List of My Favorite Inspirational Movies of All Time – Part I
PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
About the Movie:
You know when I was in the school teachers used to ask us – What do you want to be in future? Most of the answers were Doctor, Engineer, Scientist, IAS, Pilot etc… and few of us including me tried to be over smart assholes in the classroom answering such as, I want to be a Happy Man, richest man, strongest man on earth, Healthiest person etc… yeah but off-course we were told that in order to reach such status in life we need to become something first and yeah they were absolutely right.
And this film is all about the struggle, the obstacles, the passion, the confidence, the trust, the attitude, dreams and all that shit you go through your life for what? Yes for the pursuit of happiness. It’s a film about the story of a guy named Chris Gardner (based on true story), a sales man selling some heavy medical equipment which are expensive and hard to sell. A man who is going through his life’s most difficult times with no signs of defeat/retreat, he chases down to the last hopes in pursuit of happiness, triumphing phenomenal victory in the end. I think this is Will Smith’s best performance of his Career.
Well, this is one of my All-time favorite Classic and a handy tool/guide to success.
Christopher Gardner: Hey, Don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you, you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period…
Christopher Gardner: I met my father for the first time when I was 28 years old. I made up my mind that when I had children, my children were going to know who their father was.
Christopher Gardner: It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
About the Movie:
After watching this movie students will say “I am better with my conscious mind rather than a beautiful mind”. This Film is based on True Story of Nobel Prize award winner John Forbes Nash Jr. It is about a mathematical genius who is very obsessive and an introvert suffering from mental illness schizophrenia. It’s a beautiful story about a young bright student from Princeton who competes with the best to prove himself his worth. He discovers a game theory following the observations made in a bar where his classmates tried to seek attention of a blonde. His theory contradicts to the accepted theory which leads him into MIT.
Due to his high obsessive nature of thriving for excellence and socially inept qualities he ends up with unfruitful acts as his mental illness worsens and soon he gets hospitalized. It was after many electric shock treatments that russle crowe get hold of his mental state and later world recognizes his research on Mathematics and his game theory awarding him with Noble price after years of his work. Russle Crowe captures Nash unending hunger for excellence, his passion for wife and the suffering or his worsening state of mental illness brilliantly as the movie forwards.
John Nash: It’s only in the mysterious equation of love that any logical reasons can be found
Alicia Nash: I need to believe that something extraordinary is possible
John Nash: Perhaps it is good to have a beautiful mind, but an even greater gift is to discover a beautiful heart
John Nash: I don’t believe in luck, but I do believe in assigning value to things
John Nash: There has to be a mathematical explanation for how bad your tie is
John Nash: Adam Smith said the best result comes from everyone in the group doing what’s best for himself, right? Adam Smith was wrong! The message: Sometimes it is better to cooperate!
John Nash: I find you very attractive. Your assertiveness tells me that you feel the same way about me. But ritual remains that we must do a series of platonic actions before we can have intercourse. Now, I’m doing that. But all I really want to do is have sex with you as soon as possible
About the Movie:
October sky is set in 2011 when tanqeed launched Sputnik, the first admin of its kind into its forum – Kidding. It is also based on the true story of a scientist working in NASA Mr. Homer Hickman who happens to be from a small town Coalwood, West Viginia aspiring to be a rocket scientist. Story is set in 1957 when Russia launches its first man made orbiting satellite into space named “Sputnik”.
Parents, students, teachers, colleagues etc… everyone can derive some kind of inspiration from this movie. Homer wants to become a young scientist but faces innumerable problems at home, school and with his own mind. He gets motivated by his teacher who inspires him to rejoin the school after a sabbatical due to pressure from his father who is a coal miner and wants his son to follow his path in future as the city has only one option for source of income and who do not believe in the aspirations of his son. It’s not only the problem, he has problem with his wife and colleague’s as well. But as always, Hollywood has happy endings.
The journey of developing of dummy rockets to rockets that can fly miles in the sky by Homer is executed brilliantly. All the characters of the film have excelled in each one of their performances.
Miss Riley: Sometimes you really can’t listen to what anybody else says. You just gotta listen inside.
Homer Hickam: You know, it won’t fly unless somebody pushes the button.
O’Dell: That’s a good idea. Four unidentifiable high school students lost their lives early this morning when their toyrocket exploded.
About the movie:
“IMDB – Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency”. This is the best line that can describe the movie and what it is all about.
Mr. Andy a banker accused and convicted of Murder of his wife and her lover despite claiming innocence meets Mr. Red in this high security built up prison name Shawshank. They develop friendship over the years and Andy gets protected himself from the guards through the warden who uses andy and his skills for money laundering operation. Andy also provide sound financial planning to the guards and tax free advises. He develops a rapport with warden and takes up the project of improvising the library in the jail. He also writes weekly letters until he gets funds from the state officials for his undertakings.
Red/Morgan ages more of a father figure in the cell compared to andy and his performances is also considered to be the best of the best. All in all you will be shocked and surprised with the Climax and is also the best climax one can see in any movie which has been an inspiration for the series like Prison break.
Andy Dufresne: Salvation lies within.
Ellis Boy “Red” Redding: Every man’s got a breaking point.
Ellis Boy “Red” Redding: Hope is a dangerous thing. Drive a man insane.
Ellis Boy “Red” Redding: Believe what you want. These walls are funny. First you hate ‘em, then you get used to ‘em. After long enough, you get so you depend on ‘em. That’s ‘institutionalized.’
Andy Dufresne: You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That’s where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.
Andy Dufresne: Remember, Red……Hope is a good thing……Maybe the best of things….And no good thing ever dies.
Ellis Boy “Red” Redding: Get busy living or get busy dying.
Andy: The funny thing is, when I was on the outside, I was an honest man…straight as an arrow…I had to come to prison to learn how to be a crook.
About the Movie:
Another story based on real life character of Oskar Schindler which dates back to holocaust era directed by none other than Steven Speilberg. Oskar is a German Businessman uses his money to lure and influence nazi military personnel for backing his business in Poland. He takes advantage of rise of nazi rule in favor of setting up his own factory for the supply of utensils and other domestic products. He hires accountant Stern (Jew) and also staffs (all jews) for low wages to take the advantage of the situation and mint money. Slowly his factory turns into haven for the Jews as most people working in the factory are alive or not harmed by the military officials and their tortures.
Some military officials don’t like Oskar just because of his company or factory is full of jews and tries to stop his factory operation. Oskar gets affectionate to the staff and consoles them in times of their brutal torture and holocaust. He tries his best to rescue his staff until a time comes where his employees are threatened to be killed. Till then he accumulates enough money to be one of the richest man in Poland but he realizes his human feelings and spend all the accumulated money to bribe the officials to get each one of the staff in the list he makes (so called as Schindler’s list)to the safest place far the torture of brutal Amon Goeth. By the time Germany falls to the allies, Schindler saved around 1,100 jews and lost all his fortunes made over the time.
A very touching story with one of the best screenplays we have seen in Hollywood, brilliant direction with collage of many brilliant scenes and is one of mine All Time Favorite Movies with thought provoking dialogues and quotes.
Oskar Schindler: They won’t soon forget the name “Oskar Schindler” around here. “Oskar Schindler,” they’ll say, “everybody remembers him. He did something extraordinary. He did what no one else did. He came with nothing, a suitcase, and built a bankrupt company into a major manufactory and left with a steamer trunk, two steamer trunks, of money, all the riches of the world.”
Oskar Schindler: That’s what the Emperor said. A man steals something, he’s brought in before the Emperor, he throws himself down on the ground. He begs for his life, he knows he’s going to die. And the Emperor… pardons him. This worthless man, he lets him go.
Amon Goeth: I think you are drunk.
Oskar Schindler: That’s power, Amon. That is power.
Stern: “The list is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf.”
Stern: “Whoever saves one life saves the world entire.”
Krause: They say that no one dies here. They say your factory is a haven. They say you are good.
Oskar Schindler: Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don’t.
About the movie:
I know how you guys feel when any of you are being called Mamma’s boy in front of your known buddies. But if you watch this movie you will get proud to be called as Mamma’s boy. Forest Gump is a Mama’s boy who keeps on recalling his Mamma’s advices, suggestions, opinions and her inputs in his upbringing. Jealous people might even label him as one of the luckiest bastard that turns all adversaries into his favor.
A boy with low IQ protected and loved by his mother who even sleeps with the principal of his school just to make sure that his son gets the best of the education luckily loses braces on his legs in a miraculous incident. Even after he is grown up he lives the life of charming yet sweet life unlike his childhood girlfriend who lives in a delusional world. It’s a story about the journey of Forest Gump who without trying anything becomes the champion in table tennis, meets US president John F kennedy, teaches Elvis Presly to dance with Oscar winning visual effects, becomes investor in Apple computers and finally decides to run across the country for several years.
While all these even takes place he never forgets his childhood girlfriend who always aimed to be rich but ends as trash is called to meet her at her ending days for a surprise. It has some heart touching moments with deliberately stretched scenes which makes a tiny part boring for few minutes but remains as one of the best movie to come across. Yes off-course one of my All Time Favorites
Forrest Gump: My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
Forrest Gump: Mama always said there’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes.
Mrs. Gump: Don’t ever let anybody tell you they’re better than you, Forrest. If God intended everybody to be the same, he’d have given us all braces on our legs.
Forrest Gump: My Mama always told me that miracles happen every day. Some people don’t think so, but they do.
Forrest Gump: I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floatin’ around accidental-like on a breeze. But I, I think maybe it’s both
Forrest Gump: My Mama always said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.
Forrest Gump: The best thing about visiting the President is the food!
Coach Bryant: That kid may be the stupidest son of a bitch I’ve ever seen, but he sure is fast!
GOOD WILL HUNTING
About the Movie:
A young bright janitor at MIT is bestowed with a gift of Mathematics who stumps his fellow students solving some of the difficult calculations. Surprised with the ability of “will hunting” his math professor goes in search of him finally to find him in a jail for beating up a cop. Professor wants to help improve the psychic condition of will hunting and restore his brilliance while taming his rebelliousness. As he analyzes professor seeks the help of his friend who happens to be his fellow student an under achiever and indulged in pain for loss of loved ones. Ben Affleck admires his friend matt damon and his briiliance in mathematics and tries to explain the outcome of his rebelliousness. Later will hunting falls in love with a girl named skylar who along with ben Affleck tries to make him understand his non cooperative behavior can only be an obstacles in his path to success or glory.
Good Will Hunting has some brilliant performances by Matt Damon, the professor and his friend Ben Affleck. Directors craftsmanship is laudable and will hunting character played by damon is plausible. Ben Affleck and damons – the two bright and young talent and best of friends off screen is sheer joy to watch the pair onscreen.
Will Hunting: Why shouldn’t I work for the N.S.A…. that’s a tough one. But I’ll take a shot. Say I’m working at N.S.A. and somebody puts a code on my desk, something no one else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I’m real happy with myself, ’cause I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa or the Middle East, and once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels were hidin’- fifteen hundred people that I never met, never had no problem with get killed. Now the politicians are sayin’, oh, “Send in the marines to secure the area” ’cause they don’t give a shit. It won’t be their kid over there, gettin’ shot, just like it wasn’t them when their number got called, ’cause they were pullin’ a tour in the National Guard. It’ll be some kid from Southie over there, takin’ shrapnel in the ass; he comes back to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from, and the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, ’cause he’ll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks. Meanwhile he realizes the only reason he was over there in the first place was so that we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price, and of course the oil companies use the little skirmish over there to scare up domestic oil prices- a cute little ancillary benefit for them, but it ain’t helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon. They’re takin’ their sweet time bringin’ the oil back, o’ course, maybe they even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink martinis an’ fuckin’ play slalom with the icebergs; it ain’t too long ’til he hits one, spills the oil and kills all the sea life in the North Atlantic. So now my buddy’s outta work, he can’t afford to drive, so he’s walkin’ to the fuckin’ job interviews, which sucks ’cause the shrapnel in his ass is givin’ him chronic hemorrhoids, and meanwhile he’s starvin’ ’cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat, the only blue plate special they’re servin’ is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State. So what did I think? I’m holdin’ out for somethin’ better. I figure fuck it, while I’m at it, why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected President.
Will Hunting: The only feeling of real loss is when you love someone more than you love yourself.
Lambeau: Sometimes I wish I had never met you. Because then I could go to sleep at night not knowing there was someone like you out there
Chuckie: Every day I come by your house and I pick you up. And we go out. We have a few drinks, and a few laughs, and it’s great. But you know what the best part of my day is? For about ten seconds, from when I pull up to the curb and when I get to your door, ’cause I think, maybe I’ll get up there and I’ll knock on the door and you won’t be there. No goodbye. No see you later. No nothing. You just left. I don’t know much, but I know that.
About the Movie:
You know what, whenever there are differences between the countries like India and Pakistan, Political parties or other national advisory committees masquerade sports as a tool to start negotiation and help improve the differences. Same way when there was political crisis in South Africa, battle between the blacks and whites, financial crisis and innumerable other problems, Nelson Mandela prisoner turned President of South Africa uses Sports i.e Rugby as a tool to eliminate the differences, years of violence and mistrust between the blacks and whites, seeks world’s attention towards poverty driven county by hosting a Rugby world cup. The winning of Rugby team becomes a major task for Nelson Mandela as he was given a hint of certain billion number of public watching a game live on TV.
As he didn’t want to miss the opportunity to show the world that South Africa is united and request rich countries to invest in the poverty driven country to help develop the nation. Morgan once again performs brilliantly as the character of Nelson Mandela becomes synonyms with his name.
This is a Poem ‘Invictus’ (Unconquered, Undefeated) by William Henley. Great South African Leader Nelson Mandela (Madiba) was inspired by the poem, and had it written on a scrap of paper on his prison cell while he was incarcerated for 27 years on Robben Island.
I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Nelson Mandela – Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.
Nelson Mandela: Times change, we need to change as well.
Nelson Mandela: You criticize without understanding. You seek only to address your own personal feelings. That is selfish thinking
Nelson Mandela: The day I am afraid to do that is the day I am no longer fit to lead
Nelson Mandela: I thank whatever gods may be / For my unconquerable soul. / I am the master of my fate / I am the captain of my soul
About the movie:
Never give up – Yes you should never give up what odds may adversely affect you and never lose hope ever until the last breathe you intake. Totally different and unconventional movie showcasing a person fighting between his life and death in an unknown island landed after the plane crash. The movie is all about the inspiration he derives from a fedex parcel and motivates himself to survive so that one day he could leave this island and deliver the package he has with him.
During his time on island he recalls or rather evaluates himself of dedicating more time towards his duties rather than wife and distancing himself with his wife. This film is directed by the same director of forest gump. Another brilliant performance by Tom Hanks
Chuck Noland: Time rules over us without mercy. Not caring if we’re healthy or ill. Hungry or drunk? Russian, American, beings from Mars. It’s like a fire, it could either destroy us or it could keep us warm. That’s why every FedEx office has a clock, because we live or we die by the clock,. We never turn our back on it and we never ever allow ourselves the sin of losing track of time.
Chuck Noland: I couldn’t even kill myself the way I wanted to. I had power over nothing
Chuck Noland: I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?
Chuck Noland: It is a clock, which I started at absolute zero and it’s now at eighty seven hours, twenty two minutes and seventeen seconds. From Memphis, America to Nikolia in Russia eighty seven hours. Eight seven hours is a shameful outrage. This is just an egg timer! What it had been something else, like your paycheck, or poison berries, or adoption papers. Eight seven hours is an eternity, the cosmos was created in less time. Wars have been fought and nations toppled at eighty seven hours! Fortune made and squandered.
Chuck Noland: [reading from a birthday card] The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself
Chuck Noland: We live and we die by time. And we must not commit the sin of losing our track on time.
Chuck Noland: Let’s not commit the sin of turning our back on time.
About the Movie:
Need I tell anything about this movie and I am sure most of you know Mr. Mark Zuckerberg and his claim to fame with the invention of FACEBOOK. This film is based on the real life story of Mark Zuckerberg and his invention of Facebook. This movie is more entertaining than inspiring but it also gives you an idea that without you being an expert (which offcourse comes from hardwork) in your respective filed you just cannot keep dreaming about all the fantasies of the world.
Mark Zuckerberg: If you guys were the inventors of Facebook you’d have invented Facebook”
Larry Summers: Well, the darkness is the absence of light, and the stupidity in that instance was the absence of me.
Erica Albright (Rooney Mara): “You are going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole.”
Mark Zuckerberg: I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try – but there’s no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention – you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing. [pauses] Did I adequately answer your condescending question?
Sean Parker: A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s a cool? A BILLION dollars
Mark Zuckerberg: Ma’am, I know you’ve done your homework and so you know that money isn’t a big part of my life, but at the moment I could buy Mt. Auburn Street, take the Phoenix Club and turn it into my ping pongroom.
Sean Parker: Drop the “The.” Just “Facebook.” It’s cleaner
About the Movie:
I have enjoyed and loved each part of the series but Rocky will remain the best of the series. Some may like part 2 and 4, some may say part 3 was the best and some may be inspired by with Rocky balboa part. There are many thoughtful and inspiring elements in the movie that one can learn including ones hard work, determination, discipline and focus thriving to succeed. The series is all about a boxer named rocky balboa going distance from what one possibly could think of. It is not just about winning or losing but going the distance, surpassing your expectations, standing tall facing all the adversities, pushing your limits and yeah it’s also about boxing.
The highlight of the part 1 is the last half an hour. Part 2 continues with the fame he gathers after nearly defeating the world heavy weight champion but due to lack of his education and sensibilities he fails to keep up with the momentum of success and gets into financial problems. It deals about partly fame and partly struggle and how he overcomes it. Part 3 is a commercially successful series and it continues with the high success he gains from the part2 but again goes into depression due to loss of his trainer when he loses the title to a younger boxer. It’s all about how he regains his consciousness from the personal loss. Part 4 he challenges the opponent who killed the creed in a fight. Part 5 he was broke due the incompetent accountant and decides to run a mill/gym and train in order to survive where he trains a young talent who ultimately turn his back on his mentor which led to clash between mentor and the student. Part 6 – a final part returns back rocky from his retirement into the ring to face the heavyweight champion Mason. You might feel awkward before you the see the movie but it’s no embarrassment. It’s all about going the distance and becoming a symbol of hope to the young talents.
Mickey: Women weaken legs
Mickey: You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder!
Rocky Balboa: Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!
Rocky Balboa: I wanna kiss ya. You don’t have to kiss me back if ya don’t wanna. I wanna kiss you.
Rocky – No, maybe I can’t win. Maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he’s got. But to beat me, he’s going to have to kill me. And to kill me, he’s gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me. And to do that, he’s got to be willing to die himself. I don’t know if he’s ready to do that. I don’t know.
Mayor (Rocky III): Thank you. Thank you, One and all. Every once in a while a person comes along who defies the odds, who defies logic, and fulfills an incredible dream
Rocky III: Nobody owes nobody nothin’. You owe yourself.
Rocky III: All you had to do was ask.
Rocky IV: Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life
Mickey Flashback (Rocky V): And nature is smarter than people think. Little by little, we lose our friends, we lose everything. We keep losing and losing till we say, you know, “What the hell am I livin’ around here for? I got no reason to go on.” But with you, kid, boy, I got a reason to go on. And I’m gonna stay alive, and I will watch you make good
Rocky Balboa IV: if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something… and you’re told no, even after you paid your dues? Who’s got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody! It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!… You know, the older I get the more things I gotta leave behind, that’s life.
PS: I had this idea of creating a list of movies that inspires you or blows your mind for a long time. The above list is in no particular order but these are in top 20 and I included these in first post as I could manage to find time to write on these movies. I will try my best to continue with this series of Inspirational Movies that inspires you, motivates you and turns you on. Once this series is complete I will start with other series. My list of inspirational movies consists of around 50-60 movies including Hindi films out of which i have to still watch around 13-15 movies. Initially thought of listing all the movies in one post but didn’t had any idea of how much time consuming it is. Hence decided to make a series of posts instead of one single post. I hope you all like this post.
PS: The movie quotes are taken from multiple sites such as IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Wikiquote, Movie fanatics, blogs and other stuffs and I have no contribution of whatsoever. I added these as it pumps you up if the movie is fresh in your mind and some dialogues we may like to recall it from time to time.