Learning from the lives of great men often teaches us what we can never learn through textbooks. The stories of their incredible struggles inspire us to never give up and keep walking towards our dreams. Here are some of most popular motivational movies if you are looking to start a new venture.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
This is a biography of Chris Gardner when he spent around a year as a struggling homeless salesman, played by Will Smith with his son, Jayden, playing Gardener’s son. It shows him at his lowest before he rose to build his own multi-million dollar brokerage firm.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
A young janitor at MIT, Will Hunting, played by Matt Damon, solves a graduate level problem stunning everyone and gaining the notice of a professor. So begins his journey of acknowledging his own genius and making a better life for himself through education.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Hilary Swank plays the underdog who becomes a famous boxer from her humble beginnings as a waitress. She faces a lot of negativity being a woman and overage but finally emerges as a champion under the training and encouragement of her mentors.
Children of Heaven (1997)
A poor boy accidentally loses his sister’s recently repaired pair of shoes. They secretly share his pair among themselves for school while the brother enters a competition to win her a new pair when he cannot find them.
October Sky (1999)
This biography narrates the early life of a NASA engineer, who is inspired by launch of Sputnik 1 (1957) to pursue a career in rocket science against his father’s wishes, who happens to be a coal miner. It teaches us that it doesn’t matter where we come from, we can always chase our dreams.
This relates the story of Vince Papale, an American footballer who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1976-1978), at a low point in his team’s career. When everything is going wrong in his life, he finds the strength to keep going and eventually leads them to victory.
This is a Chinese-Hong Kong martial arts film starring Jet Li as the famous Chinese Martial Arts Master, Huo Yuanjia, who beat countless foreign fighters against all odds eventually becoming the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play and astronaut and medical engineer, who fight to save their lives and return to earth after their shuttle is destroyed and they are left stranded in space. The spirit to survive is a strong theme in this movie despite the terrifying situation.
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
Richard Dreyfuss plays Glenn Holland, a high school music teacher, who buries himself in work and tries hard to compose on phenomenal piece of music but eventually learns to find fulfillment in his job as an inspiration to his students.
Billy Elliot (2000)
A young boy dreams of being a ballet dancer despite society’s belief that it was not a masculine profession. He faces a lot of struggle and has to deal with negative reactions from his family to achieve his goal.
Forrest Gump (1994)
We are taken through the extraordinary life of Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks, who wins every situation he comes across with his heart even though he has a low I.Q. Eventually he finds his childhood sweetheart, whom he seeks to bind with all his life.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
We are shown how pure luck and quick thinking turns Mumbai teenager, Jamal, played by Dev Patel, from a street rat into a millionaire.
The Blind Side (2009)
Michael Oher is a poor orphan teen who has lead a traumatized life but becomes a successful football player when a good family takes interest in him and encourages him.
This is the story of American baseball player, Jackie Robinson, who became the first ever African-American baseball player through sheer determination and hard work.
Soul Surfer (2011)
After losing her left arm in a shark attack, teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton returns to do what she loves best. Her courage and strength help her overcome her fears and begin anew.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
A successful banker, Andy Dufresne, is suddenly convicted of double murder and sent to prison, where meets Red, another prisoner, and learns how deceiving appearances are as he finds kindness in the most unlikely places.
Let this motivation fill your mind and get your creative juices flowing leading to the attainment of your goals.