SF from 2013, with exceptional special effects, a visual treat in the true sense of the word.
“Or I’ll do it down here from a song and I’ll have a great story to tell! Or I will catch fire in the next ten minutes. ”- Dr Stone.
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Do you know those movies that make you talk about them for hours after you’ve seen them?
The ones that stay in your mind for the next week and month and, in fact, that you will never be able to forget because they leave such a strong impression on your life ?!
This collection of 50 movies that make you think is exactly about that.
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