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35 Inspirational Movies That Will Change Your Life

35 Inspirational Movies That Will Change Your Life
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The best inspirational movies leave an indelible impression on the viewer. In this selection I’ve chosen 35 — from Oscar winners to cult favorites, they’re worthy of anyone’s DVD collection.

In an attempt to avoid this list being cliché, I’ve picked films you may not have seen before, and ones which may have slipped from your memory. As a result, you won’t find certain well known films below, such as Schindler’s List, Forrest Gump, and Shawshank Redemption. The exceptional films on offer should, hopefully, make up for it!

1. Amadeus

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    This wonderful period epic, loosely based on Mozart’s genius, boasts fine performances and exceptional music.

    “This was a music I’d never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing.” A description of Mozart’s music.

    2. The Madness of King George

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      King George III loses his mind, throwing government into chaos. Revolutionary medical man Dr. Willis is called in to restore order in this brilliant drama.

      “No life is without its regrets yet none is without its consolations.” King George III.

      3. Mary and Max

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        A quirky, life-affirming claymation film. Two loners become pen pals and strike up a long distance friendship.

         “My fifth job was a garbage collector. I cleaned up after litter bugs and didn’t have to talk to anybody. Sometimes I liked to pretend I was an intergalactic robot.” Max.

        4. Princess Mononoke

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          A sweeping masterpiece from Studio Ghibli. Young warrior Ashitaka fights to restore order between supernatural forces and the human world.

          “This is what hatred looks like! This is what it does when it catches hold of you!”Ashitaki.

          5. Spirited Away

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            Schoolgirl Chihiro is inadvertently transferred to the spirit world, forcing her to work in a Japanese bathhouse to reclaim her freedom.

            “Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.” Advice for Chihiro

            6. The Kings of Summer

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              Three teenage boys, annoyed by their families, take to the woods to live in a house they’ve built, embracing life along the way.

               You’re right, it’s a classic kidnapping. They took our children and the canned goods and pasta.” Frank, an irritated parent.

              7. Rush

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                A thrilling account of the 1976 Formula 1 season. James Hunt and Niki Lauda battled for the World Title, the latter overcoming an appalling accident in the process.

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                “It’s impossible to perspire through a skin graft, so sweat will never run into my eyes again, which is good for a driver.” Lauda following his accident.

                8. Punch-Drunk Love

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                  A quirky romantic drama. Adam Sandler’s eccentric loner Barry Egan is wooed by Emily Watson’s mysterious Lena.

                  “I have a lot of puddings, and in six to eight weeks it can be redeemed. So if you could just give me that much time, I think I can get enough mileage to go with you wherever you go.” Barry to Lena.

                  9. Of Mice and Men

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                    Gary Sinise’s excellent adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novella. Strong willed George, and mentally disabled Lennie, travel around America as farm hands, dreaming of one day owning their own land..

                    “We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us.” George.

                    10. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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                      Based on Jean-Dominique Bauby’s book, this poignant French film tells of his life after a paralysing stroke. Suffering locked-in syndrome, he nevertheless wrote a novel.

                      “I decided to stop pitying myself. Other than my eye, two things aren’t paralysed, my imagination and my memory.” Bauby. 

                      11. The Squid and the Whale

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                        A couple divorce, forcing their children (Walt and Frank) to cope with the psychological games which erupt between their parents.

                        “We’d look at the knight armor at the Met. The scary fish at the Natural History Museum. I was always afraid of the squid and whale fighting.” Walt.

                        12. The Illusionist

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                          Sylvain Chomet’s sublime animated tale of a struggling magician as he travels across Europe, bonding with a young fan on the way.

                          “Magicians do not exist.” The Magician’s note.

                          13. Adaptation

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                            Anxiety ridden Charlie Kaufman (Nic Cage) is a screenwriter adapting a difficult novel, becoming increasingly unstable during his attempts.

                            “All my problems and anxiety can be reduced to a chemical imbalance or some kind of misfiring synapses. I need to get help for that. But I’ll still be ugly, though.” Charlie.

                            14. Beasts of the Southern Wild

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                              This fantasy drama centres around six year old Hushpuppy. As her community is stricken with environmental issues, she learns to adapt to a new world.

                              “I see that I am a little piece of a big, big universe, and that makes it right.” Hushpuppy.

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                              15. Life of Pi

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                                The story of Pi’s fight for survival whilst stranded in the Pacific Ocean. A volatile Bengal tiger is his sole company.

                                “The whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.” Pi.

                                16. Awakenings

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                                  Based on neurologist Oliver Sack’s book. Robin Williams stars as introverted Dr. Sayer, who discovers a drug which awakens catatonic patients.

                                  “Another awakening took place; that the human spirit is more powerful than any drug—and THAT is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. THESE are the things that matter.” Dr. Sayer.

                                  17. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

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                                    Jack Nicholson stars as Randal P. McMurphy. A maverick, he feigns madness to escape prison time in a mental institute, causing mayhem in the process.

                                    “What do you think you are, for Chrissake, crazy or somethin’? Well you’re not! You’re not! You’re no crazier than the average asshole out walkin’ around on the streets.” McMurphy.

                                    18. The Straight Story

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                                      WWII veteran Alvin hears his estranged brother has had a stroke, so sets off on a 240 mile journey to see him—via his tractor.

                                      “There’s no one knows your life better than a brother that’s near your age. He knows who you are and what you are better than anyone.” Alvin.

                                      19. The Pianist

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                                        Roman Polanski’s account of Polish pianist Władysław Szpilman’s remarkable fight for survival during Nazi deportation of Jews in WWII.

                                        “[taking off his watch] Here, sell this. Food is more important than time.” Szpilman. 

                                        20. My Left Foot

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                                          Daniel Day-Lewis gives an exceptional performance as Irishman Christy Brown. He suffered with severe cerebral palsy, yet became a noted writer.

                                          “This is Christy Brown, my son. Genius.” Christy Brown’s father.

                                          21. Life is Beautiful

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                                            Roberto Benigni’s WWII film of a father who uses his imagination to protect his son from the horrors of war.

                                            “This is my story. This is the sacrifice my father made. This was his gift to me.” The son narrates.

                                            22. Rescue Dawn

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                                              A tense survival tale by Werner Herzog, featuring Christian Bale as POW Dieter Dengler. A true story, Dengler’s bravery and charmisma are truly inspiring.

                                              “Empty what is full. Fill what is empty. Scratch what itches.” Dieter Dengler.

                                              23. Empire of the Sun

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                                                Young Brit Jim becomes a POW at a WWII internment camp. Over the years, whilst fighting for survival, he matures from a petulant child to a mature young adult.

                                                “First one side feeds you and the other side tries to get you killed, then it’s turned around; it’s all timing.” Advice for Jim.

                                                24. Mud

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                                                  Two teenage boys discover the enigmatic Mud living on a sparse island. As they become friends, it’s soon apparent the law are after him.

                                                  “There are fierce powers at work in the world, boys. Good, evil, poor luck, best luck. As men, we’ve got to take advantage where we can.” Mud.

                                                  25. Sideways

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                                                    Following a painful divorce, struggling author Miles heads off for a wine tasting weekend with hedonistic friend Jack. Chaos, and new love, ensues.

                                                    “Its flavors, they’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and… ancient on the planet.” Miles.

                                                    26. The Truman Show

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                                                      Truman Burbank lives an ordinary middle class life, unaware he’s actually the star of the most popular TV show on Earth.

                                                      “There’s nothing fake about Truman himself. No scripts, no cue cards. It isn’t always Shakespeare, but it’s genuine. It’s a life.” Christof, the show’s creator.

                                                      27. 127 Hours

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                                                        Aron Ralston traps his arm whilst hiking, leading to an unnerving realization.

                                                        “This rock… this rock has been waiting for me my entire life.” Ralston.

                                                        28. Léon: The Professional

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                                                          Léon is a hitman and loner. Suddenly forced to care for a child (a young Natalie Portman), he finds his humane side and seeks a change.

                                                          “You’ve given me a taste for life. I wanna be happy. Sleep in a bed, have roots. And you’ll never be alone again, Mathilda.” Léon.

                                                          29. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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                                                            Shy Joel and hedonistic Clementine begin a relationship, unaware they already share a unique history.

                                                            “Are we like those bored couples you feel sorry for in restaurants? Are we the dining dead?” Joel.

                                                            30. Million Dollar Baby

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                                                              A rags to riches story. Maggie, a humble waitress, makes a break as a boxer and rapidly shoots to stardom.

                                                              “It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you.”

                                                              31. The Savages

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                                                                Estranged siblings Jon and Wendy Savage are reunited when their father displays signs of dementia.

                                                                “This upward mobility fixation of yours, it’s counterproductive and, frankly, pretty selfish. Because it’s not about Dad, it’s about you and your guilt.” Jon Savage.

                                                                32. The Descendants

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                                                                  When his wife is hospitalized, wealthy Matt King (George Clooney) and his family must adapt to sweeping changes.

                                                                  “You give your children enough money to do something but not enough to do nothing.” Matt King.

                                                                  33. Another Year

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                                                                    A British drama focusing on a happily married couple. Over four seasons they observe their unhappy friends as they attempt to structure their lives.

                                                                    “Young people. Everything’s for young people. Those bars, you know, they’re full of young people shouting about nothing.” A friend laments life.

                                                                    34. Stranger Than Fiction

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                                                                      Will Ferrell performs against type as introverted Harold Crick, who starts to hear a voice in his head (Emma Thompson) narrating his every move.

                                                                      “I’m cursing you, you stupid voice, so shut up and leave me alone!” Harold Crick.

                                                                      35. Gravity

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                                                                        Last but not least, 2013’s thrilling sci-fi epic. Boasting exceptional special effects, this inspiring look at space is a visual treat.

                                                                         “Either I make it down there in one piece and I have one hell of a story to tell! Or I burn up in the next ten minutes.” Dr. Stone.

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                                                                        Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                                                                        100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                                        100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                                                        Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                                                        By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                                                        Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                                                        83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                                                          84 write random letter

                                                                            85 use a rubberband

                                                                              86 dorm smell bad

                                                                                87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                                                  89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                                                    90 take a picture of the name card

                                                                                      91 iron inside out

                                                                                        92 old newspaper

                                                                                          93 tumble try shoes

                                                                                            keep a card like this

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                                                                                                94 soap bar

                                                                                                  95 make a hole

                                                                                                    96 drop the battery

                                                                                                      97 use a coozie

                                                                                                        98 when taking a picture

                                                                                                          use a clean dust pan

                                                                                                            try a pants hanger

                                                                                                              use your cellphone light

                                                                                                                use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                                                  quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                                                    user binder clips

                                                                                                                      wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                                                        put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                                                          clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                                            use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                                              doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                                                use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                                                  use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                                                    freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                                                      use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                                                        almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                                                          sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                                            unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                                              cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                                                remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                                                  turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                                                    for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                                                      how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                                                        tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                                                          place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                                            ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                                              use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                                                take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                                                  how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                                                    put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                                                      How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                                                        user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                                                          good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                                            turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                                              50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                                                the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                                                  add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                                                      hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                                                        stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                                                          the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                                            how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                                              the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                                                use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                                                  to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                                                    user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                                                      a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                        rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                                                          use a soda pop tab

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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