You know those days when you just want to curl up on the couch and watch a good movie. For those days a good movie just won’t cut it and you crave an inspirational movie, below is a list of uplifting and positive movies to lose yourself in.
1.) Erin Brockovich
Any list of uplifting movies should include this true story about a woman who, despite the many obstacles in her life, manages to take on a large power company and bring some justice to the residents of Hinkley, California. The emotional, political and physical challenges of the people in this film captivate your heart. The ending leaves you with a renewed faith in people and what can be accomplished with a strong sense of justice and determination.
2.) The Blind Side
This cinematic representation of the true story of Michael Oher is emotionally gripping and uplifting. Mike, a homeless teen in projects in Memphis, Tennessee, is taken in by Leigh Anne Touhy. The challenges each person faces for their decisions are realistically portrayed and entrance you in the story. Their victories will warm your heart and remind you of the positive changes we can experience from our interactions with others.
3.) It’s a Wonderful Life
This holiday classic is a wonderful reminder that our actions in life, both large and small, influence the world around us. When you’re feeling like a failure or you just think life would be better without you, pop in this movie and remember all the good things you’ve done for the people your life.
4.) Billy Elliot
This is a heartwarming, coming-of-age film about a young boy who, instead of taking boxing classes as his father wants, discovers his passion for ballet. His choice leads to some harsh judgments from his family and community. There are many uplifting messages about family dynamics, social stereotypes and following your dreams, which all cumulate in a funny, feel good film that everyone can enjoy.
5.) Little Miss Sunshine
Every family is dysfunctional in its own way, some more than others. Little Miss Sunshine follows the Hover family as they trek across the country in their old VW bus. The many fractures in their family are brought to light through a variety of comedic and heartfelt circumstances. The end will leave you with a sense of contentedness and appreciation of the oddities that make families.
6.) Cool Runnings
Not all uplifting movies need to have lots of long, serious moments. Based on a true story, this film follows four unlikely winter Olympians in their quest to be Jamaica’s first bobsled team. The film is full of clichés and silly moments, but underneath all of it are the messages of friendship, determination, and the rewards of following your dreams in the face of doubt.
These are just some of the many uplifting and positive movies on the market. Depending on your mood different movies will speak to you more than others, but the above are a nice assortment to get your started.