18 Movies That Can Change Your Life

“Rudy. It taught me that while I may not ever be the best at anything, if I put in the work and practice to get better, I can do anything I want to. I could have to work at it for half my life, but it is still possible to achieve your goals.”


“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

I was diagnosed with a degenerative muscular disease shortly before I saw it for the first time. Now I find myself in certain situations looking around and appreciating life as per the famous quote. Additionally, it encourages me to be adventurous and carefree despite the physical barriers I might face.”


“MASH changed the way I looked at war when I was a kid. Playing Army wasn’t as much fun when you think about the wounded, suffering, and innocent people that get hurt.”


“Fight Club. Never thought much about consumerism before, really made me question why I cared so much about brands and possessions.”


“It’s a TV show, but The Good Place. Particularly the last season really motivated me to get my life together. It was a fantastic show that teaches you just how in control of your life you are, and that you’re totally capable of improving yourself but you need to be proactive in your own growth. Also, as a non-religious person, the concept of the afterlife depicted over the course of the show really appealed to me”


“I was dating a girl long distance (Uk to the US). One of my friends tried to talk me out of it as they didn’t want me to be bogged down. It was a long and difficult series of conversations to see if we should continue or if we were wasting time and limiting one another. I cannot remember how or why but I brought up ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ and asked her about the ending.

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet’s characters, knowing they had dated and deleted the memories of their failed relationship, meet again and start to fall for one another again. When the subject of their relationship comes serious Kate says that they’ll just go down the same path again, doomed to failure. Carrey says “Okay” and the movie ends with the two laughing through their emotions repeating “Okay.”

She believed that it meant that even if the relationship was known to be doomed it was worth continuing because it was what they wanted in that moment and to sacrifice an experience because that experience may end (poorly or otherwise) is a dumb way to live.

So we decided to just ignore my friend’s concerns and keep dating. Come what may. Today is our 11th wedding anniversary.”


“Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. It really showed to me as a kid the importance of respecting nature”


“Boyz n the Hood

I realized I need to be aware of the suffering and wrong in the world, even if it stresses me out, because knowing means maybe I can do something to change it. Choosing not to know is choosing not to care: if I turn a blind eye, I contribute to the problem.”


“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It taught me that daydreaming is okay as long as you’re ready to make those dreams a reality.”


“He’s Just Not That into You

It taught me to stop picking terrible men that had no interest in me, and to actually pick someone who loved me for me.”


“The show ‘How to get away with murder’ changed the way I see lawyers because that series show me that they are humans beings too”


“Last Holiday. Georgia learns to speak up for herself, and lives each day as if she’s going to die. She isn’t afraid to be herself, and takes all the risks she wouldn’t have before. It made me so grateful for each day that I’m alive.”


“Little Miss Sunshine

Whilst the family is unusually dysfunctional, the overarching message really hit home: family life will never be perfect; you, your parents, grandparent(s) and siblings are all flawed; but the most important thing is being there for each other and having each other’s back.”



I didn’t realise until I watched Marrowbone, that I had never actually accepted my brother’s death. When he died I sort of shut it down and moved on. Marrowbone accidentally forced me to face up and accept his death, which allowed me to move on for real.”


“‘Love, Rosie’ taught me the value of being honest with your feelings for someone. If you like someone, you better tell them right away, ’cause if you get rejected, at least you’d have your answer already and can start the process of moving on, rather than thinking of what could have been.”


“I’m really not too into politics but ‘The Platform’ is a movie that changed how I look at capitalism by being one cruel metaphor for it”


“Roman Holiday. I watch it whenever I feel miserable and it shows me, no matter what the situation I should be able to have fun!”


“So there’s this movie ‘About Time.’

Basically this dude grows up and his father informs him that the men in their family have the ability to go back in time and make small changes that will then change the future. So the main character figures he can go back and do things to improve his life.

However, he quickly learns that by changing things he thinks are mistakes, he ends up losing things important to him in the future. So the story really drives home the idea that we certainly make mistakes in life, or sometimes things don’t go the way we want them to, but oftentimes they lead to something that is very dear to us. It’s helped me accept a lot of things.”


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