Your Favorite Motivational Movies

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We had a great thread at the "old Warrior Forum" with several great movies listed. Well we have many new faces and probably new movies out since that thread.

I am looking to add some new movies to watch but also to add to the Motivational Movies Squidoo page from the old list of Warrior movies. Pursuit of Happyness is ranked #1.

I will start with a few of my favorite movies: Rocky, Rudy, and Pay It Forward

Please add your favorites so we all can enjoy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
    The Secret, and The Lord of the Rings...

    The Lord of the Rings may seem like an odd choice because it's a fantasy movie but there are a couple of lines in the movie scripts which have really touched a chord in me and they are:

    In The Two Towers:

    Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
    Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
    Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
    Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.


    and from The Fellowship of the Ring:
    Frodo: I know what I must do, it's just that... I'm afraid to do it.
    Galadriel: Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
    • Profile picture of the author Reno Van Boven
      Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

      The Secret, and The Lord of the Rings...

      The Lord of the Rings may seem like an odd choice because it's a fantasy movie but there are a couple of lines in the movie scripts which have really touched a chord in me and they are:

      In The Two Towers:

      Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
      Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
      Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
      Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.


      and from The Fellowship of the Ring:
      Frodo: I know what I must do, it's just that... I'm afraid to do it.
      Galadriel: Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

      I love this post! Great lines indeed. And I am AMAZED you remembered a few lines from a 3 or so hour movie!

      Cheers

      Reno
  • Profile picture of the author John Derrick
    The Secret
    The Peaceful Warrior
    The Opus (just saw it today)
    The Free Hugs videos on YouTube


    That should get the list going...
    • Profile picture of the author vicone
      I've watched "The Legend Of Bagger Vance" several times now and still find it moving. It's about a golfing competition between greats Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, and a talented amateur golfer (R. Junuh) from Georgia.

      It was directed by Robert Redford (based on a 1995 novel of the same name by Steven Pressfield) and has strong influences from the Bhagavad Gita.

      Bagger Vance is a spiritual guide in physical form that urges Junuh to get his act together, and find calm focus in the moment to bring out his abilities.

      The scene where Junuh imposes a 2 shot penalty on himself (though no one else had seen the accidental infringement) is actually based on a similar incident by Bobby Jones in the US Open (1925). Jones lost that tournament by 1 stroke.

      At that point in the movie, when Junuh takes the penalty, Vance decides he is no longer needed and leaves, though the match is unfinished and in the closing, critical stages.

      Inspiring.

      Ivan

      Here are a couple of key scenes from the movie readers might enjoy:



      Enjoy.
    • Profile picture of the author PaulEMoore
      How can you forget the original "Wall Street"?
    • Profile picture of the author marios521
      Thank you guys for your suggestions!
  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Great clips Ivan - enjoyed watching them.

    Will
  • Profile picture of the author logosi
    Movies can be so personal when they strike an emotional cord, we all know that. "What Dream May Come" touched something inside of me, then still years to know more.

    Love the Bagger Vance movie... The Secret... Then since I'm also a lover of action flicks (I'm a guy) "Saving Private Ryan"
  • Profile picture of the author John Derrick
    Great video clips! Thanks for sharing those Vicone!


    A movie that I doubt many would could inspirational, but one that resonated with me very much at the time was The Matrix. It was a time of awakening... a time when I was searching for an answer.... that all is not as it would seem.
  • Profile picture of the author WebSlicers
    Pay It Forward! I still cry at it even if I've seen a hundred times!
  • Profile picture of the author Spike SpiegelIM
    Not exactly a movie but it's a japanese TV series called 1 Liter of Tears. Probably the saddest thing I watched my entire life. Just teaches you to appreciate the things that you have and just learn to appreciate life itself. Very inspiring...
    • Profile picture of the author kumar
      The first half of The Million Dollar Baby was quite inspiring, but again its a personal choice.

      I wish someone would make Lance Armstrong's autobiography, Its not about the bike..My journey back to life, into a movie. Now THAT would be inspiring!
  • Profile picture of the author SusanPreston
    Originally Posted by Mark Nehs View Post

    We had a great thread at the "old Warrior Forum" with several great movies listed. Well we have many new faces and probably new movies out since that thread.

    I am looking to add some new movies to watch but also to add to the Motivational Movies & DVD Squidoo page from the old list of Warrior movies. Pursuit of Happyness is ranked #1.

    I will start with a few of my favorite movies: Rocky, Rudy, and Pay It Forward

    Please add your favorites so we all can enjoy.
    What a great post! I would say my favorite movies are:

    The Secret
    Pay It Forward
    Flash Dance

    My last choice, "Flash Dance" may seem odd. I remember wanting to buy my 1st house when I watched it for the first time. I was inspired so much by the dancer's determination to get into the dance school against all odds and she did it. The next day, I called my realtor and took action and moved a couple of mountains and bought my 1st house. Mind you in 1983 the interest rates were as high as 17%. I did some research and got a great interest rate. I also more then doubled my money when I sold it years later.

    Susan
  • Profile picture of the author vicone
    Yes, Flash Dance was great. I remember dancing my heart out to "Flash Dance...What a Feeling" (Irene Cara), which won an Academy Award for best song. The critics didn't like the movie and it got poor reviews but proved to be a sleeper hit and was the 3rd highest grossing movie in the U.S. for 1983.

    Ivan
  • Profile picture of the author icjackson
    There are too many for me to name...

    However, I can say that sports movies tend to be the most inspirational IMHO. I absolutely LOVE sci-fi movies and how they can convey messages about honor and bravery, but they aren't real. Sports movies are often based on true stories, and they make you feel like you can overcome any obstacle because the protagonists did as well.

    I wrote about the Best 25 Sports Movies EVER - http://best.sportsmovies.ever.com

    I couldn't make the list any shorter than that ;-P
  • Profile picture of the author kiran111
    thanx for movie review friends
  • Profile picture of the author AndrewGe
    Mine would have to be "Meet The Robinsons".

    That movie simply inspires you to keep moving forward whatever the conditions and situations are, just like Walt Disney's motto
  • Profile picture of the author Scott_Thomas
    Just a few recommendations off the top of my head:

    The Ultimate Gift...book by Jim Stovall made into a movie)

    Rocky...even though you know what happens, still stirs the emotions

    Office Space...should inspire you to get out of the ridiculous corporate world of cubicles and constant "re-organization"
  • Profile picture of the author Devin T
    The Pianist. Adrian Brody plays a truly inspiring role of a Jewish survivor during the holocaust.
  • Profile picture of the author hugofortin
    Hi,

    The Terry Fox story. Great movie! Usually, I don't cry when I'm washing movies, but with this movies it's a different story.

    bye

    Hugo
  • Profile picture of the author mattf1mil
    It has to be Pursuit of Happiness without a doubt.

    For anyone starting out with their own business this film is a must and even more so if you are doing it for your family like me. It just shows that you can really make a difference in your life if you want it enough.

    But a less obvious one for me is a film called True Romance with Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and a great list of stars. It is a rollercoaster story where they get into loads of trouble but their love for each other pulls them through.

    It sounds rubbish when I describe it but it really isn't.
  • Profile picture of the author spressnell
    Two of my favorites are: Michael and Defending Your Life.
  • Profile picture of the author Tam Chancellor
    Whale Rider
    Conversations with God
    GATTACA
  • Profile picture of the author Marlow
    "Thunderheart" - One of my all-time favorites with Graham Greene and Val Kilmer.

    "Star Wars" - Talk about human mythology and the ultimate struggle between the light and darkness. Excellent!

    "Rocky" - Definitely an inspiring move for me too. Will never forget when it came out in the theaters.
  • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
    When ever I need to be motivated I watch, "Men of Honor" with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro. I recommend this movie to anyone who needs a boost.
    • Profile picture of the author cjv01
      Hi

      Although it's not meant to be an inspiring movie - "21" certainly inspired me last year.

      When the main character is asked why he should be chosen to go to Harvard (or Stanford -can't remember which) over the other candidates - then the whole movie is about what he achieved in LIFE rather than in academic qualifications - it certainly made me think that I should be looking at how I limit my own life by thinking about what is possible.

      Excellent stuff.

      To Our Success!

      Gary

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