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The Top 10 Life-changing Movies of All Time

Tanaya Navalkar
Some movies leave an everlasting impression on our minds. Has any of them changed your life or the way you think or your perception about life? We bring you a list of top 10 life-changing movies ever. So, sit back and grab that DVD, and experience a transformation in your life.
"Going in one more round when you don't think you can - that's what makes all the difference in your life."
― Rocky Balboa
You know you are watching one of the life-changing movies when you find yourself teary-eyed at the end of the movie or highly motivated to go out and achieve that goal that you have been procrastinating for a long time now. They shake up your soul and leave a lingering taste in your mouth (read mind) that never goes away.
They are always in your hard disk or in your laptops. They are meaningful because they make you see things with a different perspective, and you know they are just a click away whenever you feel low.
We have put together a list of 10 greatest movies that will fill you with positivity. Without any further delay, check out the movies and add them to your list of the greatest movies of all time.

Top 10 Life-Changing Movies Ever

Life is Beautiful

Director: Roberto Benigni
Producer: Gianluigi Braschi, Elda Ferri
Actors: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano, Horst Buchholz.
Released: 1998
Duration: 116 minutes
It is a romantic war movie about a man named Guido. He works in his uncle's hotel and meets a lady named Dora. Eventually, they fall in love, and Dora runs away from the man with whom she was being forced to marry. They get married and have a son named Joshua. Later, Guido is found to be Jewish. He and Joshua are sent to a Nazi concentration camp.
Dora is sent with them as she refuses to leave them. Guido convinces Joshua that the entire camp is a game, at the end of which the winner will receive a real tank. He protects his son, and asks him to hide so that he can find Dora. Guido is captured and killed by the guards.
Joshua comes out of his hiding place the next day to find an empty camp. A U.S. tank arrives, and Joshua gets to ride in it until he reunites with his mother.

What we learned?
Guido leaves his son with an important lesson- Life is beautiful! Our imaginations are fueled and supported by the people we love. Live your life to the fullest and make the best of it.

Dead Poets Society

Director: Peter Weir
Producer: Steven Haft, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas
Actors: Robin Williams
Released: 1989
Duration: 128 minutes
This is an American drama film set in the aristocratic Welton Academy. It is about an English teacher, John Keating, who inspires his students through his poetry to live the life they dream of. He inspires them to achieve what they want through his unorthodox way of teaching.
He teaches them to see life with a new and fresh perspective as opposed to orthodox and conventional methods. The boys decide to start Dead Poets Society. He gets fired by the headmaster, Nolan, and the students stand up against him in Keating's defense.
Seeing that his work has not gone in vain, he is touched by the gesture and happily leaves the school teary-eyed.
What we learned?
The movie teaches us to be self-reliant and free thinkers. It is our responsibility to stand up for ourselves in what we believe is right, and not do what others tell us to do. Try seeing things from a different perspective and walk the path towards your goal. Do not waste any opportunity.

Cast Away

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Producer: Tom Hanks, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis
Actors: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy
Released: 2000
Duration: 143 minutes

This movie is about a man named Chuck Noland, who is an executive of FedEx. He and his long-time girlfriend, Kelly, want to get married, but his busy schedule doesn't allow them to.
The Christmas of 1995 is interrupted by his another business trip to Malaysia. He gives her a ring and departs. The flight experiences some technical faults due to a violent storm, and his airplane crashes into the Pacific Ocean. He is stranded on an isolated island far away from home and girlfriend with no human contact at all.
The frustration gets into him and he realizes that he has to find a way to get out of that island. It seems impossible to him. He struggles to survive on that lonely island. He finds a friend in a "volleyball" and names it Wilson. He has constant chats with Wilson. Wilson and a photo of Kelly keep his hopes alive.
He makes numerous attempts to escape the island. After a span of four years, he sets out on a raft, and loses his friend, Wilson. He is depressed by the loss and sometime later, he is rescued by a passing cargo ship. When he gets back, he finds out that Kelly is already married, and they depart. He buys a new volleyball to return it to the sender in Canada.
What we learned?
A man learns to be strong in solitude. He comes to know of his strengths and weaknesses. You cannot really give up. It is too easy! You have to fight back because you never know what the tide will bring. There is plenty to see and do in this world. Conquer your fears and follow the voice of your heart.

Forrest Gump

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Producer: Wendy Finerman, Steve Tisch, Steve Starkey, Charles Newirth
Actors: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field
Released: 1994
Duration: 142 minutes

This movie is based on a 1986 novel also named Forrest Gump, which was written by Winston Groom.
This story is about a man named Forrest Gump from Alabama, who has a very low IQ, but smarter than normal people. It is about his journey of life and historic events in his life. His 'mama' teaches him about life and leaves him to choose his own fate. He joins the army in Vietnam, and finds new friends, Dan and Bubba.
He wins medals, motivates and inspires people to jog while on a three-year marathon from coast to coast, enters the Shrimp business, creates ping-pong craze, meets Elvis Presley and the President many times, and reunites with his childhood love, Jenny.
What we learned?
The movie taught us that if we don't try out new things, we'll never know what we are capable of doing, and even if you are not great at it, it's okay! Life is more about the journey than destination...
... Talk to strangers because you never know who you'll meet in life. You should always demonstrate your love and affection for people you care about. Appreciate little things in life, and do not take anything or anyone for granted. And always remember, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get!"

Rocky Series

Director: John G. Avildsen, Sylvester Stallone
Producer: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler
Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith
Released: 1976-2006
Duration: 639 minutes

Rocky series is saga of boxing, which had six parts. They were written by Sylvester Stallone.
He directed most of the parts and starred in the movie himself as Rocky Balboa. The name is enough to get people pumped up. The first movie was released in the year 1976, later spawned five sequels. It is a rags-to-riches story of an underdog boxer from Philadelphia who makes it big in the boxing world.
 He fights all the heavyweight champions of the world and gains the title for himself through sheer determination. In Rocky I and II, he fought Apollo Creed. In Rocky III, he shoots to fame. When he decides to retire, the number one contender, James "Clubber" Lang, challenges him to a match openly, who is hungry for a win.
The famous song from this movie "Eye of the tiger" is still a popular song to play during workouts. Listen to it and you will know what we mean! In Rocky IV, he is challenged by fighter from the USSR, Ivan Drago, and Tommy Gunn in Rocky V. Rocky Balboa was the sixth sequel, and Rocky is shown 16 years later with his son grown up and distant from him.
However, Rocky discovers that he has found his fighting spirit and thinks of proving himself in the ring for one last time.

What we learned?
Do you ever feel that life is getting hard, and you want to quit? Watch these movies and snap back in action....
... It taught us that success isn't determined by how smart or talented you are, but by how hard you can persevere through challenges. If you are willing to go a distance, no one can stop you from going. Not even your age! As Rocky says, "It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward."

Bruce Almighty

Director: Tom Shadyac
Producer: Tom Shadyac, Jim Carrey, James D. Brubaker, Michael Bostick
Actors: Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Ann Walter, Philip Baker Hall
Released: 2003
Duration: 101 minutes

Bruce Almighty is a funny (Owing to Jim Carrey who starred in it) yet an inspirational movie. It has a meaningful message hidden in it.
This movie is about a TV reporter, Bruce Nolan, to whom bad things keep happening constantly. He wants to be at the top of his job, but thinks that everyone is against him, even God. He then complains that God is doing a bad job as God.
At that point, God appears in front of him and offers all his powers to him just to see if he can do a better job at running the universe. During this switch, Bruce learns lessons that changed his life.

What we learned?
Even we might be like Bruce in our lives and think that everybody is out to get us.
Even if you are having a hard time figuring out things in your life, remember that God has reasons for everything that he does. It's okay if you don't know how to handle a situation, He has already figured out everything.
God shows us many signs in life. We just need to keep a close watch and identify those signs. In the end, He will definitely turn our struggle into something beautiful.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Director: Gabriele Muccino
Producer: Will Smith, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, James Lassiter
Actors: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith
Released: 2006
Duration: 117 minutes

This movie is based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner. It is about a salesman who undergoes some challenges and hardships in life.
His wife leaves him and he becomes homeless. He has to secure a better life for his son. It is about his journey throughout. He never gave up, and stood by his goals. It strongly shows of a dad's love for his child besides stressing the importance of donning qualities like persistence, self-belief, and determination.
What we learned?
What's left to life if we aren't pursuing our dreams, and not doing what we love? Make the most of your lives, and keep your dreams alive come what may! It's not about the failures, it is about how you surpass them and make yourself stronger at each and every point in your life.
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The Shawshank Redemption

Director: Frank Darabont
Producer: Niki Marvin
Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler
Released: 1994
Duration: 142 minutes

This movie is an adaptation from a novel by Stephen King named Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It is about a man who is wrongly accused of murdering his wife and is sentenced for life.
He realizes that he would never be able to prove his innocence and plans his escape from prison. He befriends Red, a fellow inmate in prison. He teaches him how to stay good despite the bad surroundings in prison. What he experiences after escaping from the prison is really a life-changing point in life.
What we learned?
We can swim through the ocean to reach the other end if we have that undying will power and hope, wherever we may be- in prison or a free bird.

October Sky

Director: Joe Johnston
Producer: Charles Gordon, Larry J. Franco
Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern
Released: 1999
Duration: 109 minutes

It is a biographical movie based on a true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son. He was inspired by the launch of Sputnik I and decides to make rockets of his own.
He is in awe seeing the satellite orbit across the sky in October, 1957. With the help of his two friends and science teacher, he starts working towards his new-found passion. People start thinking he is crazy.
He enters the science fair and wins it after a series of trials and errors, and criticism from family and friends. He eventually succeeds in building a rocket that goes even higher than the Mount Everest.
What we learned?
The message that this movie is trying to give out is that you should never give up on your dreams, no matter how hard they seem to reach. You can achieve anything and everything if you work hard enough.

Fight Club

Director: David Fincher
Producer: Art Linson, Cean Chaffin, Ross Grayson Bell
Actors: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter
Released: 1999
Duration: 139 minutes

Edward Norton plays the main protagonist, who is sick of his job. He is depressed and filled with fear and anxiety.
He becomes an insomniac. The doctor advises him to attend a support group to relieve his insomnia and get out of his emotional state. He attends a support group for victims of testicular cancer. They form a fight club where he discovers himself through a self-employed salesman, Tyler Durden.
What we learned?
When you enter a passive and inactive state, a Tyler Durden will show up and teach you to dream bigger. After all, "It is only after you lose everything that we are free to do anything in life." There is a fighter in all of us. We need to take that fighter out. Live your life, and start doing things that you've always wanted to do.
So, these were the 10 best movies ever made that can change your lives. Make sure you don't miss watching them! We have tried to bring you the best from the lot. We are sure there might be many more and your personal favorites too.