5 movies that will change your life


Aashkaa Nair

Mental Health Writer

Movies are one of the top sources of entertainment in today's world. Watching movies with friends has become an important ritual for many of us. Movies can help shape the way we understand the world.

Films help us connect to the characters and situations. It helps us see perspectives of different characters.

Some movies have also played a major role in inspiring social change. They inspire empathy and raise controversial questions in the minds of the viewers.

This leads the audiences to question thigs taken for granted and they become more attuned to different social changes happening in the world.

It also helps us be cognizant about different cultures, classes and rituals.

Here are some movies which help give us valuable life lessons:

1. Forrest Gump:

The not so ‘smart’ Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save -- his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright).

Despite all the hardships and ridicule on his path, Forrest stays true to his purpose and does not get corrupted by the world. Ultimately, he not only achieves success but wins the love of his childhood companion.

2. The Pursuit of Happyness:

Inspired by a true story, this is one of the most inspirational movies of all time. Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment and deserted by his wife, he and his young son (Jaden Smith) find themselves alone with no place to go. Even though Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, the position pays no money. Their only hope is that out of the entire class of interns, Chris will be the one to land the sole full-time position available. Till then, the pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son. Ultimately, he is able to bag the job and overcome the constant frustration and disappointment that had become part of his life.

3. A Beautiful Mind:

This is a human drama inspired by events in the life of John Nash, and in part based on the biography 'A Beautiful Mind' by Sylvia Nasar. From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. With the support of his wife, he overcomes paranoid schizophrenia and wins back all that he had lost, his teaching practice and even goes on to receive the Nobel Prize for his work on game theory.

4. Slumdog Millionaire:

Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) and his brother, Salim, survive on the streets of Mumbai after he death of their mother. They join a band of thieves to get by. Salim finds the life of crime agreeable, but the more mild- mannered Jamal scrapes by with small jobs until landing a spot on a game show, the Indian version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’. Jamal answers questions to win the ultimate prize and build a life away from crime with his childhood love.

5. The Shawshank Redemption:

In this epic movie, which has attained cult status across the globe, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a banker is wrongly convicted to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sent to a tough prison with a corrupt administration. Only Andy knows he didn't commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman) and experiences brutality of prison life.

He slowly learns to befriend the warden and guards to survive and over a period of 19 years, digs a tunnel to win his freedom from a prison that he shouldn’t have been in.

The movie reminds us that no matter how unfair life is and no matter how long it takes, in the end we can prevail if we never give up.

The Shawshank Redemption righly occupies the position of the highest rated movie of all time on IMDb.

So while most movies are for entertainment and are forgotten easily, some stick with us for a long, long time for the lessons they impart. We can find find inspiration from them during tough times and learn to overcome adversity.

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Discussion Board

Which movie has changed your life?

Shrenya Soni
All of these movies are so beautiful!! ❤️ Forrest Gump is an all time favourite :')
I have often looked to the movie 'Pusuit of Happiness' for inspiration. The way Chris Gardner overcomes so so many challenges, personal and professional, while being a good father, is something that stuck in my mind and gave me courage when I needed it 😇🙏
Amish Thaker
All of these movies are awesome except slumdog millionaire. Forrest Gump, my personal favorite.
Hi, I am new user oif this app, can anyone tell me, how to use this app??
Hi Kajal here are the main features of the app: 1. Tab 1: Self development feed: to read articles, listen to podcasts and play quizzes 2. Tab 2: Journal to log your thoughts and mood, calculate your emotion score 3. Tab 3: Guided audio meditation sessions for specific purposes 4. Tab 4: Focus music for concentration during work and relaxation during sleep 5. Tab 5: ZIFO chatbot: You can use this for getting motivational quotes, poems, take psychological assessments and information on mental health. Hope this helps 😇
Aashna Malhotra
Nice choice of movies 😀