Man Vs Movies – Top Five Inspirational and Motivational Films

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Well look where we are at – Episode Five! Who knew this series would even get here. It’s amazing and everyone has been so supportive along the way.

At the start of the series I asked for people’s input and ideas for categories and episode themes. This list is one of those suggestions.

Bexa over on HelloBexa wanted to see my Top Five Motivational, Inspirational list. Well the genre made it into the poll and after a second count it have won. So thank you and well done to Bexa. If you haven’t had a chance to get to know her, let me strongly suggest hitting that link and saying hello. She is such a great supportive girl, an inspirational blogger and all round amazing, friendly, fun person.

So let’s start this journey.

Image result for into the wild posterInto the Wild

“Happiness only real when shared!”

Following the true story of Chris McCandless as he literally sells up and just begins to travel across America and Alaska. Living life to its fullest and just experiencing the real natural world first hand, Chris meets hitchhikers, tourists and other amazing eye-opening people on his travels showing the true beauty of human nature as he longs to explore and be free.

The emotional side of the film creeps in with his family and parents dealing with his sudden disappearance, lessons he learns along the way and watching him fail certain vital tasks. Mixed in with an amazing soundtrack by the legendary Eddie Vedder, the film constantly spikes all emotions and hits every note perfectly. Leaving you inspired to travel, see the world and enjoy life to its fullest.

When watching remember it’s based on a true story, this makes the ending all the more harrowing and hurtful.

Image result for it's a wonderful life poster artIt’s a Wonderful Life 

“Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”

One of my favourite Christmas films sneaking into the inspirational mix too. If you haven’t seen this film I have to ask . . . why? What happened? It follows George (played by the charming golden era legend that is James Stewart. As he grows up in a little sleepy town. You know the ones where everyone knows everyone and its cute but nothing major going on. Dreaming of travelling and going to college, George finds himself constantly putting his life on hold to help other. His father’s business, his brother’s education and tour in the army. Every time he is set to venture into the big wide world the little town pulls him back.

He comes to terms with this reluctantly and settles down, has a family, grows the business and is general well-respected and loved by all. Until a twist of fate kicks in and it looks like George will be going to jail for fraud and starts to think everyone would be better off if he were dead as his life insurance plan would pay out.

In a fit of rage and depression one snowy evening he attempts to end it all, when he is saved by an old man named Clarence. He explains how he were never born and Clarence decided to make it so and show George a life if he were never born.

It ends with George realising he has worth and me with a choked up tear in my eye.

Every time, no matter how many times I watch it, I find myself a slight blubbering mess. Left with inspiration and the power of knowing, life is good – life is what we make it and everyone effects each other even if we don’t think it.

Image result for pay it forward art posterPay it forward

“What did you ever do to change the world?”

Pay it Forward I think is a really under appreciated film. Following a young boy who for a school project sets up a charitable movement called “Pay it Forward” where he does a favour for three people and in return asks these people to do a favour for another three people. Spiraling outwards and growing as more and more people become part of this movement.

It shows how the innocent of the young is pure and meaningful. With all the good intentions in the world to change it for the better.

The casting is superb as well. With Haley Joel (I See Dead People) Osment as the young school boy who starts the movement, Helen Hunt as his loving mother and Kevin (Don’t mention his name) Spacey as the influential teacher who sets the assignment for the class.

It’s such a good feel good film with such a good idea and heart at the centre of it. It makes you want to do good, to be the better person and to help humanity. Just a heads up now, the ending is totes emosh. You’ve been warned.

Image result for wild quirky poster cheryl strayedWild

“My life, like all lives, mysterious, irrevocable, sacred, so very close, so very present, so very belonging to me.”

Another true story based on a woman’s journey of self discovery while dealing with grief as she travels the Pacific Crest Trail through America.

It’s rammed full of inspiration and motivation and if it doesn’t want you to go and get lost in the world then I don’t know what will.

Much like “Into the Wild” it’s a breathtaking visual masterpiece using the location as its own character. With some scenes that are a bit uneasy to watch the over message of the film is beautiful and I can’t recommend it enough.

Image result for wonder film posterWonder

“You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.”

Wonder is a loving tale about a boy – Auggie, who has mandibulofacial dysostosis a rare facial deformity. Spending a lot of his childhood being home schooled. His parents decide its time to go to school with other children to help his social skills. Starting the fifth grade, Auggie is like any other 10-year-old – minus his appearance. He likes movies, games and having fun. But instantly he is outcast by his peers due to his looks.

The movie tackles the hardships of being different, the dark side of childhood and how cruel children who don’t understand can be. While also showing the loving side of family and making the best of a bad situation. It drills right down into the human soul, hitting you in the feels and dragging a smile of reassurance back out as it does so. It’s a sweet film that inspires the positive side of human nature, highlighting how dark it can be but showing that once out of the dark the light always shines through.

Accompanied by an outstanding cast – Jacob Tremblay as Auggie is yet again amazing! Owen Wilson stepping out of his pure comical roles to slide into something more serious, but still bringing a light-hearted touch as the father trying to deal. And Julia Roberts playing the mother. I don’t really need to plug her, it took my years to realise but she is amazing in anything isn’t she.

Prepare yourself for a little choked up teary version of yourself to appear and just enjoy the film. Feel motivated when you come out and do good.

Honestly if these don’t inspire you to travel, do good or make amends then I am not sure what will. They are all beautiful pieces of work which inspire, amaze, make me cry and make me smile. Let me know what inspires and motivates you, what gives you that can do attitude and what brings a tear to your eye.

Also let me know if you have seen any of these and if so what you think to them, if not, go watch them and then let me know.



16 thoughts on “Man Vs Movies – Top Five Inspirational and Motivational Films

  1. Yay! Thank you so much for the lovely things you said Ross, you are so sweet! This is such a fantastic list! I’ve actually seen them all, other than Pay It Forward (which I definitely need to watch after reading your review!). Wonder is an amazing film, it did make me very teary. Wild is another favourite too – so inspirational and motivating. Thanks for sharing these brilliant films! ☺️ xx

    Bexa |

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    • You’re more than welcome lovely lady, thank you for all your support you’ve given me over my time in the bloggersphere. Check it out, I can imagine you’d really like it. Great picks there. Thanks for reading xx

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  2. I haven’t actually seen any of them, but I love the posters 😂. My kids have seen Wonder and my eldest really enjoyed the book. I love Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey so there’s a great reason alone to watch that film!

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    • Thanks. Great picks there. Into the Wild is my favourite I think. Its just pure amazing. Check the others out if you can ☺


  3. Love love LOVE It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s one of my all time favorite Christmas movies. I watch it every year on Christmas Eve. It has such a good message about cherishing your life. You don’t realize how important you are or how much of a difference you make until you take yourself out of the equation.

    I also really liked Wonder. I watched the movie first but I wish I would have read the book. They really changed a lot of the scenes but the movie was still good. I highly recommend the book though. I am actually planning on using it in the classroom to teach acceptance and differences.

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    • Couldnt agree more. I love it. The perfect christmas movie.
      Oh really. I’ll most certsinly try and check the book out. Love that you are using it in the classroom. What a great message to teach.

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  4. It’s a Wonderful Life and Pay It Forward are perfect choices! I’m desperate to see Wonder, but haven’t been able to yet so it’s on the list for the future.

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  5. Into the Wild is an interesting tale… I had to read/ write about it for my environmental ethics class. Some argue that his point of privilege and seemingly willing lack of preparation (particularly in Alaska) made him look ignorant and arrogant. If you haven’t, you should check out the book and see what others who knew him had to say about his journey, really interesting stuff! My favorite motivation/ travel film is The Way 🙂

    Rachel ||

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    • I have heard similar things and in honesty he was very unprepared and probably shouldn’t have done it – I’ve heard the argument of him being “The Spoilt Brat” trying to show his parents up. With no regard for their feelings.

      But I will take a deeper look to see what the people who knew him said.
      I’ve never seen The Way but I will try to check it out. Thank you x


  6. Wild and Into the Wild were such amazing films. I’ve always been an outdoorsy person and they made me want to travel and hike and camp and experience nature even more than I already did. Amazing list, thanks for sharing 🙂

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